In the News: Famine in the Horn of Africa

More than 300,000 children are in danger of dying because of drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. The United Nations reports that tens of thousands have already died in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. On August 19, World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations urged the world to give more to the relief effort, which has already garnered $1 billion in aid. In Somalia, insurgents are attempting to block aid and prevent people from fleeing the famine. The situation is grim, but aid groups are scaling up their operations. Many Western aid groups are working with local organizations and Somali relief workers.

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World Food Programme (find it on ipl2)

http://www.wfp.org/

This resource provides information from the UN organization that distributes food aid throughout the world. The Food Programme includes information about the organization and its donors (government, business, and individual), an interactive world hunger map, updates about areas needing food aid (such as the countries in the Horn of Africa), news, photographs, videos, publications, and more.  Some of the materials offered are available in several languages.

World Hunger Notes – Africa (find it on ipl2: Social Sciences — Social Issues and Social Welfare)

http://www.worldhunger.org/africa.htm 

World Hungers Notes is a publication of the nonprofit organization World Hunger Education Service. The goal of this resource is to educate people about the issues of hunger and poverty. Information is provided about the current droughts and famine in some African countries, as well as many other places in the world that are affected by hunger and poverty. Learn about the causes of world hunger and what is being done to end it.

NEW! Famine in Somalia 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/03/world/africa/Somalia-Famine-Index.html

The New York Times features two slide shows about the famine in Somalia: Fleeing to Kenya (July 2011) and Dangers Hinder Aid (August 2011). Thousands of Somalis are fleeing to refugee camps in Kenya every day. Many people, particularly children, die along the way; malnutrition puts them at increased risk for contracting deadly diseases. Insurgents have tried to block much of the aid intended for the starving people; however, aid organizations continue to try to find ways to help those in need.

NEW! World Humanitarian Day

http://ochaonline.un.org/whd/index.html

August 19, 2011 was World Humanitarian Day. This resource describes the crisis in the Horn of Africa and tells the story of a humanitarian aid worker there. People interested in supporting the relief effort can learn how to help and connect with reliable aid organizations.

Thanks for your continued support of ipl2. We hope these resources help satisfy any questions you may have about famine and drought that is ravaging Somalia and other countries in the Horn of Africa.

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In the News: Citizen unrest leads to rioting

The world has watched in amazement and horror as riots have spread through London and other parts of England during the beginning of August. The riots started after British police shot and killed Mark Duggan, 29, in Tottenham. Police said Duggan made a move that indicated he was going to draw a weapon on them, so they shot him; so far, investigators have been unable to prove that Duggan’s gun had been fired. British sociologists and others have blamed the continuation of the riots on larger social problems in British society. This is not the first time the world has watched cities flame up under the anger of their own citizens.

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NEW! England riots: Maps and timelines

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14436499

This website has a comprehensive look at the still unsettled situation in England. It has a timeline, interactive maps and links to stories, photos, videos and audio about the riots. The site is updated as developments occur.

As France Curbs Unrest, Questions Linger (find it on ipl2!)

http://www.npr.org/series/4994164/as-france-curbs-unrest-questions-linger

In 2005, riots spread through France. They were triggered by the deaths of young people, but they soon spread through communities and were blamed on underlying issues about immigration and racism.

NEW! The Fire this Time

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,975498,00.html

Like the London riots, the Los Angeles riots of 1992 were caused by the interaction of police and a citizen. In LA, police were videotaped beating a man during a traffic stop. The city rioted for six days after three of the officers were acquitted and the jury failed to reach a verdict about the fourth officer.

NEW! Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline

Other recent riots have been caused by political unrest and a desire to change governments. Angry citizens in Tunisia, Egypt, and other parts of the Middle East rose up in protest in 2011. This website traces those events with an interactive timeline.

Thanks for your continued support of ipl2. We hope these resources help satisfy any questions you may have about the riots in England.

