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Schools can — and should — teach more than discipline

The Seattle Times – Jerry Large

“Dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline doesn’t require more information or analysis. It requires a will to change strong enough to produce sustained, effective action. Someone said that the other night at a meeting about the pipeline. And a lot of people said what a lot of people have been saying for a very long time, the gist being don’t criminalize kids, educate them. Well, maybe it takes repetition to sink in deep enough to matter. Here’s a definition of the pipeline: “ … the policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.” That’s from the American Civil Liberties Union, one of numerous organizations working nationally to fix what’s wrong. Schools went along with the tough-on-crime, no-tolerance attitude that swept politics and the criminal-justice system in the 1980s. The result has been a huge increase in the number of children suspended or expelled, often for classroom behavior that could be dealt with productively if it were treated as a teaching opportunity.”(more)

120 girls from Africa, U.S. to participate in Women in Science STEAM Camp

PC Tech Magazine – Staff Writer

“120 girls have been selected to participate in the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM Camp from July 25 – August 15, 2015, at the Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda. The high school girls from across Africa and the United States will have the unique opportunity to learn valuable skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design and Math (STEAM) fields, while enjoying a rich cross-cultural experience.”(more)

Julia Gillard On Post-2015 Education Priorities for Africa

Global Partnership for Education – Staff Writer

“Speaking at the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015, Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, urged world leaders to strengthen support for the efforts of African nations to build sustainable education systems that are capable of delivering quality schooling to more children. She also stressed as priorities to expand the role of education in emergencies, create equity for girls and disadvantaged children and step up the collection of critical education data…In a joint OpEd article with Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in The New Times, a leading Rwandan newspaper, the two education champions further spelled out a vision for education’s future in Africa over the next 15 years…While much of Africa – and, notably, Rwanda – has made major strides in education over the past two decades, they wrote, “the situation remains fragile across the continent, and, in many areas, the momentum of the past decade has stalled. We need to kick-start the movement again and prevent the hard-won gains from being lost.” Ms. Gillard and Ms. Bokova also noted that 30 million of the world’s 58 million out-of-school children of primary school age live in Sub-Saharan Africa and that girls account for more than 50% of this group. “(more)

Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships Announces 2015 Girls STEAM Camp

African Brains – Marc Mcilhone

“The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) announced today a new partnership with Girl Up, Intel, Microsoft , and the Rwandan Girls Initiative, and the support of the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI), to launch a girls STEAM camp to advance and expand STEM opportunities to young African girls…The goal of this new partnership is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillset to be competitive during a time of rapid technological development, by providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, business connections, and inspiring mentors.”(more)

Rwanda: Knowledge Is Wealth – Let’s Invest More in Education

All Africa- Staff Writer

“But why is it that Singapore ranks ahead of the US, UK, and even the whole of Europe? Well, the reason for this, many scholars believe, is not because children in Singapore are born smarter, but may have to do with the country’s respect for learning and its outstanding education system.”(more)