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Newsmotion - Education http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/16/all en Burmese migrant wins Thai calligraphy award http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/burmese-migrant-wins-thai-calligraphy-award <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Burmese migrant wins Thai calligraphy award </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 07/31/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 12-year-old son of Burmese migrant labourers has topped all Thai students to win the Thai language handwriting competition for primary school level announced on Tuesday to mark National Thai Language Day.</p> <p>Yasa, a Grade 3 student at Arunmetha School in Tak’s Educational Zone 2, who was born and raised in Thailand, won the contest, announced the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC).</p> <p>OBEC secretary-general Kamol Rodkhai said Yasa had won one of several contests under the &#8220;Raksa Pasa Thai&#8221; (preserve Thai language) activity. He presented plaques to teachers and students who achieved Thai language proficiency.</p> <p>The contests were aimed at encouraging children and youths to preserve the language and raise awareness of the value of Thai language.</p> <p>The students were urged to read, write and use the language correctly.</p> <div class="related-box"><h3 class="widget-title fix"><span>Related Stories</span></h3><ul class="widget_wpb_tabs"><li><img width="326" height="231" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Karen-school_kids-326x231.jpg" class="attachment-226x160 wp-post-image" alt="File photo of Karen primary school students (PHOTO: DVB)" /><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/crossing-language-barriers-burma-myanmar/42675"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Crossing language barriers</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/burmas-fledgling-contemporary-art-market-burma-myanmar/42237"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Burma’s Fledgling Contemporary Art Market</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/bullet-points-news-burma-myanmar-3/42142"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Bullet Points</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> <p>Saeng-arun Sonsaen, Yasa&#8217;s teacher, expressed her delight that her student won the award, saying he concentrated on classroom learning and had beautiful handwriting.</p> <p>The boy had been selected to represent the school at the contest, she said.</p> <p>According to the teacher, about 30 percent of students at Arunmetha School, which is under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, come from poor families living in border areas. She said they pay more attention to Thai language learning than other Thai students.</p> <p>Yasa was born to Burmese migrants working as hired hands at a crop plantation in Tak province’s Phop Phra district.</p> <p>&#8220;Yasa earlier studied at a Myanmar learning centre in the compound of a Thai temple in the district before enrolling at Arunmetha School,&#8221; said Ms Saeng-arun.</p> <p>&#8220;The boy was 10 when he studied at Grade 1 at the school. At the time, he could not write Thai. His Thai language skills improved significantly after studying at the school. He is determined and concentrates on his classroom learning, particularly on Thai language.&#8221;</p> <p>Thongsuk Yoosri, director of Tak’s Educational Zone 1, said he felt proud after learning the Burmese student won the Thai writing contest. This shows that children of any nationality and religion are able to develop their potential, he said.</p> <p>Mr Kamol said the OBEC was looking into the possibility of using Thai language in social media, such as Facebook and Line, as part of the curriculum, to help boost its appeal and usage among teenagers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>This article was originally published in the <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/423141/student-from-myanmar-wins-thai-writing-award">Bangkok Post</a> on 30 July 2014.</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/burmese-migrant-wins-thai-calligraphy-award-burma-myanmar/42878" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/burmese-migrant-wins-thai-calligraphy-award-burma-myanmar...</a> </div> </div> </div> Bangkok BANGKOK POST calligraphy Citizen Education Language Lead Story migrant migrant workers migrants issues news Thai Thai language Thailand writing Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:01:33 +0000 feed 313747 at http://newsmotion.org These ‘Poets With a Cause’ Are Defending Social Justice in Crisis-Hit Puerto Rico http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/these-%E2%80%98poets-cause%E2%80%99-are-defending-social-justice-crisis-hit-puerto-rico <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These ‘Poets With a Cause’ Are Defending Social Justice in Crisis-Hit Puerto Rico </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 07/29/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-244662" alt="Somos Pueblo Puerto Rico" src="http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/POETAS-EN-MARCHA-2DA-ACTIVIDAD.jpg" width="720" height="540" /></p> <p>In Puerto Rico, writers, artists and musicians have united under the name &#8220;Poetas en Marcha&#8221; or &#8220;Poets with a Cause&#8221; to voice their opposition to school closures and their solidarity with the working class.&nbsp;</p> <p>The movement has hosted two events so far. The first was June 13 under the title &#8220;No al cierre de las escuelas: Poetas en marcha&#8221; (No to school closures: Poets with a cause), during which about 30 artists met to object to a government order to close down nearly 100 schools due to the economic crisis.</p> <p>Government representatives have used the recent declining population in Puerto Rico as a basis for their decision. According to most recent official census figures from Puerto Rico in 2010, more than 600,000 Puerto Ricans have left the country. The lack of work and the slowdown in the economy in the smallest island of the Greater Antilles, for almost an entire decade, are just some of the issues that have spurred this new migratory wave.</p> <p>The first &#8220;Poetas en Marcha&#8221; event took place in front of the Department of Education. We spoke with some of the organizers about the motive which ignited the movement. José Ernesto Delgado, author of &#8220;Tatuaje,&#8221; explained: &#8220;What propelled us to carry out this event is that some of us poets are products of the public system and feel that it is pertinent to defend a system that is mistreated by successive governments.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_244667" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 311px"><img class="size-medium wp-image-244667" alt="El poeta José Ernesto Delgado." src="http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/JOSEERNESTODELGADO-311x400.jpg" width="311" height="400" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Poet José Ernesto Delgado.</p></div> <p>Marioantonio Rosa, a poet and literary critic, said: &#8220;We want to raise awareness about an issue that will negatively affect students in need and lead to teacher unemployment, but most importantly that our education system is lagging behind even more, which has a great deal to do with bureaucracy, politics and nepotism.&#8221;</p> <p>The second event took place July 3 in front of Fortaleza (the residence of the governor of Puerto Rico) in the capital city San Juan. This time, the participants of &#8220;Poetas en Marcha,&#8221; under the slogan &#8220;Yo soy Pueblo,&#8221; (I am the People) marched in the streets of Old San Juan. This &#8220;cultural crusade for social justice&#8221; was held in support of the working class, a sector which will also be affected by the measures imposed by the government to face the fiscal and economic crisis. During this event, nearly 500 people supported the poets and leaders of certain unions.</p> <p>Regarding its importance, attorney Daniel Nina, writer and founder of the online newspaper <a href="http://www.elpostantillano.com/">El Post Antillano</a> –- a digital magazine which also sponsored the event &#8212; said:</p> <blockquote><p>Ni en los tiempos de Miguel Algarín y Miguel Piñeiro en el Nuyorican Poets Café de la ciudad de Nueva York, cuando cientos de personas se juntaban en el número 236 este de la calle 3 del bajo Manhattan, para leer poesías. Ni en los tiempos del Partido Socialista Puertorriqueño, en la década de 1970, cuando se dio un quehacer callejero y cultural al rescate de la dignidad nacional. Lo vivido anoche tampoco se asemeja a la experiencia del teatro y la cultura obrera de Puerto Rico de la década de 1920 y 1930, bajo el liderato de Luisa Capetillo o Pedro Albizu Campos y el Partido Nacionalista.