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(BBC)   Thought you had it rough walking uphill both ways to school? These kids get stung by scorpions and use goat dung instead of a chalkboard   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 23
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2010-03-28 03:34:32 AM  
and from those meager surroundings, any seekrit Muslim Messiah from the future can become the U.S. President.

/just thankful that subby didn't go that route in the headline
//what's the Obama equivalent of Godwin?
 
2010-03-28 06:46:55 AM  
calbert: and from those meager surroundings, any seekrit Muslim Messiah from the future can become the U.S. President.

/just thankful that subby didn't go that route in the headline
//what's the Obama equivalent of Godwin?


A republican posting a glittering, crying eagle picture?
 
2010-03-28 06:49:13 AM  
At least these people are trying to get education to the masses. That's more than could be said for some first-world countries.

/Hero tag indeed
 
2010-03-28 06:52:46 AM  
Goat dung? We wished we had goat droppings when I was a kid.
\See what I did there?
 
2010-03-28 06:59:54 AM  
Just wait till Gov. Christie gets his hands on their budget.
 
2010-03-28 07:00:38 AM  
"He was stung by a scorpion and most of them here are poisonous," says Mr Farah.

"But with our traditional medicine he'll be all right in a couple of hours."



"Wipe some goat urine on it and quit complaining Adongo! When I was in school we got bit by lions and we LIKED it."
 
2010-03-28 07:01:11 AM  
Farking Hero indeed. Foudation Rwanda and Kenya Education Partnerships are a couple of charities founded specifically to help with these types of schools. As the article says, he is waiting on pay, and it is a pretty common thing for these teachers to work with pretty much nothing and never get paid what they are do from the school systems due to budget issues. So yea, if ya want to donate to a good cause, you've found one in those teachers.
 
2010-03-28 07:05:07 AM  
Does anyone know how to link directly to, or isolate just the video on that page? Much thanks in advance for any help.


/old.
//at least feeling like it.
 
2010-03-28 07:19:18 AM  
i.ytimg.com

/not impressed
//hot-linking? LUXURY!
 
2010-03-28 07:33:48 AM  
That teacher is definitely a hero. It said he hasn't even been paid in months, not that people like him would desire such things.

I have to ask, though: where do you draw the line in judging a culture to be in need of adaptation? They're nomads, and as the article mentioned it's difficult if not impossible to establish a form of organized education in such a situation.
It just seems to me that it'd be better to either have them remain as simple nomads (nothing wrong with that), or to influence them to be less traditional and to receive a more thorough introduction to modernization. I guess maybe it just has to be a gradual change and this is a beginning to that end.

Why yes, I do need sleep.
 
2010-03-28 07:40:21 AM  
calbert: and from those meager surroundings, any seekrit Muslim Messiah from the future can become the U.S. President.

/just thankful that subby didn't go that route in the headline
//what's the Obama equivalent of Godwin?


img52.imageshack.us
 
2010-03-28 07:51:42 AM  
gadian: calbert: and from those meager surroundings, any seekrit Muslim Messiah from the future can become the U.S. President.

/just thankful that subby didn't go that route in the headline
//what's the Obama equivalent of Godwin?

A republican posting a glittering, crying eagle picture?


Will this do instead?
z.about.com

/hot, like the Kalahari
 
2010-03-28 08:00:29 AM  
calbert:
"... and from those meager surroundings, any seekrit Muslim Messiah from the future can become the U.S. President.

/just thankful that subby didn't go that route in the headline
//what's the Obama equivalent of Godwin?"
That would be Taitz.

meggardiner.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-03-28 08:07:50 AM  
It's humbling to know how revered education is all over the world.

The Central Asia Institute has been helping to fight the growth of terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan by building schools for both girls and boys for over a decade now and they have some amazing stories ("Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into School" are must-reads).
 
2010-03-28 08:53:50 AM  
Taintz has the crazy eyes.
 
