ISSN 1710-6931 January 25, 2008 Issue 117

Peace Pals Gives 60 Computers To Schools

Peace Pals Education Network (PPEN) in Sierra Leone has reached one of its major goals – that of providing 60 computers for schools throughout the region by February 2008.

In conjunction with the World Computer Exchange (WCE), the 60 computers were recently delivered to schools that house classrooms, complete with chalk boards, desks, and chairs.

Started in 1998 by Alex Patrick Columbus, PPEN Sierra Leone had set out on its goal to provide the computers for the children in Sierra Leone in February 2007. Peace Pals

Nangu — Empowering Communities In Senegal

Nangu means to accept in Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal, and some neighbouring West African nations.

It is also the chosen name for an association established by Mrs. Annie Cortet, a teacher, former trainer of teachers at Dijon's Institute for Masters Training (Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres) and former president of Quétigny's social and cultural centre in the Dijon's suburb in France.

The idea came to her when, after numerous trips to Senegal, she realised the country needed help, not only to develop its economy and its educational sector, but also to empower its women who are important elements in the society. Nangu


Students sitting in desks

A classroom in Sendou's school - Senegal


ACDA Focuses On Educating The Girl Child

Working for the deprived, empowering the oppressed and giving voice to the disadvantaged are the key objectives of the Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA), located in the Kitgum District of Northern Uganda.

The coordinator Tom Fred, a key man behind this mission, continues sincere efforts to lobby for support to alleviate the plight of the Agoro community and improve the living conditions of its people.

ACDA, formed in 2001, has been undertaking the tasks of providing education to the community on social and economic issues and exchanging information with international communities and groups like RESPECT International and Working To Empower (WTE).

The girl child, in particular, has been a focal area for ACDA. Some of these girls are victims of the disturbances in the Ugandan region, having lost their parents and left homeless.

Taking care of a girl child requires far more attention than that of a boy child and ACDA has stepped up to the challenge despite the meagre sources of income and skeletal facilities in its centres.

It has been trying hard to ensure that education is available to the girls that are enrolled in the ACDA supported schools, and to provide enough encouragement to them as well as their families to minimise the dropout rates from schools. ACDA

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