It is the children who tug at my heart. Children at the border, crowded together on mats in a huge room. Children, bloodied, with stunned faces in Gaza. Children caught in the madness of situations they didn't create, just wanting to be with their mom and dad, just wanting to be safe. Sometimes if feels so overwhelming.
As poverty in Myanmar (Burma) deepens, Buddhist monasteries have started schools to provide basic education and care for the increasing number of poor children who cannot afford to attend state schools. These schools accept students of both sexes and of all ethnicities and religions, and use the standard state curriculum. The monks and nuns leading these schools see education as vital to the future of their country. The state spends less than 2% of gross domestic product on health and education, leading to a serious deterioration in the country’s future prospects.
Jennifer Piper on Children and Deportation on KGNU
Jennifer Piper, Interfaith Organizing Director for AFSC's Immigrants Rights Program in Denver, and Judith Marquez of Rights for All People, join host Claudia Cragg in discussing "The Children of Deportation" on KGNU radio. The show begins with two young people describing their situation.
Zakery's Bridge: Children's Journeys From Around the World to Iowa is a new book by authors Kay Fenton Smith and Carol Roh Spaulding about twelve children aged 6 to 16 from nations around the globe whose families now make their home in Central Iowa.
The collection, recently issued by Des Moines-based Shrieking Tree Publishing, is the result of a collaboration with several individuals whose interests and talents have made possible a book for classrooms, coffee tables, and libraries that tells fascinating contemporary stories of immigration and resettlement.
Children at a monastic school learn social and environmental lessons that support the harmony of their local communities.
AFSC’s support for Myanmar’s monastic schools touches the lives of children, parents, teachers, communities and spiritual leaders.
These community schools, run by teachers, monks and abbots, share the responsibility of giving the most underprivileged children an education that builds self-reliance, life skills, and critical thinking. Boys and girls attending monastic schools learn literacy, math, sciences and ethics.
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