Category Archive: Education

Oct 16

Blog Action Day: The Global Human Right of Education for Girls

We are pleased to announce that Writing it Right for You is taking part on this year’s “Blog Action Day”. Blog Action Day is the one day of the year where thousands of bloggers from all over the world work together to focus on one important global topic, and help raise awareness and money for charities and social causes.

This year’s theme is: HUMAN RIGHTS

Every human being has a set of rights that need to be addressed and respected by all others. In a perfect world, this would apply to everyone, despite the ethnic heritage, sex, condition, age…

We all know this is still a dream.

Even when it is in fact a universal right, education is something still denied to at least 65 million girls across the globe.

The importance of educating girls falls (aside from the fact that as humans they deserve education) on the demonstrated fact that it clearly impacts on the health and economic future of young women, which in turn improves the prospects of their entire community. In the poorest countries of the world, 50% of girls do not attend secondary school. Yet, research shows that every extra year of school for girls increases their lifetime income by 15%. Improving female education, and thus women’s earning potential, improves the standard of living for their own children, as women invest more of their income in their families than men do.

UNGEI’s vision was defined in Kathmandu, Nepal, as “A world where all girls and boys are empowered through quality education to realize their full potential and contribute to transforming societies where gender equality becomes a reality.”

Yet, many barriers to education for girls remain. In some African countries, such as Burkina Faso, girls are unlikely to attend school for such basic reasons as a lack of private latrine facilities for girls.

I wanted to address this particular subject, because it is close to my own heart. As a teacher, I understand how much good educated girls can do. I can attest to it as a parent. I can see it as a woman. I can see it as an individual.

Please, support girls with their education, regardless of where they are by making a donation here, or you can help by raising awarness of this issue.

Also since we are on the subject, have you heard of Malala Yousafzai

 

Sources:

UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics estimation

Plan, Because I’m a girl: http://becauseiamagirl.ca/page.aspx?pid=3894

UNGEI: http://www.ungei.org/whatisungei/index.html

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May 09

Etymology: Camouflage

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Use of the word camouflage originated in Paris in the late 19th century. It is a combination of the Italian word camuffare, which means “to disguise”, and the French word camouflet, which means “a puff of smoke”. Back in ol’ Par-ee in the 1870s, thieves would put an attractive woman in a crowd and have her blow smoke in the face of the target of the thieves in order to distract him. “Blowing smoke” (another slang term) was thought to be sexually suggestive and distracting enough to allow the thieves to snatch the wallet of their victim.

In World War I, the British came up with disguises for their soldiers and equipment to hide them from those new-fangled aeroplanes, did the word camouflage come into common military use.

Around the same time, the U.S. and British navies painted bold stripes on their ships to make it difficult to ascertain in which direction the ships were traveling; the practice was called “disruptive camouflage”.

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Mar 22

With the Ancestors: R.I.P. Acclaimed Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013)

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“I tell my students, it’s not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What’s more difficult is to identify with someone you don’t see, who’s very far away, who’s a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders.” – Baba Chinua Achebe

Professor Chinua Achebe, one of the best fiction writers in recent memory, passed away in his USA base, according to reports yet to be independently confirmed by elombah.com. He was born on November 16, 1930, and had been in hospital in recent days. Achebe is best known for his classical novel Things Fall Apart.
His last book, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, is still making waves and has proven very controversial in his native Nigeria.

Some facts about Professor Chinua Achebe:

  • Born in 1930 – 30 years before Nigeria’s independence.
  • Referred to as the founding father of African literature.
  • First novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, has sold 10 million copies.
  • Wrote about the effects of colonialism and corruption.
  • Nelson Mandela called him “the writer in whose company the prison walls came down”.
  • Met his wife Christie Okoli in Lagos. They married in 1961 and had four children.
  • Involved in a road accident in 1990 which left him partially paralyzed.

He was 82.

This is cross-posted at The Black Liberal Boomer Blog.

 

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Mar 19

Etymology: monologue or soliloquy?

Etymology: the study of word origins.

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monologue is of Greek origin and soliloquy is of Latin origin, both words are defined as “single speech”. Today, a monologue is considered to be a speech given by one person in the company of others, while a soliloquy is given by a person who forgets or doesn’t realize that others are around. Stand-up comedians give monologues, for example; Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” speech is a soliloquy.

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Etymology: “awkward”

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Etymology means “the study of word origins”.

“Awk” is an obsolete word meaning “turning the wrong way”. “Awkward” originally meant “in an awk direction”, just like forward means in a front (fore) direction and backward means in a back direction.

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