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Newsmotion - Education http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/16/all en Mandalay students protest education bill http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/mandalay-students-protest-education-bill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mandalay students protest education bill </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, 08/28/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Students amassed at Mandalay’s Yadanabon University <span data-term="goog_1027658772">on Wednesday</span> in a second round of protest against Burma’s newly approved education reform package.</p> <p>The National Education Bill awaits the president’s signature since being approved by both houses of parliament in late July. Controversial from the outset, the bill’s detractors claim that it was drafted unilaterally and without enough transparency.</p> <p><span data-term="goog_1027658773">On Wednesday</span>, a crowd of about 100 students gathered to oppose several aspects of the bill, claiming that it creates excessive restrictions on the formation of student unions and centralises Burma’s education system.</p> <p>The National Network for Education Reform (NNER) &#8212; a non-governmental group of education policy advocates comprising teachers, politicians and religious figures &#8212; has <strong><a href="http://www.dvb.no/uncategorized/burmas-education-policy-under-fire-from-academics/38775">consistently hounded the drafting committee for changes</a></strong>. While some recommendations were conceded by the committee, the NNER said as recently as <span data-term="goog_1027658774">Thursday</span> that they reject the legislation and demanded that key features be amended before it can be implemented.</p> <p>The bill mandates the formation of a National Education Commission, which the NNER fears will grant the government too much control over the nation’s schools. They also claim that the new legislation doesn&#8217;t actually reform the education system, but rather re-brands the institutions that have crippled Burma’s schools for decades.</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/School_3_FelizS_2014-326x231.jpg" class="attachment-226x160 wp-post-image" alt="(PHOTO: Feliz Solomon/ DVB)" /><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/education-would-help-stop-child-labor-say-experts-burma-myanmar/43511"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Education would help stop child labour, say experts</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/analysis/growth-at-any-cost-strategic-direction-or-tunnel-vision-burma-myanmar/43486"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Growth at any cost: Strategic direction or tunnel vision?</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/drugs-and-development-in-the-wa-region-burma-myanmar/43420"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Drugs and development in the Wa region</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> <p>Many have also taken issue with a lack of transparency throughout drafting and parliamentary procedures. Students at the demonstration said that while they were told that the bill was reconsidered and amended to address complaints, the public was never made aware about this.</p> <p>“We were informed that there were 71 amendments made to the law, but students were not informed clearly,” a spokesperson for the Yadanabon Students Union told <em>DVB</em> <span data-term="goog_1027658775">on Wednesday</span>, adding that students ought to be involved in the drafting process.</p> <p>“We don&#8217;t know enough about it. That’s why we are protesting,&#8221; he said.</p> <p><span data-term="goog_1027658776">Wednesday’s</span> demonstration was organised by students of Yadanabon University and was joined by others from Sagaing, Monywa and Kyaukse. A smaller protest was also held at Yadanabon on 21 July, just days before the bill was passed. While the first demonstration drew a crowd of about 50 people, <span data-term="goog_1027658778">Wednesday</span> saw that number doubled.</p> <p>Participants vowed to maintain their opposition to the law and ramp up awareness through a poster campaign.</p> <p>Burma’s education system was stymied under decades of military rule, a period which also saw the imposition of policies geared towards disenfranchisement of the nation’s minorities. The country is sorely short of highly-skilled instructors and the budget allocated for the school system is<strong> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/health-education-spending-to-increase-in-2014-burma-myanmar/35887">under six percent of national spending</a></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/mandalay-students-protest-education-bill-burma-myanmar/43612" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/mandalay-students-protest-education-bill-burma-myanmar/43...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Education Language Lead Story Mandalay Mandalay division news nner PAING SOE Parliament Protest reform schools Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:34:59 +0000 feed 324277 at http://newsmotion.org Kyrgyzstan's Soviet-era Poster Child Gets an iPad http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/kyrgyzstans-soviet-era-poster-child-gets-ipad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyrgyzstan&#039;s Soviet-era Poster Child Gets an iPad </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, 08/27/2014</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_487386" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 824px"><img class=" wp-image-487386" alt="Doch Kyrgyzia" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Doch-Kyrgyzia.png" width="824" height="538" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Kyrgyz daughters old and new. Image mixed by author.</p></div> <p>When he wasn&#39;t depicting Kyrgyzstan&#39;s awesome nature,&nbsp;<a href="http://webstarco.narod.ru/ussr/chujkov.html">Semyon Chuikov</a>, an Honoured Artist of the USSR born in what is now the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek in 1902, was always careful to make sure his artwork didn&#39;t stray beyond the strict, socialist parameters provided for by Soviet artistic policy.</p> <p>Were Chuikov still alive, he might be surprised to learn that one of his most famous and iconic paintings &#8211; &#8220;Daughter of Soviet Kyrgyzia&#8221; &#8211; is being remade with a twist thanks to the help of a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek.</p> <p>&#8220;Daughter of Soviet Kyrgyzia&#8221; is a jewel of Soviet-era propaganda, emphasizing social and economic progress in Moscow&#39;s rural hinterland. The painting&#39;s muse &#8212; a red headscarf-wearing Kyrgyz schoolgirl striding to her classes with an exercise book in hand &#8212; became famous across the USSR. In Kyrgyzstan, then the Soviet Socialist Republic of Kyrgyzia, she turned into something of a national icon.</p> <div id="attachment_487406" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 259px"><img class="size-full wp-image-487406" alt="Daughter of Soviet Kyrgyzia became a union-wide stamp in her heyday." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Daughter-stamp.png" width="259" height="354" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Daughter of Soviet Kyrgyzia became a union-wide stamp in her heyday.