High-priced housing is not a typical topic for a high school social studies class. This year, students in five Massachusetts high schools learned about the lack of affordable housing and then developed action plans to improve options for low-and moderate- income families in their communities. The combined instruction-community service project was so successful that at least four additional schools have adopted it this year.
Most of the 80 percent of teens who work enjoy a positive and enriching experience. However, teenagers in the workplace may be at risk for injuries on the job due to inadequate safety training, unsafe equipment, and stressful environments.
Many Afghans who grew up during decades
of war and repressive rule are now in their
twenties, struggling to find their footing in a
dramatically altered and rapidly changing country.
Deprived of the opportunity for schooling in their
early years, many are unable to read; some can’t even
recognize letters of the alphabet. In rural areas, about
70 percent of heads of households cannot read or write.
Health and Human Development Programs’ (HHD) Southeast Asia Initiative has developed a new education project for youth in four Thai ‘sea gypsy’ communities the village hardest hit by the tsunami. Funding from Deutsche Bank will permit HHD to offer life skills, vocational training, market research, and formal education assistance.
Arranging affordable, quality child
care is essential, but very difficult, for most migrant families. “The
challenges migrant families face are very complex,” explains EDC’s
Sheila Skiffington. “There are language barriers, 9–5 office
hours when applying for care, transportation problems, complicated forms
to fill out, and fear of government institutions.”
Over the 20-year-history of community technology
centers (CTCs), impact has
tended to be measured in one way: Is anybody here? CTCs were established to
provide technology access—and by extension, new opportunities for learning
and skill development—to people who didn’t have computers at home
or at work.
1998, a group of final-year students in the School of Agriculture
the University of Zambia launched a new organization to help
future farmers—and particularly women—adjust to
the changing political and economic climate in their country.
When young people so readily joined the nation’s massive outpouring of generosity following September 11, their public spiritedness came as no surprise to one group of peoplethe K-12 teachers who use service-learning in their classrooms. Service-learning is a teaching strategy that combines classroom curriculum with community service, to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
EDC released a new study of community technology centers (CTCs). A longitudinal analysis of a dozen users over two years, it confirms that CTCs play an important and ongoing role in peoples’ lives. Participants quickly come to rely on the technical assistance, high-end equipment, and the social and educational opportunities the centers provide. Most users return regularly for additional support and training or as teachers themselves.
This past summer, a group of science teachers from northern Illinois
spent six weeks poring over student work from Japan, Germany, the
Czech Republic, and six other countries. As part of an EDC online
workshop, the Illinois teachers logged on to a website to review
student work and accompanying commentary from teachers.
Today, thanks to the efforts of EDC, 20 Latina mothers from Waltham, Massachusetts, are enrolled in a class that offers them not only English language instruction but also lessons in job readiness, social skills, community action, health, and self-esteem.