Every child has the right to education

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The financial and social costs of poor literacy have been well documented (Greene, 2000). The consequences of poor reading and writing skills not only threaten the well-being of individual Americans, but the country as a whole. Globalization and technological advances have changed the nature of the workplace. Reading and writing are now essential skills in most white- and blue-collar jobs. Ensuring that adolescents become skilled readers and writers is not merely an option for America, it is an absolute necessity.

Africa

Learning to read and write is a fundamental right. Yet, 38 % of African adults (some 153 millions) are illiterate, two-thirds of these are women.

Africa is the only continent where more than half of parents are not able to help their children with homework due to illiteracy.

Adult literacy rates are below 50% in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.

Only 1 % of national education budget of most African governments is earmarked to address the issue of literacy.

The situation is alarming as literacy is a crucial step to acquire the basic skills needed to cope with the many challenges children, youth and adults will face throughout their lives.

For many disadvantaged young people and adults, non-formal education is one of the main routes to learning. Non-formal education reaches people in their own context and ideally in their own local language.

Our Approach and Benefits 

One often-overlooked tool for improving students’ reading, as well as their learning from text, is writing. Writing has the theoretical potential for enhancing reading in three ways. First, reading and writing are both functional activities that can be combined to accomplish specific goals, such as learning new ideas presented in a text (Fitzgerald and Shanahan, 2000). For instance, writing about information in a science text should facilitate comprehension and learning, as it provides the reader with a means for recording, connecting, analyzing, personalizing, and manipulating key ideas from the text. Second, reading and writing are connected, as they draw upon common knowledge and cognitive processes (Shanahan, 2006). Consequently, improving students’ writing skills should result in improved reading skills. Third, reading and writing are both communication activities, and writers should gain insight about reading by creating their own texts (Tierney and Shanahan, 1991), leading to better comprehension of texts produced by others.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Maya Angeolu

The African Campus and Learning

At a tender age, the notion behind education was to trigger a change in mentality and to build a better society. This practice stems as far back as the colonial times, when Africa took to the western system and as it evolved to a profitable engagement, it is most likely to assess that there have been more pupils, students and teachers in the African continent than had been envisaged.
Most likely, the African mindset has been revolving around succeeding by means of going to school and by ‘going to school’; it is strictly on a day-to-day class attendance and interactions with teachers and to an extent, friends. Formerly, it was thought that there is nothing profitable that would arise from a friendly relationship in a studying environment. While this issue became the more prominent among pupils and students, as we find, from a logical viewpoint that there is always a first in a class in terms of academic performance and a last, under same educational environment and studying standards.
Psychologically proven, it is factually that every human procedure is complex and can vary from one person to another. With this in mind, it is clear to ascertain that the African school has been more a helping ground for the African people, thus, it entails educational, social and moral interaction between scholars and tutors for the benefit of learning and self-reliance. Learning has become a borrowed tradition and has picked up an age long doctrine of ‘Teach the Child to Better His Life’. It would have been ‘teach the child to build to build a stronger community’. It is for the society, the unity of the African people.
It has been with this respect that we have brought every institution and every student, not only in Africa but also in the world at large, uniting Institutions and Campuses for a better community. Educationary.net is a unique and most interactive site, which is not different from our several many and physical campuses. Having in mind; community building, as a goal for enhancement and ease, such that education may not seem a challenge to the slow student or a means to display for excellence due to sharpness of the mind. It is a site where all institutions and students will express an absolute liberty in their point of views, which will be debated upon, given facts and logics and will promote the great essence of self-actualization at best.
At edcucationary.net, Institutions and students have a better and easier way to feel on campus than meeting on a confined location and perhaps limiting one’s thoughts to the four walls of a classroom. Education doesn’t end there, it has to be a continuous process whereby everyone will have something to learn from everyone. We build our mental campuses and we fortify our ability to connect for a better tomorrow.

LEAP OF FAITH

There always comes a time in everyone’s life when he gets to seek for the most dreaded answers to his/her most curious questions. What is, why is, how is…Whatever way you ask these questions to yourself, it is going to be a matter of time before you realize how valuable it is to explore certain domains of your hidden talents. All it takes is hope, believing the things you doubt the most will be the things you probably will succeed in.

Philosophers and advocates of sociology have it that everyman must do an introspection of himself to get the best of his talents. Moreover, whether you agree to this or not, it remains a fact that there is always some latent talent to all. Some people have theirs in their early years while some have it in their later years. Yet you will be pruned to ask me what about those who never get to discover themselves.

The answer is simple, patience and observance. You must observe the skills you have come up with from your childhood and to be able to express these skills, you must exercise patience. That is how they miss theirs. When you only see the impossible and fight to stretch in a divergent path, you will only realize that the short cut you took brought you to nothingness. You may have it all but there is always going to be that lack of self-fulfillment. You will spend the most parts of your life trying to figure out what it is you should do to make it work.