</p></div> <p>By the start of the school year this year she will have a new look, <a href="http://www.vb.kg/doc/284578_v_bishkeke_poiavitsia_chetyrehetajnaia_doch_sovetskoy_kirgizii.html">spray-painted</a>&nbsp;onto the facade of a four-story state school in Bishkek, holding what appears to be an iPad and wearing what appear to be Apple&#39;s signature white ear phones. The remake was paid for by the U.S. Embassy and completed by a group of local artists working with an American painter.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some have already registered their irritation at the image, currently half-painted on Bishkek&#39;s School No.12. On independent media outlet Kloop.kg&#39;s facebook page, one user,&nbsp;Rimma Borubaevna Diushenbieva, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kloop.kg/photos/a.10150276172284639.334424.41383354638/10152346459374639/?type=1&amp;comment_id=10152346487189639&amp;offset=0&amp;total_comments=4">wrote</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>можно было картину не трогать: не надо торопиться, лишь бы себя показать или затронуть автора. Это прекрасная картина.</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>They could have avoided defacing the painting: there was no need to rush to show themselves off or take something away from the [original] author. The [original painting] is simply beautiful.</p></blockquote> <p>However, Kloop.kg founder Bektour Iskender <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bektour/posts/10154581570915038">cautioned</a>&nbsp;against sentimentalizing the country&#39;s historical heroes and revelling in the past:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>Конечно, планшет и наушники &#8211; это банальщина невероятная. Но пусть будет. Это хорошо, когда можно безнаказанно модифицировать священное. Я за абсолютную свободу творчества.Не должно быть ничего, на что мы должны бояться дышать. Я хочу, чтобы в моей стране можно было не бояться шутить о Манасе, калпаке, Курманжан датке, Чингизе Айтматове и, разумеется, о любой религии (или об атеизме &#8211; но с этим проблем как раз нет).&nbsp;Мы будем сильны тогда, когда сможем спокойно относиться к юмору над любым явлением нашего прошлого, а не тратить силы на борьбу с мельницами.Я представляю, какие шлакоблоки гнева будут высирать все борцы за святое из-за того, что Дочери советской Киргизии дали в руки планшет. Ну что же, на здоровье.</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Of course, the tablet and headphones &#8211; it&#39;s incredibly trivial. But let it be. It is good when you can modify the sacred with impunity. I am for absolute creative freedom.&nbsp;There should not be anything or anyone around which we should be afraid to breathe. I want my country not to be afraid to joke about <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/08/19/kyrgyzstan-bloggers-take-a-stand-against-manas-pulation/">Manas</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalpak">Kalpaks</a>, <a href="http://www.eurasianet.org/node/67411">Kurmanjan Datka</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinghiz_Aitmatov">Chinghiz Aitmatov</a>&#8230;We are strong when we can relate easily and with humor to any phenomenon of our past, and not when we waste our time fighting with windmills.&nbsp;I can already imagine the embers of fury pouring forth from the soldiers of the sacred, all because the Daughter of Soviet Kyrgyzia has been given a tablet. Well, good health to them.</p></blockquote> <p>The painting will be unveiled at the &#8220;first bell&#8221; of the Kyrgyz school year on September 1. Apple will no doubt pass on their thanks to Washington for the free advert.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/chris-rickleton/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Chris Rickleton'>Chris Rickleton</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/27/kyrgyzstans-soviet-era-poster-child-gets-an-ipad/#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%2F08%2F27%2Fkyrgyzstans-soviet-era-poster-child-gets-an-ipad%2F&#038;text=Kyrgyzstan%27s+Soviet-era+Poster+Child+Gets+an+iPad&#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%2F08%2F27%2Fkyrgyzstans-soviet-era-poster-child-gets-an-ipad%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%2F08%2F27%2Fkyrgyzstans-soviet-era-poster-child-gets-an-ipad%2F&#038;title=Kyrgyzstan%27s+Soviet-era+Poster+Child+Gets+an+iPad' 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%2F08%2F27%2Fkyrgyzstans-soviet-era-poster-child-gets-an-ipad%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; 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Tumblr </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, 08/26/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Today, White House Economist Betsey Stevenson is taking over the popular &quot;I Love Charts&quot; Tumblr blog in honor of Women&#39;s Equality Day. Follow along here, or on the <a href="http://whitehouse.tumblr.com/">White House Tumblr</a>.</p> <p>Hey everyone! Betsey Stevenson here from President Obama&rsquo;s Council of Economic Advisers. In honor of Women&rsquo;s Equality Day, I&rsquo;ll be taking over I Love Charts to tell the story of the progress we&rsquo;ve made in closing the earnings gap between women and men, and the challenges women still face in the workforce.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s get started. Our first chart shows how women are increasingly contributing to family income and now make up about half the workforce. Since 2000, women&rsquo;s labor force participation has dropped slightly, but most of that is because of cyclical factors and an aging population. While older women participate in the workforce at lower rates than younger women, the percent of older women who are working has increased since the mid-1990s, partially offsetting the overall decline.</p> <p>At the other end of the spectrum, young women are more likely to be enrolled in school than they were a generation ago, and that&rsquo;s good news. Since students (even ones who work part-time) are not considered to be in the labor force, increased school enrollment will depress the participation rate.</p> <p>Wanna wonk out some more on this stuff?<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/council_economic_advisors_slides.pdf"> Check out our report on &ldquo;Women&rsquo;s Participation in Education and the Workforce.&rdquo;</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://33.media.tumblr.com/1f74da71bfebb3be6136bf8b4b8156ec/tumblr_naxas8Hv0c1qa0uujo1_1280.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/follow-along-white-house-economist-betsey-stevenson-takes-over-i-love-charts-tumblr" 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/2014/08/26/follow-along-white-house-economist-betsey-stevenson-takes-over-i-love-charts-tumblr" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/26/follow-along-white-house-economist-bet...