Monday, June 23, 2014

Investing in African Girls; Training Role Models for Black Boys; Englewood Residents Build Strong Community; Bring Back Our Girls!!!!

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'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 
Editor's note: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the president of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely hers. 

(CNN) -- What factor has the power to transform individual lives, communities, nations and the world?

The 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 girls.

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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Bring Back Our Girls
300 Nigerian Girls Kidnapped!
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to Help "Bring Back Our Girls"!!!
Dear Phillip,

As Secretary Kerry said, we will continue to provide counterterrorism assistance to help Nigerian authorities, during this terrible tragedy, to develop a comprehensive approach to combating Boko Haram.  We continue to stand firmly with the people of Nigeria in their efforts to bring the terrorist violence perpetrated by Boko Haram to an end while ensuring civilian protection and respect for human rights.

Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of State.

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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

I've 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.

According to 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.

And 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.

Do 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.' "

These 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.

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Residents Association of 
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Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Girls Need Mentoring Too!!!
The Black Star Project 
Begins Mentoring Girls  
Bring Your Girls 9 to 14 Years Old
Thursdays, 6:30 pm, FREE!
The Black Star Project 
3509 South King Drive 
Chicago, Illinois 
Parents should call 773.285.9600 to enroll their daughters, granddaughters or nieces into this program. 
 Building Strong Homes in Englewood
Prayers and Spiritual Support for Dr. Abdulalim A. Shabazz
Please send notes, cards, expressions and flowers to:
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz at 
Northern Louisiana Medical Center
401 East Vaughn Avenue
Ruston, LA 71270 

Dr. Donald 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 Louisiana Medical Center.

Please call the Northern Louisiana Medical Center at 318-254-2100 and let them know that the community loves and reveres Dr. Shabazz, and that we want the best medical care possible for Dr. Shabazz. 
Saturday University
Ensure that your children excel in their learning at a Saturday University. Saturday University is one of the newest and most effective educational concepts in America for educating students of color.  It is family- and community-driven education at its best.  As many/most Black children in American schools are failing academically, the only way to successfully educate them is with the support and actions of their parents, families and communities. Register now for Saturday University. 
Call 773.285.9600 for more information.

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