A vegetable garden in East Los Angeles, a basketball court on the outskirts of Port au Prince, an outdoor classroom under the Myanmar sun—these are just a few of the places where school children are practicing peace and advocating for justice.
Many are preparing to mark the beginning of a new year of learning. Watch this slide show (left) to learn about some of the communities where AFSC works with youth in and after school.
As poverty in Myanmar (Burma) deepens, Buddhist monasteries have started schools to provide basic education and care for the increasing number of poor children who cannot afford to attend state schools. These schools accept students of both sexes and of all ethnicities and religions, and use the standard state curriculum. The monks and nuns leading these schools see education as vital to the future of their country. The state spends less than 2% of gross domestic product on health and education, leading to a serious deterioration in the country’s future prospects.
Responding to the closing of schools and slashing of school budgets across the country, this forum will examine our nations our spending priorities and commitment to education.
Panel members will discuss: federal, state and local spending on education versus spending on military programs; the crisis in education; violence in schools and in the world; solutions and models for change; and actions we can take.
Speakers will include:
This forum is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committeeand the Institute for Labor Studies, UMKC.
Since 2001, AFSC's Mozambique Integrated Rural Development Program(MIRD) has worked in partnership with three communities located in Manica Province. In Denglelenga, Dororo and Chitunga, AFSC has developed projects that include reforestation, fish ponds, community gardens and school construction. Throughout this time, the MIRD program has been committed to following three basic steps:
These programs provide places for youth to learn, have fun, and/or get help with school and employment. Some programs focus on art or athletics, while others provide tutoring, homework help, or job counseling.
3 Rivers Computer Clubhouse Creative after-school learning opportunities in photography, fashion design, graphic design, journalism, music and video production, lego robotics, web podcasting, web design and more. Helps members explore professional jobs and academic opportunities. www.3rcc.org
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
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