Last semester, while sitting at her dining-room table, Hannah Poole helped young girls in southern Sudan to go to school.In that northeast African region, early marriage, coupled with fears of sexual harassment and gender-based violence, mean a high dropout rate for girls. But Poole wants to change that. Based on studies in the area indicating that female teachers have a positive impact on girls’ school attendance and achievement, she helped to craft high-level education policies through her virtual internship.Her classroom discussions — which involved policy frameworks, gender education issues, and cultural norms that prevent young girls from attending school — contributed to her virtual internship, said Poole, who did extensive reading on the importance of female teachers to girls’ education.Using data compiled from Sudan’s census, along with education statistics, she was able to chart the parts of the country with the fewest female teachers. She also completed case studies of successful education programs in other countries, such as India and Afghanistan, and used her findings to craft recommendations for southern Sudan’s education officials.“I really get to be part of shaping the country’s future,” said Poole, who is part of UNICEF’s education initiative. The Canadian hopes that her work, conducted out of her Cambridge apartment, will convince education ministers to increase educational opportunities for girls.Using the Web, Poole and a group of her master’s degree classmates at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) are gaining a kind of field experience without leaving home. They are part of an ongoing virtual internship pilot program offered through the school’s Career Services Office and its Field Experience Program (FEP) in collaboration with its International Education Policy (IEP) master’s program.The virtual internships represent a trend in an increasingly connected world, with communications technologies such as e-mail and video conferencing making it easier for those eager to explore career opportunities in distant locations to work remotely.“With the Internet, we realized there was a limitless opportunity for students to work beyond the local area,” said FEP specialist Sarah Deighton. “In terms of their future careers, we wanted to help them build connections and networks not only in this country but around the globe.”Fernando Reimers, director of the IEP, developed partnerships with international institutions that agreed to work closely with the students during the semester.“International development institutions, ministries of education, and education policy think tanks abroad all offered their support to this programmatic innovation at HGSE,” said Reimers, who is also Ford Foundation Professor of International Education. “The result has been a very rich experience for our students who are engaged in a variety of exciting programs.”Last semester 11 students worked on various international initiatives.In the fall, master’s student Simon Thacker and his classmate Jessica Malkin helped children in Jamaica to have more fun. Working with the Jamaican Ministry of Education, the pair developed policy around a child’s right to play.“The perception in Jamaica is that play is a waste of time, so don’t let kids play,” Thacker said, despite evidence that play is essential to a child’s cognitive, linguistic, and social development. “This policy is to ensure that the children of Jamaica do get what they need.”Using Elluminate, an online platform with a phone and instant-message function as well as a public whiteboard that participants can use to mull over ideas in cyberspace, Thacker and Malkin connected with their contact, a senior adviser to the country’s Minister of Education, to review their work.In addition to affording him high-level policy experience and helping him to put his quantitative skills to use, Thacker said the program was a great way to network and search for employment.There are some drawbacks. Students admit they miss the face-to-face interaction available in a traditional office setting. The flexible nature of the internships — students are required to devote at least eight hours a week to their projects — involves a greater degree of discipline. Getting in touch with contacts can sometimes be a challenge, and stopping an officemate or co-worker in the hall for the answer to a quick question is impossible. Still, they agree, the tradeoffs are worth it.“This program shows you that the work that you do has real-life consequences,” said Poole, “and that gives you a really good perspective on what you learn and its implications.”