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Betsey Stevenson Economy Education Higher Education Jobs Lindsay Holst Official Small Business The President White House Women Working Families Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:49:57 +0000 feed 323614 at http://newsmotion.org African Ebola Survivors Share Their Stories of Recovery and Stigma http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/african-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-recovery-and-stigma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> African Ebola Survivors Share Their Stories of Recovery and Stigma </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, 08/25/2014</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_486729" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/niaid/14712255469/in/photostream/"><img class="size-large wp-image-486729" alt="Ebola virus under an electron microscope. Photo by Flickr user NIAID. CC BY 2.0" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/14712255469_0370517757_o-800x547.jpg" width="800" height="547" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ebola virus under an electron microscope. Photo by Flickr user NIAID. CC BY 2.0</p></div> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.afro.who.int/en/clusters-a-programmes/dpc/epidemic-a-pandemic-alert-and-response/outbreak-news/4260-ebola-virus-disease-west-africa-22-august-2014.html">latest figures</a> from the World Health Organization,&nbsp;2,615 cases of Ebola have been reported throughout West Africa and 1,427 people have died&nbsp;in what is being described as the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/05/us-health-ebola-mortality-idUSKBN0G526M20140805">world&#39;s worst outbreak of the virus</a>.&nbsp;There is no confirmed cure for Ebola, and the mortality rate for the latest outbreak sits at <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/19/ebola-who-encouraging-signs/14281055/">around 50 percent</a>&nbsp;&#8211; although previous outbreaks have seen <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/">up to 90 percent</a> of the infected perish.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those who have survived Ebola have remarkable tales of resilience and heroic care from local health workers, but also of sadness and rejection because of ignorance about the disease.</p> <p>On Aug. 20, the WHO published a video on YouTube showcasing three of those survivors: Saah Tambah and Harrison Sakilla from Liberia and&nbsp;Matu Kamara from Sierra Leone.</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5P9xj9j9Hgs?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Saah Tambah explains how he became infected and his life since his recovery:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>I got the Ebola from an uncle in Koindu. I went to visit him for two nights because there was no one to take care of him. After a few days, he died and then his wife and daughter died too [..] I started vomiting and suffered from diarrhea so I went to the clinic. When I got sick, my family doubted my recovery. Thank god for the doctors. They gave me a certificate that indicates I am free of Ebola in case anyone would still doubt.&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>Harrison Sakilla, 39, is from Foya in the north of Liberia. He is the first survivor from his area. He lost his mother to the disease. He says:</p> <blockquote><p>I got the disease caring for my mother. If someone starts to see symptoms, one should go to an Ebola health center. They will provide care and one can make it out. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>Matu Kamara, 52, says she lost her sister and her child to Ebola:</p> <blockquote><p>My daughter felt sick after caring from my husband&#39;s other wife. She was feeling cold. I took her to the hospital and they gave her medicine. She felt better but then later she started vomiting. She died in our arms. I felt sick and began vomiting. I went to the hospital and two days later, I felt better. We survivors from this sickness need a certificate to show to people that we had Ebola and we were treated. Do not wait to become very sick before going to the hospital. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>People who recover from the disease often face heartbreaking post-survival rejection because of a lack of understanding of how the disease spreads.Such is the story of Dr. Melvin Korkor, a doctor of Phebe hospital in Liberia. Korkor has survived Ebola but he explains that his relatives and friends were weary of touching him, as <a href="http://www.frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php/politic/2484-greet-him-from-distance-phebe-doctor-face-ebola-stigma-after-survival">reported on the Liberian-based Front Page Africa Online</a>:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>Even though Korkor said he has been cleared of Ebola, he says that people avoid him. ‘Now, everywhere in my neighborhood, all the looks bore into me like I’m the plague,” he said.&nbsp;FrontPageAfrica&nbsp;reporter who trailed the Phebe doctor on Cuttington campus Monday observed that people left places when he showed up while friends, students and loved ones avoided his handshake or eat with him [...] &#8220;Thanks to God, I am cured. But now I have a new disease: the stigmatization that I am a victim of,” Korkor was quoted by a local radio station in Gbarnga. ‘This disease (the stigma) is worse than the fever.</p></blockquote> <p>Liberia is one of the four countries dealing with the outbreak, alongside Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.</p> <p>Claudius Barnawolo, a Liberian physician&#39;s assistant, also beat the odds and survived Ebola. Front Page Africa Online recorded his testimony and his family members who also felt the stigma of rejection from their community:</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_HPD9NSg5WE?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Awareness about Ebola and how it is spread remains a challenge. Côte d&#39;Ivoire has started an <a href="http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/08/cote-divoire-steps-up-public-education-to-keep-ebola-count-at-zero-amid-west-africas-worst-outbreak/">important Ebola prevention campaign</a>, even though no cases has been detected yet. Ivorian bloggers have repurposed the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for&nbsp;<a href="http://observers.france24.com/fr/content/20140821-une-douche-mousse-lutter-contre-ebola?ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&amp;ns_source=twitter&amp;ns_mchannel=social&amp;ns_linkname=editorial&amp;aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&amp;aef_campaign_date=2014-08-21&amp;utm_source=d">Ebola awareness</a>&nbsp;using the French-language hashtag&nbsp;#moussercontreEbola (lather up against Ebola):</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="375" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/C8p2u7uKW2o?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The work of lab scientists such as Dr. Korkor or Barnawolo to detect and sort out whether ailing patients have Ebola virus is also crucial in fighting the epidemic. Abdoulaye Bah, a volunteer author and translator for Global Voices,&nbsp;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/the-heroic-everyday-work-of-lab-technicians-in-the-fight-against-ebola-in-liberia/">highlighted their work in Liberia</a> (via Jina Moore):</p> <blockquote><p>Jeejuah, 30, and two other women, all volunteers, are cooking for 12 of the most important, but invisible, people in Liberia right now. The dozen meals are meant for the team of technicians that tests the blood of suspected Ebola patients. They visit sick peoples’ homes and overwhelmed Ebola treatment centers, sticking needles in the veins of physically unpredictable, highly contagious people. They then drive their blood back to Liberia’s only medical lab, more than an hour from the capital of Monrovia.