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November 17, 2004

A boy whipped to death

Writing about web page http://allafrica.com/stories/200411160797.html

This article tells of Zambia now banning corporal punishment in all schools. A boy was whipped to death last year by his teacher. Are you kidding me? I am in shock that a teacher would have the outright anger that they would beat a child to the point of death. 40 whips minus one with the cat n tails might be a safer punishment than what was used by these teachers. The article described uses and reasons for punishment. "Generations of students were routinely beaten in the name of discipline: thrashed with hippopotamus tails (known as sjamboks), whipped with canes, kicked, slapped and pinched for misbehaviour, poor results, being late, missing school, wearing a dirty or torn uniform – and sometimes for no reason at all."
It's hard to believe this. I'm glad that they are stopping this type of treatment though it is a true tragedy that a death and countless other examples of horrible treatment had to bring change. I can say I received corporal punishment when I went through primary school never, ever, was it a whipping that would have caused more than little soreness. I have complete sympathy for the children and families affected by this.

November 08, 2004

Oil Companies helping communities

Writing about web page http://allafrica.com/stories/200411050802.html

The ChevronTexaco oil company donated over 100 hundred books to the University Library in Angola. This is great Chevron did this though I would hope they would be able to give more considering the size of company they are. Hopefully with this donation, other companies that are in Angola will seek to give and help out by giving students more books to access.

Leaving children behind?

Writing about web page http://allafrica.com/stories/200411050677.html

At this primary school, there is talk of adding more students. They want to allow students who are at a lower english speaking level in. Parents of children already in the school do not want this because the pupil to teacher ratio will rise from 33:1 to 45:1. This is difficult for teachers to handle as it makes it difficult for one on one interaction with students. So what should they do? How do you accomodate for a growth in students? Will they be able to get more teachers? These are questions that are being addressed in this situation.

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