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ACE initiative helps literacy in Haiti

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first_imgNotre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) partnered with the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to begin the Haiti Reads project in August 2014, working to improve the literacy of Haitian children.The initiative is sponsored by a $1 million grant from an anonymous foundation, with additional funding and personnel provided by ACE and CRS, according to a University press release.Emily Danaher | The Observer Kate Schuenke-Lucien, associate director of Haitian Catholic Education Initiatives for ACE, said the primary goal of the project is to help Haitian children to “learn to read, to read to learn,” a mantra the project uses to promote the long term benefits of increased literacy. Haiti Reads is trying to improve students’ ability to read and write in Creole, which is spoken by 95 percent of the Haitian population, and French, which is the language primarily used in educational instruction, Schuenke-Lucien said.“We know that early literacy is incredibly important for educational success for children,” she said. “Basically, children who don’t learn to read well in the early grades are not able to continue in school.”According to the Haiti Reads press release, this explains why 50 percent of the Haitian adult population is illiterate and why only five percent of students continue past primary school.Haiti Reads works with some of the 2,400 Catholic primary and secondary schools in Haiti as a way to “renew and strengthen Catholic education to provide an improved education and opportunity for the children in Haiti,” TJ D’Agostino, associate director of Haitian Catholic Education Initiatives for ACE, said.“Catholic schools are the biggest single educational provider in the country so [Haiti Reads] is a way to make a pretty big dent in trying to improve education quality in Haiti at large,” he said.Schuenke-Lucien said the project’s approach to their mission is two-fold.“[Improved literacy] would happen by improving students’ test scores and students’ ability to read and write … and then also by improving the ability of the teachers to deliver a high quality curriculum to the students,” Schuenke-Lucien said.The Haiti Reads team began training teachers in approximately 50 Catholic schools in August 2014, and the teachers implemented the newly crafted curriculums in December 2014, Schuenke-Lucien said.Jaime Zarafonetis, associate director of teaching and learning for ACE, said Notre Dame is excited to work with the teachers in Haiti.“The Haitian educators are exceptionally dedicated, and we feel really grateful at ND that we are working with so many knowledgable and committed educational leaders [in Haiti],” Zarafonetis said.As of now, 49 percent of Haitian third graders cannot read either language, Zarafonetis said.Tags: ACE, Alliance for Catholic Education, Catholic Education, catholic relief services, Haiti Readslast_img read more

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Agyemang- Badu ruled out of Malawi clash

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first_imgBlack Stars midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has been ruled out of Ghana’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi on Saturday.The Udinese midfielder who was hoping to recover from a shoulder injury he sustained before joining the team did not train with his colleagues as they had their last training session at the match venue on Friday evening.“We monitored him and tried our best but unfortunately he still feels pains. What it means is that he won’t be able to play the game tomorrow,” team doctor Adam Baba confirmed at a post match conference on Friday.“He wanted to play through the pain barrier but we advised against that because the long-term consequences won’t be good for him,”“That is the situation that we find ourselves and we must live with it. It shouldn’t take long for him to recover fully.”last_img read more

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Tim Tebow told top NFL, MLB prospect Kyler Murray to ‘follow his heart’

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first_img Kyler Murray’s NFL decision ‘made sense,’ Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says Kyler Murray received sound advice from another two-sport athlete before making the decision to focus on the NFL instead of MLB.Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, told Murray he should follow his heart when deciding between a baseball career that would start with the Athletics or preparing for the NFL draft. NFL Draft 2019: Opening odds favor Dolphins taking Kyler Murray “You know what? Don’t do it for your agents, or your friends and sometimes necessarily even your family. Do it for what’s on your heart, and don’t let other people define you. You’re going to have all these coaches that you look up to and everybody else that’s going to tell you what they think, but what’s most important is following your heart and your passion. And so, I don’t know, hopefully, he did that.”From one dual-sport player to another, Tim Tebow told Kyler Murray to follow his heart regarding Murray’s decision to become an NFL quarterback. pic.twitter.com/qkynrk0BSU— Deesha Thosar (@DeeshaThosar) February 16, 2019After last year’s baseball draft, Murray agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland that had a $4.66 million signing bonus attached. The deal allowed Murray to receive $1.5 million after approval last summer by the league and $3.16 million on March 1 — he now must return a portion of the money he received ($1,285,714).Murray, who was the talk of both leagues before making a decision earlier in the week, had 54 total touchdowns and only seven interceptions as the Sooners starter last season. He is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in this class by ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.center_img Murray, who won the Heisman last year during his only season as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, announced Monday he was fully committing to football despite being selected ninth overall in the 2018 amateur baseball draft.”Kyler, I think he’s a really good young man, and I think this was a really tough decision for him,” Tebow told reporters Saturday when he arrived at Mets’ spring training. “He loves two sports, and I can really relate to that. And he went with something that he’s been really good at lately and dominating in. When we talked about it, and we did talk about that, I just gave him the advice to follow your heart. Whatever you’re passionate about. Related News “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships,” Murray wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. Tebow, a former NFL quarterback, is now an outfielder in New York’s system. He spent time with the Broncos, Jets, Patriots and Eagles before pursuing baseball full time in 2016.last_img read more

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