Every day, Penn State first-year student Raven Moore makes time for a phone call with her mom. They are close—growing up, it was just the two of them. “She works 12-hour shifts, but she’s always there for me,” Raven says.
She is just a few weeks into college, but it feels more like years. The immersion in a community of friends and professors is good for the 18-year-old. She’s always thrived in learning environments where she knows her friends and peers.
Attendees in each city will view two short videos and a longer documentary on the intersection of peace, justice, and education, seen through the prism of school funding. The documentary “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman”challenges the allegations in the 2010 film "Waiting for Superman"blaming teachers unions for public schools’ ills and touting charter schools as the sole solution.
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 the post-earthquake situation in Haiti continues to evolve, AFSC is adapting to changing needs. After over a year working in the camps with displaced people, we are developing a teacher training program in partnership with the St. Charles Borromee school.
We asked Carmen Ortiz, AFSC’s Haiti Program Director, to answer a few questions about this new phase in her work:
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.
Accouncement for "With Hiroshima Eyes: The Hibakusha Art of Junko Kayashige"
AFSC is proud to have arranged the display of the Hibakusha art of Junko Kayashige at Harvard University this October.
When the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima City on August 6, 1945, Junko Kayashige had just entered elementary school. A Hiroshima City native, she was in a home one mile from where the A-bomb hit. Kayashige survived, badly injured, but lost several close members of her family.
Imagine sitting in a room when, all of a sudden, the lights go out. Without warning the ability to navigate the room and the comfort of knowing where things are is lost in darkness. If you, like me, are afraid of the dark you know the worst part is having to get up and feel through the blackness and uncertainty for the light switch. On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, the young boys and girls who are not afraid to talk about their undocumented immigrant status felt real fear when the County College of Morris board turned out the lights on what was sure to be a promising and rewa
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