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South Africa Welcomes Chinese Language, Influence in Schools

South Africa Welcomes Chinese Language, Influence in Schools | africa | Scoop.it
South Africa's education minister says the nation of 11 official languages will introduce Mandarin into its school curriculum. The move is part of a greater effort to get closer to major tradin...
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This article is about South Africa's education is starting include Chinese language in their school curriculum. The biggest reason is to become closer with China, the major trading center and a country becoming such a huge economic power in the world. Educators in South Africa shows their excitement on having Mandarin learned in their country. They think it is a really good opportunity for their country to learn Mandarin and exposed to Chinese culture since China is such a huge and a powerful country. There are people getting excited with this news but there are also people not really welcoming China's culture. There were 46 percent of South Africans who did not like the spread of Chinese ideas and customs in their country, and 60 percent dislike Chinese music, movies and television. Since there are many people who dislike Chinese language and culture, it won't apply to every school but to the schools where it offers to learn Mandarin as a subject.

This article helped me better understand Africa by knowing that Africa is trying to develop their education by many. Africa is not just trying to develop by themselves in their countries, but have a country relationship with other big and powerful countries in other continents such as China. Now, people and the government in Africa or in South Africa is valuing education and wanting the children in their country to have an opportunity to learn other international type of language.

This article was very interesting how it was a normal thing for me to learn foreign language at school but it was a huge thing in South Africa to have the schools learn Mandarin. When I read this article it made me notice that Africa is developing in many ways like in education, trading with other countries, and many other ways. Before I learned about Africa in class, I thought Africa was just a poor country where there are many problems but now I know the reasons for those problems and that Africans are trying to solve their problems and improve and develop on the things they need.

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Students die in Nigeria school raid

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Suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants attack a school in north-eastern Nigeria, killing 29 teenage boys and injuring another 11.
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This article is about  a school in Yobe, Nigeria getting attacked by a Islamist militants. It was attacked overnight when the students were in their dormitories. There were 11 teenage boys who were seriously injured and 29 teenage boys were killed. There were more places and people that were attacked by Boko Haram Islamist militants. The group says their aims it to replace Nigeria's political leadership and establish a new state under strict Islamic law. Boko Haram tends to attack the schools that teach Nigeria's national curriculum, which the group consider to be Western. There were close to 300 people killed in Boko Haram's attack this year and thousands of people have been killed since 2009. Boko Haram is contained to a small area of north-east Nigeria close to the border with Cameroon and the president said the two countries were working together to stop the militants from attacking Nigeria and then escaping over the border.

This article helped me understand Africa by letting me know assassins can be a big issue in Africa. I knew that there were some situations like this but I didn't know it can be a big issue. I didn't know they killed thousands of people just because they want the religion Islam to be stronger and to get rid of western culture. I didn't know there were so many people killed by Boko Haram just by learning in a school. 

I felt really bad for the students who died in a school in Yobe, Nigeria and I was also thankful that I can go to school in a safe country where I don't have to worry about a Islamist militants attacking my school. I felt bad for the students who got killed because they died just by coming to school to learn. 

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South African rescue under way for illegal miners trapped underground - The Guardian

South African rescue under way for illegal miners trapped underground - The Guardian | africa | Scoop.it
The Guardian South African rescue under way for illegal miners trapped underground The Guardian A rescue operation is under way in South Africa to reach illegal miners trapped underground since Saturday, amid claims that more than 200 people were...
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This article is about more than 200  illegal miners trapped underground in South Africa. It is thought that they were trapped by a rival gang who took their gold and used a giant concrete piece to block them. A rescue operation is there to rescue the illegal miners trapped underground since Saturday. The miners trapped near the top were able to communicate with rescuers and they claimed 200 or more miners are trapped in a lower tunnel. The rescuers says that it will be easy to bring the miners out once the concrete slab have been removed. The rescue services are trying to remove the boulders and managed to remove one large boulder. They have also tried sending bottles of water down to the trapped miners. 

This helped me understand Africa by knowing that there are so many people that are mining illegally. They are fighting in the mines to get more gold and working in there even though it is a very dangerous job and they might get caught. I heard that workers who work in gold mines gets only little amount of money and so I think people are mining illegally because getting paid by mining legally is too little for them and for their family.

I felt sorry for the illegal miners while I read this article because I'm pretty sure they didn't know their gold will be taken away and get trapped. I know that doing illegal is something bad to do but I think they had nothing else to do that can feed themselves or their family. I was also surprised that there were more than 200 miners that were trapped and it means that there were more than 200 people did mining illegally.