</p> <p>Anoche, en el Viejo San Juan de Puerto Rico, los “Poetas en Marcha” marcaron una diferencia entre el quehacer cultural del siglo 21 y del siglo 20. ¿Por qué? Porque en el junte de anoche, más allá de convocar a todos los poetas, escritores, artistas plásticos y cantautores, se convocó también al pueblo trabajador.</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Not even in the days of Miguel Algarín and Miguel Piñeiro, when hundreds of people gathered at 236 E. Third St. in Lower Manhattan at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, to read poetry. Nor during the 1970s, when the Puerto Rican Socialist Party was in a cultural pursuit to attempt to save national dignity. Last night&#39;s developments also didn&#39;t come close to the theatrical experiences, nor the working class culture in Puerto Rico during the 20s and 30s, under the leadership of Luisa Capetillo or Pedro Albizu Campos and the Nationalist Party.</p> <p>Last night, in Old San Juan Puerto Rico, the &#8220;Poetas en Marcha&#8221; marked a significant difference between the cultural pursuits of the 21st and 20th century. Why? Because during last night&#39;s event, beyond gathering all the poets, writers, creative artists and songwriters, the working class was present as well.</p></blockquote> <div id="attachment_244663" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 400px"><img class="size-medium wp-image-244663 " alt="Poetas durante el evento &quot;Poetas en Marcha&quot; en el Viejo San Juan." src="http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2DAPOETAS-EN-MARCHA-400x309.jpg" width="400" height="309" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Artists at the &#8220;Poetas en Marcha&#8221; event in Old San Juan.</p></div> <p>Nina, who is a professor as well, called the event &#8220;glorious&#8221;:</p> <blockquote><p>Lo que pasó anoche en Puerto Rico, no había sucedido desde los tiempos que el líder obrero histórico, Bernardo Vega, organizó en Cayey a los obreros del tabaco. No pasaba, desde que Juan Mari Brás y César Andreu Iglesias, a fines de la década de 1970, salían en un viejo Volkswagen a organizar grupos de trabajo del Movimiento Pro-Independencia, luego Partido Socialista Puertorriqueño. Anoche se trató de un momento glorioso.</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>What happened last night in Puerto Rico had not occurred since the times when Bernardo Vega, a historical leader of workers, organized the tobacco workers in Cayey. It hadn&#39;t happened the late 70s when Juan Mari Brás and César Andreu Iglesias drove around in an old Volkswagen to organize working groups for the pro-independence movement, which later was the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. Last night was a glorious moment.</p></blockquote> <p>Perhaps it is the words from poet William Perez Vega, referring to the future of poetry using verses from the Spanish poet Gabriel Celaya, which best describe the atmosphere of these events:</p> <blockquote><p>Todo depende de si sabemos o no utilizar esa arma (la poesía) y al servicio de quien o quienes la utilizamos. Es bonito hablar de una rosa, del paisaje o del amor. Pero es necesario ser militantes a favor de las condiciones que permiten que esa flor siga naciendo, que podamos seguir disfrutando de ese paisaje y que podamos conservar el país, la gente y el planeta como escenario donde hacemos ese amor. Si no lo hacemos, convertiremos la poesía en una simple pieza de museo, en un fósil, en otra indiferencia más. Eso nos acabaría de matar.</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>It all depends on whether or not we know how to use this weapon (poetry) and who it will serve. It&#39;s pleasant to speak of a rose, the landscape or about love. However, one must support the conditions that allow the flower to bud, that enable us to take in the landscape and that help us conserve our country, the people and the planet as a platform for our love. And if we don&#39;t, we will turn poetry into something of the past, a fossil, something indifferent. That would be the end of us.</p></blockquote> <p>In the most recent press release published July 4, the collective pointed out in a defining statement:</p> <blockquote><p>Nosotros, buscamos y amamos el discurso de la inclusión, del amor al País sin banderitas, o trasnochados bostezos en las ventanas del pasado. Somos pueblo y el pueblo es poesía, renovación… esperanza… Poetas en Marcha nunca será William Pérez Vega, José Ernesto Delgado, o Marta Emmanuelli y Marioantonio Rosa. Poetas en Marcha es aquel empleado de mantenimiento llamado Felipe, aquella secretaria cargada de trabajo y mal pagada llamada Sofía, esos jóvenes que ríen mientras toman una cerveza después del examen final, esa mujer noble que vende frituras para echar adelante una familia, ese profesor dedicado y sencillo que imparte la enseñanza día a día en el salón de clases, ya sea en la escuela o una universidad. Poetas en Marcha no busca apellidos ni títulos, busca pueblo, unión, renovación cultural, y siempre esa pluralidad es la mejor semilla que podemos dejar. Somos Pueblo.</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>We seek and love to talk about inclusion, love of our country without the flags or boring and antiquated talk of the past. We are the people and we are poetry, restoration&#8230; hope&#8230; Poetas en Marcha will never be William Pérez Vega, José Ernesto Delgado, or Marta Emmanuelli and Marioantonio Rosa. Poetas en Marcha is Felipe the janitor, Sofia the overworked and underpaid secretary, the young adults laughing while having a beer after their final exams, the noble lady selling fruit to get her family ahead, the dedicated and uncomplicated professor in his classroom day in and day out..whether it be in a school or university. Poetas en Marcha doesn&#39;t look for fancy names or titles, it looks for the people, connection, cultural restoration, and that plurality will always be the best seed we can leave behind. We are the People.</p></blockquote> <p>The next “Poetas en Marcha” event is scheduled for August 30, 2014, in the sector known as La Perla, Old San Juan.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/author/carlos-esteban-cana/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Carlos Esteban Cana'>Carlos Esteban Cana</a></span> &middot; <span class="contributor">Translated by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/raquel-marin/' class='url user-link' title='View all posts by Raquel Marin'>Raquel Marin</a></span></span> &middot; <span class='source-link'><a href='http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/23/somos-pueblo-la-consigna-de-un-nuevo-movimiento-en-puerto-rico/' title='View original post [es]'>View original post [es]</a></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/29/poetas-en-marcha-fight-for-education-working-class/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F29%2Fpoetas-en-marcha-fight-for-education-working-class%2F&#038;text=These+%27Poets+With+a+Cause%27+Are+Defending+Social+Justice+in+Crisis-Hit+Puerto+Rico&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F29%2Fpoetas-en-marcha-fight-for-education-working-class%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F29%2Fpoetas-en-marcha-fight-for-education-working-class%2F&#038;title=These+%27Poets+With+a+Cause%27+Are+Defending+Social+Justice+in+Crisis-Hit+Puerto+Rico' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F29%2Fpoetas-en-marcha-fight-for-education-working-class%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/29/poetas-en-marcha-fight-for-education-working-class/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/29/poetas-en-marcha-fight-for-education-wo...