Thanks to iEARN USA's Ed Gragert, we were able to get in touch
with Computer Aid International, a charitable organization who has
recently donated 10 recycled computers for a local community access
Our major challenge now is to get these computers connected to
the internet on a regular basis and have our youths participate
in the sharing of ideas with peers around the world. This will help
us create a youth community access centre which would serve as the
principal information window to the world for our community's war-affected
youths and underprivileged children. It would help them participate
in online educational activities, interact with other children around
the world, and acquire the vast array of ICT skills that to date
have been lacking in developing countries like Sierra Leone.
Thanks to Computer Aid International, our goals are becoming realized.
Through Jim Carlton's on-going support to the development of the
iEARN Sierra Leone centre, we were able to secure additional funds
to get a digital video camera. This camera was used in the production
of the new film 'My Lat Hope' by the young people of iEARN Sierra
The 2003 New Media movie entitled 'My Last Hope' illustrates how
young people of war-torn countries such as Sierra Leone face enormous
challenges of healing from trauma related to war, HIV/AIDS, and
unemployment. To these young people, education through information
technology and new media is their last hope and iEARN Sierra Leone
has braced itself to offer these possibilities.
A shortlisted winner in the 2003 Listen Up project 'Beyond
Borders,' the team of young film makers are now moving forward
to utilizing the video camera to produce short stories of how they
grapple with fear and build security around that fear.
The on-going support to connect more of the computers onto the
internet is made possible through Jim and his WH Day Elementary
School. We are grateful to Jim and WH Day, and we hope you will
give them your support.
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In the 1980s, like-minded teachers, performers, songwriters, radio
hosts, and parents who cared about the quality and content of children's
music established The Children's Music Network (CMN) -- a nonprofit
association that now has members across the United States and Canada.
Browsing through the various iEARN projects a few years ago, Phil
Hoose of Children's Music Network was moved by the interactions
amongst the youths in Sierra Leone with peers around the world on
the issue of child soldiering. When asked what projects he will
like to support, he chose to give financial support to the iEARN
Sierra Leone/iEARN Canada-based www.childsoldiers.org tele-collaborative
CMN now stays in touch with the young people of iEARN Sierra Leone
to share songs and ideas about children's music, to inspire each
other about the empowering ways adults and young people can communicate
through music, and to build friendship and solidarity through these
interactions. We are grateful to CMN for their contributions, and
we hope you will give them your support as well.
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This powerful and creative initiative is committed to a tireless
global campaign of making the issue of childrens rights known.
Using rap music and social activism, Plan Netherlands targets politicians
and educates them about the need to restore the dignity of children,
the rights of the child and the rights of humanity as a whole. In
the process, participants are empowered to make a difference in
the lives of others.
Under the title Rap for Rights a number of 'rising'
Dutch rappers travel to Africa, Asia and Latin America to make contact
with children living in extreme circumstances. The rappers
tour includes, among other countries, Indonesia, Honduras, and Guinea
where they meet child workers, war affected youth, child soldiers,
and youth gangs.
Plan Netherlands Rap4Rights Initiative sponsored a visit of Dutch
youth to Sierra Leone from March 27th to April 3rd of 2004.
They met with youths of i*EARN Sierra Leone to collaborate, create
music, and explore themes of hope, recovery, rehabilitation, trauma
healing, HIV/AIDS, conflict resolution, human rights and peace building.
Mr. Ajibu Ajeebs Kabbah, Guidiance Councellor, who led his Music
Group 'Peace Links', to the Hague Appeal For Peace Conference in
'The Hague' Holland was also Guest of Honour at the speacial meeting
with Gaart Van Asbech 'Coordinator' Rap4Rights Plan Netherlands.
Aided and inspired by the famous Dutch Rap Artist RAMZTER from
Holland, the I*EARN SL Music Team was treated to a scintillating
display of Rap songs and took part in a unique musical session known
as Rap for Rights!
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Hero did for us
MY HERO is a partner of iEARN Sierra Leone helping to spread the
message of the Childsoldier.org Project and supporting the growth
and development of the iEARN Youth Center in Sierra Leone.
Thanks to MY HERO, the center will have temporary internet connection
to facilitate a collaborative project for iEARN SL youths.
Members of iEARN Sierra Leone have been featured on The MY HERO
Project web site. MY HERO is proud to share the stories and art
work of the members of iEARN Sierra Leone with teachers and children
in schools around the world. Andrew Greene, Jr. is featured as a
and Peacemaker Hero .
ART WORK of Tormusa Koroma of Sierra Leone is featured on MY
WORK of Sheku A. Turay of Sierra Leone is featured on MY HERO.
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for Children International helped to support iEARN SL in its
infancy, long before a physical office space was available.
From the DCI office, Andrew Greene was able to shuttle youths
from cybercafe to cybercafe to allow them access to the internet.
Founded in 1979 by Matthias Seisay, DCI was later headed by Mohamed
Pa-Momo Fofanah (Barrister at Law), who was the Coordinator for
three years until his winning of the Reebok Human Rights Award in
2003. Mr. Fofanah recently completed a Masters of Law from Harvard
University in the United States and currently sits on iEARN Sierra
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