McKenna 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. 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.
A personnel of the Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management assists Divine Minasalvas in carrying her luggage after the overseas worker arrived in Sibalom town in the province last April 29. Minasalvas was able to return to the country through the help of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. ANTIQUE PDRRMO SAN JOSE, Antique – A total of 853 returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) are now home in this province through the government’s repatriation program. According to him, there were OWWA personnel who assisted them from Manila to Iloilo and then to this province. The first set of returnees which was composed of nine individuals arrived home via a 2GO vessel.Divine Minasalvas, who was among the first batch of repatriates, said in an interview Monday the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic halted her eight-month contract under the Mediterranean Shipping Company.“I was only able to work for four months,” she added. Twenty-six more ROFs arrived in this province on Monday via two sweeper flights that landed at the Iloilo International Airport. Tambanillo has been working as a seafarer under the Magsaysay Shipping Company for eight years now. They are currently under mandatory 14-day quarantine in isolation facilities. (With a report from PNA/PN) Her last port call was in Brazil where they were informed that they could no longer continue working. “I am thankful I was able to return to the Philippines and then to Antique through the OWWA,” Minasalvas, who has been working in cruise ships for the past 10 years said. He arrived in Manila last March 23 but was only able to come home to Antique last April 29.“I experienced lockdown in Manila for more than a month due to COVID-19,” he said. “There was an OWWA bus that fetched us at Fort San Pedro in Iloilo City,” he said. These ROFS started arriving in Antique on April 29 via trips arranged by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). The staff of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office headed by Broderick Train was there at Fort San Pedro to help facilitate the return of the ROFs to this province. She currently sustains herself and her family out of her savings while waiting for the company to recall her. Another repatriate from the first batch, Vicente Jose Tambanillo, said he lauds the government for assisting their repatriation. “Our trip from Manila to Antique was well organized,” he said.
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