</a> </div> </div> </div> Arts & Culture Caribbean Citizen Citizen Media Economics & Business Education Fortaleza Governance History Human Rights Latin America Literature New York Photos Protest Puerto Rico (U.S.) Raquel Marin San Juan Spanish Weblog Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:42:00 +0000 feed 312995 at http://newsmotion.org Massive Amounts Paid Out in Trinidad & Tobago's LifeSport Programme http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/massive-amounts-paid-out-trinidad-tobagos-lifesport-programme <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Massive Amounts Paid Out in Trinidad &amp; Tobago&#039;s LifeSport Programme </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/28/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As more details come out about the corrupt <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/26/trinidad-tobago-minister-passes-the-buck-with-failed-lifesport-programme/">LifeSport programme</a> in Trinidad and Tobago, <a href="http://wired868.com/2014/07/27/adolphs-loot-life-sport-beneficiary-vows-to-hold-on-to-34-million/">Wired868</a> focuses its satirical energies on Adolphus Daniell, a contractor who was reportedly paid TT$34 million (just under US$5.5 million) for doing nothing &#8211; and says he won&#39;t pay back the money:</p> <blockquote><p>The people now under investigation for corruption were too busy stuffing their own pockets to bother you while you kept your mouth shut and headed for the exit. And you think you should keep the money just because you were able to hold on to it for this long?</p> <p>It might be &#8216;a non-issue&#8217; to you Adolph; but we, the taxpayers, still want our money back.</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/flora-thomas/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Flora Thomas'>Flora Thomas</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/28/massive-amounts-paid-out-in-trinidad-tobagos-lifesport-programme/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F28%2Fmassive-amounts-paid-out-in-trinidad-tobagos-lifesport-programme%2F&#038;text=Massive+Amounts+Paid+Out+in+Trinidad+%26%23038%3B+Tobago%27s+LifeSport+Programme&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F28%2Fmassive-amounts-paid-out-in-trinidad-tobagos-lifesport-programme%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F28%2Fmassive-amounts-paid-out-in-trinidad-tobagos-lifesport-programme%2F&#038;title=Massive+Amounts+Paid+Out+in+Trinidad+%26%23038%3B+Tobago%27s+LifeSport+Programme' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F28%2Fmassive-amounts-paid-out-in-trinidad-tobagos-lifesport-programme%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/28/massive-amounts-paid-out-in-trinidad-tobagos-lifesport-programme/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/28/massive-amounts-paid-out-in-trinidad-to...</a> </div> </div> </div> Caribbean Citizen Citizen Media Education English Flora Thomas Law Politics Quick Reads Trinidad & Tobago youth Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:53:15 +0000 feed 312351 at http://newsmotion.org Macedonian Government Censors University Students ‘for Their Own Good’ http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/macedonian-government-censors-university-students-%E2%80%98-their-own-good%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Macedonian Government Censors University Students ‘for Their Own Good’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 07/27/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Censorship of freedom of expression by Macedonian authorities is not a new appearance, but seems to be developing in the small southeast European country. Earlier in 2014, when the residents of a state-run student dormitory in Skopje began an online campaign to expose the horrific living conditions in the dorms, Global Voices <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/03/20/macedonian-students-demanding-better-living-conditions-called-unpatriotic/">reported</a> about the campaign and how authorities had blocked access to several websites for the residents of the dorm. Only one media outlet from Macedonia investigated this further. </p> <p>In March 2014, the students&#8217; campaign to raise awareness about the incredibly unhealthy living conditions the state had provided for them went viral online and drew international interest in the matter. At the time, some media and Twitter users even went as far as to compare the living conditions to those in prisons: </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A prison? No, a student dorm in Macedonia: Fed up with living in squalor, students in Macedonia have shared sh&#8230; <a href="http://t.co/1vTi1il5py">http://t.co/1vTi1il5py</a></p> <p>&mdash; Taylor (@spaceheaterdeal) <a href="https://twitter.com/spaceheaterdeal/statuses/449219485992361984">March 27, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Apparently, this drew much unwanted attention to the state-run facility. Prior to the scandal that broke after the students&#8217; online campaign went viral on social networks throughout the region, the residents of the dorm had unrestricted access to Facebook and Twitter within and outside of exam seasons. During the break-out of bad publicity for Macedonian authorities, these and some other websites were <a href="https://twitter.com/Izlezmk/status/443783721171165184">suddenly off-limits</a> to them [mk]. </p> <p>Albanian-language news portal Portalb.mk was the only media from Macedonia to publicly <a href="http://portalb.mk/41281-pas-publikimit-te-fotografive-skandaloze-na-ndalen-internetin/">ask</a> [sq] the Ministry of Education and Science for explanation. The Ministry claimed that never to have censored access to all of the Internet, but &#8220;only to social media in the dorms&#8221;:</p> <blockquote><p>About the student claims, regarding blocking the Internet, we have never done that and there have not been any problems with the Internet in the &#8220;Goce Delchev&#8221; dorm. On the other hand, those Internet pages and social networks [in question] have always been blocked, the same way they have been blocked in high schools and primary schools. We enable students to use the Internet for studying purposes only, and not to use pages which have no connection to education,&#8221; stated the Ministry representative. </p></blockquote> <p>The fact is that none of the student representatives or media ever claimed that access to all of the Internet was restricted. As a result of the internationalization of the scandal, the Macedonian government <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/05/07/photos-shamed-macedonian-government-caves-in-to-student-demands/">promised to repair</a> that particular dormitory in Skopje and improve living conditions for students. Living conditions in other dorms <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/05/15/macedonian-medical-students-live-in-medieval-conditions/">remain substandard</a>. </p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/filip-stojanovski/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Filip Stojanovski'>Filip Stojanovski</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/27/macedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F27%2Fmacedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good%2F&#038;text=Macedonian+Government+Censors+University+Students+%27for+Their+Own+Good%27&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F27%2Fmacedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F27%2Fmacedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good%2F&#038;title=Macedonian+Government+Censors+University+Students+%27for+Their+Own+Good%27' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F27%2Fmacedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/27/macedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/27/macedonian-government-censors-universit...</a> </div> </div> </div> Albanian censorship Citizen Citizen Media Digital Activism Eastern & Central Europe Education English Filip Stojanovski Freedom of Speech Macedonia Macedonia Media & Journalism Politics Quick Reads Skopje youth Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:02:41 +0000 feed 311956 at http://newsmotion.org Macedonian Authorities Claim Social Networks ‘Have Always Been Blocked’ in University Dorms http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/macedonian-authorities-claim-social-networks-%E2%80%98have-always-been-blocked%E2%80%99-university-dor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Macedonian Authorities Claim Social Networks ‘Have Always Been Blocked’ in University Dorms </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 07/27/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_482574" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvTwdBtHikY#t=131"><img class="size-large wp-image-482574" alt="A screenshot of a YouTube video showing the living conditions at Goce Delchev dormitory in Macedonia." