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PAFE’s Sept. 2011 Palaver Hut on Women’s Entrepreneurship & International Partnership

Every month Phelps StokesPrograms for Africa and Freedom Endowment hosts a Palaver Hut, a symposium that creates an environment of productive dialogue on an important issue. This month’s event is entitled, “Women’s Entrepreneurship and International Partnership”. We are extending an invitation to you and hope to see you there. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Abigail Simmons at ASimmons@phelpsstokes.org.

For more information about Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment, visit www.phelpsstokes.org or contact Director of Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment Pape Samb at PSamb@phelpsstokes.org.

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Former Kenyan President Urges Politicians to Slow Down with Education Reforms

Several countries in Africa are reforming the curriculum in schools. According to www.Standardmedia.co.ke, Former President of Kenya, Daniel Moi, recently urged reformers to take their time. He believes the issues with the current education system should be looked at with a critical eye instead of being completely scrapped. The article mentions that Moi fears that a quick adoption of new policies could create more issues and he believes that Kenya shouldn’t base its education system solely on one education model.” Moi also believes that education is essential to Kenya’s progress, but the institutions of learning need to be managed properly.

For more information about Kenyan Education reform, visit Standard Media.

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Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedowm Endowment’s June 2011 Palaver Hut Preview

Each month, Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa and Freedom Endowment (PAFE) hosts a Palaver Hut.  What is a Palaver Hut you say? Well, Palaver Huts encourage a lively discussion about a series of issues and topics dealing with Africa.  Phelps Stokes has interviewed Abigail Simmons of the Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment (PAFE)  about this upcoming Palaver Hut on “How Grassroots Philanthropy Can Positively Impact Children’s Education.”

Show Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment some support by attending the Palaver Hut series on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at the Club Quarters Hotel in Washington, D.C. (839 17th Street).  The panelists for this month’s event are Nick Zemura, Founder of Mirazvo Productions; Jean-Patrick Guichard, Founder and CEO of Guichard Solutions;  and Rahel Getachew, Founder and Managing Director of Afrolehar.

Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment focuses closely on education initiatives in Africa.  For more information on this month’s Palaver Hut, contact Abigail Simmons at asimmons@phelpsstokes.org. For more information about the Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment, visit www.phelpsstokes.org. Watch the video tell us what you think!

Tweet the Hastag #PAFEPalaverHut if you will be attending this month’s Palaver Hut!

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Support Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment as it Hosts an Upcoming Palaver Hut on How Grassroots Philanthropy Can Positively Impact Children’s Education

June 2011 Palaver Hut

Every month Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa and Freedom Endowment (PAFE) hosts a Palaver Hut, a symposium that creates an environment of productive dialogue on an important issue. June’s Palaver Hut event is entitled, “How Grassroots Philanthropy Can Positively Impact Children’s Education”.

Guest Panelist include:

Nick Zemura, Founder of Mirazvo Productions

Jean-Patrick Guichard, Founder and CEO of Guichard Solutions

Rachel Getachew, Founder and Managing Director of Afrolehar

The event will be held on Thursday, June 30th, 2011 in the Lafayette Room at Club Quarters Hotel Washington, located at 839 17th Street NW, DC from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please RSVP by June 23rd, 2011 to Abigail Simmons at asimmons@phelpsstokes.org. Support Phelps Stokes’ Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment by coming out to the Palaver Hut and engage in the conversation! We hope to see you there!

For more information about Programs for Africa & Freedom Endowment’s June 23rd Palaver Hut on “How Grassroots Philanthropy Can Positively Impact Children’s Education,” contact Abigail Simmons at asimmons@phelpsstokes.org.

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The Stigma of Educated Girls in Uganda

By The Phelps Stokes Team

Map of Karamoja region including new districts

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Kotido Girls Primary School was built to encourage more girls to attend school. The school is located in Kotido which is an older area of Karamoja. Karamoja is considered to be the least developed part of Uganda. In many parts of the world, girls do not receive the same education as boys. Kotido Girls Primary School was created in efforts to change the way in which girls received education in Uganda, but a recent surveyed showed that there are more boys at Kotido Primary School than girls. Many families are not allowing their daughters to attend school. A misconception amongst some in Uganda is that girls will not get married if they receive an education. It is perceived that girls who attend school will get a smaller dowry or will not get married at all. Education is seen as an investment that doesn’t guarantee returns.  Marriage is sometimes associated with wealth, so many families in

Uganda prefer to marry their daughters off.  Uganda’s The Independent, reports that only 10 percent of all children in the region finish school.

For more information about this topic, visit http://allAfrica.com.

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Some Children are Starving for an Education in Kenya

By Phelps Stokes Team

Phelps Stokes believes that education is essential. It is difficult for students in Africa to fully focus on their education.  Most recently, many Kenyan children have been forced to drop out of school due to malnutrition. The Nairobi Star reports that over 5,000 students have left school in Turkana and Pokot because of famine. Many children leave school to help their families find food and to work on small family farms. The amount of food in the region is severely low. The government has made steps to fix the food shortages. In addition, the government has increased security and food distribution throughout the region. But, merely distributing food won’t be enough.  So, they are also introducing a program to help teach its citizens how to produce food and maintain healthy livestock.

For more information about this topic, visit www.allAfrica.com.

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Recent African Graduates Aren’t Too Different from US Graduates

By Phelps Stokes Team

According to www.allAfrica.com, recent American graduates have something in common with Rwandan graduates, unemploymentThe US economy has made it difficult for most recent grads to infiltrate the marketplace in America.  This is a shared experience for recent grads in Rwanda.  A 26 year-old college graduate from the National University of Rwanda (NUR) was unemployed for two years.  His major was Applied Statistics. There are more in need of jobs than there are jobs available in Rawanda.  Also, the job creation rate is not matching the number of potential employment seekers.  There is an influx of young adults leaving their rural communities. They believe the city will provide them with a better life.

Professor Silas Lwakabamba, a professor at NUR, believes that the creation of a job center would bridge the gap between employers and college graduates.  He also believes that the usage of entrepreneurial programs will help the students gain a new skill set.  This would be a skill set they could use to become self-employed. Rwanda’s Minister of Labor encourages graduates to look outside of popular city centers for employment.  He remarked that there are many jobs available in more rural parts of the country.

For more information about this topic, visit www.allAfrica.com.

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