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Tuition-free opportunity from University of the People
University of the People President and founder Shai Reshef is arriving in South Africa this month to recruit hundreds of deserving students for Microsoft’s 4Afrika scholarship. UoPeople aims to expand access to tertiary education in Africa, and in turn assist in increasing and accelerating economic development in the continent. To date, students from 138 countries have been accepted with 1000 more expected from Africa specifically in 2014.University of the People (www.UoPeople.org ) is a non-profit, tuition-free, degree granting online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. It is designed to provide access to college studies for qualified high school graduates, despite financial, geographic, societal, or personal constraints.Earlier this year, the University announced a drive to increase its footprint and reach for African students. In support of this, Microsoft recently announced its offering of 1000 UoPeople scholarships for African students. This is the institution’s largest scholarship programme to date and opens the doors to higher education for so many African students.“Increasing access to post-secondary education in Africa will create a significant impact on the African youth. By empowering them to be the future generation leaders of their communities, countries and the continent, equipped with world-class education, we believe they will be able to take Africa to its rightful place on the world stage” says President Reshef.The University of the People will be scouting across South Africa for at least 100 deserving students to take advantage of the Microsoft 4Afrika scholarship. “We are also seeking out other corporations that may take up the challenge to sponsor more students in Africa and we anticipate that South Africa will be a major source country for our scholarship programmes,” said Reshef.Founded in 2009, UoPeople has partnered with several prestigious brands and educational institutions such as Yale University for research and the New York University to accept students. In addition, the University works with Microsoft for scholarships and access to its certificate programmes, mentoring, internships and employment opportunities; and Hewlett-Packard, for general support, scholarships for women and internships.The organisation has gained widespread support of leading academics with its President’s Council chaired by New York University President John Sexton and includes Oxford Vice-Chancellor Sir Colin Lucas, Rector Emeritus of the Academy of Paris, Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux, and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, among others. UoPeople is supported by The Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Hewlett Foundation and companies such as HP, Google, Microsoft, Western Union and Estee Lauder and many more. UoPeople has received the support of almost 1.2 million people on Facebook and garnered media coverage throughout the world. [x]
Kevin Hart Donates $250K To Struggling Philadelphia School District
At more than 80 Boston public schools, teachers are moving the classroom outdoors.
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A team of 9th grade girls is developing a system of interconnected desks that turns the nervous foot-tapping energy of school kids into electricity to power study lights, laptops and fans. The young students aim to bring the desks to school children in Africa.
Zhan Haite: Teenager Saving the World
Most Chinese political activists are grizzled lawyers, scholars and artists, one-time insiders that have been cast loose. Zhan Haite doesn’t fit the mould.
Last winter, Zhan, an ambitious 15-year-old middle-school student in Shanghai, became an unlikely crusader against the country’s draconian residence registration system, the hukou, a bureaucratic knot tying hundreds of millions of migrant workers to their rural hometowns.
Although Zhan attended primary and middle school in Shanghai – she moved there with her family in 2002 – she lacked a local hukou, precluding her from taking the city’s high school entrance examination. Zhan was told she had two options: attend a vocational school, or return to her ancestral village, where opportunities are scarce.
Instead, Zhan decided to speak out. She organised a protest in front of Shanghai’s education bureau, and posted a flurry of dissenting messages online. At first, the backlash was severe. Her family was briefly evicted. Local authorities threw her father in jail.
Yet Zhan’s message was well-timed – hukou reform had recently risen to the top of the national agenda – and state-run media outlets began to take notice. Zhan was allowed to pen an op-ed in the China Daily newspaper, which ran under the headline Teen Girl Makes Case for Change.
In an interview in December, Zhan listed her heroes as Martin Luther King, Aung San Suu Kyi and Hu Shi, a prominent Chinese essayist who died in 1962. “Hu Shi once said that fighting for your rights is fighting for the nation’s rights, and fighting for your freedom is fighting for the nation’s freedom,” she said. “A free and democratic country cannot be made up of slaves.”
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Kelvin Doe: Teenager Saving the World
Kelvin Doe was born to a single mother when Sierra Leone was being torn apart by civil war. “Her resilience and self-belief made it possible for me to be alive today,” he once said. Kelvin was six when the diamond-funded conflict, notorious for the systematic amputation of victims’ limbs, finally drew to a close.
Turning 17 this month, he is a personification of how the west African country is trying to rebuild and look forward. A short film about him has been viewed more than 5m times on YouTube.
Doe is a self-taught engineer of astonishing precocity. At the age of 11, he rummaged in dustbins for scrap electronics parts that could fix local problems. At 13 he made his own battery by throwing together acid, soda and metal in a tin cup, waiting for the mixture to dry and wrapping tape around it. This proved a big financial saving on batteries.
Frustrated by lack of a reliable electricity supply in his neighbourhood, Doe built a generator using parts that were home made or rescued from the rubbish. The generator also powered a community radio station that he built from recycled materials. He plays music under the name DJ Focus and employs his friends as journalists and station managers.
