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  • NAUGURAL “TeachHer” MASTER CLASS LAUNCHED IN ETHIOPIA

    The U.S. Mission to UNESCO and U.S. Embassy Ethiopia are pleased to announce that from August 29 – September 2, Addis Ababa will be the capital of the girls’ education universe as it hosts the first ever TeachHer Master Class.

    TeachHer is a new public-private partnership (PPP) spearheaded by the United States, UNESCO, the Institute of International Education (IIE), Microsoft, Fitbit, and other NGO and private sector partners.

    The initiative is designed to work with governments and educators to ensure teachers have the training they need to prepare girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design, and Math (STEAM).

    In the words of U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO Crystal Nix-Hines, “We have to inspire and encourage young women to believe – truly believe – that they can break through barriers and succeed in these fields.” As Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden said at the launch of the TeachHer program in June 2016, "If we invest in our teachers today; if we invest in women and girls today; if we give girls the opportunity to go to school and graduate; recognize their value and welcome their contributions; and make sure women have a seat at the table today, then tomorrow, no little girl will grow up in a world where her dreams are denied; her potential unrealized." The inaugural TeachHer Master Class, scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa from August 29 to September 2, would bring together 58 teachers, school administrators, and education ministry officials from six countries across Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and South Africa.

     By participating in TeachHer, these countries are committing to implement science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and math (STEAM) programs both in their formal curricula, as well as in after-school programs designed to inspire, equip, and sustain girls' interests in STEAM careers.

     Following the Master Class in Ethiopia, the participants will return home ready to pass on the knowledge they have gained not only to their students, but to their colleagues as well.

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  • More Than 300 Wild Reindeer Killed by Lightning Strike in Norway

    A lightning strike has killed more than 300 wild reindeer in Norway, in what officials described as an unusually large natural disaster.

    Aerial footage shows reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. The footage was released by the Norwegian Environment Agency, which said 323 animals were killed, including 70 calves.

    It is the second time this month that a large group of animals has been killed by lightning. On 25 August, 38 sheep died after they were hit by lightning in the Indian district of Kanchipuram.

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  • The Harsh Realities of Black Brazilians and their New Black power Movement

    The new Black power movement in Brazil is big. Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches, beautiful women, samba, sun and celebration. For decades, millions have enjoyed the music, food, dance and culture of the fifth-largest country in the world, especially now as the nation has recently taken center stage as host of the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. But also, in a not-so-glaring spotlight, are Brazil’s new Black “Gladiators.”

    These new young voices are leading a growing social movement and spreading their message of Black pride through social media. Despite their contributions to the growth and development of their nation, Black Brazilians fall behind all others in what’s been described as a “racial paradise.” They are the country’s poorest, most disenfranchised, and victims of overwhelming levels of systemic discrimination.

     

    “The goal is to focus on the lives of Black people that have been claimed in the name of the ‘myth of a racial democracy,’” Itas adds. “This myth denies the perspective that there is a political genocide of the Black population occurring.”

    Every 23 minutes, a Black adolescent male is murdered; Blacks are overwhelmingly, spatially relegated to the favelas and profiled when they leave. Black Brazilians represent more than 50 percent of the population but represent a small portion of all university students. In 1997 the percentage of Black students in college was 2.2 percent. In 2011 it was 11 percent. This number is expected to continue to rise to more than three times the current level because of recent affirmative action policies.

    Brazilian millennials are now seen as a reckoning force, using their growing presence on social media to take the new Black power movement and their new changing attitudes about race and skin color to a whole new global level. “The use of digital technology has been a game changer in terms of linking individual experiences to a collective struggle. Social media, such as Facebook, has been boiling over with posts, videos, with conversations that we haven’t seen before,” says Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, author of The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families and an assistant professor of sociology at the University of South Florida.

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  • Ethiopia to Establish New Railway Sector Regulatory Organ

    As Ethiopia looks to railway transport to accelerate industrialization, the Ministry of Transport is readying itself with a bill that seeks to establish a regulatory body. According to the bill to be tabled in parliament, the office will mainly be responsible for setting up and auditing standards of safety and tariff levels. It will also be expected to streamline capacity building in the required technologies, as well as licensing issues in the sector.

    The regulatory body, with a prior vision to ensure the safety of railway transport, comes a year after the LRT became operational, while the Ethio-Djibouti railway has come to its final chapter before completion. Among the pioneering African countries to have a railway, the Ethio-Djibouti route ceased providing a service in 2008. In the meantime, different advanced lines and technologies have been introduced to revamp the service. The Light Railway System, operational since 2015, is also the only one on the continent.

    Currently, there are close to 5,000km of railway routes through eight corridors under study and design, with some already at the implementation stage. The projects include the Addis Abeba-Modjo-Awash-Dire Dawa-Dewanle; Modjo-Shashemne-Arbaminch-Konso-Moyale; Addis Abeba-Ljaji-Jimma-Gudaferda Dima, with extension to South Sudan, and the Awash-Kombolcha-Mekelle-Shire routes.

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  • Ten Things Gaddafi did for Libya

    This article was first published by Global Research in November 2014. Today Libya as a Nation State has been destroyed by US-NATO. What do you think of when you hear the name Colonel Gaddafi? Tyrant? Dictator? Terrorist? Well, a national citizen of Libya may disagree but we want you to decide.

    For 41 years until his demise in October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi did some truly amazing things for his country and repeatedly tried to unite and empower the whole of Africa. So despite what you’ve heard on the radio, seen in the media or on the TV, Gaddafi did some powerful things that are not characteristic of a “vicious dictator” as portrayed by the western media.

    Here are ten things Gaddafi did for Libya that you may not know about…

    1. In Libya a home is considered a natural human right
    2. Education and medical treatment were all free
    3. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project
    4. It was free to start a farming business
    5. A bursary was given to mothers with newborn babies

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  • A Delegation Led by Diriba Kuma on a Visit to Seoul Learn Urban Policies

     

    On Monday, 22 member delegation led by the mayor of Addis Ababa, Diriba Kuma will visit Korea to study urban policies, Dong- A Ilbo reported.

     

    According to the report, it is up to September 8 that the delegation will stay in Korea.

     

    It is planned to share a week-long session of policy cases and provide customized program by The Seoul metropolitan government, the report included.

     

    More over it is planned by Addis Ababa to apply Seoul’s urban planning policies to Ethiopia and provide training to entire officials in the country. 

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