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Giving Students a Voice – February, 2013

Using Public Debate to Learn English at Irkisongo Secondary School

voice3Have you ever felt lost in translation? You had an amazing idea but couldn’t string the words together? Or felt you didn’t fit in because you spoke a different language? These are some of the hurdles that many Tanzanian students face as they transition from primary to secondary school. It’s an abrupt language shift from instruction in Kiswahili to English. A student may be academically gifted but if he cannot master the English language, let alone comprehend it, he will fall behind in class and his grades will drop. To add to his plight, Tanzanian universities only accept students who have scored a passing grade ‘C’ or higher in the English national exams for secondary schools.  In the summer of 2012, we had the opportunity to see the culmination of teacher training and student learning take place when we visited a local school where the subject of debate was the freedom to use cell phones at school. As you can imagine, it was a highly energetic topic of debate… all done in English. Read More to find out how Asante Africa Foundation is joining forces to tackle this issue.

Youth In Action
Students at Brandeis Hillel Day School turn a school project into community and global impact

Every seventh grade student at Brandeis Hillel Day School participates in a Tzedakah project as part of their Jewish Studies program. Tzedakah is a Hebrew word that literally means “righteousness,” but is more commonly used to refer to charity. After studying the Jewish values and laws concerning Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah, students select an issue of interest and concern. They research non-profits that work in the areas they have selected based on mission statement, budget, location, impact and history. Read More to find out how you can foster a culture of giving and social action at your school.