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Articles from No. 248, October

A Future from the Past: Changes in Vietnam Made It Possible for a Young Refugee to Return to the Scene of Her Childhood
FOURTEEN years ago my family left Vietnam in secrecy. We dared not tell even our closest relatives. Escape in those uncertain days was the only option left open for some people and it meant one of two things -- freedom or death.When I left I had to forget...
Back to the Drawing Board: The War on Education
A CHILD stands in a queue in China's Hubei province. He waits patiently for his turn, drumming his fingers nervously on the wall. Finally he enters a blue door. Two hours later he comes out, looking a little pale, but clutching the precious reward for...
Brutal Harvest: Army and Shining Path Target Poor Communities
PRAY for us,' a Peruvian father implored as he rushed to the hospital with his five - year - old son. The boy had lost an eye in a machete attack by guerillas -- the latest casualty in Peru's brutal civil war. The man burst into our room trembling and...
Burma (Country Profile)
BURMA has never had a famine; the land of golden pagodas and lush rice fields was offered this blessing in return for its kindness to the Buddha. But despite the legend it currently suffers one of the world's most repressive regimes. Today, martial law...
(Carmody, Kev. Bloodlines)
Despite both groups being prisoners of sorts, Australia's convict colony mostly sat uncomfortably with its de facto hosts, the Aborigines. Now, 200 years later, elements of colonial Irish 'larrikinism' and Aboriginal questioning have been blended with...
Daughters of the Dust
Daughters of the Dust is the first full - length feature by the African - American writer/director Julie Dash, who has already established herself as a film - maker of considerable note with shorts such as Illusions, about a black woman who passes for...
Drumbeats of Hope on the Hill: Where the State Is Unable or Unwilling to Provide an Education, Parents and Communities Are Stepping in (Maria Da Conceicao School, North-East Brazil)
MIDDAY. Little Selma shivers briefly under the spurt of cold water which flows slowly over her copper - skinned and slight body. Not even the cloudy sky of the tropical 'winter' could prevent the washing ritual. And then comes lunch, avidly devoured...
Education: The Facts
THE 1980s saw an educational decline which eroded many of the gains of previous decades. Teachers are demotivated and often badly paid, classrooms are in disrepair. In some countries parents are forced to choose which of their children are to be educated....
Fair Trade // Review
Twopence in the pound, two cents in the dollar - that is, at best, the tiny fraction of what we pay for coffee and sugar that flows back to the plantation workers who picked the berries or cut the cane. Much the same is true of the other products that...
(Ghorwane. Majurugenta)
If Mozambique still lacks a presence in modern African music it's not for want of talent. Ghorwane -- the name comes from a lake that, even in the hottest season, never runs dry -- prove that. Majurugenta is their first commercial release: recorded in...
Kura Whakapumau I Te Reo Tuuturu: All over the World Indigenous Peoples Whose Cultures Are under Threat Are Teaching Children Their Traditional Language (Maori Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand)
TEN years ago, most Maori children in Aotearoa/New Zealand went to non - Maori, or pakeha schools. Maori language was moving towards extinction: it had been banned in all New Zealand schools as long ago as 1905. Maori children were suffering from loss...
Lives of Love and Hope: Conservatives Are Reshaping the Curriculum in Many Parts of the Western World, but in Inner Cities Teachers, Parents and Pupils Are Fighting Back
IN the hearts of our inner cities are classrooms of the world, and the world beats in our classrooms. Such was the belief of a group of inner - city teachers and pupils in a school in Sheffield, UK, when they conceived the idea of a book: Lives of Love...
Make Education Your Husband: Without Schooling, a Girl Is Left Stranded in the Home, for Black South Africans This May Mean Being a Servant in the Home of a White Family
MAKE education your husband,' my mother used to say. 'He will never tire of you. If I was growing up during these times of yours, my child, I would not bother getting married. I would just make sure I got an education and then worked for myself.'Even...
Metropolis
WHEN German director Fritz Lang visited the United States in 1924, his first glimpse of the country was a night - time view of the New York skyline from the deck of an ocean liner. This, he later recalled, was the direct inspiration for what is still...
Missing Links: Roads and Environmentally Sensitive Areas (the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia: Twyford Down between London and Southampton)
LEOPOLDO BACORIZO'S gentle face screws awkwardly into a frown as he contemplates the plan to drive a road through his people's home. The people of the city see the jungle as a piece of merchandise to be exploited for financial gain,' says Bacorizo,...
Painters Not Professors: Soviet Rule in Latvia Is Now over, Education Could Begin to Improve, but It Is Still under Threat
A UNIVERSITY professor in Latvia today has to think very carefully before inviting painters into her flat. It is likely to cost eight months' salary to have her hall and kitchen painted.A teacher of my acquaintance, reprimanding one of her pupils for...
Peanuts and Prayers (in East Africa, Parents Are Having to Make Ever Greater Sacrifices to Secure an Education for Their Children)
I'M weak from digging our land for fees. I don't see how I'll ever get my children through primary school.' Florence Muhindo conceded a moment's despair as we picked our way through the rain - drenched coffee bushes growing behind her hillside home:...
The Devil or the Dustbowl: Government Schools in Egypt Are Starved of Funds, Foreign Institutions Are Booming but Even If You Can Afford Them They Carry Dubious Cultural Baggage
MY daughter is turning five years old. It is time for her to be launched into the world of school. But to choose a school for one's child in Egypt is not a simple matter.Egypt's government schools are not just overcrowded but also desperately underfunded....
The Sharks Move in (Grand Designs of Entrepreneurs Who Are Taking over US Education)
A GROWING bunch of entrepreneurs,' The New York Times reported in a 1991 education supplement, 'are suggesting that unabashed capitalism can succeed' in the delivery of education 'where bureaucracy and altruism have failed.' If private corporations can...
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Computer? Because Both Were in a Tanzanian Classroom. Computer Technology and Electronic Mail Are Fast Creating a Global Community, but One from Which the Poor Are Barred
THE image on the computer screen flickers. A chicken squawks in protest and flutters out from behind the machine. The school has been sent modern equipment and its only electric point is old - fashioned, designed for a chunkier plug; a flustered chicken...
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