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Muslim groups want minimum marital age scrapped - India Today

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Muslim groups want minimum marital age scrapped
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... attacked the move saying it would only take the community back. "This move will block Muslim girl's educational progress" said T P Ashrafali, President, MSF.
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While Tanzania moves to raise the age at which girls can be married off from 15 to 18, Muslim orthodoxy in India is approaching the courts to scrap any minimum age for marriage on the grounds it prevents freedom of religion. But other Muslim leaders oppose it. In this situation, education is an explicit factor in the resistance.

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Literacy Teaching Ideas - Writing Inspiration

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Find free writing inspiration teaching ideas, activities and resources for your primary and secondary classroom.

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Free online resources are a blessing for teachers.

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Fiona Beal's curator insight, September 16, 2013 3:02 PM

Use these images to provide ideas and inspiration for writing in your classroom.

They could be used as a lesson starter to develop the children's imaginations, or as part of writing activities in the main part of your lessons. http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/english/contents_writinginspiration.htm

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A Girl Rises in Visalia, CA

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One of the catchphrases we’ve been using around the Girl Rising offices and in our recent literature is: Girl Rising is a film. Girl Rising is a movement. Girl Rising is what the future for girls can be.
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Girls are rising all around the world. I attended One Million Rising in Melbourne, Australia and it was such an inspiring experience.

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Shock As Mugabe Says Few Women Educated Enough to Be Ministers - AllAfrica.com

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Shock As Mugabe Says Few Women Educated Enough to Be Ministers
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There has been an angry response to President Robert Mugabe's condescending remarks regarding the near-absence of women in his Cabinet.
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Sometimes education isn't enough. A society needs other members to express their outrage at sexism, and girls and women resilient enough to keep on keeping on.

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International Literacy Day: 'We need to revisit our very philosophy of ... - The Express Tribune

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Highlight importance of formal education in developing a child's interest, says minister.
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Kofi Annan said that "Literacy was the bridge to hope. This article addresses governments's role, but it is notable that NGOs are promoting programs where the govt is not. For example, El Shaddai Ministries Trust in Chennai, our partner in tutoring rural girls.

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Mystery of the Missing Women in Science

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Female students are catching up or surpassing male counterparts in math and science, yet the fields like engineering and computer science remain male dominated.

Via Kim Wilkens
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This gender imbalance isn't hard to account for as they are macho environments at best. We need girls to have the education that will qualify them and the confidence and groundedness that will allow them to succeed in difficult environments. That's when we'll see culture change.

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Global education lessons: China's mentor schools bridge rich-poor gap - Christian Science Monitor

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Global education lessons: China's mentor schools bridge rich-poor gap Christian Science Monitor For nearly a decade, education officials in Shanghai have found success with a mentoring program that pairs high-performing urban schools with poorly...
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This is a strategy that could be applied in any country. It happens in Australia where well performing schools partner with indigenous communities, but not, as far as I know, between high and low performing schools in urban and rural areas.

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MARK TWAIN: An educational journey

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A great free resource for teachers, but also an inspiration. Teachers could ask students to collect similar inspirational quotes from their own cultural history, oral and written, and then make posters to decorate the classroom or to take home on rotation basis on loan.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 31, 2013 1:36 PM

 How serendipitous looking for scoopable ariticles has become.

 

I spent some time exploring the zen pencils site this morning. Start looking through the free posters and other treasures to be found on the site and you'll find much of interest to the literary reading teacher.

 

I picked this one page as an example because it focuses upon the Mark Twain quote that I've had at the top of the Google Lit Trips homepage for quite some time.

 

_______________

 

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."

_______________

 

How many great works of literature focus upon the impact of journeying beyond one's home?

 

Siddhartha? Of course

 

The Odyssey? Of course

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Of course

 

To Kill A Mockingbird? Haven't you always noted that the difference between Atticus and his sister Alexandra can be explained because Atticus went away to study while Alexandra never left the landing?

 

Every single title in the Google Lit Trips library? That's the point of the Hero's Journey isn't it.

