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Mandela Fellowship Forum Stresses Youth, Independence

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For a third year, The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), has successfully immersed a group of African scholars into six weeks of interdisciplinary academic coursework, cultural and civic engagement and service learning.

In honor of the completion of the program, fellows and guests gathered at the Howard University School of Social Work to host a forum titled “Africa, My Perspective,” with a purpose of demystifying stereotypes and providing solutions to promote African progress.

“Children of Africa, you have been privileged beyond measure,” said Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union ambassador to the United States. “You owe it to go back home and share with those who have not been as fortunate as you have been. And remind them that in any use that you are going to be faced with as an African, refuse to be used to play other people’s dirty work. You’re smart enough. Take your time and understand the issues. Africa can no longer continue to be other people’s playground. We need African solutions to African problems.”

The opening remarks set the tone for a thought-provoking panel discussion focused on building Africa through entrepreneurship and technology while navigating through existing policy paradox.

“Africa is faced with quite a number of challenges, but it all starts with a realization that we, Africans, can do something for ourselves,” said fellow Angela Ameso of Uganda. “We do not always have to sit back and wait for the Western world to give us donor help, to give us support.”

The importance of self-reliance echoed throughout the panel discussion. Many of the fellows agreed that in order for Africa to progress, its people must seek “African solutions to African problems.”

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More Africans-Americans Are Teaching Black History

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New figures show African-Americans are more prone to homeschooling in an attempt to teach their children black history. Should black Brits follow suit?

A NEW report has found that homeschooling is becoming the new way for African-American parents to teach their children about black history.

NBC News reports that 220,000 African-American children in the United States are homeschooled and The National Home Education Research Institute recently revealed its findings, stating black parents are becoming frustrated with enrolling their kids in public schools where U.S. history classes lack black history discourse.

Sheva Quinn of Byron, Ga., told NBC News that she quit her job in 2014 to dedicate time to educating her children, and to ensure that they become “very good readers” with a “solid foundation in African-American history.”

According to VIBE, in 2015, the National Council of Social Studies stated that less than 10 percent of total course hours are devoted to African-American history. When schools include black history in their curriculum, they cover very little of it.

“If you look at what happens in public schools, in terms of the curriculum, you could end up thinking that African-American history starts with slavery and ended with Martin Luther King and that’s just not the case,” said Cheryl Fields Smith, associate professor of Education at the University of Georgia.

The National Home Education Research Institute’s study also discovered that homeschooled black students outperformed black students who attended public school on standardised tests, scoring within the 42 percentile.

“With parents taking their child’s or children’s education into their own hands, they can fill in the gaps and provide a personal touch while teaching black history education.

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As D.C.-area schools grapple with overcrowding, parents wonder why enrollment projections are so off

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In Montgomery County, a Washington suburb with sought-after public schools, Bethesda Elementary School opened an eight-classroom expansion three years ago to relieve pressure on the overcrowded campus.

A year later, the school spilled over again into a portable classroom. When this school year started Tuesday , it had four portables and 639 children — 80 more than it’s built to hold and 100 more than school system demographers predicted six years ago.

Bethesda Elementary is far from the most overcrowded campus in the Washington region. In Montgomery alone, half of the county’s 205 schools exceed 100 percent capacity, and some hover around 150 percent.

Montgomery’s approximately 161,500 students make it one of the largest school systems in the country, and it’s been growing by about 2,500 students every school year — the equivalent of a new high school.

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Howard University Senior to Compete in 2020 Olympics With Two Siblings

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Howard University senior Latroya Pina will represent Cape Verde proudly while competing in the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Pina is set to participate as a part of the first-ever Cape Verde National Swim Team in the 2020 Summer Olympics, according to the school’s website, the Howard Bison. She currently competes for several races, including the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke.

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