Stories about Education from February, 2009
Barbados, Grenada: Domestic Violence
Ongoing attention to the Rihanna/Chris Brown incident prompts Blah Bloh Blog [Grenada] and Barbados Underground to focus on the issue of domestic violence in the Caribbean.
Hong Kong: Network Mobilization Against Religious Hegemony
Yesterday (Feb 15), more than 800 people participated in a demonstration against Christian Right Wing in Hong Kong. The rally has no traditional NGO back up and it is mainly mobilized via facebook groups. Sidekick reported about the rally via twitter during the rally and put the messages together in...
East Timor: Suai Media Space Challenges the Digital Divide
In this second post of a series to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the arrival of the Internet in East Timor, Sara Moreira interviews Australian documentary-maker Jen Hughes - founder of Suai Media Space, whose main objective is to make the voices of Suai youth heard all over the world - and discusses the fight to minimize the digital divide even without broadband connection in Suai.
On Valentine's: Teach Someone You Love to Blog (or Micro-Blog!)
Valentine's Day (February 14) is a day of love, friendship and communication. What better way to mark the occasion than to teach someone you love to blog or micro-blog?
Armenia-Azerbaijan: LGBT roundup
With the traditional media in the South Caucasus rarely reporting on sexual or religious minority rights maturely, blogs have stepped in to fill the gap and Unzipped: Gay Armenia continues to post LGBT news from the region. Following recent homophobic remarks from local politicians and civil society activists as well as in articles in the local press, the blog says there is actually some good news for a change.
Philippines: Five Years in College
I am Kylex disagrees with the proposals to add one more year to the four-year college curriculum in the Philippines. “We are currently facing on so-called ‘global financial crisis’. Many Filipinos outside and inside the country are now jobless because of that… Many of us cannot afford to go to...
Philippines: Chess to be taught in schools
Jhay supports the inclusion of chess in the school curriculum of the Philippines.
Bulgaria: Education and Interethnic Relations
Maya's Corner writes about Sofia's schools and the relations between local Gypsies and ethnic Bulgarians.
Video: Vlogging for the Blind
A Bolivian activist explains how Open Source Software designed for the visually impaired helps him communicate online with chatting, emailing and blogging. Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, an organization trains the blind and those with visual disabilities on how to use computers and communication technologies, and an employee and advocate of the ENOVIB network for the blind speaks to youth about how blindness can be an opportunity instead of a disability. In Spain, a designer comes up with videogames that visually impaired people can play, and in Nigeria and Canada, a young woman blogs and vlogs about life as a deaf person who is rapidly losing her sight.
Ecuador: Blogging to Prevent Domestic Violence in Guayaquil
The municipal government of Guayaquil, Ecuador recently sponsored a blog contest open to new and existing bloggers around the theme “Home: A Safe Place?” The topic was chosen to give visibility to the problem of domestic violence and to help generate solutions to eradicate this problem in homes and communities. Here are some of the contest winners.
Barbados: Cuba to Fund Library Restoration?
Barbados Free Press says: “It boggles the mind that the Barbados Government would be looking to Cuba for possible funding in restoring the Barbados Public Library.”
Timor: 9 years of Internet, still one ISP and a huge digital gap
The first computer arrived in East Timor in the early 1990s; only in 1997 was the domain .tp registered and on the 2nd of February, 2000 East Timor was connected to the Internet for the first time. Six years later, in 2006, the number of Internet users was estimated at only 1,200 and as of now there is still no broadband. In the first article of this series, marking the 9th anniversary of Internet connection in East Timor, we have a glimpse of the deep digital divide in the country.
South Africa: How to keep school computers safe
How do you keep school computers away from thieves in places where schools are target of criminals? You can get some tips from Khanya Project in South Africa.