LIPACE Assesses Liberia Reads! 2018 Program

first_imgLIPACE volunteers and Mrs. Gray posed after the training Liberia for the Promotion of Academic Excellence (LIPACE), a local organization that works in the education sector, has conducted an assessment for academic year 2017-2018 under the theme, “Liberia Reads! (LR) Educational Program,” and is poised to present its findings.LIPACE, which is a statistics-driven institution that analyses and interprets data, recently sent out scores of assessors to various schools under the LR program, to see how students are coping with their lessons.The program is to create a strong foundation of literacy and integrates skill learning, especially reading and pronunciation.Being an initiative of Liberia Reads! an NGO founded by ex-Peace Corps Volunteer Geraldine Melosh, who served for many years in the 1970s, and her husband Bob Melosh. Their effort is aimed at increasing awareness of the central role that reading plays in the lifelong process of education.As it is often said, reading brightens one’s mind and sharpens the intellect, so this is exactly what is playing out for several kids in 24 schools in three of the 15 counties under the LR program. The initiative helps train teachers, principals, and reading coaches in reading instruction.Liberia Reads! country director Lyn Gray, who spoke to the training volunteers for the end-line assessment for 2017-2018 in Paynesville, said the culture of reading needs to be enhanced in Liberia if the education sector is to become vibrant. The day-long training was intended to ensure that the assessors had a better understanding of the data. The seminar was conducted by Mrs. Gray.“It is no secret that reading is the cornerstone of education, and one cannot do it without knowing the basic fundamental ingredients,” she noted.The founder, Geraldine Melosh, holds a doctorate in education and is a successful educator who, though based in the US, frequently visits home every July.“After many years of success in the USA, she thought to give back to a country that helped develop and shape her professional career as a Peace Corps volunteer,” she said.She noted that prior to the crisis in Liberia, reading and education were not much problem in the country as the sector was striving towards excellence. “But now it is a huge problem and we are seeing how this is being reflected in our students’ performance in public tests in the country,” she said.Some noted that much of the problem in the sector, from the academic side of things, is as a result of Phonics Education in the country.“It was against this backdrop that Liberia Reads! was established to help solve this problem. In this vein, teacher manual and reading books for students were prepared and have since been in use,” she said.The program focuses on childhood early learning, which includes K-2, Grade I, II and III. The teachers of these classes and the principals of the participating schools are part of the program.Madam Gray and and LIPACE Administrative Officer, Steve WiefuehLR works with 24 schools in three of the 15 counties. These include Montserrado, Margibi and Bong counties. Lyn was also a Peace Corps here in the 1970s, assigned at the Sanniquellie Central High School in Nimba County.“The best way to know that we are succeeding is how the kids are reading,” Mrs. Gray said. To do that, LR contracted LIPACE, an independent external evaluator, to do baseline and end-line assessment every year.The issue of class size is paramount under the program, and according to Mrs. Gray, all the schools are required to have at most 30 students per class. Under the initiative, teachers conduct two hours of reading classes every school day.LIPACE Administrative Officer, Steve Wiefueh, said LIPACE volunteers assessed performance of students from eight of the schools under the program.“These assessors bring back the results as to how the pupils are doing—whether they are correctly reading more words per minute or not,” Wiefueh said.LIPACE was founded by Benjamin M. Freeman, Jr., who also served as executive director with a good track record of not just data collection, but proffering solutions for academic oriented problems.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Despite being generations removed, the city has farm envy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Within the city limits, you may find more weathered wood, barn doors and farm décor these days. For some it may be a way to go back in time to simpler days and for others it may be a trend they saw on HGTV. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that those that dwell in the city have a major case of farm envy.You might have read about a friend of ours that makes his living taking down old barns that have been sitting empty for decades. Removing these structures is at the request of the landowners, mostly because they no longer have a use on the farm and after years of sun, rain, hail and wind have become an historic eyesore.What you may not know is that once these old heaps of rotten wood are taken down, they go from a nuisance to a novelty in a matter of seconds, as “reclaimed” barn wood is being utilized in brand new homes in an upscale subdivision near you. Uses vary from a mantle over the fireplace, to a headboard, to a kitchen table, to porch flooring. But make no mistake about it; this old wood is chic in the city.As if the wood from the barns wasn’t enough to satisfy the urban craving for farm life, they are putting up barn doors as well. That’s right, sliding doors that resemble the old style barn door with every detail down to the knotty wood, wrought iron handles and casting rollers. Sometimes these “old fashioned” barn doors lead into the bathroom, so I hope that hook and loop lock work. That would make you think twice if someone told you your barn door was open.Then recently, I came across another example of the farm revolution into home design and this was one that even I might consider. Check out this Massey Ferguson vintage tractor bar! What farmer wouldn’t want to belly up to this awesome piece (especially after this planting season)?As the description reads: This abandoned vintage tractor was rescued from an empty field and magnificently repurposed into a table bar with an elegant glass top, giving it a second and useful long life. Curated by an out-of-the-box thinker and creative type who envisions masterpieces when others only see trash, this special and unique design is for the discerning individual who is not into the mass-produced, cookie-cutter look and wants to ensure that there is nothing common about any of their home furnishings. It comes equipped with two color-complimented bar stools.This beautiful piece could be yours for $2,695!I’ve got a better idea. I’ll get a couple of six packs and we’ll head to the shop and just sit in actual tractors and have just as good of a time. I may even invite a few city friends to help them with their farm envy.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 128 | Water Quality and Dual Purpose Beards