Nevertheless, not withstanding, there is something you can do without thinking or stressing too much on what is left to be done to make it look great. These things are always inherent to our hidden abilities and some or most times, they are the things we neglect the most. Take for instance; someone who can paint with a masters’ degree in business administration or psychology.

He will be forced to think that his career all depends on becoming a business administrator or a counselor in a school but will fail to realize when there is no job that he will excel the more if he took up painting. If he tries it, he will get the many who will appreciate and in that business, he can and will not need a business administrator or an industrial psychologist to guide him for these other attributes acquired through learning are merely to support his natural skills.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

BLACK LINCOLN

I had spent most parts of my life as a slave and now, the black people of the north were freed by one order that came from above. There were rumors of an upcoming civil war. My Massa, Candie Dolovas was kind though he had a habitual tendency to hate us. I had served at his construction firm and he was the only one among their multitude who paid us salaries.

Most times when I saw him reading political books, I had this vision that one day, we were going to be free. The feeling ate me every day and I set writing a journal that will be read in all times. Men have always regarded legendary to brutality, fame to shame and blood for gain.

However way you choose to regard me will only be a matter of conscience for I come to you not as a savior or a hero, I come to you in truth that whatsoever was, that you heard in classrooms or gatherings was a mere fraction of the truth. I was conceived by my Massa in this ritual before he died to uphold this truth for a time like this.

We were not slaves to anyone for everyone was a slave to something. It was a fight for survival. The strong made but the weak fell at the mercy of the strong in the sole effort to be free. We were all slaves, to politics, war, hard work, daily trials you can name the rest. We battled free lands not for slaves but in the end, we reasoned like adults that we were all brothers from one species and we despised ourselves so much when everything wasn’t our fault.

I studied the arts of freedom and when I set on this mission, I wrote what was true to save the war that was rumored. We were free and no matter how successful you will feel, you will always live in want for such is the complexity of life. It was so from the time we evolved to a true human species, we were always looking for something, food, shelter, territory, glory… But no one ever asked why? Why should we look after what will never look at us? Then I started to realize that whatsoever meets you is your forever but whatsoever you meet, you shall surely leave behind someday, Power, war, legacy, fame, popularity…SLAVERY

WHY WE WERE MARRIED

I met Samantha when she had a son and a daughter with two different men. She was looked down by every man and her family had deserted her for being so careless with her life. Her father always told her that the first child was a mistake but the second child was folly. Samantha decided to take care of her children in solitude and she will talk to no one whatever her problem was.

One night, she gathered her son and daughter in front of her porch telling them the story of her life. The lesson she had hoped to put across was that of decision-making. “You should learn from my mistakes and you should love yourselves even at the expense of your lives.” She said.

“Why must we die to prove that we love ourselves,” her son asked.

“Because nothing is ever enough to show how much love you can have for someone Tim,” she responded.

While she was with the kids outside laughing and telling them all the terrible things her friends and family had done to her, there came this man looking so hungry and thirsty. Samantha gave him food and water to drink then before the man left, he asked her if the two children were her kids and she affirmed.

When the man left, her daughter blamed her for accepting that they were her kids but Samantha explained to her that there was no reason telling lies. “What will be will be Sarah,” she said softly. Early the next morning, the man came with a coach and plenty of gifts, thanked Samantha for saving his life and then on a second thought, he proposed to marry her.

Samantha was overwhelmed by this proposal but one thing hindered her accepting the man’s kind and sought for offer. She didn’t have any kin to present to him. The man shuddered at the idea and once they got married, he took them to the city and placed them in a beautiful house. One day, Tim walked up to the man and asked him why he chose to marry their mother and adopt them. “You should never base any of your decisions on history when it comes to appreciating a good deed,” the man responded.

ANOTHER WAY TO SUCCEED

It is time for all to stop saying what if? That question comes up every time we have missed an opportunity. But what ifs don’t design your chances of success, they only make it harder for you to see the possibilities of finding another way to succeed.

I have failed almost always but my failure in life has only led me to success, a greater achievement that I had never imagined and it is all because I don’t use the question, I rather ask myself what next? This powerful question drives you smarter and wiser as it brings to mind the several other possibilities of accomplishing the task in question

Here is an example; when I first wrote a public exam and failed, I was disheartened to a point that I decided never to register for any other exam but I failed to realize that I had other potentials of getting myself integrated. It was what I needed before the exam so I started displaying my talents by writing for several readers. I went feral in every genre and after six months, the board of the main publishing house for an interview called me up.

