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Horns of the African dilemma, poverty and illiteracy
Category: Social Development | By Editor, 15-Sep-2011 | Viewed 6633  Comments 0 | Source harvardmagazine.com
In two brief articles, students Sara Joe Wolansky and Nur Nasreen Ibrahim have caught the essence of  rural Africa  and how best to address the two horns of the African Dilemma, poverty and illiteracy.

Sara wrote , "Opportunity International in Ghana....provides services such as micro loans, mobile banking (savings), financial advice and training farmers, school proprietors, and small business owners and entrepreneurs".

The numbers are impressive, 280 Private Schools with over 12,000 students are receiving small loans. This is not more aid, it asks the question, " What can Africa do for itself?" The world wide Micro-credit Movement is truly addressing poverty and illiteracy at it's very roots. The social impact is respect, self worth, dignity, trust and hopefully peace for generations to come. Africa is on the move! The attached articles are highly recommended.

Photograph by Sara Joe Wolansky, http://harvardmagazine.com/

Snapshots of Ghana

Students learn about computer skills in a classroom at Christ is the Answer Preparatory School in Adansi-Dompoase, outside Kumasi. According to school proprietor Anthony Kwasi Nyarku, private schools such as his are superior to Ghanaian public schools because the government-run schools are often under-supervised and a strong union protects the sometimes negligent teachers.

by Sara Joe Wolansky - 9.9.11
THIS SUMMER I WORKED as an intern for Students of the World, a nonprofit media-production company dedicated to pairing teams of college students with nonprofit organizations. My team—seven students from Harvard, Boston University, and the University of Texas at Austin, each of us with a specific role such as filmmaker, journalist, producer, or development coordinator—was partnered with Opportunity International in Ghana—a microfinance organization that operates in developing countries worldwide and provides services such as micro loans, mobile banking, financial advice, and training to farmers, school proprietors, and other small-business owners and entrepreneurs.

Read the full story in Harvard Magazine: http://goo.gl/yfsyv

Photograph by Nur Ibrahim, http://harvardmagazine.com/

How to Portray Ghana

The students and a group of farmers walk along a road to a cacao farm in Bonsaaso district, a part of the UN Millennium Villages Project.

by Nur Nasreen Ibrahim - 9.9.11
A FEW WEEKS into summer, I read a satirical piece in Granta magazine's issue 92, titled "How to Write about Africa." The author, Binyavanga Wainaina, laid out a comprehensive list of what to portray and what not to portray. For instance, the cover of your book must have an AK-47, naked breasts, and/or a person in tribal garb. If you want an engaging story, you must include The Starving African, the pot-bellied children, the corrupt government bureaucrat, and the graphic descriptions of genital mutilation. You must immediately fall in love with the country. (It doesn't matter which country; Africa, the continent, must be treated as one body.) It goes without saying that you must write as if, without Western intervention, Africa is doomed.

Read the full story in Harvard Magazine: http://goo.gl/ATPJm
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