Commemorating the International Day for Tolerance

first_imgOn November 16th the world community observed the 19th International Day for Tolerance. While we are reminded of the security and human rights implications of intolerance which also take the form of stigma and discrimination.  This day also provides an opportunity to highlight the vital contribution of tolerance and acceptance to achieving important public health objectives and impact, especially focusing on groups living on the margins of many societies, including those communities currently in the grips of the Ebola virus in West Africa.The U.S. Government is proud to partner with the people and government of Liberia to implement President Barack Obama’s ‘whole of government’ approach to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. The United States has been engaged in fighting the Ebola outbreak since the first cases were reported in March and has since deployed almost 2250 U.S. government personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. government response to a global health crisis.Thus far our efforts have helped increase the number of Ebola treatment units (ETU) in the region, increased the number of safe burial teams to 65, which are now working across every county in Liberia to safely and respectfully remove and bury bodies and we have expanded the pipeline of medical equipment and supplies in the region, airlifting more than 250 tons of personal protective equipment, infrared thermometers and chlorine. The United States has deployed and commenced operation of mobile Ebola testing labs in Liberia, reducing the time needed to determine if a patient has Ebola from several days to just a few hours.  Additionally, the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) this week received the first two health care workers who are infected with the Ebola virus, both Liberian.But while the whole of the United States Government is working with the Government of Liberia and many other partners to contain the threat of Ebola, the tolerance that Liberians extend to each other will be critical to continued success in diagnosing, containing, and treating Ebola patients, and moving Liberia towards a post-Ebola era.Tolerance requires treating everyone, even those who are different, with dignity and respect. In the case of Ebola, this challenge will be a global one.   Tolerance is needed for Ebola survivors, as well as health care workers treating Ebola patients and members of burial teams, many of whom have been ostracized by their families and communities. Countries whose citizens have so generously donated their time and talent working as clinicians, medical volunteers, engineers and aid workers, must work to combat the view that these healthy individuals are tainted for simply having worked in proximity, or even visited a nation touched by Ebola.Let us reaffirm that all individuals, whether they are Ebola patients, survivors, clinicians, lab specialists, nurses, doctors, burial teams, family members or aid workers should be free from the stigma that this, or any other disease, might carry with it, and instead should be treated with dignity and respect.I call on all our partners in the shared mission to fight the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia to practice tolerance in all aspects of service delivery.  The goal of an Ebola-free Liberia will remain unfulfilled until every Liberian feels that he or she will be treated with tolerance and respect when seeking services to preserve his/her health if already infected, to protect themselves from becoming infected or to provide assistance and care to those seeking treatment.Join me in urging everyone to practice tolerance and respect of others not just to mark the International Day of Tolerance but every day of the year so that we may work together for the goal we all hope for:  a post-Ebola Liberia that is prosperous, vibrant and healthy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blizzard Bicycle Club completes Spring Stage series

first_imgKristine Bock rounded off the group with the Ladies Trophy.Spring Stage Series points:Senior Male:Darren Guliov: 28Irvin Tang: 15Robert Martens: 14Calvin McCracken: 12Dan Webster: 11Ray Avernathy: 9Ard Hoogenboom: 8Robert Sapp: 5Davide Loro: 4Pat Ferris: 3Sam Keats: 3Lukas Brand: 3Gary Hilderman: 3Rick Newlove: 1Junior Male:Nick Guliov: 38Josh Telizyn: 18Tanner McCracken: 10Matthew Mitchell: 9Brett McCracken: 4Nolan Cote: 2Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Blizzard Bicycle Club held the 8th Stage of their Spring Series on Thursday in Baldonnel.In the 16 KM race, Raymond Avernathy came in first with a time of 23:30.Nick Guliov came in second with a time of 26:37, while Heather McCracken game in third place with 28:05.- Advertisement -In the 8 KM race, Brett McCracken finished first with a time of 15:31.Wayne Ohland game in second with 16:40, and Jack Webster in third at 17:18.Overall, the Spring Stage Series turned out to be a family affair with Nick Guliov taking the Junior Male Title and dad, Darren Guliov earning the Senior Male Title.Advertisement Ladies:Kristine Bock: 35Heather McCracken: 32Amanda Mitchell: 17Athena Andritz: 8Madison McCracken: 7Dian Loro: 2last_img read more

