College explores school inequality

first_imgMcKenna said in order to make a change, more people need to care about the effects of poverty. A poor family lives on an income of $22,000 a year, she said. “There are 73 million children under the age of 17 in this country. Forty-one percent live in low-income families and 19 percent live in poor families,” McKenna said. “Part of that accountability means that we have to bring students up to their level in one or two year,” she said.”This allows for teachers to be able to teach the children in different ways.” “Educational inequality is not something that a small group of people can change. You need to tell other people and create a large group, and that will lead to real change,” Critchlow said. “Many of our students have issues with nutrition and health care. They have never seen a dentist. They have never had their eyes checked. They have never been taught about nutrition,” Jacobson-Reighter said. “This is because their parents do not have the means to provide these things.” Yolanda Turner-Smith, president of Xavier School of Excellence in South Bend, spoke about charter schools. Turner-Smith said many of the children who attend charter schools are not at their appropriate grade level. There are many children who are in the fifth grade but may be reading at a third grade level, she said. She also said charter schools have smaller class sizes and are funded by tax dollars. If a charter school is forced to close, it is usually due to financial issues, she said.Nancy Jacobson-Reighter, of the Coquillard Primary Center in South Bend, said Title I schools are government funded, which leads to an unequal distribution of funds between the schools. For students suffering from poverty, it affects every aspect of that student’s life, she said.center_img South Bend school representatives, from an elementary to university level, discussed how inequalities in education negatively affect students in a lecture at Saint Mary’s College Monday night. The lecture, titled “Equality and Education: The Faces and Facts,” began with Notre Dame professor Maria McKenna, who spoke about the problems of poverty and the education system in the United States today. “Charter schools in Indiana, as defined by the law, need to be unique, different and have high accountability,” Turner-Smith said. “This allows teachers to use different methods to reach children and teach them in different ways that they can understand.” “Three out of five kids are living in conditions where their food is not secure from day to day, their housing is questionable and positive interactions in their neighborhoods do not exist,” McKenna said. “I think the future of this country rides on the fact that we need to care enough about the child and their education for them to become productive citizens. But we are failing at that. Even though there are many people out there trying very hard to not fail, we are,” McKenna said. The event was sponsored by the Justice Education Department, the College Academy of Tutoring Program and The Katharine Terry Dooley Fund in Peace and Justice. Olivia Critchlow, assistant director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement, said there is a need to inform other people about these inequalities, and students can fill that need.last_img read more

New River Base and National Force Agents Strengthen Fight Against Crimes in Brazil’s Amazonas

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo November 18, 2020 In two months of work, Brazilian police officers and military personnel from Arpão Base have seized drugs and other goods with an estimated value of about $900,000. Cocaine and coca base paste, marijuana, live turtles, and reptile eggs were some of the items seized.Arpão Base is a new project, launched during the second half of 2020 to integrate a series of measures to combat criminal activities on rivers of Amazonas state. The base is a 24-hour vessel, from which 65 police officers and service members from the Brazilian Army operate on rotating shifts. They monitor ships that pass by, inspecting those that seem suspicious.The National Public Security Force will keep additional agents in Amazonas state until December 2020, to curb the wave of violence. (Photo: José Cruz/Agência Brasil)“Eighty percent of the crimes that happen in the capital [Manaus] are associated with drug trafficking, and that is why it’s necessary that we decisively combat not only drug trafficking, but also piracy, illegal exploitation of the environment, and other illicit activities that occur because of the extent of our rivers and forests,” said Wilson Lima, Amazonas governor.The base is docked at the channel of the Solimões River. The river starts in Peru and enters Brazil as one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. “We positioned Arpão Base in the busy middle stretch of Solimões River to intercept a lot of drug trafficking activities and problems related to environmental crimes and piracy,” said Eduardo Bettini, general border coordinator of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP, in Portuguese).The agents also carry out patrols looking for criminal activities on the river and its riverbanks. It is common in this region for so-called river pirates, groups that attack ships, to take various kinds of goods. Security forces use two armored speedboats for their operations, which provide transport for the teams.Bettini also said that the base includes a new radio and digital communication system that the MJSP is installing in Amazonas. This technology is the same used by the Integrated Border Monitoring System, enabling safe communication and information exchanges between military and public security organizations.Increased securityIn Amazonas, the fight against crime was also strengthened with the deployment of additional units from the National Public Security Force to the state. The Brazilian National Force is made up of police officers from all over Brazil, who are deployed by the federal government at the request of state governments. In early August, police arrived in Amazonas and on September 1, their stay was renewed until December 30, 2020.During this period, agents work to curb the wave of violence in the surrounding cities of Manaus, where more than seven murders, including that of police officers, happened between August and September. According to the police, the crimes are linked to a narcotrafficking organization in the region.last_img read more