To follow the career of William Julius Wilson is to trace the evolution of the national conversation on race and class in America over the past half century.That was the overarching theme of the first full day of a three-day symposium celebrating the career of the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor Emeritus at the Knafel Center on Thursday.“One of the great functions of the University is to be a loving critic of society and of our country. Few people on our faculty have done that better,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow of Wilson, a MacArthur Prize Fellow who joined the Harvard faculty in 1996. “You have held a mirror up to our society. You have asked the toughest questions. You have challenged us as a nation, as a society, as a community to be better.”Bacow joined Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay and Dean of Social Science Lawrence D. Bobo in praising the eminent sociologist before a capacity crowd.The Thursday-morning program began with a panel on “Race Relations/Inequality in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” chaired by Mary C. Waters, the John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology. Panelists began with tributes and personal stories before engaging in a discussion of Wilson’s work.Jennifer Hochschild, the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and professor of African and African American studies, tackled the questions raised in Wilson’s 1978 book, “The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institution.” Looking at the book’s central assumption, Hochschild focused on context, asking, “Compared to what?”,Hochschild pointed out that in political terms, yes, issues of race appeared to be declining. The number of African Americans in Congress is increasing, as is white support for selected principles of racial equality, such as interracial marriage, candidates of color, and job access.However, she pointed out, in other ways race remains an issue. For example, although the number of Latinx eligible voters is rising, the number of Latinx voters is barely moving. In terms of state and federal incarceration, African Americans make up the greatest percentage by far. Although there has been some improvement, she noted that the overwhelming number of prisoners are young, poor African American men.Hochschild then turned the discussion to perception of race by displaying the results of a survey that asked whether a series of statements were racist. The respondents, who defined themselves along a liberal-conservative spectrum, rated comments about a border wall, integration, and the election of Donald Trump, among others. Hochschild said the results told her that “a large percentage of the American population just doesn’t see it.” Her conclusion was that while the importance of race is declining in some ways, largely thanks to demographics, in others it has increased.Orlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology, focused on two of Wilson’s books, his first, 1973’s “Power, Racism and Privilege: Race Relations in Theoretical and Sociohistorical Perspectives,” and his most recent, 2009’s “More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City.” Patterson said the first “draws brilliantly on history,” while the latter “probes deeply into the inner devastations of class and race oppression.”,Arguing for the importance of history and historical context, Patterson talked about the dual nature of oppression and racism.“There can be no serious study of racial oppression and inequality without fully recognizing that oppression works its evil in two ways, not one,” said Patterson.“There are the exterior structural brutalities of oppression and racism,” he said, naming unemployment and ghettoization as examples. “But we also know that 250 years of the social death of slavery and another century of the neo-slavery of Jim Crow … leave internal scars,” such as the “fragility of social relations,” as well as rage, hunger “not only for bread but for security,” and deep mistrust.Professor Jennifer Hochschild tackled the questions raised in Wilson’s 1978 book, “The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institution.”Patterson pointed out that Wilson was raised by a single mother in poverty and understands the complex nature of these issues in a way that many in the field do not. Only by again broadening the field to include study of race and class issues in other countries can sociology make itself relevant, he said.New York University historian Thomas Sugrue, Ph.D. ’92, began by discussing the narrow-mindedness of his own field in the 1980s, when he first discovered Wilson’s work. Historians then were discouraged from studying sociology, or any other seemingly related work. However, Sugrue fell hard for Wilson’s works, which he recalled discovering in a Harvard Square bookstore while pursuing his doctorate here. In particular, he was inspired by Wilson’s 1987 “The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy,” which he credited with shaping his own writings on work and the changing urban economy.Sugrue did note some flaws in the book’s approach. While Wilson dismissed simplistic early notions of African American society, he said, they both accepted a sexist view of gender roles in work. As a result, they both missed the importance of the movement of African American women into public service jobs, and how the elimination or downgrading of these jobs would affect society.“We need a more comprehensive study of class and race,” Sugrue said. But he said that even with its flaws, Wilson’s work laid the groundwork.Wilson briefly responded at the end of the session, noting that he agreed with the panelists’ major points. Responding directly to Hochschild, he said that his book had anticipated the changes she discussed. Economic class has become more important than race in some ways, he said, while the center of racial conflict has shifted from the economic to the socio-political sector.While thinking on race and class in American culture has shifted over time, the panelists agreed that Wilson’s work has both reflected and helped shape it. “Bill always wrote with a public audience in mind,” Sugrue said. “He always wrote that informed scholarship is necessary to engage on the important issues of our time.”The symposium will continue Friday at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, Douglas Elmendorf.
