By Dr. Shannon MayBridge is a disruptive force. It disrupts the status quo through pursing education reform in developing economies, where 263 million children — 61 million primary school children — are out of school and 330 million children are in school but not learning.As part of a disparate and complex eco system, Bridge has served over 250,000 children in communities that live within the World Bank’s definition of extreme poverty, living on under $1.90 dollars a day per capita. It has been estimated in Kenya alone that 46% the population is living in poverty. These are families whose futures have been limited by poor schools, absent teachers and limited learning. These are communities on the frontline of education reform. Amidst the global development community there is coalescence around the knowledge that education is a primary driver of prosperity; that an educated population is a healthier population, and that an educated population is less likely to be mired in conflict. There is a unified call to disrupt the poverty cycle that failing schools maintain, that if we are serious about tackling poverty and insecurity, we must change the status quo of education. That is the global driver behind achieving SDG4.However, the question that remains to be answered is how.The answer to that, in all likelihood, lies in how technology can be used to change the model of schooling from one where students’ learning (or lack thereof) is divorced from the creation of teacher and learning resource materials, to one where all materials and lesson designs that effect a child’s learning are shaped in response to how the child is learning. This could be at the level of the child, where a software program responds to the child’s work. Or it could be at the level of the class, where a teacher’s use of materials and children’s assessments on a given unit of learning lead to changes in the lessons of the next areas of content; and data from thousands of classrooms shape the publication of lessons and textbooks for the next year, and inform integrated teacher professional development. Education technology has gone through a Cambrian explosion over the last decade due to the development of 2G, broadband, smartphones, and e-ink. Smart integration of technology into teaching practice augments a teacher’s own abilities, and enables accountability for learning to be measured in both schools and school systems.In many classrooms in Africa, accountability for learning is weak, and often the majority of children leave primary school still unable to read, as in Liberia, or unable to pass the national exam, as in Kenya. This is not a criticism, it is a reality on the ground in many developing countries that people living in the U.S. or U.K. often fail to adequately contextualize or understand. Many of these schools are dealing with communities that live beneath the poverty line, that have been afflicted with disease, famine, and conflict; communities where generations have been failed by education provision.Yet, technology has enabled the classroom to become accessible without standing in it, to ensure that there is quality learning being delivered; that teachers are trained and continuously supported, that assessment and monitoring is thorough. Bridge analyses over a billion data points, and learns quickly how to help both students learn and teachers engage.Technology, combined with significant investment in R&D has enabled us to develop schools that are focused on teachers teach and how children learn. We design everything we do with a focus on outcomes for children, not inputs. Through this focus, we have created schools that empower children to learn substantially more than their peers. The Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) is the country’s national exam that almost 1,000,000 students take each year at the end of 8th grade. In 2016, pupils who attended Bridge for at least 4 years had an average pass rate of 74% compared to an estimated national pass rate of 49%. In 2015, it was 63% vs a 49% national average. This is proof of delivering improved learning for children at scale, over consecutive years. In any other field of work, this magnitude of improvement, consistent over 2 years would be hailed as a remarkable achievement.While the results in Kenya are exciting, the potential for the most far-reaching change in the education sector does not lie in ensuring that parents and children have an alternative to failing public schools. It is showing how failing public schools can become powerful public schools — schools that lay the foundation for the nation’s future health and wealth, for all.Demonstrating that transformational learning gains can be delivered within limited national education budgets opens the possibility of countries embracing reform through public private partnership arrangements. This kind of model is already embraced across many sectors such as healthcare and energy, so why not in education? To prove that effective education can be delivered at scale while being financially sustainable for the long term is revolutionary. No longer would countries need to rely on perpetual aid donations or grant funding to prop up their education systems. Children will be really learning and the consequences of that for stability, growth and prosperity, both on a micro and macro level, are immense. Partnership Schools for Liberia is a testament to this; it is why the world is watching so closely. It is also why critics of the program are so loud.A recent study conducted by Pencils of Promise, the University of Liberia, the Ministry of Education (Liberia), and Bridge revealed that after only 4 months of the school year, there is a clear indicative trend showing improved learning in Bridge-managed public schools. Four times as many children learning at a Bridge-managed public school had achieved reading fluency than at other matched public schools.We have opened our doors to world-renowned academics, and are grateful for their support in this project to understand what is working and what we can improve. There are two randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies underway as well. We look forward to what those results may add to the growing body of evidence that Bridge’s technology-enabled, and integrated approach to supporting teachers, creating materials, and managing schools could revolutionize