"They call me DJ Focus because I believe if you focus, you can do an invention perfectly," Doe said in the video on the Thnkr YouTube channel that proved a worldwide hit.
He had never been more than 10 miles from his home in Freetown until he won a national schools innovation competition and was picked last year for a trip to America, where he spoke at the Meet the Young Makers panel at the World Maker Faire in New York.
Doe became the youngest ever “visiting practitioner” with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) International Development Initiative. He presented his inventions to MIT students, took part in research and lectured to engineering students at Harvard College. He has been featured on CNN and NBC News and was a speaker at TEDxTeen.
His mentor David Sengeh, a PhD student at the MIT media lab, said: “The inspirational effects of the original Thinkr YouTube video have been remarkable. It has had a tremendous impact on Kelvin’s life, on my life and on millions of people all over the world everywhere. In Sierra Leone, other young people suddenly feel they can be like Kelvin.”
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Ripples for Good continues to change lives
The Chevrolet Ute Force initiative this month highlights the incredible achievements of the Ripples for Good Foundation as it celebrates its 100th community project, and the positive change made in many lives, by one women’s journey - founder, Maria Botha.
Originally established to focus on the importance of water conservation and security, the Foundation has expanded its focus to improving the lives of children in disadvantaged communities across South Africa, with an emphasis on sustainable and environment-friendly solutions, wherever possible.
It is fitting that the Foundation’s milestone was celebrated at the Marvin Park Primary School in Macassar in the Western Cape on 25 September. During the day’s celebrations, Ripples for Good, along with the Chevrolet Ute Force team and other partners, helped to improve the school’s kitchen to a standard suitable for its work in feeding the children.
The toilet facilities were fixed, cleaned up and decorated. Tap and toilet leaks everywhere in the school were fixed, to prevent water wastage. The children and their parents cleared the field so that it is suitable for sports – and everyone attending the event helped plant 100 fruit trees, for shade, food and to generate an income. All participants in the project were given food and cold drinks on the day, to support their hard work.
“When I pull a project like this together, I insist that everything be completed in one day,” says Botha. “This means that everyone has to work together to complete all the tasks, and this always contributes to building a strong sense of community team work that lasts long after I’ve left. It is also vital that the community participates in the hard work – it gives them a sense of ownership and pride, which are the foundations for even greater growth.”
“What is most exciting about the Marvin Park Primary School Community is that everyone is willing to get involved and do whatever is required to help achieve the school’s goals,” says Tim Hendon, Brand Manager for Chevrolet South Africa. “The Chevrolet Ute Force initiative at its very heart it is about helping children through the upliftment of communities, it is also a priority to support inspiring South Africans, like Maria, so that they can to continue along their important journey of helping communities help themselves.” [x]
Berea College, offering full scholarships to students living in poverty—for over 150 years
Berea College is a liberal arts work college in Berea (south of Lexington), in the U.S. state of Kentucky, founded in 1855. Current full-time enrollment is 1,514 students. Berea College is distinctive among post-secondary institutions for providing free education to students and for having been the first college in the Southern United States to be coeducational and racially integrated. Berea College charges no tuition; every admitted student is provided the equivalent of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship (currently worth $102,000; $25,500 per year).
Berea offers undergraduate academic programs in 28 different fields. Berea College has a full-participation work-study program where students are required to work at least 10 hours per week in campus and service jobs in over 130 departments. Berea’s primary service region is Southern Appalachia, but students come from all states in the United States and more than 60 other countries. Approximately one in three students represents an ethnic minority.
MacBain gives $120M to Rhodes scholarship
A foundation established by billionaire Niagara Falls native John MacBain will donate the equivalent of $120 million to the future expansion of the Rhodes Trust, the world’s most prestigious international graduate scholarship program.
The gift, the largest since the establishment of the scholarship in 1903, will allow the trust to continue sending future global leaders to the University of Oxford, which the A.N. Myer graduate and dedicated philanthropist attended during the 1980s. A Rhodes scholarship pays for exceptionally bright students to study at Oxford.
MacBain planned to announce his gift of 75-million pounds during a ceremony marking the 110th anniversary of the scholarship in England Thursday morning.
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A philanthropic billionaire couple pledged up to $10 million in an effort to fund Head Start programs that could no longer operate due to the ongoing government shutdown, officials announced on Monday.
13-year-old Indian girl begins microbiology master’s
Sushma Verma, a 13-year-old girl from a poor family in north India, has enrolled in a master’s degree in microbiology, after her father sold his land to pay for some of his daughter’s tuition.
Pacific Islander students at Woodridge High School, south of Brisbane, struggle with stereotypes, social problems and limited resources, but are building the self-esteem and skills needed to reach higher education or a stable career.
Mother And Son Graduate Together With PhDs