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/dorm-800x544.jpg" width="800" height="544" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A screenshot of a YouTube video showing the living conditions at Goce Delchev dormitory in Macedonia.</p></div> <p>Censorship of freedom of expression by Macedonian authorities is nothing new, but seems to be developing in the small southeast European country. Earlier in 2014, when the residents of a state-run student dormitory in Skopje began an online campaign to expose the horrific living conditions in the dorms, access to Facebook and other websites for the residents of the dorm was <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/03/20/macedonian-students-demanding-better-living-conditions-called-unpatriotic/">cut off</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Albanian-language news portal Portalb.mk was the only media outlet from Macedonia to publicly&nbsp;<a href="http://portalb.mk/41281-pas-publikimit-te-fotografive-skandaloze-na-ndalen-internetin/">ask</a>&nbsp;the Ministry of Education and Science for explanation. The ministry claimed that it never blocked access to all of the Internet, but &#8220;only to social media in the dorms&#8221;:</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;About the student claims, regarding blocking the Internet, we have never done that and there have not been any problems with the Internet in the &#8220;Goce Delchev&#8221; dorm. On the other hand, those Internet pages and social networks [in question] have always been blocked, the same way they have been blocked in high schools and primary schools. We enable students to use the Internet for studying purposes only, and not to use pages which have no connection to education,&#8221; stated the Ministry representative.</p></blockquote> <p>None of the student representatives or media ever claimed that access to all of the Internet was restricted.&nbsp;Prior to the students&#8217; online campaign going viral on social networks throughout the region in March, the residents of the dorm had unrestricted access to Facebook within and outside of exam seasons.</p> <p>The campaign to raise awareness about the unhealthy living conditions the the state had provided for them drew international interest in the matter. At the time, some media and Twitter users even went as far as to compare the living conditions to those in prisons:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A prison? No, a student dorm in Macedonia: Fed up with living in squalor, students in Macedonia have shared sh&#8230; <a href="http://t.co/1vTi1il5py">http://t.co/1vTi1il5py</a></p> <p>— Taylor (@spaceheaterdeal) <a href="https://twitter.com/spaceheaterdeal/statuses/449219485992361984">March 27, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>This drew much unwanted attention to the state-run facility, and during the break-out of bad publicity for Macedonian authorities, Facebook and some other websites were <a href="https://twitter.com/Izlezmk/status/443783721171165184">suddenly off-limits</a> to them.</p> <p>As a result of the internationalization of the scandal, the Macedonian government <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/05/07/photos-shamed-macedonian-government-caves-in-to-student-demands/">promised to repair</a> that particular dormitory in Skopje and improve living conditions for students. Living conditions in other dorms <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/05/15/macedonian-medical-students-live-in-medieval-conditions/">remain substandard</a>.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/filip-stojanovski/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Filip Stojanovski'>Filip Stojanovski</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/27/macedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good/#comments" title="comments">comments (1) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F27%2Fmacedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good%2F&#038;text=Macedonian+Authorities+Claim+Social+Networks+%27Have+Always+Been+Blocked%27+in+University+Dorms&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F27%2Fmacedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F27%2Fmacedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good%2F&#038;title=Macedonian+Authorities+Claim+Social+Networks+%27Have+Always+Been+Blocked%27+in+University+Dorms' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F27%2Fmacedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/27/macedonian-government-censors-university-students-for-their-own-good/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/27/macedonian-government-censors-universit...</a> </div> </div> </div> Albanian censorship Citizen Citizen Media Digital Activism Eastern & Central Europe Education English Filip Stojanovski Freedom of Speech Macedonia Macedonia Media & Journalism Politics Skopje Weblog youth Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:02:41 +0000 feed 312164 at http://newsmotion.org 5 Modern African Thinkers on Identity, Language and Regionalism http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/5-modern-african-thinkers-identity-language-and-regionalism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 Modern African Thinkers on Identity, Language and Regionalism </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 07/24/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_481872" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/21624621@N04/4709425615"><img class="size-large wp-image-481872" alt="Street Philosophy at City Bowl, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, by Anne Fröhlich on Flickr - CC license-NC-2.0" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/4709425615_9d70078778_o-800x536.jpg" width="800" height="536" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Street Philosophy at City Bowl, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, by Anne Fröhlich on Flickr &#8211; CC license-NC-2.0</p></div> <div>African philosophy is generally overlooked in the field of philosophy. The reasons for that are unclear. Some argue that it may be because African philosophy is closely tied to its oral traditions, making its extended history difficult to share to a larger audience. Others argue that its Afrocentric nature makes it less palatable to the rest of the world.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nigerian born Philosopher K.C. Anyanwu&nbsp;<a href="http://www.crvp.org/book/series02/ii-2/chapter_i.htm">defines</a>&nbsp;African philosophy as &#8220;that which concerns itself with the way in which African people of the past and present make sense of their destiny and of the world in which they live.&#8221;&nbsp;Although it remains mostly a mystery to other countries,&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_philosophy">African philosophy</a>&nbsp;is a well-established discipline, enriched by centuries of research dating back to&nbsp;Ancient Egyptian philosophy&nbsp;to the modern post-colonial thinking. Throughout its history, African philosophy has made important contributions to Greek philosophy,&nbsp;mostly&nbsp;through Egyptian philosopher&nbsp;<a title="Plotinus" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plotinus">Plotinus</a>&nbsp;who was instrumental in continuing the Greek tradition of&nbsp;Plato&#39;s philosophical&nbsp;academy, and to Christian philosophy via Algerian thinker <a title="Augustine of Hippo" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustine_of_Hippo">Augustine of Hippo</a>,&nbsp;who established the notion of the&nbsp;<a title="Original sin" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_sin">original sin</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To further understand the current&nbsp;evolution&nbsp;of&nbsp;contemporary African philosophy, here are five thinkers that you ought to&nbsp;keep track of&nbsp;from the continent: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>1. Séverine Kodjo-Grandvaux (Côte d&#39;Ivoire)&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Séverine Kodjo-Grandvaux is an Ivorian writer for magazine Jeune Afrique and the author of &#8220;Philosophies africaines&#8221; (African Philosophy), in which she reviews the current elite of African philosophers.&nbsp;She writes that&nbsp;modern African philosophy has been usually classified into<a href="http://books.google.fr/books/about/An_Introduction_to_African_Philosophy.html?id=7d9bAAAAQBAJ&amp;redir_esc=y"> 4 main groups</a>: ethnophilosophy, philosophical sagacity, nationalistic–ideological philosophy, and professional philosophy. However,&nbsp;Kodjo-Grandvaux believes that the defining trend for modern African philosophy can be summarized in how it has evolved from its colonial influence. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>In a discussion of the book, her colleague at Jeune Afrique Nicolas Michel presents&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jeuneafrique.com/Articles/Dossier/JA2744p124.xml0/codesria-art-africain-multipartisme-panafricanismemeditations-africaines-a-la-rencontre-des-intellectuels-africains.html" target="_blank">a summary of the origin and evolution of comtemporary African philosophy</a>&nbsp;and Kodjo-Grandvaux&#39;s theories:&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <blockquote><p>En archéologue des idées, Séverine Kodjo-Grandvaux explore les strates d&#39;une épistémologie qui, au cours du dernier siècle, s&#39;est construite essentiellement en réaction à l&#39;Occident. D&#39;abord sous le joug de son influence impérialiste, puis en réaction contre cette emprise [..]&nbsp;avec le mouvement des Indépendances et l&#39;injonction à la décolonisation des esprits, vient le temps d&#39;une pensée cherchant à se replier sur « l&#39;identité africaine », contre le moule occidental. Un « retour au sources » risqué : « Dès lors que la philosophie cherche à se penser de manière « nationalitaire », c&#39;est-à-dire continentale, nationale, ethnique, elle doit éviter plusieurs écueils, notamment celui de l&#39;esprit collectif et celui de la particularisation excessive », écrit l&#39;auteur. L&#39;apport de la philosophie occidentale comme celui des autres courants de pensée ne doit pas être rejeté.&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>In her role as an archaeologist of ideas, Séverine Kodjo-Grandvaux explores the layers of a discipline which was built mainly in response to the West during the past century. During the colonial period, it moved along under the overarching control of its imperialist colonizers, then it evolved as a counter-reaction against the colonizers&#8217; influence [...] As the Independence movement swept&nbsp;throughout the continent (in the 50&#8242;s), the philosophy of trying to return to &#8220;the African identity&#8221; and move away from the Western mold grew stronger. Kodjo-Grandvaux argues that such a &#8220;return to the origins&#8221; ideology is a risky proposition. She writes: &#8220;As philosophy is trying to fit into a &#8220;regional &#8220;pattern, [i.e, continental, national or ethnic], it must avoid several pitfalls, including the pitfall of homogeneous thinking and excessive isolation&#8221;. The contribution of Western philosophy as well as that of other currents of thought should not be dismissed.</p></blockquote> <p>Kodjo-Grandvaux highlights a debate about ethnophilosophy that African philosophers have been grappling with for a long time: the idea that a particular culture or region has specific philosophy&nbsp;that is fundamentally different from the other philosophical trends is controversial in itself. However, many modern African philosophers&nbsp;argue that their work is a&nbsp;critical reflection on African leaderships and how it impacts their compatriots daily lives. As a result, it is paramount that African philosophy develops in the context of the African continent and communicates to an African audience.</p> <p><strong>2. Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Senegal)&nbsp;</strong></p> <div id="attachment_480452" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 393px"><a href="http://www.arcre.org/wp-content/uploads/Souleymane-Bachir-Diagne.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-480452" alt="Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Senegalese philosopher and pionner of the new African philosophy scence - Public Domain " src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Souleymane-Bachir-Diagne.jpg" width="393" height="262" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Senegalese philosopher and pionner of the new African philosophy scence &#8211; Public Domain</p></div> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souleymane_Bachir_Diagne">Souleymane Bachir Diagne</a>, a Senegalese philosopher and professor at Columbia University, believes that African philosophers must make their work more accessible to their compatriots. He <a href="http://www.slateafrique.com/37461/souleymane-bachir-diagne-philosopher-en-afrique">opines</a>: &nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>Nous devons produire nous-mêmes des textes en langues africaines et un de mes anciens élèves américain travaille en ce sens à une anthologie de textes de philosophes africains auxquels il a demandé d’écrire des articles dans leur propre langue. Des locuteurs de cette langue sont ensuite chargés de les traduire en anglais.&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>We need to produce our own texts in African languages​​ and one of my former American students is working towards making an anthology of texts written by African philosophers who were asked to write articles in their own language. Then, native speakers will translate them to English.&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <div id="attachment_481814" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 378px"><a href="http://pencilsforafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/africa-ubuntu.png"><img class="size-full wp-image-481814 aligncenter" alt="African Ubuntu philosophy via Pencils for Africa - Public Domain " src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/africa-ubuntu.png" width="378" height="378" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">African Ubuntu philosophy via Pencils for Africa &#8211; Public Domain</p></div> <p><strong>3. Léonce Ndikumana&nbsp;(Burundi)&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>In addition to the importance of addressing their African constituents better, there are other trending ideas that are coming forth today from African philosophers. <a href="http://www.ndikumana.com/">Léonce Ndikumana</a>&nbsp;grew up in Burundi and is now a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his book, &#8220;<a href="http://www.peri.umass.edu/odiousdebt/">Africa&#39;s Odious Debt: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent</a>&#8220;,&nbsp;Ndikumana strives to combat many of the common narratives about Africa that are held as facts worldwide, such as the thinking that foreign aid subsidizes the African continent. In fact, <a href="http://www.aefjn.org/index.php/370/articles/capital-flight-and-its-impact-on-africa.html">capital flights from the African continent </a>(1.44 trillion disappears without a trace from African countries, ending up in tax havens or rich countries)&nbsp;largely exceeds that of foreign aid (<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB123758895999200083">50 billion</a>&nbsp;to Africa).&nbsp;</p> <p>Ndikumana&nbsp;is also one of they key opinion leaders in Africa pushing back against international agency guidelines that often go against the will of African citizens.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4. Kwasi Wiredu (Ghana)</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Countering false narratives is a growing trend among African intellectuals.&nbsp;Kwasi Wiredu, a Ghanaian philosopher, is one of those trying to do just that. He argues that a multiparty political system, often regarded as the base of democracy, is not always conducive to unity and stability. Instead, a democracy of <a href="http://philpapers.org/rec/KWADBC">consensus is a better suited</a> to the African context:</p> <blockquote><p>Given that democracy is government by consent, the question is whether a less adversarial system than the party system, which is bound up with majoritarian decision-making, cannot be devised.&nbsp;It is an important fact that reasonable human beings can come to an agreement about what is to be done by virtue of compromise without agreeing on issues of truth or morality.</p></blockquote> <p><strong>5. Kwame Anthony Appiah (Ghana)</strong></p> <p>However, another Ghanaian philosopher,<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwame_Anthony_Appiah#Career"> Kwame Anthony Appiah</a>, who currently teaches at New York University, is bucking the trend of Afrocentrism from African philosophers. &nbsp;He argues that Afrocentrism&nbsp;is an outdated concept. He believes one should <a href="http://news.fiu.edu/2010/04/kwame-appiah-discusses-%E2%80%98world-citizenship%E2%80%99-at-fiu/13443">encourage more trans-cultural conversation</a> and less &#8220;regionalism&#8221;:</p> <blockquote><p>[Ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes]&nbsp;rejected the conventional view that every civilized person belonged to a community among communities [...]