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast (always brought to you by AgriGold) Aaron Heilers of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network joined Matt, Kolt, and Dusty to discuss the latest in water quality and their new video series. Also on the podcast, Matt talks to Brian and Stacie Anderson about all things turkey. Dusty will also visit with Laura Lindsey and Peter Thomison of Ohio State on some agronomic updates.last_img

Total Shutdown of Internet in Libya – Again

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins “After a quiet week, we received reports tonight that Libyans in Tripoli were suddenly unable to use various Internet communications utilities…All of the Libyan-hosted government websites we tested (i.e., the ones that are actually hosted in Libya, and not elsewhere) were unreachable… Tonight, however, we suspect that someone has turned off the tap on the Libyan Internet again, this time leaving the routes in place.”Google’s Transparency Report bears out this picture as these graphics show. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Breaking#Government#international#news#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting On February 18 the Libyan Internet appeared shut down across the whole of the country. That state of affairs did not last long and since then, the Internet has been intermittent as pro- and anti-government forces fight it out. Today, however, Rensys confirmed a report we mentioned from journalist Lisa Goldman that the Internet is 100% down for the North African country. The shutdown, even in the areas controlled by opponents of the current government, seems complete. Rensys’s update outlined the drop-off of traffic, which has lasted for better than 12 hours now.last_img read more

Why major American corporations have struggled in China: eBay

first_imgElectronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Clayton Jacobs Related Posts The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Tags:#China#ebay#Internet of Things#IoT center_img 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… This article is part of a series about the importance of cross-cultural design, the first two installments of which were published on February 16-17, 2017.eBay has been involved with China for a while, starting in 2004, so one can see an example of what the longer-term timeline looks like for a very successful American company trying to gain a foothold into China without guanxi. eBay absolutely lost its battle against the most similar Chinese company, Alibaba. In an immediate response to eBay entering China, Alibaba created Taobao to be a direct competitor. As of January 5th 2017, Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) had a market cap of $235.93 billion US dollars whereas eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) had a market cap of $33.55 billion US dollars.There has been a consensus that lack of guanxi was eBay’s fundamental problem in China.  In this kind of direct consumer-to-consumer business, guanxi refers to the relationship which forms between a buyer and a seller that goes beyond a mere transactional relationship. Guanxi then translates into a trust which facilitates the transaction and is considered necessary by the average Chinese consumer. But eBay’s site did not allow for direct communication between buyer and seller, meaning that Chinese consumers often do not feel good about using eBay to engage in transactions.See Also: Alibaba joins the connected car frenzy along with SAICAnother issue for eBay was that the primary form of payment was the online use of credit cards. Compared with Americans, the Chinese are much more averse to using their credit card online due to security concerns. So, Chinese consumers are more comfortable having online wallets. In addition, there is a much larger percentage of the Chinese population that simply does not have a credit card.A mistake that is often overlooked in other analyses of eBay’s entry into China is its marketing strategy. In an aggressive attempt to gain public exposure, eBay purchased exclusive marketing rights from Sina, Soho, and Netease, all of which are major advertising portals in China. To an objective outsider, this may seem like an expensive yet effective marketing strategy, but Alibaba CEO Jack Ma knew better. Ma spent millions on television ads as he knew that his and eBay’s target audience was much more likely to be watching TV than browsing the Internet. As said by Forbes contributor Helen H. Wang, “I heard the ads for Taobao popping up on TV almost every half hour.” Now taobao.com is the 3rd most visited website in all of China while eBay is 36th according to Alexa website popularity rankings.See Also: Self-Proclaimed eBay Hackers Put Alleged Personal Data Up For SaleThe obvious mistake made by eBay here was a critical lack of understanding of the habits of its target audience in addition to ignoring the importance of guanxi. This lesson is not necessarily unique to attempts by American companies to market in China, but it seems to occur frequently there as American businesses see China more than most other nations as a “black box” in regard to the population’s habits and everyday life.In terms of what could have been done, obviously eBay could have better understood its target customers’ habits, created more effective advertising, and accommodated their preferred means of payment. However, doing all of these things likely would not have been enough. It could and should have allowed for person-to-person guanxi by adding direct communication between purchaser and seller. Finally, eBay should have tried to develop corporate guanxi and strike deals with well-known retailers in China to allow eBay to have free postings and sales on its site as a means to naturally increase viewership, usefulness, and brand recognition in China.The author is Clayton “CJ” Jacobs, who is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with, and the Head of Cross-Cultural Design at, ReadWrite. An area of focus for him is helping American companies understand and enter the Chinese market through taking a modern user-centric product design approach. You can contact him directly at clayton.michael.jacobs(at)gmail.com or find him on Twitter & LinkedIn.last_img read more