</p></blockquote> <p>Evidently fighting (and surviving) Ebola will take a tremendous deal of collective effort in the affected countries, especially considering the stigma inside and outside their borders.In the context of this epidemic, it has never been more crucial for the communities to realize that they need to get organized together in this struggle or they will perish together as fools. </p> <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/2014/08/25/african-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma/#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%2F08%2F25%2Fafrican-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma%2F&#038;text=African+Ebola+Survivors+Share+Their+Stories+of+Recovery+and+Stigma&#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%2F08%2F25%2Fafrican-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma%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%2F08%2F25%2Fafrican-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma%2F&#038;title=African+Ebola+Survivors+Share+Their+Stories+of+Recovery+and+Stigma' 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%2F08%2F25%2Fafrican-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma%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/2014/08/25/african-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/25/african-ebola-survivors-share-their-sto...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Citizen Media Côte d'Ivoire Development Digital Activism Disaster Education English Feature French Good News Governance Guinea Guinea Health Humanitarian Response Ideas Liberia Liberia Monrovia Nigeria Rakotomalala Science Sierra Leone Sierra Leone sub-Saharan Africa Video Weblog Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:29:28 +0000 feed 323103 at http://newsmotion.org African Ebola Survivors Share Their Stories of Recovery and Stigma http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/african-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-recovery-and-stigma-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> African Ebola Survivors Share Their Stories of Recovery and Stigma </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, 08/25/2014</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_486729" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/niaid/14712255469/in/photostream/"><img class="size-large wp-image-486729" alt="Ebola virus under an electron microscope. Photo by Flickr user NIAID. CC BY 2.0" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/14712255469_0370517757_o-800x547.jpg" width="800" height="547" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ebola virus under an electron microscope. Photo by Flickr user NIAID. CC BY 2.0</p></div> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.afro.who.int/en/clusters-a-programmes/dpc/epidemic-a-pandemic-alert-and-response/outbreak-news/4260-ebola-virus-disease-west-africa-22-august-2014.html">latest figures</a> from the World Health Organization,&nbsp;2,615 cases of Ebola have been reported throughout West Africa and 1,427 people have died&nbsp;in what is being described as the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/05/us-health-ebola-mortality-idUSKBN0G526M20140805">world&#39;s worst outbreak of the virus</a>.&nbsp;There is no confirmed cure for Ebola, and the mortality rate for the latest outbreak sits at <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/19/ebola-who-encouraging-signs/14281055/">around 50 percent</a>&nbsp;&#8211; although previous outbreaks have seen <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/">up to 90 percent</a> of the infected perish.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those who have survived Ebola have remarkable tales of resilience and heroic care from local health workers, but also of sadness and rejection because of ignorance about the disease.</p> <p>On Aug. 20, the WHO published a video on YouTube showcasing three of those survivors: Saah Tambah and Harrison Sakilla from Liberia and&nbsp;Matu Kamara from Sierra Leone.</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5P9xj9j9Hgs?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Saah Tambah explains how he became infected and his life since his recovery:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>I got the Ebola from an uncle in Koindu. I went to visit him for two nights because there was no one to take care of him. After a few days, he died and then his wife and daughter died too [..] I started vomiting and suffered from diarrhea so I went to the clinic. When I got sick, my family doubted my recovery. Thank god for the doctors. They gave me a certificate that indicates I am free of Ebola in case anyone would still doubt.&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>Harrison Sakilla, 39, is from Foya in the north of Liberia. He is the first survivor from his area. He lost his mother to the disease. He says:</p> <blockquote><p>I got the disease caring for my mother. If someone starts to see symptoms, one should go to an Ebola health center. They will provide care and one can make it out. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>Matu Kamara, 52, says she lost her sister and her child to Ebola:</p> <blockquote><p>My daughter felt sick after caring from my husband&#39;s other wife. She was feeling cold. I took her to the hospital and they gave her medicine. She felt better but then later she started vomiting. She died in our arms. I felt sick and began vomiting. I went to the hospital and two days later, I felt better. We survivors from this sickness need a certificate to show to people that we had Ebola and we were treated. Do not wait to become very sick before going to the hospital. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>People who recover from the disease often face heartbreaking post-survival rejection because of a lack of understanding of how the disease spreads.Such is the story of Dr. Melvin Korkor, a doctor of Phebe hospital in Liberia. Korkor has survived Ebola but he explains that his relatives and friends were weary of touching him, as <a href="http://www.frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php/politic/2484-greet-him-from-distance-phebe-doctor-face-ebola-stigma-after-survival">reported on the Liberian-based Front Page Africa Online</a>:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>Even though Korkor said he has been cleared of Ebola, he says that people avoid him. ‘Now, everywhere in my neighborhood, all the looks bore into me like I’m the plague,” he said.&nbsp;FrontPageAfrica&nbsp;reporter who trailed the Phebe doctor on Cuttington campus Monday observed that people left places when he showed up while friends, students and loved ones avoided his handshake or eat with him [...] &#8220;Thanks to God, I am cured. But now I have a new disease: the stigmatization that I am a victim of,” Korkor was quoted by a local radio station in Gbarnga. ‘This disease (the stigma) is worse than the fever.</p></blockquote> <p>Liberia is one of the four countries dealing with the outbreak, alongside Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.</p> <p>Claudius Barnawolo, a Liberian physician&#39;s assistant, also beat the odds and survived Ebola. Front Page Africa Online recorded his testimony and his family members who also felt the stigma of rejection from their community:</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_HPD9NSg5WE?