&nbsp;A global community of cosmopolitans will want to learn about other ways of life on radio, on television shows, through anthropology and history, through novels movies, news stories and newspapers, and on the Web. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/lova-rakotomalala/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rakotomalala'>Rakotomalala</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/24/5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F24%2F5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism%2F&#038;text=5+Modern+African+Thinkers+on+Identity%2C+Language+and+Regionalism&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F24%2F5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F24%2F5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism%2F&#038;title=5+Modern+African+Thinkers+on+Identity%2C+Language+and+Regionalism' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F24%2F5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/24/5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/24/5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-l...</a> </div> </div> </div> Arts & Culture Burundi Burundi Cape Town Citizen Citizen Media Côte d'Ivoire Education English French Ghana Ghana Good News Governance Ideas Kenya Literature Massachusetts New York Rakotomalala Religion Senegal senegal South Africa South Africa sub-Saharan Africa Weblog Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:29:47 +0000 feed 310592 at http://newsmotion.org 5 Modern African Thinkers on Identity, Language and Regionalism http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/5-modern-african-thinkers-identity-language-and-regionalism-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 Modern African Thinkers on Identity, Language and Regionalism </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 07/24/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_481872" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/21624621@N04/4709425615"><img class="size-large wp-image-481872" alt="Street Philosophy at City Bowl, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, by Anne Fröhlich on Flickr - CC license-NC-2.0" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/4709425615_9d70078778_o-800x536.jpg" width="800" height="536" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Street Philosophy at City Bowl, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, by Anne Fröhlich on Flickr &#8211; CC license-NC-2.0</p></div> <div>African philosophy is generally overlooked in the field of philosophy. The reasons for that are unclear. Some argue that it may be because African philosophy is closely tied to its oral traditions, making its extended history difficult to share to a larger audience. Others argue that its Afrocentric nature makes it less palatable to the rest of the world.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nigerian born Philosopher K.C. Anyanwu&nbsp;<a href="http://www.crvp.org/book/series02/ii-2/chapter_i.htm">defines</a>&nbsp;African philosophy as &#8220;that which concerns itself with the way in which African people of the past and present make sense of their destiny and of the world in which they live.&#8221;&nbsp;Although it remains mostly a mystery to other countries,&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_philosophy">African philosophy</a>&nbsp;is a well-established discipline, enriched by centuries of research dating back to&nbsp;Ancient Egyptian philosophy&nbsp;to the modern post-colonial thinking. Throughout its history, African philosophy has made important contributions to Greek philosophy,&nbsp;mostly&nbsp;through Egyptian philosopher&nbsp;<a title="Plotinus" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plotinus">Plotinus</a>&nbsp;who was instrumental in continuing the Greek tradition of&nbsp;Plato&#39;s philosophical&nbsp;academy, and to Christian philosophy via Algerian thinker <a title="Augustine of Hippo" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustine_of_Hippo">Augustine of Hippo</a>,&nbsp;who established the notion of the&nbsp;<a title="Original sin" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_sin">original sin</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To further understand the current&nbsp;evolution&nbsp;of&nbsp;contemporary African philosophy, here are five thinkers that you ought to&nbsp;keep track of&nbsp;from the continent: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>1. Séverine Kodjo-Grandvaux (Côte d&#39;Ivoire)&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Séverine Kodjo-Grandvaux is an Ivorian writer for magazine Jeune Afrique and the author of &#8220;Philosophies africaines&#8221; (African Philosophy), in which she reviews the current elite of African philosophers.&nbsp;She writes that&nbsp;modern African philosophy has been usually classified into<a href="http://books.google.fr/books/about/An_Introduction_to_African_Philosophy.html?id=7d9bAAAAQBAJ&amp;redir_esc=y"> 4 main groups</a>: ethnophilosophy, philosophical sagacity, nationalistic–ideological philosophy, and professional philosophy. However,&nbsp;Kodjo-Grandvaux believes that the defining trend for modern African philosophy can be summarized in how it has evolved from its colonial influence. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>In a discussion of the book, her colleague at Jeune Afrique Nicolas Michel presents&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jeuneafrique.com/Articles/Dossier/JA2744p124.xml0/codesria-art-africain-multipartisme-panafricanismemeditations-africaines-a-la-rencontre-des-intellectuels-africains.html" target="_blank">a summary of the origin and evolution of comtemporary African philosophy</a>&nbsp;and Kodjo-Grandvaux&#39;s theories:&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <blockquote><p>En archéologue des idées, Séverine Kodjo-Grandvaux explore les strates d&#39;une épistémologie qui, au cours du dernier siècle, s&#39;est construite essentiellement en réaction à l&#39;Occident. D&#39;abord sous le joug de son influence impérialiste, puis en réaction contre cette emprise [..]&nbsp;avec le mouvement des Indépendances et l&#39;injonction à la décolonisation des esprits, vient le temps d&#39;une pensée cherchant à se replier sur « l&#39;identité africaine », contre le moule occidental. Un « retour au sources » risqué : « Dès lors que la philosophie cherche à se penser de manière « nationalitaire », c&#39;est-à-dire continentale, nationale, ethnique, elle doit éviter plusieurs écueils, notamment celui de l&#39;esprit collectif et celui de la particularisation excessive », écrit l&#39;auteur. L&#39;apport de la philosophie occidentale comme celui des autres courants de pensée ne doit pas être rejeté.&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>In her role as an archaeologist of ideas, Séverine Kodjo-Grandvaux explores the layers of a discipline which was built mainly in response to the West during the past century. During the colonial period, it moved along under the overarching control of its imperialist colonizers, then it evolved as a counter-reaction against the colonizers&#8217; influence [...] As the Independence movement swept&nbsp;throughout the continent (in the 50&#8242;s), the philosophy of trying to return to &#8220;the African identity&#8221; and move away from the Western mold grew stronger. Kodjo-Grandvaux argues that such a &#8220;return to the origins&#8221; ideology is a risky proposition. She writes: &#8220;As philosophy is trying to fit into a &#8220;regional &#8220;pattern, [i.e, continental, national or ethnic], it must avoid several pitfalls, including the pitfall of homogeneous thinking and excessive isolation&#8221;. The contribution of Western philosophy as well as that of other currents of thought should not be dismissed.</p></blockquote> <p>Kodjo-Grandvaux highlights a debate about ethnophilosophy that African philosophers have been grappling with for a long time: the idea that a particular culture or region has specific philosophy&nbsp;that is fundamentally different from the other philosophical trends is controversial in itself. However, many modern African philosophers&nbsp;argue that their work is a&nbsp;critical reflection on African leaderships and how it impacts their compatriots daily lives. As a result, it is paramount that African philosophy develops in the context of the African continent and communicates to an African audience.