education in the developing countries.We are at a particular moment in time where technology, social impact investment, and political willpower is coming together for good, globally and in the countries we serve. Education reform needs many partners working on behalf of the children and the communities who are currently being failed. At Bridge, we do not think we provide the only the solution, but we know we are one solution. We trust that by showing that radical learning gains are possible on limited budgets, this example will inspire other social entrepreneurs and large education companies to design additional solutions effective on governments’ and parents’ limited budgets.We are not even a decade old. There are hurdles, complexities and challenges, both operational and political, that we face every day in the countries in which we operate. We are always adapting and learning. We are proud to be part of the large group of education reformers, advocates, investors worldwide who say that a generation should not have its future closed whilst we debate education ideology. We are proud of the communities we serve, the families that choose us and the children that benefit. We are proud that they stand up for their right to choose, that they demand a better school for their children, and that they continue to try and have their voices heard. #MyBridgeAbout the author: Dr Shannon May is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Bridge Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Photo: The young boy is pictured with his family, rescuers and the truck he floated down the river in – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caUpdate – for more on this story, click here- Advertisement -A youngster is lucky to be alive after going missing on the Peace River Sunday morning. Shortly before nine, Fort St. John RCMP responded to a report of a missing child at Peace Island Park. Police were told that a three year old boy was last seen in the area at around 7:30. Police Dog Services and the Provincial Emergency Program were called in to assist police in the search. Shortly before 10, a river boat located the boy about ten to twelve kilometres east of the park on the Peace River. The child was found atop of his battery powered toy truck in approximately three metres of water. The youngster was taken to Fort St. John hospital and treated for mild exposure. RCMP want to remind parents about the dangers posed by moving water and to be vigilant around children playing in or near the water. Advertisement View Child missing on Peace River in a larger map
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Conservation Society will be hosting the annual Charlie Lake clean up this Saturday.The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. They invite non for profit groups to come and help clean up and in turn, provide them with donations for their time. The public is also free to attend.The Charlie Lake Fire Department also comes to help take the bags that are eventually filled.- Advertisement -Bess Legault a environmental scientist, says it’s a great way for people to get involved.“It’s a fun event to get the community of Charlie Lake together, to clean up around the lake.”The other part of the event is the Peace Bat Conservation project where they engage high school and public school students to build bat houses. they then connect those bat houses with landowners in the area who have a prime bat habitat. They ask those land owners to do a 5-year monitoring commitment.Advertisement They aim to gain baseline bat population data so that they can monitor species and educate the public about bat population.
A hugely contested first half provided the entertainment with pace and passing, but the chances infront of goal weren’t as forthcoming.Brian Marita had the game’s first chance in the third minute when a clearance from keeper John Waw fell on his path, but his eventual snap shot from distance was turned behind for a corner by the keeper.AFC had started with pace, using their speed on the wings with both Marita and Jaffery Owiti, but they could not get the key pass to open up for scoring opportunities.Sony’s first chance of the game came in the 26th minute when a defensive error saw the ball fall on Sony midfielder Tobias Otieno, but the latter’s shot from the edge of the area went inches over the bar.When the momentum swung the other way immediately, AFC came inches close but Chemelil keeper Wawu made a great save to pick the ball off the line after Ezekiel Odera did well to bring down Owiti’s cross before squaring to Whyvonne Isuza whose effort at the back post was saved.The second half’s pace picked up with AFC making an attacking change, new signing Alex Orotomal coming on for Marvin Omondi as head coach Rodolfo Zapata went for a two-man attack.The lanky Nigerian signed from Rwandese side Sunshine FC brought in some punch in attack with his running and ball retention. His activity at the edge of the box attracted a foul on him, but the resultant effort from Isaac Oduro went inches wide.The pressure bore fruit in the 52nd minute when Salim Abdallah broke the deadlock with a dipping header from Marita’s cross, keeper John Waw caught flat out.Ingwe survived a scare just 10 minutes later when a poorly defended long throw from Enock Agwanda fell on substitute Ambrose Ayoyi, but his shot from close range was saved by keeper Ezekiel Owade.But the home side kept the pressure attacking with intent and they had two more chances, first Owiti’s shot from range going just wide while minutes later, Odera missing the vital touch to direct the ball into the net from Orotomal’s cross.Five minutes from time, Oduro came close with a freekick from range which rattled the crossbar while two minutes later, Orotamal’s shot from the right was finger-tipped behind for a corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards winger Jaffery Owiti vies for the ball with Sony Sugar’s Kevin Wesonga during a Kenyan premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium on July 8, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMACHAKOS, KENYA, Jul 8- Defender Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdallah scored the lone goal in the 52nd minute as AFC Leopards bounced back to winning ways beating Sony Sugar 1-0 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos to move fourth in the Kenyan Premier League standings.AFC came into the tie on the backdrop of a draw and a loss in their last two games, but an assured performance against an equally well organized Sony side saw them pick three points at home to move up the ladder.