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Youth making a difference

When you hear about the Jane and Finch neighbourhood in Toronto, it’s not always positive news. Westview Centennial Secondary School changed all of my preconceived notions about the “rough area” when a student group called Build the Bridge registered for Project Love this year.

The group was headed by Pierre Yesaya in Grade 12 student who had arrived from Cameroon only 2 years ago. Of course, he could speak to his fellow students at school about the challenges of receiving an education in Africa.

Sharing Dialogue

This summer CODE held its biannual all-partners workshop in Ottawa Ontario. The workshop was designed to gather all partners together to share their successes and lessons learned, and to share in dialogue about standardizing how we measure the results of our work as individual organizations and as a collective.

Below are some comments from participants:

The partner’s workshop has served two purposes to both my organization and me personally.

Consulting with stakeholders

CODE’s partner in Mozambique, Associação Progresso, has been recognized nationally and internationally for its work in nurturing the development of a literate environment in Cabo Delgado and Niassa – the country’s two Northern provinces.

In a recent trip to Maputo to discuss and develop the second phase of a six year bilateral project funded by CIDA, CODE’s Director of Development Sean Maddox and I had a chance to see the impressive results already achieved through the program, which supports 1,815 primary schools, some 508,600 students from Grade 1 to 7, and has facilitated in-service trai

Reading Liberia

We describe Reading Liberia as a comprehensive readership program that aims to improve the quality of education in Liberia by sharing knowledge and building capacity through professional mentorship. But it’s so much more.

Only a few months in and we’re already seeing real impact....

Reporting from Liberia

Today other things struck me.  The numbers of young men in the streets all day are just hanging out - not working, not studying, not involved.  This is a concern for a nation that wants to get back up on its feet, that’s for sure.  I bought fruit today and marveled at the market - mangoes, watermelons, ginger, oranges, bananas and even fresh pineapple.  A girl who works at the WE-CARE Foundation (and studies building at the local Polytechnic) helped me out with the bartering, always a fun engagement with people. 

 Today I noticed the poor state of the roads and the garbage in the streets an

Field notes

It is amazing here - so hot and humid that my notebooks are already warping!  I am in Liberia for sure - the smells of fire in the air, the noise, the distorted radio music, people lining the roads, the throngs of people everywhere, small stray dogs and big geckoes, fabulous trees and plants everywhere. 


Final Days

The Seeing is Believing Tour has officially ended. This group was so rich with laughter and full of awe at Ethiopia and CODE’s work here. Regardless of stomach problems, lost luggage and chest colds, everyone has been brimming with curiosity, respect for Ethiopians' determination to make change and inspired by the thirst for education and knowledge all around us.

Blue Nile Gorge

Yesterday we went to the Ministry of Education office and met with the head of education to discuss the obstacles faced by primary school teachers in the region. He told us about the low resources for teacher training, lack of books, supplies, classroom overcrowding etc. By now the group is familiar with these challenges. And although we've also become familiar with the passion of Ethiopians, what impressed us most was his energy, vision, intelligence and drive to turn the situation around.

A journalist in the making

Yesterday we had fabulous visits to Merawi Reading Room and Durbete Reading Room - both rural and new since last year in the regions around Bahir Dar. Durbete put on an incredible welcoming ceremony with the children performing songs, traditional shoulder dances and small plays. They presented us with flowers and a traditional coffee ceremony. Even the local media came to cover the festivities.
- Ann Speak

One of the girls who introduced herself to us at the Durbete reading room said she wants to be a journalist.

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