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Traveling over long distances can be exhausting, but sometimes it can be also rewarding depending on the comfort of the flight and the route. As I returned home from the Global Media Forum, I had over four hours to wait for my flight from Germany to Nairobi. I took advantage of those long hours to read some newspapers.
Even though I was not looking for articles on education, all the newspapers I read touched on this topic, reminding me that it is an issue that affects all areas of our life. Articles in a German publication and in a publication from the Gulf region that I read took up the same questions of culture and education.
DateJuly 2, 2012 | 1:55 pm
TagsExchanges, Germany, Global Media Forum, Globalization, Kenya, Multicultural learning, Study abroad, Universities
I have spent three days now at the Global Media Forum. I have met the other bloggers, I have made new friends and met old friends from all over the world. I have eaten and even danced during the famous GMF boat ride on the Rhine River. So besides the serious side of the conference, there is also a fun part to it.
One of my areas of interest as a trained journalist and as a trainer of people in media is the influence of the advancing digital world on journalism. That’s why I attended a workshop organized by the DW Akademie with the title: New Trainers for New Media? Challenges for Human Resources Development in Media Support in a Fast-Changing Media Landscape.
DateJune 28, 2012 | 3:19 pm
TagsCultural sensitivity, Global Media Forum, Journalistic ethics, Kenya, Media, Poverty, Social class, Technology, Training
Last weekend and the beginning of this week have been fascinating. If you had asked me a few weeks ago, before I started to write these blogs if the work I do had anything to do with education, I would have answered with a strong no. I would have mentioned that I train youth in media skills and that I also work with an educational foundation that helps develop solar light capacity in schools. Of course, these activities have everything to do with education. Writing for this blog has highlighted this rather obvious fact to me.
DateJune 23, 2012 | 8:00 am
TagsActivism, Global Media Forum, Kenya, Kibera, Masai people, Media, Outreach, Slums, Training, Youth
I had a busy weekend recently. The organization that I coordinate – Filamujuani – was shooting the second episode of a TV show called Zuki. It was amazing, though, to see the students of Filamjuani finally coming of age, taking the reins and running the show completely.
The TV series is about a schoolgirl born in Kibera whose passion is music, but unfortunately, she has no avenues to learn it. She has a talent that even she doesn’t understand.
DateJune 20, 2012 | 8:00 am
At the beginning of 2003, school fees were abolished in Kenya’s public primary and, later, secondary schools. This was implemented under the Free Primary Education (FPE) programs. Parents and Kenyans in general were thrilled. Finally a government that actually works in the interest of its public, they thought. More importantly: this meant access to education for many more who could not afford to pay the school fees. All they had to do was buy a school uniform.
DateJune 14, 2012 | 9:54 am
TagsAccess, Education reform, Educational equality, Kenya, Law, Private schools, Teacher-student ratios, Tuition
Imagine: you have just managed to get to your fifth birthday. It is time to start school! You have watched the neighbours’ children gleefully skip off to school in the morning – heavy backpacks dangling from their tiny backs, shoes shiny, clothes stiff from ironing and faces gleaming with excitement. And now it is your turn. Time to finally learn the alphabet, enjoy curving out letters and numbers as you learn how to write your name. But sadly, all this remains just that – a figment of the imagination.
DateJune 12, 2012 | 12:41 pm
When I returned home after my two-year master’s course, the only things of any value I had were my laptop and my camera. Before I got too worried about having to start life all over again, I quickly reminded myself of the non-material possessions that I came back with. One of those was living and learning with people from different cultures – almost like learning in the classroom of the world! I wish this was an experience everyone could have, especially those from my own country.
DateJune 7, 2012 | 1:07 pm
TagsEthnic groups, Intercultural learning, Job hunt, jobs, Kenya, Kenyan Crisis, Stereotypes, Study abroad, Tribalism
Emmy on Skype: Three questions, three answers
DateJune 5, 2012 | 3:01 pm
Last time, I wrote about how the competition in the job market in Kenya is getting stiffer by the day. More and more people now have master’s degrees, for example. The question is: Where does that leave those who cannot afford to climb the education ladder that high?
There are other options. One can go to a tertiary college. I have several cousins and other relatives who did not have the finances to go on to university once they finished high school, even though they had worked hard enough to get grades that would have been sufficient for entering a university.
DateJune 3, 2012 | 2:45 pm
TagsArts, Degrees, Fine arts institutes, Grants, Job hunt, Job market, Kenya, Loans, music, Scholarships, Student debt
“Hey, do you have that new mobile phone application for transferring money from your bank account to your phone?”
“You mean I can now pay my electricity bill with my phone?”
“Is your phone twin-sim?”
…these were the kind of discussions I came home to after two years of being away. So much had changed.
DateMay 26, 2012 | 11:00 am
Tagscommunications, Educational technology, Internet, IT, Kenya, Mobile phones, Smartphones, Teaching, Tech