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned his high-flying side they must continue their impressive form against Schalke on Tuesday to ensure don’t slip down into the Europa League come the new year.The Blues sit top of the Premier League after 12 games and are unbeaten across all competitions so far this season.A Champions League victory in Germany will see Mourinho’s side book their place in the last-16, in a game which takes on extra significance as they prepare to face former player and manager Roberto Di Matteo – the only man to deliver the European Cup to Stamford Bridge.Mourinho has won the competition with Porto and Inter Milan but has been unable to lead Chelsea to the crown in either of his two spells in west London and the Portuguese was in no mood to talk about Di Matteo’s achievements in his press conference previewing the Schalke clash.Instead he focused on delivering a stark warning to his side, insisting they must not take their foot off the gas and believe they are cruising into the knockout stages.“I am not here to speak about Roberto Di Matteo, I am here to speak about the game tomorrow,” he said.“The reality is we need points. I think this team is one state of its evolution where to go into the Europa League would be very bad. A team gets better and the evolution is faster when you play in the best competition against the best teams.“Maybe we drop into Europa league. If we lose two matches we go into the Europa League. It makes no sense to talk about quarter-finals or anything else.“We need points to play in the Champions League and that is why we are here, we are here to get points.”Mourinho ridiculed the Europa League when it was won by his predecessor at Chelsea, Rafael Benitez, and it is clear he wants qualification to the knock-out stages sewn up at the earliest opportunity to avoid leading his team into Europe’s second-tier competition.“We have two matches, but obviously it would be better for us to qualify tomorrow,” he added.“We have so many matches in December that if we can avoid a crucial match against Sporting to decide Champions League qualification and that pressure, it would be very good for us.“The players are playing very well, the team is playing really well. Nothing comes for free, or with luck. Even the draws we’ve had were matches we were closer to win than to lose.“We missed a penalty at Maribor, and conceded a last-second goal against Man United. We are getting good results because the players are doing very well.”
The midfielder has been included in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury and his return would represent a major boost to Barca’s hopes.Conte said Chelsea would have to play the “perfect game” to reach the quarter-finals and they will need Hazard to deliver too.Hazard has grown frustrated in recent weeks with his lone role up front but when asked to compare the Belgian with Iniesta, Conte said: “We’re talking about two different players with different careers. Iniesta won a lot in his career, Hazard has to start winning important trophies.”On the impact of Iniesta’s possible return, Conte added: “I like to compare him with Andrea Pirlo. We are talking about a genius of the football.“I don’t know if tomorrow he could play. In this type of game it’s right to face the best players and you don’t hope they will miss out with injury.”Chelsea were unfortunate only to take a draw from the first leg at Stamford Bridge, where Lionel Messi’s equaliser spoiled an otherwise dominant Blues performance.But Barca are still unbeaten in La Liga and Messi will be well-rested, having sat out Saturday’s win over Malaga to attend the birth of his third child.“We must have the game to play with concentration, stay with our head in every moment,” Conte said.“We have to know there are moments we have to suffer because that is not only for Chelsea but every team against Barcelona must be ready to suffer and be compact.“With the ball you must then have in your head and your heart the feeling you will have the chance to score.”Conte said Antonio Rudiger is in contention after recovering from muscle fatigue but Ross Barkley (hamstring) and David Luiz (ankle) are out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eden Hazard will be key to Chelsea’s hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals © AFP / Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 13 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has described Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta as a “genius” and challenged Eden Hazard to emulate the Spaniard by winning major trophies.Iniesta faces a race against time to be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Camp Nou, with the tie delicately poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
One of the Spoken Word highlights at this year’s annual Earagail Arts Festival (July 7 to 22) will be The Glebe Cultural Summit.Presented by the festival in association with the Office Of Public Works, the summit will be held at Glebe House & Gallery on July 14 and 15.The weekend will be curated by broadcaster and writer Sinéad Gleeson and features a host of interesting speakers and various topics. Ramelton based writer and broadcaster Derek O’Connor will host The Rise Of Irish Crime Fiction and will speak to acclaimed writers Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt and Paul Charles.Declan Hughes’ career as a crime novelist is rooted in long-standing passions: for the genre, for good writing in any genre, and for the absurdities of modern life.Arlene Hunt is a unique voice in Irish crime fiction. Her dark and atmospheric stories perfectly capture the grimy underworld of Dublin and beyond.She began writing at the age of 27, and produced her first novel, Vicious Circle, within the year and has since written a litany of best-sellers. Paul Charles is primarily known for the Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy series. “In 1996, inspired by Colin Dexter (the creator of Inspector Morse), I attempted my first Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy Mystery, I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass, which was published the following year,” said Paul.There will be other events to look forward to as part of the summit, including ‘Banter – Irish culture and the way it might not look at you…’ as Sinéad Gleeson is joined by Jim Carroll (Irish Times), filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson and Donegal’s own writer and performer, Little John Nee; Glebe Gallery Storytelling on Film; Post Boom Narratives and more exciting talks.For more information on The Glebe Cultural Summit and other great Spoken Word events taking place during this year’s Earagail Arts Festival log onto www.eaf.ie EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE: THE GLEBE CULTURAL SUMMIT was last modified: July 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE: THE GLEBE CULTURAL SUMMIT
