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50 years of the "African Unity", but is Africa truly for Africans?

As Africa prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) that was created in 1963, the predecessor of today's African Union (AU), it's time to reflect on how much Africa, as a people has benefited from the dreams of the forefathers.



"The main objectives of the OAU were, inter alia, to rid  the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to  promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify  cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial  integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation within the  framework of the United Nations." - source: AU in a Nutshell <http://www.au.int/en/about/nutshell>
"The vision of the African  Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous andpeaceful Africa,  driven by its owncitizens and representing a dynamicforce in  global arena.” - source: AU in a Nutshell <http://www.au.int/en/about/nutshe…

U.N. LAUNCHES NEW APP ON INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY (check it out)

U.N. LAUNCHES NEW APP ON INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY Today, International Volunteer Day for Social and Economic Development, the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) is launching an iPhone app that illustrates the breadth of activities of the UN system around the world.The app is available at https://unp.un.org/calendarThe UN Calendar of Observances app, which can be fully integrated into a user’s iPhone calendar, features UN observances as well as ways to get involved. The app provides engaging interactive features on UN achievements, links to videos and photos, and options for sharing information via e-mail and social media.

Creating a culture of peace through Education

Ignorance is a killer. If you fail to educate your child and yourself, you're breeding a potential killer.
Give PEACE a chance by giving EDUCATION a chance.

Think about this...

"The world spends almost twice as much on weapons in one day than the United Nations spends for our global mission of peace, human rights and development in one year." - UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon

"To fundamentally tackle the roots of conflict, we need to promote an understanding of our common humanity. We need a culture that upholds human dignity and human life.

We are here to talk about how to create this culture of peace.
I have a simple, one-word answer: education.
Through education, we teach children not to hate.
Through education, we raise leaders who act with wisdom and compassion.
Through education, we establish a true, lasting culture of peace."

- excerpts from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon's speech to the General Assembly High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace …

Islam, the West and Terrorism

Which statement is correct:?
Islam AND the WestIslam VERSUS the WestIslam IN the West I choose the 3rd statement.

One cannot compare ISLAM (a global religion) to the WEST (a group of nations). By trying to make comparisons between these different entities, we are already creating confusion in people's minds. We are already creating the impression that these are two opposing entities and one has to choose either one or the other, but not both. You are either for ISLAM or you are for the WEST. This view is dangerously misleading. This is not the case and should not be the case.
This fundamentalist view (on Islam versus the West) is the root cause of our modern day problem where religious tolerance is no longer acceptable.

The recent incidence of the release of the movie mocking Muslims around the world and the subsequent reaction from the Muslim world is a case of religious intolerance which borders on fundamentalism and terrorism.


The actions and the reactions should be condemned in…

Malaria Nearly Eliminated in Sri Lanka Despite Decades of Conflict | www.ucsf.edu

"Despite nearly three decades of conflict, Sri Lanka has succeeded in reducing malaria cases by 99.9 percent since 1999 and is on track to eliminate the disease entirely by 2014."

Other countries can learn from this positive lesson. Sri Lanka is showing us that it is possible to eliminate malaria. But, please keep the momentum this time and avoid the mistakes of 1963 during the era of global eradication. The lack of commitment lead to failure of eradication in the developing world.



Read full article here >

Malaria Nearly Eliminated in Sri Lanka Despite Decades of Conflict | www.ucsf.edu

The Beginning of The End of Cash

The Beginning of The End of Cash

The Beginning of The End of Cash Cash’s role is waning, as mobile, encryption, and other technologies let us plug directly into the digital economy By Glenn Zorpette  /  June 2012

Quote:"Money is the most important abstraction human beings have ever devised. And yet that abstraction has not been fully embraced. Decades after money began going electronic, we all continue to cling to cash, a quaint vestige from earlier eras when money meant cowrie shells, giant stone disks, and shiny
 gold pieces. Of the many things we could do now with technology, getting rid of cash would be one of the more sublime.
"

Timeline: The Evolution of Modern Money

ISD Academic Awards 2012 - Mariama & Bella Bah win awards (again)!

ISD Academic Awards (Monday 11 June 2012)
Mariama & Bella Bah win the President's Education Award:


U.S. President's Education Awards Program:
President's Award for Educational Achievement presented to Mariama Bah in recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievement 2012

President's Award for Educational Excellence presented to Bella Bah in recognition of Outstanding Academic Excellence 2012
Congratulations to you both! We're very proud of you. Thank God!

ISD Sports Awards 2012 - Mariama & Bella Bah win awards

ISD Sports Awards 2012 (Thursday 31 May 2012)


Bella won the following awards:
Middle School MVP for BasketBallMiddle School MVP for Track & FieldMiddle School Athlete of the Year
Mariama won:
High School "Coach's Award" for SoccerCongratulations to you both for your wonderful achievement!





Mobile money in Africa (from the Economist)

Mobile money in AfricaOne business where the poorest continent is miles aheadMANY people know that “mobile money”—financial transactions on mobile phones—has taken off in Africa. How far it has gone, though, still comes as a bit of a shock. Three-quarters of the countries that use mobile money most frequently are in Africa, and mobile banking in some of them has reached extraordinary levels.



For a product to succeed, it must get M.A.D.E. | Catapult Design

For a product to succeed, it must get M.A.D.E. | Catapult Design

Meaningful:The product fits into the lives of the people who will use it and helps them meet a need they currently have, in a significant way.

Accessible:People can afford, purchase, understand, maintain/repair, and use the product.

Desirable:People want the product and are willing to go out of their way, and make sacrifices, to get one.

Effective:The product does what it was intended to do.

Hunger: The World’s Greatest Solvable Problem

Hunger: The World’s Greatest Solvable Problem


Nearly a billion people go to bed hungry every night. But what would it take to put a stop to this?


Hunger Price Tags
It costs US$10 to feed a boy in a Kenya refugee camp for 3 weeks, less than the cost of a lipstick in Manhattan.It would cost US$3.5 billion to feed every hungry schoolchild in the world. That’s around two times the takings from the movie, “Titanic”, which grossed US$1.8 billion worldwide.It costs  US$50 to feed a schoolgirl for one year;  similar to the cost of one iPod shuffle (US$45)One super-healthy ration of Plumpy’Sup for a small child is just 20 cents, less than a US postage stamp (44 cents).

How smart is your right foot? Or your left...

A friend / colleague forwarded this to me and I thought I should share. Interesting...

50 Takes On Hunger | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

50 Takes On Hunger | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide
50 Takes On Hunger50 leaders, 50 weeks, 50 views on how to feed the world - an initiative marking WFP's 50 years on the frontlines of hunger.

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