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Geoffrey Canada has 650 Kids in College

Posted in Awareness, North America with tags , , , on October 3, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

While many dead-beat dads are stifling kids through their actions, one man is boosting kids one block at a time. In the 1990’s, Geoffrey Canada initiated an experiment to promote a future for children living in poverty. Canada’s experiment yielded a safe zone for the children in Harlem to learn and play. Canada’s experiment has come to be known as Harlem’s Children’s Zone.

Geoffrey Canada was featured by ABC News as Person of the Week. A newly released documentary suggests he’s Superman. Canada says, “One of the saddest days of my life was when my mother told me Superman did not exist. She thought I was crying because it’s like Santa Clause in not real. I was crying because no one was coming with enough power to save us.”

Canada was raised by a single mother in Harlem. He went on to earn a Masters from Harvard. When he and his wife were expecting their first child he started to research what child development. He discovered that positive parenting starts before your child is born. Canada reached out to expecting mothers to teach them how to raise their child from a positive view of the world.

Canada had learned that children of wealthy parents are given early positive encouragement; while poor parents extend negativity to their children. Canada has pioneered a program that follows babies growing up in poverty with positive encouragement throughout their development.

Canada said, “It is one of the great joys of my life, that when I look at my young people that I realize there is a bunch of us adults standing with these kids saying we’re going to guarantee you make it.”

Ghana’s Spotlight on Education

Posted in NEWS, Spotlight with tags , , on April 13, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Twenty-six year old Ayesha Harruna Attah and 99 year old Akasease Kofi Boakye Yiadom, both from Ghana are in the spotlight for their educational achievements.

Attah has a biochemistry degree from Mount Holyoke College; she studied journalism at Columbia University, and a fellowship from Per Ankh Publishers and TrustAfrica. Attah’s first book, Harrattan Rain was nominated by the Commonwealth Writers Foundation for Best First Book from African, 2010. Attah’s plans are to continue writing. Read more from her interview with Africa News.com.

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Akasease Kofi Boakye Yiadom graduated from Presbyterian University College’s business school and says, “Education has no end.”  He went on to say, “As far as your brain can work alright, your eyes can see alright, and your ears can hear alright, if you go to school you can learn.”

Yiadom is a World World War II veteran and former teacher whose wants to see young people attend school in Ghana and remain there to benefit Ghanaians. His dream is for Ghana to improve. Yiadom would be pleased with Ayesha Harruna Attah’s decision to remain in Ghana.

Texas Board of Education Vote

Posted in NEWS with tags , , on April 1, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Last month the Texas board of education announced plans to update the curriculum for the States’ history and social studies classes. Textbook supplies model all textbooks on the requirements of their second-largest buyer, the state of Texas, thus this change affects the nation’s school curriculum. Parents across the country were voicing their concerns about pending changes.

Votes That Caused an Upset

  • Board members voted against suggested African American and Hispanic recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor to add to World History curriculum.
  • Hip-Hop was voted against as a major cultural movement and Country music was voted to be included.
  • Their decision included comparing the (non-violent) approach of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the (violent) approach of the Black Panthers.
  • Members voted for including the philosophy of the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority, and the National Rifle Association.
  • A suggestion to include reasons for protecting religious freedom was voted against.
  • Members agreed to replace Thomas Jefferson with John Calvin (some say it is because Jefferson coined the phrase “Separation of church and state”).
  • Revisions to add two free-market economic theorists, Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman were favored.
  • Members agreed to include teaching the importance of personal responsibility for life choices such as; teenage suicide, dating violence, sexuality, drug use, and eating disorders vs. teaching “to blame society for everything.”

This was a win for conservative thinking nationwide. Click on photo to enlarge.

The Wonder Twins

Posted in Europe, NEWS, Spotlight with tags , , , on March 10, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

London’s youngest student to ever study in any British University, (at the age of 11) has twin siblings breaking her record.  Christiana, now 20, is the proud sister to twins Paula and Peter, affectionately known as the Wonder Twins.

Anne-Marie, another sister of the twins appeared with them and their father on London television to tell how they aced the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam. The parents of these young scholars immigrated to Britain from Nigeria over 30 years ago. All of the children in the family are high achievers. Their father says competition amongst the children heightens their accomplishments.