Ex-convict stabbed to death after leaving bar

first_img– Suspects arrested, assisting with probeAn ex-convict was in the wee hours of Sunday stabbed to death on Main Street, New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) during an argument.Dead: Delroy JamesThe dead man has been identified as 33-year-old Delroy James called “Slant Eye” and “Mafia” of Lot 12 Patrick Dam Mount Sinai referred to as Angoy’s Avenue.According to the police, James and the suspects were imbibing and subsequently engaged in an argument, which resulted in a scuffle.“At about 03:45h. James was found lying motionless with wounds to his lower back. He was taken to New Amsterdam Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspects are in custody assisting with this investigation,” a police release said in part.However, Guyana Times understands that while in the vicinity of Main and St Ann Streets, James attempted to rob one of the suspects of a gold band and a scuffle ensued between them.As a result, James was stabbed and subsequently collapsed but while on the ground, he was stabbed again. He was picked up and taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.At the home of the now dead man, one of his cousins denied the allegation that James was about to commit a robbery when he was stabbed. “A lil gold band – he doesn’t do dem petty things…”The grieving relativesThe dead man’s mother, Carol James, speaking with this publication said she received a message stating that her son was stabbed but by the time she enquired further, the news bearer had already left.The woman related that as she made her way to the scene, she was told that he had already passed.The emotional mother stated that she was able to place her hands on his body but was overcome with emotion.However, she said she was told by one of the eyewitnesses that there was no scuffle prior to the stabbing incident.“Some people just saying that he went and rob and he went and thief, I don’t care. Is me son – I don’t care. He is not the first nor the last.”The grieving mother was also critical of comments made by a senior police officer who allegedly stated that he was happy that “Mafia” was killed.She said that officer also has children. “I am his mother and I have to get justice, if they don’t give me, I know how to get it,” she said.The area where the man was stabbed to deathOne of the suspects in custody and James served prison time together.Some reports suggest that the stabbing was as a result of a grievance the two men had in prison. However, Carol said she could not confirm that.“I don’t know if they had any brush in prison because he never complained to me saying anything about that.”She referred to the now dead man as being loving and kind. He was someone who did not like to see persons who were disadvantaged, she added. James was the eldest of three siblings. He leaves to mourn one child.James was released from prison in 2010 after serving an eight-month sentence for armed robbery.In June 2011, he was remanded to prison for the New Year’s Day murder of wash-bay attendant Seao Craig who was killed during a robbery at Mars Gas Station and Variety Store, Snackette/Beer Garden at Stanleytown, New Amsterdam.In March 2012, Magistrate Adela Nagamootoo, sitting at New Amsterdam Court, discharged the accused after upholding a no-case submission by Defence Counsel Charrandas Persaud. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

