Search Results for Tag: education
Rwandan refugee fights for education equality
From official documents to funding and red tape, refugees in South Africa face numerous hurdles when it comes to attending a university. But Alice Wamundiya, originally from Rwanda, is committed to helping her fellow refugees get an education. She is a founding member and chairwoman of an organization called UTRS – Unity for Tertiary Refugee Students.
Listen to the report by Kim Chakanetsa in Cape Town:
American in Berlin combats sexual violence
In Germany 13 percent of women 16 years and older have been victims of sexual violence. Melanie Brazzell, a 27-year-old American living in Berlin, is committed to lowering that statistic. She spends her spare time to working with both survivors and perpetrators to help overcome and prevent sexual violence. Melanie founded an organization in Berlin and gives workshops based on the principles of transformative justice, which in this case means a focus on changing behavior rather than on tradition punishment.
Listen to the report by Charlotta Lomas in Berlin:
Read more about Melanie’s organization here.
Empowering Chinese kids with books
Mao Ju, 29, was concerned when she found out that many Chinese children don’t read for fun. She founded a free library in Beijing, for migrant children in particular, to help them discover the pleasure of reading. She involves the kids in the management of the library and encourages them to express their own opinions on the library blog.
Listen to the report by Gaia Manco in Beijing:
Check out the blog that the kids at the library write every day.
Music keeps Argentine kids in school
Music education can help at-risk kids stay in school and out of drugs and violence, research indicates. And keeping kids off the streets is exactly what the Caacupé Music School, a free, after-school program in Buenos Aires’ 21-24 Shantytown, aims to do. For the past six years, four paid teachers and four volunteers have given lessons in singing, guitar, piano, violin, and a host of other instruments. They hope to instill a love of music in their students and keep them in school.
Listen to the report by Eilis O’Neill in Buenos Aires:
Opening doors for Cape Town kids
According to Jonathan Jansen, a renowned professor at the University of the Free State, thousands of children fail in South Africa’s poor education system every year. However, 26-year-old Lonwabo and several other young men are trying to counter that with a non-profit organization they founded, called Unako. They provide mentorship to school children and also help schools in poor communities to build libraries.
Listen to the report by Faatimah Hendricks in Cape Town:
An ear for adolescent girls in Bangalore
Sinu, 30, from Bangalore, gave up a promising engineering career to give back to her community. She is now on a mission to keep adolescent girls in school by promoting awareness about the taboo topic of menstruation.
Listen to the report by Pia Chandavarkar in Bangalore:
Columbian entrepreneur gives disadvantaged youth a chance
Fighting poverty is a prime objective of Colombian entrepreneur Felipe Vergara. His approach is to support education, which is why he founded the Lumni scholarship network. Corporations invested so that young people with no means can go to college. Once they’ve found a good job, they can pay back the scholarship.
Watch this DW video for more.
Pakistani teacher sacrifices respect to help kids in need
In Pakistan, being a school teacher is looked down on. But that doesn’t stop 24-year-old Farrukh from following his passion and teaching kids from some of the country’s most socially disadvantaged areas.
Listen to the report by Haya Fatimah Iqbal in Karachi, Pakistan:
Books for a future in Nepal
Santosh from Nepal has a heart for kids living in homes, many of them trafficking victims. He brought them something completely new: a library.
Listen to the report by Aletta André:
New Delhi woman unlocks power of music for street kids
A young woman in New Delhi opens up the world of music to at-risk kids. Many of them have been traumatized and abandoned, but Faith, 23, gives them self-confidence and new skills with her organization, Music Basti.
From reporter Aletta André:
The moment we walk into the Kushi Home, Faith Gonsalves is surrounded by girls who demand her attention. “Didi, didi,” they yell at her: “Big sister.”
More than 100 girls between the ages of six and 14 live in the Kushi Home, in an industrial area in the southern outskirts of India’s capital New Delhi. Some of them might be orphans, some have run away from their homes, while others have families incapable of taking care of them.
Faith, a 23-year-old from New Delhi, has earned her popularity. For the past four years, she has been devoting most of her time to children like the girls living here, by teaching them music.
“The far majority of the children that we work with have been sexually abused,” Faith told me just about an hour before reaching the home, when we first met in a café in one of Delhi’s wealthier areas. It is impossible not to remember this while looking at all those girls, running around the playground, posing for my pictures and demanding attention from their didi.
A singer and music-lover herself, Faith knew that music can help children immensely, not only to enjoy life and forget their problems, but also to develop communication skills and to boost their confidence. To teach music and music appreciation to so-called children-at-risk, she decided to start up the project Music Basti in 2008 when she was still a college student at Delhi University.
Music Basti now organizes several workshops in singing and playing instruments every week, the occasional music performance and even launched an album with songs by the children last year. The project works together with dozens of other organizations and has worked with a few hundred volunteer teachers and musicians. It reaches out to more than 400 girls and boys in places such as Kushi Home.
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