Paula confirmed her father’s observation,

“I am excited to pass, but I should have got higher than Peter.”

The children’s achievements:

  • Anne-Marie; now 20, at the age of 13 won a scholarship at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.
  • Christiana; now 17, at the age of 11was the youngest student to ever study at a British University.
  • Samantha; now 12, at the age of 6 passed two high school level mathematics and statistics exams.

Watch a clip from the broadcast . . .

Chicago’s Finest!

Posted in NEWS, North America, Spotlight with tags , , , on March 10, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

The 2013 graduating class of The Urban Prep Academy for Young Men, in the Chicago public school system has an amazing 100% enrollment into college. Bravo! This all African American high school has 107 seniors, all of which have been accepted into 72 colleges across the country.

The Urban Prep Academy for Young Men is located in Englewood and recently got the attention of Mayor Richard Daily and Chicago Public School Chief Ron Huberman. Huberman told the young men:

“All of you in the senior class have shown that what matters is perseverance, what matters is focus, what matters is having a dream and following that dream.”

Four years ago only 4% of Urban Prep Academy’s incoming freshman class could read at grade level. Today their hard work and persistence, even when faced with obstacles that accompany life in a troubled community, was rewarded.

When Rayvaughn Hines was asked which college he was accepted to, he replied, “Do you want me to name all of them?”

Sponsor a Child

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Humanity, Mother Africa with tags , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

World Vision is looking for sponsors of children like 13 year old Kanini. Kanini is the soul supporter of himself and his ailing grandmother who is well into her eighties. Kanini’s parents are dead and he worries about the well being of his grandmother. Each day Kanin herds cattle in exchange for small amounts of porridge. He shares his ration with his grandmother. She worries about him.

“Even if I go for many days without food,” Kanini’s grandmother says, “it is alright, as long as my grandchild tells me that he ate something.”

Rose, their neighbor, offers to share what she has with them but often there is little for her to share. Rose is a widow with 10 children to feed. People used to freely share their food, but the raising food cost makes it hard to neighbors to continue to do that.

Rose says,

“The hunger situation here is dividing us . . . Very few people will harvest enough this year.”

Kanini dreams of attending school to be able to take care of his grandmother. He says,

“I do not go to school,  because there is no one to sponsor me.”

For about $1 a day, you can help a child like Kanini to have the most basic necessities-like food, education, clean water, and health care.

Change a life. Sponsor a child today. Visit

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W. E. B. Du Bois

Posted in HISTORY, North America with tags , on February 21, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1963, scholar, sociologist, author, and civil rights activist, was the first African American to graduate from Harvard University. William Edward Burghardt Du Boise was one of 60 people to answer a call to protest lynching and the 1908 race riot of Springfield, Illinois. From this action the group formed the NAACP and focused on principles Du Bois had used in his Niagara Movement of 1905.

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Publications by Du Bois

  • 1896   The Suppression of the Slave Trade to the United States of America,
  • 1899   The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study
  • 1903   The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches
  • 1909   John Brown
  • 1934   Editor of NAACP magazine the Crisis
  • 1915   The Negro
  • 1935   Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880
  • 1940   Dusk of Dawn: An Essay toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept
  • 1944   Founds Phylon magazine
  • 1945   Encyclopedia of the Negro: Preparatory Volume with Reference Lists and Reports
  • 1955   The World and Africa: An Inquiry into the Part which Africa Has Played in World History
  • 1968   The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois

In addition to his many books, magazines, and other publications, Du Bois traveled around the world. In 1926, he visited the Soviet Union. He visited Haiti and Cuba in 1944. He attended the founding conference of the United Nations in 1945. In 1948, he was appointed co-chairman of the Council on African Affairs. In 1949, he attended the world peace congress in New York, Paris, and Moscow. He returned to the Soviet Union in 1958 and stayed in China in 1959. That same year he joined the Communist Party of the United States. In 1961, he moved to Ghana after an invitation from the president and became a citizen in 1963. W. E. B. Du Bois died on August 27, 1963 in Accra, Ghana.

W. E. B. Du Bois –

“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”

The world learned volumes from this man.