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Maybe something about wearing tights brings out the swashbuckler in me,” joked the mayor, waving a theatrical sword. The April 17-23 festival’s performances will include: The State Street Ballet, based in Santa Barbara, will perform a new ballet, based upon “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and set to music by Felix Mendelssohn, at 7 p.m. April 21. Tickets are $20 and $15. Will & Company, based in Los Angeles, will perform the tragedy “Merchant of Venice” at 7 p.m. April 22. The 12-member Antelope Valley College Flute Choir will entertain for 20 minutes before curtaintime. Tickets are $20 and $15. Will & Company will perform an adaptation of the romance “The Winter’s Tale” at 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $15 and 10. PALMDALE – Palmdale Playhouse will host its 10th annual Shakespeare Festival with performances of “Merchant of Venice,” “The Winter’s Tale” and a ballet based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The performances will be on a projecting two-level stage like the one where Shakespeare produced his own plays in 16th and 17th century London. “We started building this replica of London’s Globe Theater in 1999. We’ve added more and more each festival,” said Dea McAllister, city cultural-arts director and theater manager. McAllister and Mayor Jim Ledford dressed in Elizabethan costumes Tuesday for a news conference about the festival, which also will include workshops on making jewelry and wreaths, on acting in Shakespearean plays and even on sword fighting for the stage. Workshops will include: On Renaissance wreaths and jewelry, 7 p.m. Monday. Taught by Lupe Telles of CT’s Beads N Things in Lancaster, participants will use dried flowers and ribbons to create head wreaths or leather bands, beads and bells to make period necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The class will be limited to 25 people. The fee will be $20 plus $5 to $25 for materials. On acting Shakespeare, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Will & Company’s artistic director, Colin Cox, will lead the workshop on text, verse, performance history, stage combat, monologues and scene study. Participants should bring a copy of the complete works of William Shakespeare. Fee is $10. On “Merchant of Venice,” 7 p.m. April 19. Cox will lead participants in discussing the writing, performance, plot and characters. Participants should bring a copy of the play. Fee is $10. On stage combat, 7 p.m. April 20. Participants will be taught the techniques used to stage the sword fights in Shakespearean plays. Fee is $10. Special daytime performances of “Merchant of Venice” will be conducted next week for students in middle school and high school. Throughout the festival, the Playhouse Dance Company will dress in Elizabethan costumes and treat theater patrons to Renaissance dances. Elizabethan-style food will be available from vendors. Package prices are $48 or $33 per person. Workshop fees are not included in packages. Group rates are available. For tickets, call the Playhouse box office at (661) 267-5685. The theater is at 38334 10th St. E.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.It appears it will be a Real Madrid v Juventus Champions League final after both sides took big advantages into their semi-final second legs.But with free-scoring Monaco only 2-0 down against the Italians – could the French side mount a stunning comeback to seal their final spot?Real are 4/5 to lift the famous cup after their 3-0 first-leg win over Atletico Madrid, while Juve are 11/10 to be crowned champions.But Monaco and Atletico are both 40/1 to come back and win the trophy – can it be done?Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
A rally is to be held in Letterkenny today (SAT) in support of Tony Rochford who has been on hunger strike since June 17th.Tony Rochford on hunger strikeTony is protesting against the property tax and the effects the implementation of the tax has had on the self-employed and the citizens in this country.Members of a number of Donegal protest groups including Donegal Action Against Austerity will hold a rally at Market Square beginning at noon today and ending at noon tomorrow. “While individuals can make their own choices and we would not encourage anyone to take this action we do understand his frustration at the government. Because of his determination to follow through with his hunger strike we feel we must give him all the support we can,” said DAAA’s Joe Murphy.As with many Tony’s property is in ‘negative equity’ and he has struggled to pay his mortgage. While unemployed Tony used his and his wife’s savings to pay their mortgage.Now Tony finds himself in a situation where he is unable to get a Tax Clearance Certificate in order to work. He has tried to be a good citizen and suck up stoically his bad luck shared by thousands of people of his generation but a property tax levied on a house in which he has no equity is the final straw.He is unable to pay his full mortgage and an additional tax only increases the hardship he is experiencing. The consequences of not being allowed to work will be that his family may lose their home and any hope for their future. The Donegal protest groups are encouraging everyone to come out and support Tony and the position he finds himself in. DONEGAL PROTESTORS TO HOLD RALLY IN SUPPORT OF HUNGER STRIKER was last modified: July 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Action Against Austerityhunger strikeletterkennyrallyTony Rochford