2010-03-28 10:01:01 AM  
Forget Norway!
Kenya, Kenya Kenya Kenya!
 
2010-03-28 10:08:19 AM  
Educating these kids will cause this tribe to go extinct as they will leave the tribe when they reach adulthood. This teacher is destroying their culture.
 
2010-03-28 10:32:32 AM  
God-is-a-Taco: That teacher is definitely a hero. It said he hasn't even been paid in months, not that people like him would desire such things.

Why wouldn't he desire to be paid? He's got cash needs just like most other Kenyans (even if they're modest ones). Unfortunately, many teachers in the country are in similar situations. The school in the community where I work has about 150 kids and three government teachers (who sometimes get paid their small salaries on time). The community also bands together to pay three more PTA teachers, who get a bit less, but are treated very well by the local folks.

I have to ask, though: where do you draw the line in judging a culture to be in need of adaptation? They're nomads, and as the article mentioned it's difficult if not impossible to establish a form of organized education in such a situation.
It just seems to me that it'd be better to either have them remain as simple nomads (nothing wrong with that), or to influence them to be less traditional and to receive a more thorough introduction to modernization. I guess maybe it just has to be a gradual change and this is a beginning to that end.


Sedentarization isn't really an option for most of northern Kenya. It's too dry, agriculture is generally pointless, and livestock husbandry is really the best alternative there. But just because the livestock have to move (at least seasonally), and just because this kind of nomadic pastoralism is the most ecologically feasible livelihood in the area, doesn't mean that people have to stay uneducated and unchanged to pursue it. Folks are getting more and more connected to markets, selling livestock for cash and to buy more livestock. Education will help them to adapt more successfully, and for some of them it will help them to diversify their livelihoods.

The options for education in the past have tended to be that one child in a family gets sent to a boarding school while his (it has almost always been boys sent to school) brothers and sisters stay home and live a "traditional" life. Bush schools like this will help get education out to more kids, which will ideally lead to innovations that allow folks to continue to make a living in changing and challenging circumstances.

Maasai give a pretty good example of this in southern Kenya, despite all the roadblocks the government has put in their path over the past 100 years. And, unfortunately, as much as there can be a current of traditionalism and conservatism in any community, it's mainly outside influence (like government neglect or active discrimination) that has kept pastoralists in Kenya, across Africa, and even through Asia, in a relatively weak and poor position.


/I'm just excited about the greenlight
 
2010-03-28 11:53:08 AM  
...and they like it!
 
2010-03-28 02:27:40 PM  
American teachers could learn a lot from these teachers.

These teachers learn to teach with the very little. American teachers need to understand they do not need the most expensive colorful objects to teach (entertain).

--But then that might mean parents need to be more involved. Helping teachers create what they need.

-I also bet these kids are older than 5, more like 8 and up that are in school.

-Parents attitudes you are there to learn. Knock of the stupid shiat.

-There is a lot of physical activity outside the class room. Classes are short, to the point.
 
2010-03-28 02:48:26 PM  
MAYORBOB:
//what's the Obama equivalent of Godwin?"
That would be Taitz.


CHRIST ON A CRACKER!!! There's a reason we have "NSFW picture" links!!! LEARN TO USE THEM!!

/I need a beer...
 
2010-03-28 04:52:13 PM  
Friskya: gadian: calbert: and from those meager surroundings, any seekrit Muslim Messiah from the future can become the U.S. President.

/just thankful that subby didn't go that route in the headline
//what's the Obama equivalent of Godwin?

A republican posting a glittering, crying eagle picture?

Will this do instead?


/hot, like the Kalahari


The Kalahari is nowhere near Kenya. Out of 6th grade Geography with the mumps that week, huh?
 
2010-03-28 05:06:46 PM  
/hot, like the Kalahari

The Kalahari is nowhere near Kenya. Out of 6th grade Geography with the mumps that week, huh?


Chicken pox, actually.

Gimme credit for getting the right continent, at least.
 
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