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Awareness about Ebola and how it is spread remains a challenge. Côte d&#39;Ivoire has started an <a href="http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/08/cote-divoire-steps-up-public-education-to-keep-ebola-count-at-zero-amid-west-africas-worst-outbreak/">important Ebola prevention campaign</a>, even though no cases has been detected yet. Ivorian bloggers have repurposed the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for&nbsp;<a href="http://observers.france24.com/fr/content/20140821-une-douche-mousse-lutter-contre-ebola?ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&amp;ns_source=twitter&amp;ns_mchannel=social&amp;ns_linkname=editorial&amp;aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&amp;aef_campaign_date=2014-08-21&amp;utm_source=d">Ebola awareness</a>&nbsp;using the French-language hashtag&nbsp;#moussercontreEbola (lather up against Ebola):</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="375" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/C8p2u7uKW2o?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The work of lab scientists such as Dr. Korkor or Barnawolo to detect and sort out whether ailing patients have Ebola virus is also crucial in fighting the epidemic. Abdoulaye Bah, a volunteer author and translator for Global Voices,&nbsp;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/the-heroic-everyday-work-of-lab-technicians-in-the-fight-against-ebola-in-liberia/">highlighted their work in Liberia</a> (via Jina Moore):</p> <blockquote><p>Jeejuah, 30, and two other women, all volunteers, are cooking for 12 of the most important, but invisible, people in Liberia right now. The dozen meals are meant for the team of technicians that tests the blood of suspected Ebola patients. They visit sick peoples’ homes and overwhelmed Ebola treatment centers, sticking needles in the veins of physically unpredictable, highly contagious people. They then drive their blood back to Liberia’s only medical lab, more than an hour from the capital of Monrovia.</p></blockquote> <p>Evidently fighting (and surviving) Ebola will take a tremendous deal of collective effort in the affected countries, especially considering the stigma inside and outside their borders.In the context of this epidemic, it has never been more crucial for the communities to realize that they need to get organized together in this struggle or they will perish together as fools. </p> <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/2014/08/25/african-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma/#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%2F08%2F25%2Fafrican-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma%2F&#038;text=African+Ebola+Survivors+Share+Their+Stories+of+Recovery+and+Stigma&#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%2F08%2F25%2Fafrican-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma%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%2F08%2F25%2Fafrican-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma%2F&#038;title=African+Ebola+Survivors+Share+Their+Stories+of+Recovery+and+Stigma' 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%2F08%2F25%2Fafrican-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma%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/2014/08/25/african-ebola-survivors-share-their-stories-of-recovery-and-stigma/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/25/african-ebola-survivors-share-their-sto...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Citizen Media Côte d'Ivoire Development Digital Activism Disaster Education English Feature French Good News Governance Guinea Guinea Health Humanitarian Response Ideas Liberia Liberia Monrovia Nigeria Rakotomalala Science Sierra Leone Sierra Leone sub-Saharan Africa Video Weblog Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:29:28 +0000 feed 323210 at http://newsmotion.org Education would help stop child labour, say experts http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/education-would-help-stop-child-labour-say-experts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Education would help stop child labour, say experts </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, 08/25/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A compulsory middle school education for all children in Burma would help to eradicate child labour in the country, several educational experts have said.</p> <p>Such a school system, free but mandatory for all children up to grade eight – usually 13 to 14 years of age – would reduce the likelihood of children being recruited to work in tea shops, agriculture, construction projects or other forms of labour currently common in Burma, they said.</p> <p>Though primary school education is both free and compulsory in Burma, middle school (junior high) is free of cost, but not mandatory.</p> <p>Children should receive a free public education for no less than nine years, said Thu Thu Mar from the National Network for Education.</p> <p>“The new Education Law requires all children to attend primary school,” she said. “But the law requires that this is extended step-by-step until we have a system whereby kids cannot drop out of school until they finish middle school. This will help stop the recruitment of child soldiers and child labourers.”</p> <p>Parliamentarian Nyo Nyo Thin said free and compulsory education should be a long-term goal and that the government must tackle the increasing number of school drop-outs due to poverty.</p> <p>“It is the duty of the state to offer education as a basic human right,” she said. “Children are currently obliged to go to primary school; we want that requirement to extend to a middle school education.”</p> <p>Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor, which is due to roll-out Internet and telephone networks across Burma starting in September, <a href="https://www.dvb.no/news/telenor-discovers-child-labourers-on-its-sites-burma-myanmar/43449"><strong>announced on Thursday that it has discovered cases of underage labour in its supply chain</strong>.</a></p> <p>In a corporate webcast, Telenor said it had uncovered three situations where a total of six underage workers were employed by the group’s partners or sub-contractors, and that it had taken steps to remove the young people from the sites.</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/2014/08/Wa-wikicommons-326x231.jpg" class="attachment-226x160 wp-post-image" alt="A Wa woman feeds a child. (PHOTO: Wikicommons)" /><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/drugs-and-development-in-the-wa-region-burma-myanmar/43420"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Drugs and development in the Wa region</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/bullet-points-22-august-2014-burma-myanmar/43466"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Bullet Points: 22 August 2014</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/telenor-discovers-child-labourers-on-its-sites-burma-myanmar/43449"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Telenor discovers child labourers on its sites</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> <p>“We have a strict policy on underage labour,” Telenor spokesperson Hanne Knudsen told <em>DVB</em> on Friday. “All our partners in Myanmar [Burma] sign the Supplier Conduct Principles, which states that nobody under 15 years will be employed directly or indirectly for Telenor business. This is in line with recognised international ILO [International Labour Organization] conventions. Additionally, Telenor Group has defined the age requirement for tower construction sites as a minimum of 18 years as we consider some aspects of work on construction sites as potentially hazardous.”