Awareness: Education Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty

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A recent opinion piece in the Des Moines Register titled “Education Could LIft Millions Out of Poverty“, is worth a read for anyone interested in global education. The piece is not only informative, but also supports many of the goals and missions Hope 4 Africa works toward as a grassroots non-profit.

Key points from the opinion piece:

  •  An uneducated public has little chance of lifting its community out of poverty, and instead preserves economic stagnation, the spread of disease and violence.
  •  If all children in low-income countries could learn basic reading skills, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty.
  • The Education For All Act will ensure U.S. foreign education dollars have maximum impact by investing in the Global Partnership for Education, an organization that has already put 22 million children, including 10 million girls, in school.
  • In 2012, investments from the United States represented just 2.5 percent of the Global Partnership for Education basic education development program, lagging behind nations including Denmark and the Netherlands.

This article asks for continued and increased support of the Education For All Act, as this legislation will educate children worldwide and be a step toward lifting millions out of poverty.

-kelly madsen

Thought of the (mon)Day: 9 Ridiculously Simple Ways to Feel Happier Today

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Today is Monday, which means that motivation and positivity levels are low for most people. Many people think that happiness is something that you either have or don’t have based on life circumstances. But what if I told you that positive psychologists have discovered that happiness can be cultivated–a habit that can be practiced?

“There are lots of ways you can make yourself happier for the moment,” said Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California Riverside. “[But] if you really want to change your happiness, it’s a life-long practice.”

Here are a few recommendations that you can make to change your mood to a happy mood:

1. Smile

2. Schedule something fun

3. Express gratitude

4. Be kind to someone

5. Walk outside

6. Eat healthy

7. Pretend you’re relocating

8. ‘Flow’

9. Call a friend

Read the full Huffington Post article here.

- casie tindell

Awareness: African Innovation Centered on Education

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Fast Company recently released a list of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa. From startups to nonprofits to big businesses this list of companies tackles a range of challenges in innovating ways, including education. Here are three of the African education-focused companies on the list:

1. Sterio.me - For taking the infrastructure out of education.

The young startup is rolling out a trial of its mobile e-learning service to 75 schools in Nigeria. The service uses SMS messages that give students access to material and lessons they listen to outside the classroom. The lessons are pre-recorded by the educators and sent as a free voice call when triggered by a specific SMS code. Educators can be immediately notified of which students finished the lessons and how they performed, saving them grading time and helping them prepare for the next class session.

2. Daptio - For championing the new wave in education: adaptive learning.

With online education becoming more prevalent, the next step for many platforms is to shirk the typical lecture format in favor of an adaptive learning one. The goal has become finding a model that allows students to receive the right content at the right time, ultimately leading to higher understanding and better grades. With Africa seen as the next frontier for online learning’s expansion–growth of the mobile learning market in Africa over the next five years is 39% and expected to make e-learning a $530 million market by 2017–Daptio’s presence is making it a reality.

3. Prepclass – For preparing the next generation.

Another education-oriented company on the list, PrepClass is an online portal for students preparing for standardized tests in Nigeria such as the JAMB, WAEC, GCE, or NECO. Students pay to take practice tests that prepare them for an online or paper tests and receive personalized feedback to improve for test day. To be as available as possible, PrepClass has partnered with more than 1,000 cybercafes across Nigeria to give students places with the necessary resources to use the platform.

-kelly madsen

Hopeful: World Peace in the Classroom

Teacher John Hunter asks his fourth graders to solve all the world problems through his hands-on World Peace Game. The political simulation game challenges students to understand world issues, collaborate to find solutions, and ultimately create a peaceful world.

By challenging young students worldwide to search for nothing less than world peace, Hunter is inspiring future generations of  leaders, diplomats, educators, citizens, and parents. The impacts the World Peace Game makes on students’ critical thinking will hopefully create a better world for the future.

-kelly madsen

Organization: Educators 4 Hope Charity Walk

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Hope 4 Africa will be hosting its first-ever Educators 4 Hope Charity Walk (E4H) on Saturday, May 3 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The event aims to bring together Iowan educators to support H4A’s Teachers 4 Hope Program. The walk is not only a fundraiser to pay the salaries of teachers in Kenya, but also an educational opportunity to learn about teachers, students, and schools across the globe.

All are welcome to participate in the walk, but the event has a special focus on teachers, educators, and administrators. Through this event, H4A hopes to celebrate educators’ efforts in both America and Africa.

Each participant is asked to raise at least $50 and H4A hopes to raise more than $10,000 through the event. Top fundraisers will be awarded a HUGE, soon-to-be-announced prize!Learn more about how to get involved with the event here. Be sure to spread the word in the coming weeks so the charity walk will be a huge success!

-kelly madsen