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

"Google Lit Trips" is the official fictitious business name of GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

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Select "free posters" on the top tab to see what's available when you sign up.
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Teachers on Pinterest (teachers)

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Teachers on Pinterest is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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Excellent free resource. It prefects western methods and cultural style, but ideas are adaptable. Another factor is the lack of teacher training in some developing countries where high school graduates are deemed well educated enough to teach primary school. For those with access to computer in a library or regional centre, this would be extremely helpful.

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How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1

In which John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What's the point of reading critica...

Via Media Fourways
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Excellent! Information presented in an informative, if somewhat frenetic method. Really gets into why reading matters in a most entertaining way. The original site is full of resources organised into grade appropriate categories. 

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 15, 2013 12:26 PM

I've scooped John Green's videos before. But, here's another good one. 

 

Well worth considering clicking the subscribe button.

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com

 

 "Google Lit Trips" is the fictitious business name for GLT Global ED an educational nonprofit.

 

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Experts on Education and Health in Eastern and Southern Africa call ...

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In an outcome statement, the group highlighted the need for good quality, gender-sensitive, sexuality education that prepares adolescents for puberty, relationships and that will prevent unintended pregnancy and HIV.
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gender senstive is good. I am not an expert on African women, but these women are. 

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Provide Education for African Women - AllAfrica.com

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Provide Education for African Women
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For more than three decades, I have advocated for the African woman smallholder farmer. The farmers of the future may not be small, and are not necessarily only women.
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Excellent brief article on the challenges facing African women and the role of education in easing their many burdens. Succently depicts the interplay of poverty, HIV/Aids and maternal and child health in the lives of these women.

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Education and empowerment: you're nobody until somebody trains you - The Guardian

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The Guardian Education and empowerment: you're nobody until somebody trains you The Guardian Improving girls' access to education has been on the mainstream development agenda for some time, largely because of the poverty reduction potential that...
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Great article that resonates with our experience as grant providers. Often the educational experiences for girls are craft or sewing related, and there is no scope for the kind of education that encourages reflection, reasoned critique and self awareness.

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Fresh Call for Review of Marriage Act - AllAfrica.com

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Fresh Call for Review of Marriage Act
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According to the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children, Ms Anna Maembe, such outdated customs and legislations undermine women.
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The may seem unrelated to education, but it is not. When girls are married off young, there is no imperative to provide them with an education or vocational skills. Yet such women are one man away from poverty, as I think it was Gloria Steinem said. Go women of Tanzania.

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Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom, study finds - Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to new research from the Institute of Education (IOE).

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These finding show that teachers and parents need to find ways to ensure their child's reading is pleasurable. And one of the best ways for parents is to read to your children.

it does require more investment to learn what children are interested in and what might suit them.

 

a simple way is to ensure that reading is accompanied by some kind of reward. Points towards reading certificates, or some kind of free choice activity. I'm not a teacher, so I won't presume to teach teachers how to suck eggs. I am confident that teachers are resourceful.

 

if all else fails, ask your students what would make reading worthwhile and try to respond to that.

 

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 15, 2013 10:05 AM

 

Fascinating conclusions regarding the importance of PLEASURE in reading. Not only does this research-based long-term study indicate that reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom, it specifically includes in the maths classrooms.

 

I was taken aback to discover that "The IOE study, ... is believed to be the first to examine the effect of reading for pleasure on cognitive development over time,.."


How could that be? If reading for pleasure's impact on one's educational success has never been studied before, might this indicate an incredible lack of understanding of the role of literary reading in a curriculum? And if so, doesn't this demand another look at how we assess success in literary reading? 


My concern though is that one of the most destructive defaults behind current attitudes regarding literary reading is that reading for pleasure is NOT REALLY a pragmatic / practical skill set, but rather little more than a pleasure pursuit when one is NOT on the job or is on vacation seeking some sort of escape from what is really important important in the "real world."


And therefore reading fiction may be insufficiently respected by too many of those who believe that if it can't be specifically measured in terms of a specific skill-set, it can't be important. Yet not being able to just toss literature out of the curriculum given its lock on curriculum design since prehistoric times and long before mandatory education was ever conceived, the "best" they can do is ignore literary reading's best selling point i.e., engaging power and focus upon scholarly analysis  (advanced literacy skills), a practice that may be more disengaging than engaging. And thereby, in unintended ways  demoting literary reading to the position of one of our curriculum's "ugly step-sisters." And, though any reading of Cinderella tells us that the problem may be in the hands of those who mistreated Cinderella than in any shortcomings in Cinderella herself. 