</p> <p>Selim Benaissa, the chief technical advisor for ILO&#8217;s Myanmar Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, confirmed to <em>DVB</em> on Monday that Burma has ratified ILO conventions that bar children from being involved in hazardous work.</p> <p>“Myanmar ratified ILO Convention 182 in December 2013 and therefore has to develop a hazardous list of work to be prohibited [for those] under 18 (including exceptions for the 16-17 age group),” he said.</p> <p>“It is crucial to keep in mind that the prevention and elimination of child labour is a long process that involves multiple actors of society working in synergies. For foreign companies, who are key actors in this landscape, responsible action should be taken in consideration of the impact it can have on the families and children, in the sense of the additional hardship it can put on the families, as well as potentially resulting in pushing children who are currently employed to more invisible worst forms of child labour. Government, workers, employers and other civil society organizations and individuals – each have an important role to play.”</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/education-would-help-stop-child-labor-say-experts-burma-myanmar/43511" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/education-would-help-stop-child-labor-say-experts-burma-m...</a> </div> </div> </div> Burma child labour child soldiers children Citizen DVB Education junior high school Labor labour issues Lead Story middle school news primary school Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:09:01 +0000 feed 322876 at http://newsmotion.org Education Is Syria's ‘Chance for Change’ http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/education-syrias-%E2%80%98chance-change%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Education Is Syria&#039;s ‘Chance for Change’ </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, 08/24/2014</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_486862" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 960px"><img class="size-full wp-image-486862" alt="Girls play during one of the Kesh Malek projects in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Kesh Malek's website" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20140813065927-1378241_602035829837982_1734256109_n.jpg" width="960" height="640" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Girls play during one of the Kesh Malek projects in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Kesh Malek&#39;s website</p></div> <p><em><span style="color: #888888;">This post was previously published on</span> <a href="http://www.syriauntold.com/en/story/2014/08/21/10263" target="_blank">SyriaUntold.</a></em></p> <p>As military, geostrategic and sectarian aspects of the Syrian conflict monopolize media attention, countless grassroots initiatives continue to challenge the chaos and impunity spreading throughout the country.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chance-4-change-for-syrian-education">Chance4Change</a>&nbsp;is one of the latest initiatives focusing on a better future for Syria by ensuring education for the youngest generations.</p> <p>Launched by civil society youth group&nbsp;<a href="http://Education%20is%20Syria%E2%80%99s%20C%20%E2%80%9CChance%20for%20Change%E2%80%9D/">Kesh Malek</a>&nbsp;(Checkmate), Chance4Change&nbsp;aims to fund 15 schools in areas free of regime control in order to secure their curriculum and ensure they remain independent.</p> <p>“Different groups have tried to control the future of the country by&nbsp;throwing&nbsp;money&nbsp;at a school’s principal, to&nbsp;take over the curriculum and management of the school,” writer Marcel Shehwaro explained to SyriaUntold. &#8220;This is why it is so important to support civil society attempts to provide a future for the country through a good independent educational system.&#8221;</p> <p>In the words of&nbsp;another of the campaign&#39;s founders,&nbsp;in the area where they work&nbsp;&#8221;there is no longer the&nbsp;risk that schools will fall in the hands of extremists. We have already dealt with this kind of problem,&nbsp;&nbsp;and one of the reasons for&nbsp;our campaign is to stop&nbsp;donors, whoever they are, from trying to take over schools in Syria and try to force their ideologies on children.&#8221;</p> <p>Regarding the curriculum in the&nbsp;schools, the project follows&nbsp;the official Syrian curriculum, &#8220;excluding specificly&nbsp;regime-affiliated subjects,&nbsp;such as the Baath propaganda book called &#8216;National&#39;&#8221;, he&nbsp;adds.</p> <p>In addition to classes, the project will also provide healthcare for children by linking them with health centers. “Psychological troubles and traumas resulting from the conditions of war will also be dealt with”, Kesh Malek activists explain on the campaign’s website. “Finally, we believe that it is crucial to provide the pupils with skills that can help them throughout their life.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_486864" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 960px"><img class="size-full wp-image-486864" alt="Children during of the Kesh Malek projects in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Kesh Malek's website." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20140813065957-1391902_602035833171315_885525259_n.jpg" width="960" height="640" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Children during of the Kesh Malek projects in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Kesh Malek&#39;s website.</p></div> <p>It is not the first initiative by the Aleppo-based group, which has been focusing on education and non-violence since early in the uprising. Kesh Malek has launched and participated in campaigns such as Eulogy For Fear, and My Country, I Dream… along with cleaning patrols, a new school named under martyr Musfa Qurman, and a festival for children in the neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr.</p> <p>Their latest initiative, Chance4Change,&nbsp;calls on groups interested in the future of Syria, including Syrians in the country and abroad, and anyone focused on strengthening civil society to help provide Syrian children with a non-biased education, free of influence from donor ideologies and agendas. To them, they send the following message:</p> <blockquote><p>Do you remember lunch period in the old days? When you and your friends used to make sure you got there early enough to save the seat next to you for your close friends and loved ones? Do you remember the lunch lady who always had her angry face on while she served your happy meal?</p> <p>The vending machine money collector that gets really mad at you when your pop gets stuck and you try to shake the machine to get it down. Remember the locker room jokes right before gym, the whispering and gossiping about the new hot gym instructor? Remember your first homecoming football game? The practice and challenge you had ahead of you especially when the girl you liked came to watch the game and cheered for you?