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The Link: A Different Type of Back-to-School

In many regions of the world, it is the last month of summer vacation before children and youth head back to school. Others have been in school all summer and are not familiar with the beloved summer vacation. Back-to-school may have different meanings to different people. There are many types of students including homeschoolers, college and graduate students, ESL students, adult and continuing education students, and more. Consider the ways in which life can be enriched through lifelong learning. This month’s newsletter is full of resources for all types of students!

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The Year-Round School Debate
Summer break is as American as apple pie and the flag, but some people are suggesting that it might be time to end American schoolchildren’s summer vacation. Officials at a few school systems are advocating for American schools to adopt year-round schedules. Some schools are already trying it; others say it will cost too much money. It is an issue that shows no sign of going away – especially as year-round school advocates argue that summer vacation has negative effects on children’s education.

Research Spotlight on Year-Round Schools (find it on ipl2)
http://www.nea.org/tools/17057.htm
This article contains an introduction to the topic from the respected education group National Education Association. The article includes several links to research about year-round school.

Year-round school gains ground around us. (find it on ipl2: Reference – News and Current Events)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39748458/ns/us_news-life/t/year-round-school-gains-ground-around-us/
This news article takes a look at the year-round school debate from a news perspective. It includes a video of President Barack Obama speaking in favor of extending the school calendar.

School’s out, but should it be? (find it on ipl2: Education – Education News)
http://www.educationnews.org/ednews_today/91927.html
Education News looks at the issue of summer vacation and year-round school. The news article also discusses the possibility of adding summer enrichment to children’s schedules. Local officials discuss the effect that year-round school would have on budgets that are already stretched thin.

Higher Education
College can be a big adjustment for students, but that does not mean it has to be stressful. The resources below will help take the stress out of financial and study woes no matter what part of the world students choose as their classroom.

Learning APA Style (find it on ipl2: Reference – Style and Writing Guides – APA)
http://www.apastyle.org/learn/
Find free tutorials, FAQs, and learning resources on American Psychological Association style, straight from the official homepage of the APA.

Howtostudy.org  (find it on ipl2: Education – Higher Education)
http://howtostudy.org/
Howtostudy.org provides students with comprehensive advice for developing successful study habits. From organizing study time to stopping procrastination and developing good note taking skills, HowToStudy has all the tools students need.

Student Financial Assistance: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education  (find it on ipl2: Education – Higher Education – Financial Aid, Scholarships and Fellowships)
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp
The U.S. Department of Education provides information on grants, loans, and work-study assistance. Students can apply for a loan, sign a promissory note, and even find information on interest rates and repaying loans.

English As a Second Language (ESL)
Many people learn English as adults or outside of U.S. grade schools. The resources below are for self-study online and to aid ESL students in finding classes in their communities.

VOA Learning English (find it on ipl2: Reference – News and Current Events)
http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/
VOA Learning English is a resource for learning American English produced by The Voice of America, the United States’ government’s news agency for the international community. This resource offers Special English programming with transcripts and a wide variety of multimedia educational resources. Also included are resources for EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers.

America’s Literacy Directory (find it on ipl2)
http://literacydirectory.org/
America’s Literacy Directory is a directory of literacy programs in the United States and its territories that was created by the National Institute for Literacy.  It is searchable by zip code and can be narrowed by limiting to help with reading and writing, study for GED or other high school program, official GED test center, Learning English (as a second language), help with math, and citizenship.

Adult and Continuing Education in the United States
Educational opportunities are available for adults whether they are completing a degree, looking to advance their careers, or simply interested in learning. Returning to school as an adult can be challenging for many reasons. The resources below offer a variety of tools and information to help non-traditional students make decisions about which school to attend, how to apply for financial aid, and how to balance life’s competing priorities.

Education Center Online (find it on ipl2: Education – Adult Education)
http://www.educationcenteronline.org/
This resource provides information about online degree programs, distance learning, and continuing education for adults. Search by school location, degree, program, or subject.

Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education (find it on ipl2: Education – Adult Education)
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html
This resource advocates for adult education and provides information resources to meet the needs of adults who are returning to or considering returning to school. Information about financial aid, selecting a school, government-sponsored programs and initiatives, current news, and more is available.

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