Category: "Education"

The Achievement Gap That Isn’t Racial: Ethiopian Students in Seattle Public Schools

December 22nd, 2011

The Achievement Gap That Isn’t Racial: Ethiopian Students in Seattle Public Schools

Disparities Found Among Black Students

New data from Seattle Public Schools show that the district’s black students whose first language is English fare significantly worse academically than black students from immigrant or refugee households.

Black students who speak Amharic (Ethiopia’s official language) at home posted the most impressive scores: 62% passed a state math test, while 74% passed the reading test. By contrast, African-Americans passed at rates of 36% for math and 56% for reading.

Even students hailing from war-torn Somalia appear to outshine their African-American peers in Seattle’s district schools. Students who speak Somali at home passed the state math exam at a 47% clip, while 67% passed the reading test.

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Korean Professor to lead Adama University in Ethiopia

September 21st, 2011

Korean Professor to lead Adama University in Ethiopia

A retired professor of Seoul National University has been appointed president of Adama Science and Technology University in Ethiopia, making him the first South Korean university president in Africa.

Lee Jang-gyu, 65, former professor of electrical engineering, is expected to begin his five-year term in October.

The appointment was made after the Ethiopian human affairs minister proposed to a South Korean policy adviser to their government that a Korean professor take the helm of Adama University.

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Ethiopian Israelis accuse state of school segregation

September 2nd, 2011

Ethiopian Israelis accuse state of school segregation

On first day of school, Petah Tikva residents say state fails to integrate their children into Israeli society, despite recent governmental moves to shut down schools with predominantly Ethiopian populations.
By Talila Nesher and Haaretz

The Israeli government is perpetuating the segregation of Ethiopian children in the public school system, protesting Petah Tikva parents said on Thursday, following their decision to keep their children away from the first day of school.

The 150 demonstrators marched toward the Petah Tikvah city hall waving banners that read "No to racism, no to ghettos, no to discrimination".

Speaking during a rally held near the city's Ner Etzion elementary school, parents spoke against the Education Ministry's decision to keep the school open, despite recent governmental moves to shut down schools with a predominantly Ethiopian population in order to advance the integration of children of Ethiopian descent into Israel society.

One student said at the protest that the state had not "educated me well. My dream is to be a chemistry professor but I can't make from here," saying: "We are being isolated so that we only study with other Ethiopians."


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Ethiopia: Natalie Samson on educator Tamara Dawit

July 6th, 2011

Ethiopia: Natalie Samson on educator Tamara Dawit

Tamara Dawit co-founded the 411 Initiative for Change, a non-profit public education program, to tackle the problem of community disengagement among young Canadians. Through 411 she produces and tours 90-minute school assemblies on social issues such as human rights, HIV/AIDS, and girls’ empowerment to encourage students to learn about and get active in their communities.

Unlike some adults who bemoan the apathy of “kids these days” and put the blame on trash TV, rap music, and social media, Dawit embraces pop culture as the spoonful of sugar to make her educational message go down. Her assemblies are a mash-up of TV talk show, newsy video clips, and musical performances featuring an impressive roster of artists and personalities (past tours have included the likes of K’naan, Eternia, Anita Majumdar, and Masia One). But Dawit’s successful formula is no fluke, but a method she says she learned “through trial and error.”

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Ethiopia: Natalie Samson on educator Tamara Dawit

July 6th, 2011

Ethiopia: Natalie Samson on educator Tamara Dawit

Tamara Dawit co-founded the 411 Initiative for Change, a non-profit public education program, to tackle the problem of community disengagement among young Canadians. Through 411 she produces and tours 90-minute school assemblies on social issues such as human rights, HIV/AIDS, and girls’ empowerment to encourage students to learn about and get active in their communities.

Unlike some adults who bemoan the apathy of “kids these days” and put the blame on trash TV, rap music, and social media, Dawit embraces pop culture as the spoonful of sugar to make her educational message go down. Her assemblies are a mash-up of TV talk show, newsy video clips, and musical performances featuring an impressive roster of artists and personalities (past tours have included the likes of K’naan, Eternia, Anita Majumdar, and Masia One). But Dawit’s successful formula is no fluke, but a method she says she learned “through trial and error.”

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