Adolescence stage in a girl’s life is extremely critical to her future. In so many place and part of rural Benin (West-Africa), many families feel they cannot afford to lose the effort their daughters provide to the household by sending them to school.
Photographer Allison Zaucha is changing the world one photo at a time. She uses the power of storytelling and art to enrich the lives of students across the world who cannot afford a quality education. Allison started on a 21-day journey to visit two Givology nonprofits Aid India in India and Cercle Social in Benin to document the daily lives of the children there.
by -- Virginie Bapaume
We often ask ourselves, “why the education of youth”? It’s true that there are myriad other areas in which we could intervene.
Health or nutrition are causes which equally merit fighting for. However, at the heart of the Cercle Social association, we have prefered to concentrate on what seems to us is the foundation of a strong society.
The program Tuesday’s Talks takes place every Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm at the Obama Center on the Abomey Calavi campus. This program is an initiative through the coordination of the Obama Center, accompanied by the African Network of United Nations Young Leaders (ROJALNU). Several organizations, NGO and associations have been invited and responded to the activity there. The Tuesday’s Talks primarily aims at mobilizing the youth about major themes of their generation and preparing them to face these issues.
“Abiola et la Plante Magique” is a book that tells the story of a seven years old, Abiola. The brave young girl is willing to go on an adventure far away in China to get a miraculous flower capable of healing her ill grandmother. The magic and mysterious plant is known to cure all diseases but grows only once a year before the rainy season and is surrounded by monsters.
On August 18th, Cercle Social had the privilege to meet with the U.N. Ambassador for Benin, Jean-Francis R. Zinsou at the permanent mission of Benin in New York.
By Whitney Foster
Technology brings a new dynamic to any classroom. Gone are the traditional days of the chalkboard and the pointer stick. Learning is much more interactive; now giving students a chance to actively participate in their learning rather than just witness it.
School is one of the best times to introduce a child to technology. Today, technology is used in every aspect of our lives and school is the first place where children receive this exposure. The use of software applications (or “apps” for short), helps to get children excited about technology as many apps incorporate challenging exercises and games into educational topics. They are designed to be installed on phones and tablets, devices used all day every day.
By Whitney Foster
One of the best things about technology these days is that anyone can take advantage of it. The science classroom is one of the best subjects to use technology programs because the subject itself involves exploring in new ways.
Computer programs and applications (apps for short) allow for students to receive assistance and enhancements on their schoolwork. Teachers find them useful as well for keeping students interested.
By Whitney Foster
In the mathematics classroom, the subject matter alone makes it difficult to keep students interested. Incorporating technology with mathematics gives students something to look forward to in an otherwise boring math lesson.
by -- JULIA TOFAN
As part of the Dreams That Could Be project, we're partnering with Cercle Social to tell the stories of students in Benin who are changing their lives with education.
Inspired by children with big dreams, like Eugene Adihounde, who aspires to be a policeman, and Ella Agoundo, who aspires to be a doctor, this project is sharing the stories of children who are overcoming great adversity to get an education.
Before starting the project, 87% of interviewed students said they never touched a real computer.
778 students have registered to take the computing courses from 2012 to 2014 and the demand keeps rising. Participants have been evaluated through writing and practical exams. The analysis of these results showed a 65% improvement of grades for the second year of implementation.
- It is cheap - 10 times cheaper than a desktop
- It is portable and lightweight
- It is energy efficient: 50 times less power than a desktop
- It runs open source software
- It is powerful enough for teaching basics of computers in schools
The standard Raspberry pi comes "naked" (without a case). The case is an accessory that needs to be purchased separately. Having a case for your Pi is highly recommended.There are great ideas on the internet, on how to make a PI case out of commonly found objects. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make a Raspberry Pi Case out of an Altoids Box.
Raspberry Pi (RPi) was first developed at the University of Cambridge at London and it is a $25 computer that fits in a palm of your hand. Literally, the computer is the size of a palm on your hand. It comes with a Linux operating system called Raspbain which can be accessed with a micro SD card. This is used because kids who cannot afford a computer and want to code, they have a chance to do so. Raspberry PI can be also used like your average computer such as programming, word processing, documents, and spreadsheets.
Technology is changing education and employment opportunities for people across the world. Unfortunately, computers are still a luxury item for many, which often limit opportunities that people have to develop skills that will help them find work or attend school remotely. Raspberry Pi is changing this by offering small, affordable computers that plug into a computer monitor or TV and that can perform many of the tasks of a traditional desktop PC.
The Raspberry Pi has been designed as a cost effective option for use in school environments. One of the great things about the Raspberry Pi is that offers a wide variety of Operating Systems (OSs) for users to make use of in their projects, or to simply learn and tinker with. The official Raspberry Pi site (http://www.raspberrypi.org">www.raspberrypi.org) offers free, downloadable images for nine different operating systems.
The Raspberry Pi provides affordable access to a fully capable computer. In its most basic form, the Pi can be used as a computer, but it can also be used in robotics and Internet of Things projects. The Internet of things is a network of devices that communicate with one another and exchange information with sensors and software. Exposing students to the single board computer from a young age can help increase computer literacy in a developing country and develop an interest for programming. The Raspberry Pi Foundation recommends Python as a language for learners.
Last week, I mentioned that there are a variety of operating systems available for the Raspberry Pi. One of the easiest for those just starting out is Raspbian Wheezy, which is based on Debian Linux. This process requires a computer and your microSD card, which will be the memory for your Raspberry Pi. You can access the Wheezy image on the Raspberry Pi website (https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads). I used a microSD card with an adapter for my laptop.