FIRE: As blazes flare across region, officials fear extreme season

first_imgThe mercury reached 93 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, breaking the previous record of 87 set in 1959; it was 92 degrees in Long Beach, breaking the previous record of 86 degrees, set in 1959 and UCLA saw 91 degrees, breaking a previous record of 89 degrees in 1959. Whittier hit a high of 95 degrees, West Covina reached 94 and Pasadena recorded a high of 87 degrees. Significant cooling was forecast for today. The Anaheim Hills blaze broke out Sunday and forced hundreds of people to temporarily leave their homes as hot, dry Santa Ana winds spread it over an area equal to about three square miles. One house was damaged and two outbuildings were destroyed. Another home initially reported as damaged was not harmed, Miller said. The blaze was ignited by flames that spread from a stolen car that was set ablaze, said Miller. “It was intentionally set, so that makes it arson,” he said. The car was a 2004 white Honda Civic that had been stolen from Riverside County, said John Nicoletti, spokesman for city of Anaheim. He said investigators had been in Riverside County all Monday working leads and were also reviewing security tape from Highway 241 to try to identify who ditched the car. ANAHEIM – A fierce blaze that whipped through brushlands among neighborhoods of multimillion-dollar homes during the weekend likely foreshadows an intense wildfire season as Southern California emerges from an abnormally dry winter, firefighters and forecasters said Monday. “With the current conditions we’re seeing, if we do have fires, we’re looking at real extreme fire behavior,” said Capt. Steve Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority. Even as full containment of the 2,036-acre Anaheim Hills fire was being predicted for 6 a.m. Tuesday, crews Monday jumped on new blazes around Southern California – containing one at 10 acres in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park and another at six acres in Camarillo in Ventura County. A 1,044-acre blaze that began Sunday in rural Riverside County was declared controlled Monday evening. “We’re looking for anybody who was traveling along the 241 toll road early Sunday that may have any information about seeing people around a vehicle such as that,” Nicoletti said. A “red flag” alert for fire danger had been issued going into the weekend and the forecast of winds, extremely low humidity and heat proved true as Southern California stayed on pace to have the driest winter in decades. The last time it was this dry was in 1923-24 season when 2.50 inches of rain was recorded through March 22, 1924. Only about 2.4 inches of rain has fallen in downtown Los Angeles since the July 1 start of the rain year, and forecasters said it was unlikely there would be any rain in March. Normal annual rainfall in Los Angeles is 11.43 inches. Santa Ana, Orange County’s seat, received only 1.81 inches of rain between July 1 and March 11 – about one-fifth of normal. Fire officials said most Southern California residents were aware of steps that can be taken to reduce the risk to their homes from wildfires. They also said that most residents in rural areas prone to fire live in newer planned communities that have fire buffer zones, fire-resistant landscaping and fire-resistant siding and roofing. Still, the California Department of Forestry is hosting a five-city education tour in May to demonstrate how homeowners can create a fire-safe zone, said Capt. Julie Hutchinson, spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire-California Department of Forestry. City News Service and staff contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea target deserves credit for performances amid transfer links, claims Premier League legend

first_img1 Everton defender John Stones deserves credit for going about his business as usual despite intense transfer speculation, according to Goodison great Peter Reid.The England star submitted a transfer request to leave the Merseysiders after Roberto Martinez’s side knocked back three big-money bids from Chelsea for his signature.The Toffees remained adamant the 21-year-old would stay at the club and former blue Reid, who was part of the club’s most successful ever side in the 1980s, believes Stones has shown he is a wise head on young shoulders.“I’ve got to pay credit to the boy as he’s gone out on the park and he’s done his job after putting in the request,” the two-time first division winner said.“He’s a young man, his head could have got turned but I think he’s done absolutely outstanding. I’m delighted he’s still at Everton and it speaks volumes for the boy.“It must be difficult for the lad as well but Everton have stuck to their guns. It’s great for the club, keeping John Stones is another massive plus for the supporters.” John Stones last_img read more

