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ITAVA Highlights: Kwame Binea

A true product of New York City, Kwame Binea’s music reflects the passion, the energy and the sounds of the city. They say a man walks a long road before finding his path. Kwame has been paving his way through the art of music.

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It Starts with Water

 

Written By Hibba Abbas

Clean water is the essential ingredient for life on this planet, but it is becoming an increasingly scarce resource in Africa. Our body is approximately 60 percent water, our brain is 70 percent water, and our lungs are nearly 90 percent water. Each day, our body must replace 2.4 liters of water or about 2.5 quarts of water. 

 

In Africa millions of poor are forced to collect contaminated water from drains, ditches and streams suffer a deprivation that threatens life, destroys opportunity and severely undermines human dignity. Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence. Nearly 30,000 children die each day because of contaminated water. In Africa, having access to clean water can give communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school.


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Bridging the educational "GAP"

 

Written by Burhan Uddin

In order for us to get a bright future ahead of us we should focus more on our education system worldwide. We need to search for the talents each one of us has is not hidden under any circumstance and make sure each and every one get the opportunity to represent himself/herself to the world what they are capable of. There are a lot of academic struggles we hear about, which are, low-income students and students of color—particularly comparing them to their white and wealthier peers. Typically, we hear these disparities described as gaps: Achievement Gap, Opportunity Gap, Wealth Gap, Discipline Gap, etc. However, there’s another gap we have to tackle. Which is the Belief Gap.

It might be an obvious question that what is the belief gap? It can be defined as the gap between what students can achieve and what others believe they can achieve.  The existence of the belief gap can be consider as:

      The fact of under matching, in which the financial stage of a student prevent them to apply for top colleges, sometimes they are not even aware of the option available to them.

      Another fact which is only available to certain amount of students, because of low income and minority. These students far less likely to enroll in gifted and talented programs, even when they have the aptitude to succeed in these courses.

      Racism in teaching profession causes a teacher to see specific race students as college material, even when talking about the same students from another race. This kind of unconscious stereotyping is called implicit bias. While these biases may be unintentional, the expectations teachers hold for students can significantly affect student outcomes and success.

 

In order for us to overcome these obstacles and have the brightest future ahead of us we need some hard work, engaged family members, compassionate communities, and dedicated teachers and school leaders. But it starts with a belief that students, despite their background, can succeed.

 

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