</p> <p>Those memories are among many things that the new Syrian generation has lost. Because they have to go to a small basement to study, afraid of airstrikes. Because playing in the yard is the new luxury civil society groups cannot afford. But there is still a chance for change:</p> <p>The chance now is the science teacher who refused to flee<br /> The chance is the local NGO which opens schools in spite of their limited resources.<br /> The chance is some men and women gathered to rebuild a school building in the neighborhood.<br /> And the chance can be you &#8230; with a small ten dollar donation, you can pay a class teacher salary, two days of electricity, the class for a week, or buy notebooks to one student for the whole year.</p> <p>Your donation could be a chance to change the future of these students.</p> <p>#Chance4Change</p></blockquote> <p><strong>See&nbsp;<a href="http://igg.me/at/keshmalek">the campaign&#39;s website</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/707743429295111/">Facebook event</a>&nbsp;for donations and more details.</strong></p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/syria-untold/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Syria Untold'>Syria Untold</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/24/education-is-syrias-chance-for-change/#comments" title="comments">comments (2) </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%2F08%2F24%2Feducation-is-syrias-chance-for-change%2F&#038;text=Education+Is+Syria%27s+%27Chance+for+Change%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%2F08%2F24%2Feducation-is-syrias-chance-for-change%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%2F08%2F24%2Feducation-is-syrias-chance-for-change%2F&#038;title=Education+Is+Syria%27s+%27Chance+for+Change%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%2F08%2F24%2Feducation-is-syrias-chance-for-change%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/2014/08/24/education-is-syrias-chance-for-change/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/24/education-is-syrias-chance-for-change/</a> </div> </div> </div> Aleppo Citizen Education English Human Rights Middle East & North Africa Photos Syria Syria Syria Untold Weblog Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:30:24 +0000 feed 322695 at http://newsmotion.org Education Is Syria's ‘Chance for Change’ http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/education-syrias-%E2%80%98chance-change%E2%80%99-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Education Is Syria&#039;s ‘Chance for Change’ </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, 08/24/2014</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_486862" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 960px"><img class="size-full wp-image-486862" alt="Girls play during one of the Kesh Malek projects in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Kesh Malek's website" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20140813065927-1378241_602035829837982_1734256109_n.jpg" width="960" height="640" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Girls play during one of the Kesh Malek projects in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Kesh Malek&#39;s website</p></div> <p><em><span style="color: #888888;">This post was previously published on</span> <a href="http://www.syriauntold.com/en/story/2014/08/21/10263" target="_blank">SyriaUntold.</a></em></p> <p>As military, geostrategic and sectarian aspects of the Syrian conflict monopolize media attention, countless grassroots initiatives continue to challenge the chaos and impunity spreading throughout the country.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chance-4-change-for-syrian-education">Chance4Change</a>&nbsp;is one of the latest initiatives focusing on a better future for Syria by ensuring education for the youngest generations.</p> <p>Launched by civil society youth group&nbsp;<a href="http://Education%20is%20Syria%E2%80%99s%20C%20%E2%80%9CChance%20for%20Change%E2%80%9D/">Kesh Malek</a>&nbsp;(Checkmate), Chance4Change&nbsp;aims to fund 15 schools in areas free of regime control in order to secure their curriculum and ensure they remain independent.</p> <p>“Different groups have tried to control the future of the country by&nbsp;throwing&nbsp;money&nbsp;at a school’s principal, to&nbsp;take over the curriculum and management of the school,” writer Marcel Shehwaro explained to SyriaUntold. &#8220;This is why it is so important to support civil society attempts to provide a future for the country through a good independent educational system.&#8221;</p> <p>In the words of&nbsp;another of the campaign&#39;s founders,&nbsp;in the area where they work&nbsp;&#8221;there is no longer the&nbsp;risk that schools will fall in the hands of extremists. We have already dealt with this kind of problem,&nbsp;&nbsp;and one of the reasons for&nbsp;our campaign is to stop&nbsp;donors, whoever they are, from trying to take over schools in Syria and try to force their ideologies on children.&#8221;</p> <p>Regarding the curriculum in the&nbsp;schools, the project follows&nbsp;the official Syrian curriculum, &#8220;excluding specificly&nbsp;regime-affiliated subjects,&nbsp;such as the Baath propaganda book called &#8216;National&#39;&#8221;, he&nbsp;adds.</p> <p>In addition to classes, the project will also provide healthcare for children by linking them with health centers. “Psychological troubles and traumas resulting from the conditions of war will also be dealt with”, Kesh Malek activists explain on the campaign’s website. “Finally, we believe that it is crucial to provide the pupils with skills that can help them throughout their life.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_486864" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 960px"><img class="size-full wp-image-486864" alt="Children during of the Kesh Malek projects in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Kesh Malek's website." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20140813065957-1391902_602035833171315_885525259_n.jpg" width="960" height="640" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Children during of the Kesh Malek projects in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Kesh Malek&#39;s website.</p></div> <p>It is not the first initiative by the Aleppo-based group, which has been focusing on education and non-violence since early in the uprising. Kesh Malek has launched and participated in campaigns such as Eulogy For Fear, and My Country, I Dream… along with cleaning patrols, a new school named under martyr Musfa Qurman, and a festival for children in the neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr.</p> <p>Their latest initiative, Chance4Change,&nbsp;calls on groups interested in the future of Syria, including Syrians in the country and abroad, and anyone focused on strengthening civil society to help provide Syrian children with a non-biased education, free of influence from donor ideologies and agendas. To them, they send the following message:</p> <blockquote><p>Do you remember lunch period in the old days? When you and your friends used to make sure you got there early enough to save the seat next to you for your close friends and loved ones? Do you remember the lunch lady who always had her angry face on while she served your happy meal?