Actress Deborah Kerr dies at age 86

first_imgDeborah Kerr, a strikingly versatile actress whose screen persona of a genteel, tea-sipping Englishwoman blossomed into something deeper and more provocative when she played opposite Burt Lancaster in a sea-swept sex scene in “From Here to Eternity,” died Tuesday in Suffolk, England. She was 86. The death was confirmed Thursday by Jack Larson, a family friend. She had Parkinson’s disease. Louis B. Mayer, the boss of MGM, famously decreed that Kerr’s last name rhymed with star, and she more than lived up to the billing with big roles in memorable pictures such as “The King and I” (1956), “An Affair to Remember” (1957) and “The Sundowners” (1960). In more than four decades as a major Hollywood actor, Kerr, who had red-gold hair and blue-green eyes, was nominated for six Academy Awards without winning one. In 1994, she received an honorary Oscar for her lifetime of work. The citation called her an “artist of impeccable grace and beauty.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Her influence persisted after she retired from big-screen movies in 1969 and moved to Switzerland and Spain, appearing only in occasional stage and television roles. Film buffs still return with fascination to her intriguing performance in “Black Narcissus” (1947), in which she played a nun whose pride yields to spiritual humility while doing missionary work in the Himalayas. And her indelible performance in “An Affair to Remember” could be felt below the surface of Nora Ephron’s “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993). It used the theme song and clips of critical scenes from the earlier tear-jerker, which went on to a renewed burst of popularity. It is hard to overstate the impact of Kerr’s appearance in “From Here to Eternity” in 1953. Until then, she had played what she called “goody, goody” roles; Laurence Olivier termed her “unreasonably chaste.” Kerr, along with Greer Garson and Jean Simmons, was the quintessential Englishwoman – with all the staidness that implied. In “Eternity,” Kerr was suddenly something entirely different: a sexy, adulterous wife making torrid love to Burt Lancaster on a Hawaiian beach. Parts of the scene were so daring for the time that they had to be cut out. The role broadened her image. Moviegoers came to suspect that even in the more refined moments of her later roles, a raw sensuality lurked below Kerr’s placid surface. This mix of niceness and sexiness prompted tag lines like “A Sweet Kerr Named Desire” and did not exactly hurt at the box office. “I don’t think anyone knew I could act until I put on a bathing suit,” Kerr said in an interview with Collier’s magazine. A line Kerr delivered in the 1956 movie “Tea and Sympathy” exemplified her seemingly new knowingness. As she’s about to sexually initiate an anguished prep school student, she tells him, “When you speak of this in future years, and you will, be kind.” Versatility was a hallmark of subsequent roles. In 1955, Yul Brynner, who had played the king on Broadway in “The King and I,” chose Kerr for the film version. In “Separate Tables” (1958), she was nominated for an Oscar for the fifth time for her role as a repressed spinster. Her sixth nomination was for “The Sundowners” (1960), in which she performed without makeup as a sheep farmer’s wife. Stage roles were fewer, but drew positive comment. When “Tea and Sympathy” opened on Broadway in 1953, with Kerr in the role she later reprised in the film, Brooks Atkinson, writing in The New York Times, noted her “effortless style.” Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer was born on Sept. 30, 1921, in Helensburgh, Scotland. Kerr’s first marriage to Anthony Bartley, an Englishman who had been a decorated fighter pilot during World War II, ended in divorce. She is survived by her husband, Peter Viertel, an author and screenwriter; her daughters, Melanie and Francesca; a stepdaughter, Christine Viertel; and three grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal gaeltacht companies reach finals of Food and Taste Awards

first_imgThe Irish tongue will play a huge part in this year’s Food & Drink Awards as three producers from the Donegal Gaeltacht have made the grand final. The event which celebrates the best of manufacturing and the people behind the products, takes place in the Citywest Hotel on the 5th of September.There’s a huge Irish influence this year with finalists from the Gaeltacht including: • Gallagher’s Bakery• Proiseail (An Clochan Liath) Teoranta/Irish Fish Canners• Drioglann Shliabh Liag CGA – Seaweed GINAll companies are part of Údarás na gaeltachta, a regional state agency which is responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of Irish-speaking regions of Ireland. Speaking about the significance of Gaeltacht companies making the finals, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh said the Gaeltacht areas provide a very good living environment with strong natural resources.He said “It lends itself very well in food and we are delighted to get recognition. From salmon farming to seaweed harvesting we help promote companies in counties from Donegal to Waterford.”The Gaeltacht remains an attractive option for business and exports. Recentfigures from Údarás na gaeltachta reveal employment in Gaeltacht areas is an an all time high.Michael adds “At the end of 2017, there were 7,400 people employed on fulltime contracts and 600 on part-time in companies in Gaeltacht areas equating to 850 million in revenue, 60% of that was exported. Irish is important, it remains a distinct trait and we find many companies value the Irish language, particularly those exporting.”Tracey Carney, Organiser of the Food & Drink Business Awards said with 5 companies shortlisted across multiple categories, it shines a light on the growth of industry and innovation within the Gaeltacht. “The Gaeltacht is definitely on trend with Gin infused Seaweed from Dulaman and Nourishing bread mix from Caveman Grub reflecting two of the biggest trends within the food & drink internationally.”Donegal gaeltacht companies reach finals of Food and Taste Awards was last modified: September 4th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MASSIVE DRAW TO BE HELD TO HELP FUND KILLYBEGS’ €3M CHURCH RESTORATION