</p> <p><strong>2. Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Senegal)&nbsp;</strong></p> <div id="attachment_480452" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 393px"><a href="http://www.arcre.org/wp-content/uploads/Souleymane-Bachir-Diagne.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-480452" alt="Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Senegalese philosopher and pionner of the new African philosophy scence - Public Domain " src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Souleymane-Bachir-Diagne.jpg" width="393" height="262" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Senegalese philosopher and pionner of the new African philosophy scence &#8211; Public Domain</p></div> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souleymane_Bachir_Diagne">Souleymane Bachir Diagne</a>, a Senegalese philosopher and professor at Columbia University, believes that African philosophers must make their work more accessible to their compatriots. He <a href="http://www.slateafrique.com/37461/souleymane-bachir-diagne-philosopher-en-afrique">opines</a>: &nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>Nous devons produire nous-mêmes des textes en langues africaines et un de mes anciens élèves américain travaille en ce sens à une anthologie de textes de philosophes africains auxquels il a demandé d’écrire des articles dans leur propre langue. Des locuteurs de cette langue sont ensuite chargés de les traduire en anglais.&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>We need to produce our own texts in African languages​​ and one of my former American students is working towards making an anthology of texts written by African philosophers who were asked to write articles in their own language. Then, native speakers will translate them to English.&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <div id="attachment_481814" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 378px"><a href="http://pencilsforafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/africa-ubuntu.png"><img class="size-full wp-image-481814 aligncenter" alt="African Ubuntu philosophy via Pencils for Africa - Public Domain " src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/africa-ubuntu.png" width="378" height="378" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">African Ubuntu philosophy via Pencils for Africa &#8211; Public Domain</p></div> <p><strong>3. Léonce Ndikumana&nbsp;(Burundi)&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>In addition to the importance of addressing their African constituents better, there are other trending ideas that are coming forth today from African philosophers. <a href="http://www.ndikumana.com/">Léonce Ndikumana</a>&nbsp;grew up in Burundi and is now a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his book, &#8220;<a href="http://www.peri.umass.edu/odiousdebt/">Africa&#39;s Odious Debt: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent</a>&#8220;,&nbsp;Ndikumana strives to combat many of the common narratives about Africa that are held as facts worldwide, such as the thinking that foreign aid subsidizes the African continent. In fact, <a href="http://www.aefjn.org/index.php/370/articles/capital-flight-and-its-impact-on-africa.html">capital flights from the African continent </a>(1.44 trillion disappears without a trace from African countries, ending up in tax havens or rich countries)&nbsp;largely exceeds that of foreign aid (<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB123758895999200083">50 billion</a>&nbsp;to Africa).&nbsp;</p> <p>Ndikumana&nbsp;is also one of they key opinion leaders in Africa pushing back against international agency guidelines that often go against the will of African citizens.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4. Kwasi Wiredu (Ghana)</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Countering false narratives is a growing trend among African intellectuals.&nbsp;Kwasi Wiredu, a Ghanaian philosopher, is one of those trying to do just that. He argues that a multiparty political system, often regarded as the base of democracy, is not always conducive to unity and stability. Instead, a democracy of <a href="http://philpapers.org/rec/KWADBC">consensus is a better suited</a> to the African context:</p> <blockquote><p>Given that democracy is government by consent, the question is whether a less adversarial system than the party system, which is bound up with majoritarian decision-making, cannot be devised.&nbsp;It is an important fact that reasonable human beings can come to an agreement about what is to be done by virtue of compromise without agreeing on issues of truth or morality.</p></blockquote> <p><strong>5. Kwame Anthony Appiah (Ghana)</strong></p> <p>However, another Ghanaian philosopher,<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwame_Anthony_Appiah#Career"> Kwame Anthony Appiah</a>, who currently teaches at New York University, is bucking the trend of Afrocentrism from African philosophers. &nbsp;He argues that Afrocentrism&nbsp;is an outdated concept. He believes one should <a href="http://news.fiu.edu/2010/04/kwame-appiah-discusses-%E2%80%98world-citizenship%E2%80%99-at-fiu/13443">encourage more trans-cultural conversation</a> and less &#8220;regionalism&#8221;:</p> <blockquote><p>[Ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes]&nbsp;rejected the conventional view that every civilized person belonged to a community among communities [...]&nbsp;A global community of cosmopolitans will want to learn about other ways of life on radio, on television shows, through anthropology and history, through novels movies, news stories and newspapers, and on the Web. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/lova-rakotomalala/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rakotomalala'>Rakotomalala</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/24/5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism/#comments" title="comments">comments (1) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F24%2F5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism%2F&#038;text=5+Modern+African+Thinkers+on+Identity%2C+Language+and+Regionalism&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F24%2F5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F24%2F5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism%2F&#038;title=5+Modern+African+Thinkers+on+Identity%2C+Language+and+Regionalism' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F07%2F24%2F5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/24/5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-language-and-regionalism/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/24/5-modern-african-thinkers-on-identity-l...</a> </div> </div> </div> Arts & Culture Burundi Burundi Cape Town Citizen Citizen Media Côte d'Ivoire Education English French Ghana Ghana Good News Governance Ideas Kenya Literature Massachusetts New York Rakotomalala Religion Senegal senegal South Africa South Africa sub-Saharan Africa Weblog Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:29:47 +0000 feed 310763 at http://newsmotion.org Crossing language barriers http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/crossing-language-barriers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crossing language barriers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More than 200 ethnic representatives are convening in Rangoon to brainstorm an ethnic language curriculum, based on a modern communicative approach rather than traditional teaching methods.</p> <p>The move comes after the Thein Sein government gave the green light last year to minority languages being introduced in ethnic state schools, which until now taught exclusively in Burmese. Some 40 percent of the nation’s population are ethnic minorities.</p> <p>On Monday, representatives from 18 different ethnicities – including Kachin, Karenni, Karen, Chin, Mon, Naga, Pa-O, Palaung, Danu and Ka-Yun educators – came together for a 21- 24 July workshop at Rangoon’s Summit Parkview Hotel, co-hosted by the Ministry of Education’s Basic Education Curriculum, Syllabus and Textbook Committee and UNICEF.