Here's another couple of those rhetorical (test) questions:

 

Q: List as many countries and / or cultures that have their own version (not merely a translation) of  the Cinderella story?

 

HINT: http://www.deschuteslibrary.org/kids/reading/cinderellastories.aspx

 

Q: Why would the essential lessons of Cinderella be represented in that many cultures?

 

HINT: It's NOT because it provides an escape from what is important in the real world. 

 

 

I can't help but think that an unaddressed, yet critical problem with our current attempts to assess learning is that there are those who think of reading for pleasure as having little more value in a curriculum designed to prepare for young people for success in "college and career" than candy has in a nutritious diet.

 

Perhaps we might remember why we candy-coat children's medicine. It AIN'T the candy coating that relieves the pain. It's the medicine.

 

And, it's the candy coating that creates receptivity to that pain relieving medicine that replaces resistance to swallowing life's often bitter pills. 

 

Both candy coated pills and bitter pills can "do the job." But only if taken. And, we all know the problem there.

 

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"Google Lit Trips" is the official business name of GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

 

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Queens Declare War on HIV, FGM, Early Marriages - AllAfrica.com

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Queens Declare War on HIV, FGM, Early Marriages AllAfrica.com Over 40 queens, queen mothers and other women cultural leaders from over 16 African countries last week met in Kampala to devise ways of empowering rural women to promote development...
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This is good news. Women leaders acting in community for women's welfare.

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Getting Liberia's Girls Off The Streets - Daily Beast

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Daily Beast Getting Liberia's Girls Off The Streets Daily Beast I have many friends who are forced to the street to sell their own bodies on a regular basis because they do not have enough money they feel that sex work is their only option,” says...
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Its not only in Liberia. In Kibera, over 60% of girls prostitute themselves for food by the age of 16. We hear the same from our Indian projects. And in each case, education for girls is a key factor.

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Big History Project Launch

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I have known Metanexus since its inception. Its basic reason for existence is to open dialogue between religion and science, so they make the best of science available. Like this terrific interdisciplinary program (science, history) on social origins. It has been funded by Bill Gates and a TV series is in the offing. Great resource for teachers and high school students.

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Why Poetry Makes Sense: An Interview With Stephen Burt

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Stephen Burt and I discussed the instructive and useful nature of poetry: how it's a vehicle for self-expression, a valuable means of understanding the world and a resource that is written for an infinite set of audiences.

Via GoogleLitTrips Reading List
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This is so true. Kibera School for Girls, established by Shining Hope for Communities uses poetry and drama to teach. Our foundation awarded them a grant for drama resources last year. We are delighted that their enchanting little K-Gr.1 girls won first prize in the National Poetry Competition. In this case, poetry grounds not only learning but self esteem and communal pride.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 2, 2013 9:21 AM

If only we taught literary reading with these benefits at the forefront of our concern for promoting literary reading and our concern for the value of the gift that literary reading can bring to our students' lives.

 

I know. We do, or want to at least.''

 

In the excerpt above, the suggestion that poetry is "written for an infinite set of audiences" ought to give one pause. Perhaps a pause for rhetorical brainstorming session is worthwhile. 

 

Here are two of those audiences, what audiences would you add to the list?

 

 • future English majors

 • students fearful of failing the test

 

Now that those two audiences are on the list, what other audiences might poetry be of interest/value to?

 

???

 

I keep wondering how well we are doing our efforts to sell the value of literary reading to ALL of our students. 

 

And, I found myself pausing at several sentences and phrases sprinkled throughout this article to wonder...

 

Among those...

 

" Without pretension or over-analysis, poetry teaches the most practical lessons on love, friendship, romance and the loss of all these things."

 

And I wondered what happens if we do OR are perceived to be teaching "WITH PRETENSION AND OVER-ANALYSIS"?

 

Another...

