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Protecting Our Children: What We Learned

We recently published Protecting Our Children, a free eBook available on our website that chronicles a three year initiative with eight of our grantee partners working to improve child protection systems. We learned so much from this initiative about child protection and community-based organizations that we wanted to share insights and observations with you that we made along the way.

Download Protecting Our Children at http://www.firelightfoundation.org/fund/protecting-our-children/

Lessons Learned about Child Protection

Below are eight things we learned during this three-year initiative, working closely with eight organizations [...]

Children Living with HIV

There are 3.4 million children living with HIV around the world and nearly 90 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa (UNAIDS, 2010). 390,000 new infections occur on average every year, while almost 30 children perish from pediatric AIDS-related illnesses every hour. Those are staggering statistics that communities face everyday. They are faced with the responsibility of making steady improvements to the quality of care children receive, while attempting to decrease the stigma that affected children face.

Women and [...]

Photo Friday

This week’s dose of inspiration.

“Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” -Randy Pausch

 

Take It Forward Tuesday

A weekly NewsFlash with timely tips, news, resources, and ideas to help African communities take it forward!

Paulo Freire, the great Brazilian educator, believes that education is never neutral. It either molds people to fit into the system or gives them the skills to enact change. This week’s NewsFlash discusses Freire’s work and worldwide influence.

What you’ll find in this week’s NewsFlash…

1.”Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paulo Freire

2. Concepts Used by Paulo Freire – Freire Institute

And a few timely funding opportunities from The USAID Fighting Ebola Broad [...]

Photo Friday

This week’s dose of inspiration.

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

Now That You’ve Decided Mobile Tech Is Your Answer

Now that you have officially ruled in favor of using mobile technology in your next data collection effort, there are two important steps to take.

First, reflect on some important questions about mobile tech and your project. Second, choose the appropriate tool for you

Some important questions about mobile tech and your project

The Data

Why are you collecting this specific data and what will you do with it?

Don’t collect tons of data just because you can. Yes, you can take pictures, record videos, record GPS locations [...]

Take It Forward Tuesday

A weekly NewsFlash with timely tips, news, resources, and ideas to help African communities take it forward!

Education can create positive learning environments for an entire families. This week’s NewsFlash shares some tips and information for adult learners.

What you’ll find in this week’s NewsFlash…

Adult Learning: Theory & Best Practices Adult Learning: Tips for Teaching

Plus, a few timely funding opportunities from True Colours Trust and African Water Facility: Climate-smart Water Projects

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Orphanage Vs Community Based Childcare: The Experience of JeCCDO

Mulugeta Gebru is the Executive Director of JERUSALEM CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (JECCDO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In August, a study comparing children’s experiences growing up in orphanages versus foster care was discussed on NPR, Study: Kids in Orphanages Can Do as Well as Those in Foster Care.

We asked Mulugeta Gebru for his thoughts on the study. Mulugeta is the Executive Director of Firelight partner, Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization or JeCCDO in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He’s also a [...]

Photo Friday

This week’s dose of inspiration.

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” -Edmund Lee

Take It Forward Tuesday

A weekly NewsFlash with timely tips, news, resources, and ideas to help African communities take it forward!

With the current revolutionary use of mobile devices, mobile learning is becoming one of the most popular methods for schools. This week’s NewsFlash is about several viewpoints on the use of mobile technology for education in Africa.

What you’ll find in this week’s NewsFlash…

The insider’s guide to mobile learning (m-learning) in Africa: an interview with Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho, chairman, Planet Earth Institute An opinion [...]