Advertisement Eddie Nketiah scored in Arsenal’s win over Everton on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)Eddie Nketiah says there is no hostility between Arsenal’s strikers as competition for places up front for the Gunners heats up.Nketiah has returned to the Emirates after spending the first half of the season on loan at Championship side Leeds and has started the last two Premier League games, scoring in the 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday.The 20-year-old has lead the attack, with the trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe behind him, meaning Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli have missed out on starting berths.The Gunners have scored seven goals in the two matches Nketiah has started, and won them both, so it seems that manager Mikel Arteta will stick to this formula in the league.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe young forward says that 28-year-old Lacazette has not had his nose put out of joint by being benched, in fact their relationship is a healthy one as they battle for places in Arteta’s starting XI.‘Obviously he is a mature lad and a great player,’ Nketiah said of Lacazette. ‘He always tries to encourage me.‘He has been a young player in my position so he knows what it is like. There are no hostilities, he’s just always looking to help and improve and it shows the maturity he has.‘He has had a great career so all I can do is take the advice he gives me and try and implement it in my game and do what I do best.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Feb 2020 1:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Advertisement Eddie Nketiah insists there are no hostilities after replacing Alexandre Lacazette in the Arsenal team Alexandre Lacazette scored on his last start for the club, against Olympiakos (Picture: Getty Images)Things are certainly looking up for the Gunners under Arteta as the side are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, winning four of their last five.They return to Europa League action on Thursday night, hosting Olympiakos in the second leg of their round of 32 tie, after Lacazette scored the only goal of the first leg in Greece.Nketiah has hailed the atmosphere at the club, especially among the forward line, with everyone trying to help each other improve.‘They’re really good guys off the field and obviously top strikers,’ said Nketiah of his Arsenal team-mates.‘I just try to focus on myself and learn from them, see the things they do well and try to take from it and improve. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They’re always willing to give advice and talk to me whenever I need it. It’s great to have two great strikers to learn from. ‘I’m just trying to improve every day and listen to the people around me, my family and coaches, really improve, take each day as it comes and get better.’The narrow win over Everton on Sunday saw the Gunners rise to ninth in the table and keep their hopes of a Champions League place alive.Due to Manchester City’s ban from the competition, it is likely that fifth place will book a spot in next season’s Champions League and Arsenal are now just four points behind that position, where Manchester United currently reside.MORE: Thierry Henry reveals his Arsenal ‘dream’ and why he gets ‘tired’ watching LiverpoolMORE: Arsenal will do ‘as much as they can’ to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay, admits Mikel Arteta Comment
Ship classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a five-year contract from India’s largest shipping company, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), to undertake emergency response service (ERS) for 33 vessels.The contract, effective from the end of February 2019, will cover oil tankers, bulk carriers and containerships.According to IRClass, the ERS is aimed at providing technical support by way of an assessment of the damage stability as well as longitudinal strength of any vessel involved in a major incident such as grounding, collision or fire.Issues potentially arising from such incidents include excessive trim/heel, loss of stability, progressive flooding, structural impairment, etc.On alerting the relevant communication channel, IRClass team starts to recreate the status of the vessel, by using a pre-developed 3D hull model and applying the data received from the vessel.As explained by the classification society, the reliability of the service is established by way of mock drills conducted periodically.SCI currently has a fleet of 63 vessels comprising tankers, bulkers, boxships and offshore supply vessels, according to the company’s website. The fleet has a total market value of more than USD 1 billion, VesselsValue’s data shows.
60 Views no discussions Share Ms. Fenella K. Wenham; new and first female President of the National Youth Council.Outgoing Chairperson Ms. Fenella K Wenham is the new and first female President of the Dominica National Youth Council. The council held its 15th General Assembly this morning at the Grand Bay Primary School, under the theme “Embracing the Opportunity of Youth Development and Leadership.”She was elected president with 24 votes out of 33 ballots casted, while outgoing president Delroy Williams received 4 votes. Ms. Marva Tavenir who was nominated for the president position received 5 votes.Ms. Wenham who has served on the board of the National Youth Council for several years says she is ready to represent the youth positively.“I have served on at least three different positions on the National Youth Council, I used to be the Chairperson, General Secretary and 1st Vice President. At the National Youth Council our aim is to represent youth positively and as your president that is what I would like to do for you and with you, very importantly is with you,” Wenham said.In photo: newly elected Executive of the National Youth Council. Back row standing left to right is Secretary Anestine Baron, 1st Vice President Damon Jno. Baptiste, President Wenham, 2nd Vice President Keziah Augustine. Front row standing left to right is Committee member Almar Lawrence, Publicity Coordinator Nadisha Bravo, Chairperson Danika Hurtault, and Committee Member Mitch Jno. Charles.The other members of the executive body are; Damon Jno. Baptiste 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President Ms. Kezia Augustine, Ms. Danika Hurtault is the new Chairperson, Publicity Coordinator and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer positions are Nadisha Bravo and Anestine Baron respectively. Committee members are Mitch Jno. Charles and Almar Lawrence. The General Secretary and Treasurer postions are appointed positions which is the responsibility of the new executive. Presently Ms. Allana Rocque is the General Secretary and Sebastien Pascal the Treasurer.President Wenham who is a teacher says she has an excellent rapport with young people and this will assist her in rallying their support and speaking on their behalf.She plans on being a voice for the young people in issues pertaining to employment as well as highlighting their talents, skills and achievements.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Share LocalNews Fenella Wenham elected President of Dominica National Youth Council by: – July 16, 2011 Sharing is caring!