Field-day for minnows on match day 2 of Afcon Qualifiers

first_imgKenya defeated Ghana 1-0 in one of the surprise results of match-day 2Rank outsiders had a field day as the race for places in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations resumed across the continent. Clarence Seedorf’s Cameroon came within minutes of falling to minnows Comoros in Saturday’s early kick off. The five-time African champions, who are rated sixth in Confederation of African Football rankings, were fielding a largely experimental side and needed an 80th minute, Stephen Bakonen equaliser to hold Comoros to a one-all draw. The Island nation is ranked 43rd by Caf.The upset of the day took place less than 1000km across the Indian Ocean when Kenya’s Harambee Stars made hay of four-time African champions Ghana in Nairobi. The East Africans survived a red card to triumph 1-0 over a Black Stars team ranked fourth on the continent, a whole 23 places above their hosts.The trend of upsetting the apple-cart continued in Gaborone where 2017 Afrcon hosts Gabon were held to a one draw by tiny Burundi. The visitors led for more than sixty minutes until former African Footballer Of the Year Pierre Emerick Aubameyang pounced with a 76th minute leveler. The draw took Burundi to four points from two games and improved their chances of progressing from Group C.In Kampala, Emmanuel Amunike’s determined Tanzanian outfit led by Belgium based goal machine Mbwana Samatta held lacklustre Uganda to a goalless stalemate. Zambia based wing-back Joseph Ocaya squandered the game’s best chance when he shot wide with the Taifa Stars goal at his mercy. The draw increases pressure on Cranes coach Sebastian Desabre who is yet to win a competitive rubber.But it wasn’t all upsets. Some of the continent’s super powers made their pedigree count. The biggest win on the night took place in Cairo, Egypt where former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre marked his debut as Pharaohs coach by overseeing the 6-0 pummeling of Niger. Reigning African Footballer of the Year Mohammed Salah grabbed a brace, with Marwan Mohsen, Mohammed Elneny and Mohsen Salah also finding the target.In Seychelles, three-time African champions Nigeria put the hosts in their place 3-0. Super Eagles World Cup top scorer Ahmed Musa was among the goals in a one sided contest. Meanwhile, 1996 champions South Africa were held to a goalless draw by Libya in a contest noted for profligate finishing.Across the border in Maputo, Mozambique took an injury time lead through Reginaldo and then squandered it immediately, with Frederic Mendy’s equaliser giving Guinea Bissau a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw.Similar scenarios played out in Windhoek where Justin Shoga’s 91st minute leveler for Zambia’s Chipolopolo cancelled out Benson Shilongo’s opener for the hosts in a 1-1 draw; and in Bangui, Gambia where Baghdad Bounejah’s 47th minute goal for 1990 champions Algeria was neutered by Assan Ceesay’s reply for Gambia two minutes later.The match-day 2 results:Saturday, 08-09-2018Camoros 1-1 CameroonSeychelles 0-3 NigeriaSouth Africa 0-0 LibyaKenya 1-0 GhanaUganda 0-0 TanzaniaNamibia 1-1 ZambiaEquatorial Guinea 1-0 SudanGabonj 1-1 BurundiMozambique 2-2 Guinea-BissauGambia 1-1 AlgeriaMauritania 2-0 Burkina FacsoEgypt 6-0 NigerMorocco 3-0 MalawiSunday 09-09-2018Madasacar 2-2 SenegalSouth Sudan 0-3 MaliEthiopia 1-0 Sierra LeoneSwaziland 0-2 TunisiaLesotho 1-1 Cape Verde IslandsRwanda 1-2 Cote d’IvoireCongo 1-1 ZimbabweAngola 1-0 BotswanaTogo 0-0 BeninLiberia 1-1 DR CongoGuinea 1-0 Central African RepublicComments Tags: 2019 AFCON Qualifierstoplast_img read more