Eco-schools Program and Poverty Reduction

Holistic learning is key to any form of sustainability.

Kenya Organization for Environmental Education (KOEE)

By David Wandabi – Programs Officer – Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) & Eco-schools Coordinator, KOEE

Students from Goibei High School packing honey from school hives for sale
Photo Credits : Alvin Sika, KOEE

Students from Kariobangi South Primary School showing items made from recycled bottle-tops for sale. Photo Credits : Alvin Sika, KOEE

Educational changes necessary for poverty reduction should not only be content-related but require approaches to teaching and learning that are transformative, community-engaged and relevant to contemporary and future societies- quality education (UNESCO, 2013).Such changes need to be infused by values and ethics that are counter-hegemonic and different to the ‘norm’. Based upon experiences of KenyaEco-schools Program in formal education in Kenyan primary and secondary schools, it has led toimproved teacher quality and professionalism, enhanced learning environments, innovative curricular approaches, improved school management capacity, and better accountability systems as some of the key drivers of quality education…

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Tongue

The dance of her words seems different.

Its different since she got back, you know, how her words slide off her tongue.

We can hear them but its hard to understand…

Before she left, words would dance to a tune familiar to our ears; now they just swirl in a rhythm that is very weird….

make SENSE

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The Rhythm of the Heavens

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The first thing that strikes me about Kenya are the sounds.

From landing in Nairobi at the airport, to the village we stayed in, it’s the sounds the pop up in my mind: brightly-colored, bustling matatus honk as their exhausts loudly blare and swerve through streets; men dressed in bright pink shirts play trumpets on a truck bed as they drive down the street. Even the language— rich, velvety accents that transformed European English into something beautiful and unique— reminds you that this place is musical and special. Kenya is an audiophiles dream.

I don’t mean to say Kenya is “loud.” First off, it’s a big country that I saw a very small part of. Even then, my experience wasn’t that it was “noisy,” with all the negative connotations that espouses. Instead, it is a space where sound resonates deeply. In the city, it’s urban rhythms of street vendors and…

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Lack of social references harms black children: under-representation of ethnic diversity in childhood influences the construction of adult identity

Black Women Of Brazil

Yasmin, 13, relies on the example of self-affirmation of her mother, Miria Alves, 34 Yasmin, 13, has the example of self-assertion of her mother Miria Alves, 34 – (Photo: Adilton Venegeroles)

Note from BW of BrazilArticles such as the one below supports what has been my view for several years now when the inevitable question comes up: Between the US and Brazil, which country is more racist? For decades, while images of black people being sprayed with water hoses, attacked by police dogs, legal segregation and race riots in the US were broadcast around the world, Brazil kept treatment its black population out of the media, even going as far as to flat out deny that racism even existed. This even as a number of Brazilian, American and European social scientists were conclusively showing that Brazil indeed had a race problem.

But the fact is that today, in many ways, the two countries practice both the subtle forms of racist behavior as…

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Read Poem: Wet Dreams, by Atandi Anyona

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Fear blinks endlessly from both her eyes
what kind of soul does this to a child
a love suffocated while still so young
when she sleeps you can hear her dreams cry.

Assigned a mentor exemplary at his work
every teacher recommended him to their class
all she wanted was to be better, to learn, work hard
he pinned her to the dusty chalk board
ripped her skirt and innocence apart.

Her friends dream daily of falling in love
with those tall handsome knights
she can’t stand the sight of a man
can she ever be touched as a wife?

Tonight there’s a knife tucked under her pillow
there’s a feel he’ll appear in her nightmare
she prays she’ll wake in sheets wet with
his blood
she will begin to heal
at last.

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“I don’t wanna be your friend”: The precarious state of black women’s love lives

Black Women Of Brazil

Ojo Agi Shop Photo courtesy of the Ojo Agi Shop

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s been a topic that’s intrigued me for a number of years. In any social network in which black Brazilians discuss issues that are important to their community, inevitably, this topic will emerge. Beyond the regular battle that goes down when the topic is how many black Brazilian men are flocking to white women and black men countering that they cannot complain as so many black women are doing the same, what I have noticed is that is quite easy to come across single black women in their prime years for developing long-lasting relationships. On the other hand, I don’t know many black men complaining of slim pickings in the dating arena and not being able to find “the one”. In recent years, there have been a number of articles mostly by black women, but increasingly…

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“My God, Is Slavery Extinct?”: With stinging criticism of political elites, samba school invokes Brazil’s slave past as commentary on modern condition of the people

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Note from BW of Brazil: As I took a pause in the action for some days of much needed relaxation, I mostly tuned out of this year’s Carnaval festivities. But thanks to YouTube, I was able to finally sit and watch and find out what all the fuss was about in regards to this year’s parades. After watching the show put on by the Paraíso do Tuiuti and Beija-Flor samba schools, I figured I needed to feature this story, even as the Carnaval season officially ended nearly two weeks ago.This is because, in their parade, the two schools brought to the fore numerous issues that are discussed on this blog.Brazil’s slavery past and the way that black Brazilians are to this day treated as if they are still living in the senzalas (slave quarters).Labor reform that, in effect, has chipped away at many rights of all Brazilian workers

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