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Welcome to Hell: Photographer documents Africa's e-waste nightmare - Fox News

Welcome to Hell: Photographer documents Africa's e-waste nightmare - Fox News | africa | Scoop.it
Welcome to Hell: Photographer documents Africa's e-waste nightmare
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It used to be wetlands, a recreation zone. Today the locals call it Sodom and Gomorrah.
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This article is about how people in Agbogbloshie, a dumping ground in Ghana for electronic waste from the rest of the world suffer from burning the electronic waste. The people who were working there were about between 7 to 25 years old. When the electronic waste is burned, it gives out black frames which makes the people hard to breathe and gives out diseases. The children burn the electronic waste to get copper from it. These children are usually from the south in Ghana just to get money by burning electronic waste to get copper which doesn't even cost a lot. The electronic waste in Agbogbloshie is from all around the world but mostly from United States.

This article helped me better understand Africa by helping me find out all the electronics that we use goes to Africa when we can't use them anymore. Also that children in Ghana and in other parts of Africa use these electronic waste to earn money that isn't much. 

I felt bad when I read this article because the children who work in Agbogbloshie knows that it is really bad for their health and they might die after breathing in all those bad smoke but they continue working to earn money for their family.

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Construction Begins on $21 Billion Power Africa Project - IEEE ...

Construction Begins on $21 Billion Power Africa Project - IEEE ... | africa | Scoop.it
This spring, construction is set to begin on the first projects coordinated through Power Africa, a multibillion-dollar Obama administration initiative that seeks to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa within five years, ...
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This article is about the Power Africa that had started their construction that will happen within 5 years. Power Africa is a multibillion-dollor Obama administration initiative that seeks to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. There are more than two thirds of people in sub-Saharan Africa that have no access to electricity and there are 800 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. Power Africa is trying to reduce the amount of people who have no access to electricity. Their goal is increase the electricity access by at least 20 million house holds. This project focuses on six countries; Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Power Africa build wind farms and other ways to produce electricity in sub-Saharan Africa but there are some challenges in this project. It cost $300 billion to provide all sub-Saharan Africans an access to electricity. Another challenge is the places that have least access to electricity are in rural areas and so it is more difficult to put an access to electricity.

This article helps me to understand how there are so many people that have no access to electricity and how this shows that Africa needs a lot more development. I knew that there were many places in Africa that didn't have electricity but I didn't know it would be this much especially in sub-Saharan Africa. By reading this article, I knew that it is a big project that needs a lot of money and time. I also realized that electricity is something valuable for an organization to spend their times on bringing in the electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

When I read this article, it made me look back to my life of how much electricity I use. When I flashed back of how much electricity I use, I noticed that I waste a lot electricity power. I turned on the light even though I don't stay in that area, I didn't plug off my charger after using it, didn't turn off my computer after using it. I thought I should use less electricity because I thought using something too much is not good and that there are so many people who can't use electricity.

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Education in Africa for Girls to get Better and Safer in the Coming Years

Education in Africa for Girls to get Better and Safer in the Coming Years | africa | Scoop.it

Improvements in the education system in Africa have started rising since the past decade. In fact, the steps towards bringing developments in the African education scenario are being taken with such effectiveness that the girls who have been hiding behind the scenes for years will get immense academic exposure over time.


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This article is about how the education in Africa for girls is getting better. Girls who work or get education in developing African nation give almost 90 percent of their salaries to their families and so it helped girls in Africa receive and education and support their families. There are also many organizations that is starting to help girls get educated. Aid for Africa provided the girls in Africa the scholarships and educational stipends to help them learn. The World Bank, UNICEF, Kwagala Project started thinking girls in Africa getting educated is really important started helping them in many ways. 

This helped me understand Africa because I knew that there are many girls in Africa that can't go to school and that they are trying to find the ways to learn. Also that many organizations and people are trying to help the girls in Africa to go to school and get educated. It also helped me to understand Africa by knowing how it is so important thing to help Africa be a better place. I was thankful when I read this article because there are many people that need help to go to school and get educated properly but I learn in a good environment without worrying so about the earning money for my family. I also thought I should learn and study harder by thinking about the girls in Africa and be a person who can help them learn when I grow up.

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Progreso política de educación en Nigeria

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Girls who work and recieve education give almost ninety percent of their salaries to their families. A special fund will be provided for African girls and they will be getting educational stipends and scholarships. This article discusses how these women will have theopportunity  to get a better education.

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