 

"The trick to appreciating poetry? Seeking out and finding the poetry that really speaks to us, that we find instructive, enriching, useful and perhaps even beautiful."

 

And I wondered whether the pronouns in this quote referred to the teacher or the reader?

 

Another...

"...the instructive and useful nature of poetry: how it's a vehicle for self-expression, a valuable means of understanding the world and a resource that is written for an infinite set of audiences. Burt's expert point of view offers advice for beginning poets on how to build a successful career, acquired tips for readers on how to avoid the trap of picking poems apart for messages..."

 

And I wondered whether there is some truth in the suggestion that picking poems apart is a trap rather than a window.

 

 

And when a reference in the interview mentioned Billy Collins an absolute favorite poet of mine, I wondered how it was that I had never encountered his... 

 

 

"INTRODUCTION TO POETRY 

by Billy Collins

 

I ask them to take a poem

and hold it up to the light

like a color slide


or press an ear against its hive.


I say drop a mouse into a poem

and watch him probe his way out,


or walk inside the poem’s room

and feel the walls for a light switch.


I want them to waterski

across the surface of a poem

waving at the author’s name on the shore.


But all they want to do

is tie the poem to a chair with rope

and torture a confession out of it.

 

They begin beating it with a hose

to find out what it really means."

 

 

 

And I wondered why it is that "they" do that?

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

"Google Lit Trips" is the official fictitious business name for GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

 

 

 

 

Tara McIlroy's curator insight, October 14, 2013 5:35 PM

When we start to look for it, poetry is all around us, and never leaves us. Applications for learning and teaching are found here without needing to look very far.

 

Olivia Sica's curator insight, October 31, 2014 11:49 AM

I think things like poetry are a positive outlet for people who have emotions they don't know what to do with. If you're feeling overwhelmed, write it down! I can almost guarantee you'll feel better afterwords. 

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Khan Academy: The future of education? - CBS News

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Khan Academy: The future of education?
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Making education is fun and easy to learn but so is encouraging good ergonomics when using these laptops.
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i have posted about the Khan Academy before, so it is great to see them getting coverage on 60 minutes.

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Why It's Time To Start Teaching Students How To Think - Edudemic

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As an elementary teacher, I can’t help but notice that children today want quick answers and do not take the time to think things through.

Via Sean Corcoran
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Right on the money. Teaching a student to think is equivalent to teaching a hungry girl to fish. It gives them the ability to problem solve. This whole site is a gem for teachers and students.

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Sean Corcoran's curator insight, August 19, 2013 3:38 PM

Good strategies to develop deep thinking.

Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, August 26, 2013 9:26 PM
The research around learnable intellegence is changing education.
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Getty Museum Sets 4,600 Images Free

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Yesterday, the J. Paul Getty Trust announced that they will be "making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose."

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Great resource for all educators. History, inter cultural studies, history or civilisations, art history. Given that Getty rather plundered historical sites, it is good to see some access begging given back, albeit limited.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 16, 2013 1:18 PM

FLASH!!!

 

All responsible educators take copyright compliance seriously.

 

This is GREAT news for all educators and their students, but my mind immediately jumps to the potential for enriching the Google Lit Trips project!

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

 

"Google Lit Trips" is the fictitious business name for GLT Global ED an educational nonprofit.

 

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An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

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Dear Prime Minister, M Rogge, Lord Coe and Members of the International Olympic Committee, I write in…

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There is more than one kind of education. If adults don't learn to respect everyone else, how can we expect children to learn?

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Govt must bridge the education gap - GhanaWeb

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Republica Govt must bridge the education gap GhanaWeb Ghana's efforts to achieve the targets of Universal Primary Enrolment and Completion by 2015 as enshrined in the Education for All Protocol which the country is a signatory continues to be a...
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General call to action to provide children with a firm educational basis. However, it doesn't look at how gender impacts education. 

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How to Feed the Peoples of India and Africa?

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How to Feed the Peoples of India and Africa?
Hello, and welcome to “As It Is,” our daily show for people learning American English.
 
I’m Christopher Cruise in Washington.

Via David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog
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A bit of a mish mash but worth reading for the discussion of rising food prices and governmvalue failure to live up to commitments to agricultural research.

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