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Growing Up In Africa's Cruelest War Zone

Growing Up In Africa's Cruelest War Zone

It's terrible to be a child anyplace without adequate food, shelter or access to education. Add war, and society's youngest members face a life of relentless horror and uncertainty. But even war seldom produces the kind of cruelty endured by children in African war turned zones like Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, etc. Over the past two decades rebels in this war areas have systematically used child abuse as a military strategy. First children as… Continue

Added by Maurice MArtin on March 1, 2009 at 12:30 — No Comments

Africa and Web 2.0

watch video here: video link

Added by Noble Kelly on February 19, 2009 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

International teaching

I'm interested in Michael's post about teaching in Guatamala. I'm at the other end of my teaching career in Canada but I'm interested in the type of opportunities he mentions. Are there opportunities outside the capitals?
Are these schools focussed on expats or the local population. I'd love to hear more after you've started.

Added by Ida Freer on February 15, 2009 at 18:39 — 2 Comments

International Teaching As A Stepping Stone To Development Work

I thought I would post a quick note inspired by the Queen's TORF event I attended last weekend. This is an annual event organized by the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. Various varieties of International, American, and International Baccalaureate schools from all over the world attend this event to hire teachers. I was blown away by how smooth, well organized and informative the weekend was.

While your typical… Continue

Added by Michael Peters on February 14, 2009 at 11:39 — 1 Comment

Internet Buddy Guide

Dear Teachers,

A friend of mine in the UK was looking at the BBC News site a few days ago, and found they had a story and video about young people teaching older people (the "Digitally Excluded") how to get started with computers and the internet. The story is called "How to teach a Technophobe".

He observes that ,for those people with dependable broadband( the situation might be diferent in 3rd world countries ), the video is very useful, showing a girl teaching an older woman… Continue

Added by Dan Andrew Otedo on February 11, 2009 at 3:30 — 1 Comment

Gender and Education: Tackling the Challenges to Girl-child Education in Kenya

Education of girls is essential in the drive by nations to achieve the Millennium Development Goals .Although the education policy of most African countries do not discriminate against girls and women, there is a serious gender disparity in enrolment and transition form one level to the next, especially in rural Africa.

Many girls hardly get the right/relevant type of education that would make them overcome the social, cultural and health challenges .Hardly does the education system… Continue

Added by Dan Andrew Otedo on January 31, 2009 at 18:15 — 3 Comments

Time to Overhaul Teaching in Kenya

Teachers in Kenya are now backing in class after two weeks of a nationwide strike over pay issues. The lop side of it is that students may not complete the syllabus. This is made worse by the fact that many were out of school for at least a month last year due to the post election violence.

The Teachers Service Commission may well have carried its threat carry out its threat to ‘sack the striking teacher’s en-masse’. Replacing them with inexperienced graduates and retirees would only… Continue

Added by Dan Andrew Otedo on January 31, 2009 at 13:17 — 2 Comments

New to TWB

I am quite excited to be a member of TWB-Canada. I was a Student Without Borders with World University Services of Canada and that was a very positive experience in Botswana. I am now taking the next step to be a member of TWB. I feel that education is the ticket out of poverty but education that values the context that people live in.

I do hope that my contributions will be meaningful and I am also hoping to learn a great deal that I can then imbed in my curricula.

I… Continue

Added by Sandra Sukhan on January 21, 2009 at 13:45 — No Comments

Kenya 2008 reflection

There’s something about the smell as soon as you walk out of the airport in Nairobi into the soft African night. The combination of diesel fumes, road dust and charcoal smoke from countless cooking fires began to fuel an excitement deep down inside that grew as I drove in the taxi towards the city, passing spreading acacia trees, illuminated billboards for Safaricom and Tusker beer, and even at that hour of the night, people. People walking along the side of the road, alone, in groups, carrying… Continue

Added by Anita Hahoe on September 1, 2008 at 0:14 — 1 Comment

Thinking about the "What's Next?"

The suitcases are unpacked, the souvenirs mostly distributed, the jet lag has almost worn off, and the photos are slowly been sifted.

Fortunately, I had a few days to catch my breath and slowly digest the experiences, conversations, and encounters of the past 7 weeks. There is a part of me that doesn't want to start letting go of it. My dreams every night are filled with African faces and African landscapes.

Practically… Continue

Added by Sharon Peters on August 17, 2008 at 9:55 — No Comments

Taking Teachers to Africa

Here I will attempt to chronicle the adventures as I take two groups of Canadian educators and try to organize our lives for two months. One group to South Africa to share their expertise and experiences through best practices workshops in ICT integration with their peers in rural townships. And the other group to share their expertise and experiences through best practices workshops with their peers in rural Kenya in the latest teaching and assessment models with a focus on English, math and… Continue

Added by Noble Kelly on July 23, 2008 at 8:30 — 2 Comments

Week 2 Reflections

Well, another week has flown by. So many things happened this week, it is hard to remember them all. We started the week with a workshop for principals of the teachers we met in the first week. It was interesting to hear their perspective on things. The principal’s “boot-camp” lasted 2 days. In many ways, I would have liked for us to participate in more than a single session. The principals can do so much to drive technology integration. I hope that we were able to set the seeds with a few of… Continue

Added by Jody Meacher on November 30, 1999 at 12:00 — No Comments

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