Humana Day 2013 will be held in 17 countries of Europe on 26th September. This year the main focus is the effects brought by Climate Change. The theme bring together people to take action on what can be done to fight an issue that affects the lives of millions of people around the world on a daily basis and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Monika, who entered the teacher training school in 2012, had always dreamed of becoming a teacher. In her opinion, DNS Teacher Training “is a very interesting way of learning. Everything is very practical, which is very good. The tasks are not only book related knowledge but also knowledge related to our society”.
Someone once said that ‘good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more’. The DNS Teacher Training in India seeks to avoid precisely this. How? By ensuring excellence in the primary education system through all the schools having at least one qualified and trained teacher for every 30 pupils –an agreement the Indian government signed four years ago.
The DNS India program is organized into 22 periods over the course of two years, each with a four week duration. Every period has a main subject to give it direction and focus during the lessons, discussions, and activities in that particular period. The students do a teaching internship in nearby primary schools, which improves the quality of education and develops a greater involvement for both the teachers and the students in the local community.
“Our primary school children are benefitting from this center. I hope the DNS program, with its innovative methodology will continue to work with our school for a long time”, affirms Roshni Devi, headmistress of a primary school in Kundli.
In cooperation with the Department of School Education and Literacy in India, Humana People to People implemented DNS Teacher Training program with the aim of engaging its students in their future roles as primary school teachers and community development agents. The program focuses on ‘learning by doing’: sharing experiences or engaging in different events such as information campaigns, and interaction with school teachers or parents. Even the current primary school teachers themselves have been won over by the innovative methods employed. According to some former trained teachers, “the effectiveness of different tools and teaching methods used by the students during their teaching internships has encouraged some primary school teachers to adopt some of those methods themselves”.
Since 2009, for the first time in India’s history, children are guaranteed a right to quality elementary education by the state, with the help of families and communities. According to UNICEF, nowadays about one in five primary school teachers in India currently do not have the minimum required academic qualification to ensure children’s right to quality learning.
“India has a large number of teachers and needs many more. The ultimate goal of teacher development should be to ensure that optimal learning takes place in the classrooms”, states the Department of School Education in India.
Humana People to People campaign to plant 14 million trees. Members of Humana People to People have decided to make tree planting an important part of their contribution to mitigate climate change. Trees absorb CO2 while they grow. Planting trees help to reduce the rate of CO2 in the air and through that support a stabilization of the climate. Trees also have other good influences as they can improve soil quality with humus from the leaves that are shed, protect the soil from drying out, create shade, and provide fruit, firewood and building materials for human consumption. Trees also reduce erosion, protecting the soil from being washed away and binding soil to sloping land with their roots. 14 members of Humana People to People will each plant 1 million trees. The campaign to plant the trees started in September 2013 and will continue until the 14 million trees have been planted. The trees will be planted around the schools that the members run, in Farmers’ Clubs and Child Aid projects. People in the projects will be involved, make nurseries, tend the seedlings and plant the trees in their households or in community woodlots, making sure that each tree has an owner making it survive after planting it out.
The first recognized cases of AIDS were identified in the USA in the early 1980s. Since then, HIV and AIDS have spread across the globe. India is one of the countries where the virus arrived later.
Agriculture is the most important sector for the development of Mozambique’s economy: 70% of the population lives in rural areas and 75% depends on agriculture for its livelihood. According to the experts from the FAO, “the country has the potential not only to become self-sufficient in food production but also to become a regional food exporter”. Smallholder farmers account for 95% of Mozambique’s agricultural production. Most of them depend on vegetables and fruits as their main source of basic nutrients. These products have to be consumed or sold in the market right after harvesting to prevent waste. This means lots of food is thrown away and famine takes over if they are not conserved for the dry season. One simple yet powerful climate friendly solution are solar tunnels. These tunnels are bamboo structures with a cemented floor that allow farmers to dry out food within hours and store those products until the dry season arrives or the market prices have risen. Thanks to the German Wisions initiative and ADPP Mozambique’s Farmers’ Clubs program, the districts of Ancuabe, Pemba Metuge, Meluco, Quissanga and Mocimia in the province of Cabo Delgado have six solar dryers since the beginning of 2013.