first_imgSt Mary of the Visitation Church in Killybegs underwent major restoration work in 2011-2012 at a cost of €3 million.St Mary’s of the Visitation Church in Killybegs.As well as restoring the church, which was built originally in 1844, new parish offices were also built.The project has been financed through the voluntary donations of parishioners and through many fundraising efforts organised by the Parish Restoration Committee. The committee are now endeavouring to clear the remaining debt of €800,000The parish is part of the Diocese of Raphoe Charity and are seeking help with this year’s major fundraising effort.As well as selling tickets locally, tickets can be purchased on their website www.killybegsparish.comThere are wonderful prizes and we are trying to reach as many people as possible for support. All the prizes have been sponsored by kind benefactors and all monies raised will go into the Restoration Fund.The draw takes place on Friday 29th May 2015.MASSIVE DRAW TO BE HELD TO HELP FUND KILLYBEGS’ €3M CHURCH RESTORATION was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:churchdonegaldrawKillybegsrestorationlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE EXIT INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER DEFEAT TO BURT

first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NotesThe senior and reserve teams experienced contrasting fortunes in their Championship fixtures this weekend.The seniors travelled to Burt for the last group game of the Intermediate championship having already beaten their near neighbours twice in the league this year, and knowing that a win could see them through to the quarter final. However Burt emerged winners on a 1-12 to 1-5 scoreline. The reserves took on Burt and made use of the strong breeze in the first half to lead at half time. The hosts reduced the deficit in the second half but Naomh Colmcille had a two point winning margin at full time, 0-11 to 0-9.The minor board are holding a fun evening for all U8, U10 and U12 kids on Friday next (24th) at 7:30 pm in the clubhouse. We hope to see kids, parents and coaches in attendance. More details to follow by text and on Facebook page during the week. The club are holding a Night at the Races fundraising event on Saturday 1st November. Race cards are now being distributed, and horses (€10) can also be got from any committee member.The dinner dance is scheduled for Saturday 22nd November at the Radisson. More details to follow.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week.U18. See Facebook for further updates.U16. See Facebook for latest updates.U12. See Facebook for updates during the week. U10. See Facebook for updates during the week.Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 12, 2, 13, 4, 19 and the most correct winners are Abi and Hana McDaid who win €75. Last week’s numbers were 1, 12, 15, 19, 24 and most correct winners were Eugene Hutchison, E. Coyle and Vanessa Donohue who won €25 each. Next week’s jackpot €6,450.The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE EXIT INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER DEFEAT TO BURT was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

