'Africa Rising'? Not really, unless we invest more in girls
(30 Million Girls in Africa Denied Education)
Children pose in a classroom at the Friendship Primary school in Zinder, Niger, on June 1, 2012.
By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Special to CNN
June 16, 2014
note: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the president of Liberia and a Nobel
Peace Prize winner. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely
(CNN) -- What factor has the power to transform individual lives, communities, nations and the world?
answer to this complex question is a simple one: education. While it is
widely accepted that there is no one solution to lift the millions
across our globe out of poverty, it is also equally accepted that a key
cornerstone of addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges
is through providing a quality education to all children, especially
Despite increasing numbers attending school in recent years, 126 million children remain out of primary school and lower secondary school around the world. Some 65 million of these children are girls.
The highest rate of girls not in
school is across the African continent, where in sub-Saharan Africa
nearly four out of five poor rural girls are not completing primary
school. There are an estimated 250 million children worldwide
of primary school age who can't read, write or do basic math -- more
than half of whom have completed four years of schooling.
It is unacceptable
that in 2014 -- less than a year away from the deadline the
international community agreed to get all children into school -- that 30 million girls in Africa are denied their basic human right to a quality education.
Ensuring that every child
goes to school, stays in school and learns something of value while
there will require firm commitments and action by governments to invest
in education and prioritize the education of its girls.
Some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys.
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Field Notes: Training Role Models For Young African-Americans
Ricardo Quinn, principal
of Chesney Elementary School in Duluth, Ga., helps develop young black
male teachers with the "Call Me Mister" program (Claudio Sanchez NPR)
By Claudio Sanchez
June 16, 2014
been on assignment the last few days for a story about a project named
"Call Me Mister." Run out of Clemson University in South Carolina, for
nearly 15 years now it's been recruiting and placing black male teachers
in elementary schools. They're responding to the simple fact that there
aren't enough black men in the teaching profession.
the folks who run the program, fewer than one percent of elementary
school teachers in South Carolina are African-American males. The
national figures aren't much better. Only two percent of the 4.8 million
classroom teachers are black men, according to the National Center for
Education Statistics. Even in majority black districts, classroom
teachers are predominantly white, and female.
The founders of "Call Me Mister" have
shown that African-American boys respond to black male teachers and
bond with them in special and profound ways. And from that bond, they
believe, academic success will follow.
yet, sadly, that's what makes the tragedy at Reynolds High School
relevant to my story assignment. Good teachers know all too well they
have the power to alter the course of children's lives.
you want to know what the young black men in this program talk about
when they talk about instilling hope in children? They talk about taking
the time to embrace even the most troubled child and saying, " 'I'm
there for you, because I care, even when nobody else does.' "
teachers I met in South Carolina and Georgia reminded me that all the
metal detectors and surveillance cameras in the world may not be able to
stop an angry, hopeless boy from turning to violence. But there are
proven ways to stop a little boy from feeling angry and hopeless.
Parents should call 773.285.9600 to enroll their daughters, granddaughters or nieces into this program.
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Please send notes, cards, expressions and flowers to:
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz at
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401 East Vaughn Avenue Ruston, LA 71270
Smith, former president of the National Alliance of Black School
Educators (NABSE), former teacher at Wendell Phillips High School in
Chicago and founder of the Northeastern Illinois University Carruthers
Center for Inner City Studies, has informed The Black Star Project that
Dr. Abdulalim A. Shabazz, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at
Grambling, a valued teacher, mentor, producer of of Black mathematicians
and a mathematical genius, is recovering from illiness at Northern
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