</p> <p>The vending machine money collector that gets really mad at you when your pop gets stuck and you try to shake the machine to get it down. Remember the locker room jokes right before gym, the whispering and gossiping about the new hot gym instructor? Remember your first homecoming football game? The practice and challenge you had ahead of you especially when the girl you liked came to watch the game and cheered for you?</p> <p>Those memories are among many things that the new Syrian generation has lost. Because they have to go to a small basement to study, afraid of airstrikes. Because playing in the yard is the new luxury civil society groups cannot afford. But there is still a chance for change:</p> <p>The chance now is the science teacher who refused to flee<br /> The chance is the local NGO which opens schools in spite of their limited resources.<br /> The chance is some men and women gathered to rebuild a school building in the neighborhood.<br /> And the chance can be you &#8230; with a small ten dollar donation, you can pay a class teacher salary, two days of electricity, the class for a week, or buy notebooks to one student for the whole year.</p> <p>Your donation could be a chance to change the future of these students.</p> <p>#Chance4Change</p></blockquote> <p><strong>See&nbsp;<a href="http://igg.me/at/keshmalek">the campaign&#39;s website</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/707743429295111/">Facebook event</a>&nbsp;for donations and more details.</strong></p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/syria-untold/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Syria Untold'>Syria Untold</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/24/education-is-syrias-chance-for-change/#comments" title="comments">comments (3) </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%2F08%2F24%2Feducation-is-syrias-chance-for-change%2F&#038;text=Education+Is+Syria%27s+%27Chance+for+Change%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%2F08%2F24%2Feducation-is-syrias-chance-for-change%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%2F08%2F24%2Feducation-is-syrias-chance-for-change%2F&#038;title=Education+Is+Syria%27s+%27Chance+for+Change%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%2F08%2F24%2Feducation-is-syrias-chance-for-change%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/2014/08/24/education-is-syrias-chance-for-change/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/24/education-is-syrias-chance-for-change/</a> </div> </div> </div> Aleppo Citizen Education English Human Rights Middle East & North Africa Photos Syria Syria Syria Untold Weblog Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:30:24 +0000 feed 322931 at http://newsmotion.org Drugs and development in the Wa region http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/drugs-and-development-wa-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Drugs and development in the Wa region </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">Sat, 08/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>United Wa State Army (UWSA) spokesman Aung Myint speaks to <em>DVB</em> about drugs, development and education in the Wa region.</p> <p><em><strong>Q: What role do you think the UWSA will play in the drug eradication programme that Burma has agreed to implement with the United Nations?</strong></em></p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Needless to say, we realised once we made peace with the Burmese government in 1993 that growing opium as a business venture does not improve the lifestyle of our people; in fact, it is more likely to harm them, especially children. Drugs could lead to our extinction.</p> <p>From that point, we adopted a policy to propagate, persuade and lead our people in the right direction.</p> <p>In 1995, we adopted a ten-year programme for opium eradication. In 2005, we were completely opium free –we substituted opium plantations with rubber, tea and other cash crops such as sandalwood. Also, we use the best of our limited knowledge to mine minerals. But we have now completely eradicated the opium the English brought to us more than 100 years ago.</p> <p>As a result, we have seen much more development in our region than, say, 20 years ago. Back in those days, we had no roads. Over the past 25 years, we have upgraded dirt tracks into gravel roads. We are now working on a five-year plan to further upgrade them – stretching about 700-800km in total – into two-lane, tarmac roads. Once this is completed, transportation in the region should be a lot more efficient and convenient.</p> <div class="related-box"><h3 class="widget-title fix"><span>Related Stories</span></h3><ul class="widget_wpb_tabs"><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/bullet-points-18-august-2014-burma-myanmar/43339"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Bullet Points: 18 August 2014</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/un-finalises-landmark-agreement-to-fight-drugs-in-burma/43332"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> UN finalises ‘landmark agreement’ to fight drugs in Burma</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/school-in-session-for-mandalay-street-kids-burma-myanmar/43226"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> School in session for Mandalay street kids</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> <p>If we can operate transportation correctly, local businesses will gradually grow. Now we have rubber plantation projects in many villages, which is creating income for many households. Nowadays many Wa people can afford to own motorbikes. This is a clear mark of improvement in the region’s economy.</p> <p><strong><em>Q: Can you tell us more about the two-lane road construction? When did it start?</em></strong></p> <p><strong>A:</strong> We are now in the second year of a five-year plan to build two-lane roads over a stretch of about 700 km. So far, we have paved tarmac on about 200 to 300 km. We have also levelled the terrain, which is a large-scale project.</p> <p><strong><em>Q: So this may lead to the opening of schools, and further development in the region?</em></strong></p> <p><strong>A: </strong>We have opened schools in many villages and towns in the Wa region. In the past, we did not have high literacy. Many adults were uneducated and could not even speak Burmese.</p> <p>I think we now have about 300 schools in the Wa region. Our education policy is not restricted –if a teacher specialises in Burmese language, then he or she may open or run a Burmese language school, and the same applies for Shan, Wa and Chinese language lessons. We believe that education is worthwhile no matter which language is taught. We also encourage the study of mathematics and such. What we are trying to do is to develop middle and high schools that can accommodate students from different language backgrounds. So far we have about nine high schools like that.</p> <p>&nbsp;</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/drugs-and-development-in-the-wa-region-burma-myanmar/43420" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/drugs-and-development-in-the-wa-region-burma-myanmar/4342...</a> </div> </div> </div> Aung Myint AYE NAI Burma Citizen Development drugs Education Lead Story Mandalay news road construction uwsa wa Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:03:46 +0000 feed 322159 at http://newsmotion.org