My writing was unique and they required a writer like me to promote their publishing company. I passed the interview and I was given the post of the chief editor at the company. In essence, what I am saying is that you don’t need to fail to learn sometimes, you need to fail to introspect, to reconsider and to use new measure in the same mission. Whatever your talent is, it is surely what will elevate you to where you have dreamed to be and if you can put that talent as a factor and not time, you will excel beyond what you can expect.

On The Way

However good it may feel to be dependent, we always remain enslaved to something. Mentally, spiritually, psychologically or even morally, we get involved in certain commitments against all odds. In bewildering moments, we often ask ourselves the ultimate questions; the what if… “If I knew I’d not…” Importantly the question should be what if I did not.

One thing I most certainly will assure you is the inability for man to avoid bad things from happening. These things are always of the way not on the way. No matter how much advice you can give to a kid, you can never stop him/her from getting his/her personal experiences in life. These things are always of the way and it is part of who we are. They must happen to you just as sadly as you can think of for someone to learn, to profit, to be glorified.

Trying to live a cautious life, which is void of mistakes, simply means you are trying to count the number of days left for you to live eventually. This can be so since we are all aware that at some point in time, we will pass away and leave behind every experience of the way and the idea here is, what experiences have we left? An experience left of the way should impart an influence in the lives of some other individual. It is an invisible guide for hope and for endurance that no matter how hard we go through them, we will positively meet an end ever so peaceful.

Life or dead, there is always an end to every trouble and whichever way you choose, will only be a matter of time for you to realize that there was absolutely nothing you could, to stop yourself from getting those experiences learned. Most leaders today are best not for their speeches but for the many experiences they have gathered to effect a change.

Friends

Usefulness in this regard will generally refer to comportment and attitude in any given society. In as much as laws vary from one place to another, man has always adapted to behavioral changes that have greatly enhanced development or have caused a regression to a given society. While there are these norms to follow, I have that strong conviction that until every man is free, we are all slaves to something.

IN her last days, my mother told my kid sister and I how bad associations will spoil our useful habits. Then I was ignorant of every word that she spoke and I only cared about what she was going through. But today, I have come to realize that she said it all in just one phrase. Friendship and associations can greatly influence the adaptable man to becoming what he will naturally deny.

I have been in every sort of company and in each, there were norms that were rigid and demanding. You have to prove to be up to standards to join in. We led a ruthless life and along the way, too many passed away in that regard then my mother’s words echoed again in my ears. She was standing amidst the white clouds and telling me about my useful habits. They were transformed from the bad friends and their criminal laws.

We got involved in a robbery where in there were gun shots and deaths of innocent citizens in our struggle to escape. All that now made sense when the preacher asked me to say my last words. With trembling lips and a higher than normal heart rate, I muttered what my mother said at the other end that seemed forever far off and yet so close. I had gotten myself into trouble and to this day, I will never forget the use of keeping my useful habits at all cost.

A letter came for my freedom and the ropes were snaked down on my shoulders. It was my last chance to get things right and I don’e think everyone gets that chance.

Master Key

There is always a conflicting aspect about one’s self. In most situations, we’re likely to call it judgment but is it really? Now while you try to figure out where I am coming from with all this, I’d urge you to think of that bitter day at work, in class, at home among your friends and you’d wished for everything to be just as perfect but the situation got out of hand and till today, you can still hear those words that pain you deep in the heart. They’re calling you and you are sitting there, doing nothing.

The best thing most of us will do is run to safety because we have taken sides with that soft spoken part within us which acts for your security and my question here is, for how long? For sure as long as it will keep you alive but what life really, now it won’t be wise to think that when you are faced in a situation that has to do with two things, there is always the devil on one side and an angel on the other side of your shoulders telling you what to do. You have created them because in the first place, you really want to do it and in the second place, you don’t because of some awareness. Maybe a given set of laws that forbid you or you will be hurting someone you really don’t want.

The devil by one side and the angel on the other are all what you have created and unless you command, you will always feel commanded by them in either way. I can feel your question coming even before you ask it, instincts; intuitions are moral values that mask in every one’s desires. It is however a graceful thing to have a strong instinct and if you can control this instincts, you will be holding the Master Key in your hand. When all is neutral before you, good, bad, faith… When you make them even and cause your judgment of them to be that one thing that you so desire. For there is no point keeping your life to accumulate wealth, fame, sorrow, when you cannot conserve the very life of yours because it is that one thing you have no control over. No matter how hard you try, you will just be the shadow lost in a dark room by the time you realize it and you would have wasted every passing moment trying to make things right when it is not your place to do so. Knowing you will not live forever is holding that Master Key in your hand and opening the door to a happy soul for the time being. It is all life can give so far and while you hope to feel better here after, make use of your time here.

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