</p> <div class="related-box"><h3 class="widget-title fix"><span>Related Stories</span></h3><ul class="widget_wpb_tabs"><li><img width="326" height="231" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/River-Gallery-II-space-326x231.jpg" class="attachment-226x160 wp-post-image" alt="River Gallery II (PHOTO: Jessica Mudditt)" /><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/burmas-fledgling-contemporary-art-market-burma-myanmar/42237"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Burma’s Fledgling Contemporary Art Market</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/bullet-points-news-burma-myanmar-3/42142"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Bullet Points</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/dvb-video/teashop-kids-get-second-chance-in-class-burma-myanmar/42140"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Teashop kids get second chance in class</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> <p>Sai Naw Hkay, chairman of the Shan Literature and Culture Association, said representatives are discussing the introduction of curricula and syllabi that incorporate interactive lessons, as opposed to the much-maligned traditional system of textbook repetition.</p> <p>He said the new plan would be aimed at ethnic children aged five to eight, and that such an approach would strengthen pupils’ physical, intellectual and character development.</p> <p>“The conference aims to discuss the drafting of an ethnic language-based curriculum, beginning next year under a new education policy,” said Sai Naw Hkay.</p> <p>“Rather than sticking to conventional teaching methods, we are debating the benefits of using pictures, reciting ethnic poetry and songs, and other tasks that will open children’s minds.”</p> <p>He said it had yet to be decided which ethnic areas will carry the new curriculum.</p> <p>Naga representative Annu Sai Nyi, from the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Division, said local schools in the region have long employed an unofficial Naga language curriculum, but being able to share experiences with other ethnic educators would prepare them better for the future.</p> <p>Naw Shee La, a Karen representative at the event, said she believed an ethnic curriculum, jointly-drafted by the various nationalities, will help restore pride and identity to their respective cultures and traditions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/crossing-language-barriers-burma-myanmar/42675" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/crossing-language-barriers-burma-myanmar/42675</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen curriculum Education Ethnic issues Lead Story naga NANG MYA NADI news Rangoon schools teaching Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:05:38 +0000 feed 310262 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall: “America Will Succeed If We Are Investing in Our Young People” http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-my-brother%E2%80%99s-keeper-town-hall-%E2%80%9Camerica-will-succeed-if-we-are-investin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall: “America Will Succeed If We Are Investing in Our Young People” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">This afternoon, President Obama visited the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C. to participate in a town hall with youth, and to announce&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/fact-sheet-president-obama-applauds-new-commitments-support-my-brother-s">new commitments</a>&nbsp;in support of the My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper Initiative.</p> <p class="p1">As the President said today, &quot;We want fewer young men in jail; we want more of them in college. We want fewer young men on the streets; we want more in the boardrooms. We want everybody to have a chance to succeed in America. And it&rsquo;s possible if we&rsquo;ve got the kind of team that we set up today.&quot;</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sV_jCMqCfo&amp;list=UUYxRlFDqcWM4y7FfpiAN3KQ">Watch President Obama</a>&nbsp;answer questions during today&rsquo;s town hall:</p> <p class="rtecenter"></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sV_jCMqCfo">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-obama-my-brother-s-keeper-town-hall-america-will-succeed-if-we-are-investi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-obama-my-brother-s-keeper-town-hall-america-will-succeed-if-we-are-investi" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-obama-my-brother-s-keeper-to...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Cameron Brenchley Education Jobs Keeper Initiative Laurene Powell Jobs Official The President Urban Policy Washington Washington D.C. White House Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:26:28 +0000 feed 309349 at http://newsmotion.org How to Become a Good Father http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/how-become-good-father <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to Become a Good Father </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_246599" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 640px"><img class="size-full wp-image-246599" alt="padreehijo" src="http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/padreehijo.jpg" width="640" height="424" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lonqueta/3531695279/" target="_blank">Image</a> by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lonqueta/" target="_blank">Lon&amp;Queta</a> on flickr <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/" target="_blank">(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)</a>.</p></div> <p>Panamanian Joel Silva Díaz elaborates what many people wonder, especially men: how to be a good father. On his <a href="http://joelsilvadiaz.blogspot.mx/2014/07/mi-mas-grande-reto.html">personal blog</a> he describes his challenges with his own father and his goals as a father:</p> <blockquote><p>&#8230;Recuerdo que veía como un juego el buscar un tema de conversación, debido a mi falta de interés en el deporte, nunca tuvimos una conversación de más de 5 líneas (legítimamente contadas por más de 10 años), pero conociendo otros casos e historias, por lo menos tuve un padre.<br /> [...]<br /> Y es eso lo que quiero mejorar, quiero ser un padre que no haga las cosas sin enterarse, quiero abrazar, quiero besar a mis hijos, presentarle siempre la opción de tomar las mejores decisiones y apoyarlos cuando no tomen las mejores, nunca dudar en mostrarles mi amor y cariño, mucho menos dudar cuando se ganen un coscorrón.<br /> [...]<br /> Pero mi parte no quiero que se quede en un apellido, o un cheque en la quincena, mi parte ha de ser presente, determinante y quiero que mi hijo o hija tenga por lo menos un solo recuerdo lindo impregnado en su corazón, como los domingos de Salsa y el olor a grama recién cortada de los domingos en mi casa.</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>I remember I considered a game to look for something to talk about, due to my lack of interest in sports we never had a conversation longer than five lines (rightfully registered for over ten years), but knowing other cases and stories, I at least had a father.<br /> [...]<br /> And that&#39;s what I want to improve,I want to be a father that does things without noticing it, I want to hug, kiss my children, present them the best option to make the best decisions and support them when they don&#39;t make the good ones, never hesitate in demonstrating my love and care, let alone when they earn a smack on the head.<br /> [...]<br /> As for me, I don&#39;t want a last name to last, nor a check every two weeks, my part has to be present, decisive and I want my child to have at least on only nice memory in their heart, as Salsa and the scent of recently trimmed off grass on Sundays at home.</p></blockquote> <p>Are you, or plan to be a good father?</p> <p>You can read Silva Diaz following his accounts on <a href="https://plus.google.com/115276692371256524052/posts" target="_blank">G+</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/joelsilvadiaz" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> <div class="notes">This post was part of the eleventh <a href="http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/30/comparte-tus-posts-con-global-voices-lunesdeblogsgv/">#LunesDeBlogsGV</a>, (Monday of blogs on GV) on July 14, 2014.</div> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/author/milton-ramirez/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Milton Ramirez'>Milton Ramirez</a></span> &middot; 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