E-classroom, a fun way to learn

first_imgE-classroom is geared towards innovative teaching for the benefit of pupils. (Image: Wikimedia SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Natalie Wood   Owner: E-classroom   +27 21 789 0191 RELATED ARTICLES • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • Instilling a love of reading • Matrics excel despite hardships • Teacher laptops to enhance education Tiisetso TlelimaIt’s exactly a year since e-classroom, a free online educational resource, was launched and it has grown from attracting a mere 127 visits in its first month to a whopping 15 000 monthly visitors.“The feedback has been overwhelmingly great – both from users and sponsors,” said founder Natalie Wood.“It’s so wonderful to see the response. When we first launched, I was excited to receive 20 000 hits. Now we have reached over one million. I am very humbled by the response.”E-classroom provides fun and educational curriculum-based worksheets to parents and educators. After completing a simple registration process, users can download the content and distribute it for use in the classroom or at home.The content has been developed to promote creativity, enhance cognitive skills, and to encourage kids to think out of the box.Wood, who has worked on numerous education projects, decided to start the online tool after she ran a literacy programme which donated books and worksheets to 100 schools across Gauteng.The project was hugely successful and more schools were asking for the resources. Unfortunately, because it was a pilot project, she had to stick to delivery parameters, meaning schools that were not on the list were unable to benefit from this opportunity.“It was very sad and I realised then that there was a desperate need for support material in schools,” said Wood. “When I decided to start e-classroom, I sent the idea to a teacher friend who loved it and the rest is history.”Born in Zimbabwe, Wood relocated to South Africa 23 years ago and spent years working in the advertising, marketing and communication industry.She first realised her passion for education 12 years ago when she teamed up with a business partner to develop a schools project for the National Prosecuting Authority.In April 2011, she unveiled the first online education resource in South Africa, targeting pre-primary and primary school learners.Fun, exciting contentE-classroom’s content, which is updated monthly, consists of support material for basic curriculum subjects such as mathematics, science, literacy, environment, health and life skills.In addition, strong emphasis is placed on creative arts activities like puzzles, word games, colouring-in charts, water saving quizzes and more. Wood believes creativity and the arts are just as important as English and mathematics.When asked why the portal focused more on fun activity worksheets, she said it’s important that children feel excited to learn, but they must be provided with the right tools with which to do so.“The role of a teacher who distributes information they have learned in parrot fashion needs to change fast to one who excites their children in the classroom,” she said.“This drives intense interest so that the information they give is turned into an enthusiasm for learning.”Her mission is to inspire teachers to think creatively and make learning fun, exciting and memorable.Through using different teaching methods, learners will want to know and research more, said Wood.“Like anything in life, if something bores us to tears, we’re not interested in wanting to know any more.”Technology is the futureDelivered in a digital format, e-classroom offers unlimited content that can be accessed from any location. In today’s fast-paced digital world, Wood highlighted that schools have to be prepared for the fast way in which technology is steering the future.“Too many schools are still teaching in the ways of the past – the industrial revolutionary age of teaching does not fit in with the technological revolution of today,” added Wood.“Digital change is eminent and one must be able to access information using this advanced technology at the click of a button.”In order to overcome challenges in the education sector and to be able to adequately compete with the rest of the world, Wood suggests that educators need to change their thinking and teaching methodologies accordingly to meet the online, research-based environment we live in. Topics should be integrated to promote critical thinking, analysing and problem solving.“Technology is the future and therefore should be integrated in the classroom sooner rather than later,” she said. “Children today need to become media literate and use technology as a tool to learn rather than for entertainment purposes only.”A fun way to learnSince its inception e-classroom, which has a database of 2400 schools nationally, has won over many educators with some saying pupils have enjoyed using the worksheets.“I have been able to use a lot of the sheets, but mainly as extension, as we have department books that have been sent to us, which I use in class time,” said Mary Lindsay, a grade two teacher at Scottburgh Primary in KwaZulu-Natal.“I particularly like the different approach and the children enjoy the layout and artwork.”Initially the material only catered for pupils from grades R to three, but the e-classroom team is in the process of developing material for grades four to seven. In the next few years it will be expanding its programme to include lesson plans and support material for FET colleges.The content will, in future, include lessons, interactive books, entrepreneurship programmes and will be available in different languages.There are plans to also concentrate on new technological developments to use in the classroom. Wood was could not be drawn to reveal more details on the progress of these developments.“I can’t really disclose too much about what technology I am developing at this stage as it is still sensitive, but it is all in line with 21st century learning and will be beneficial to learners and educators.”last_img read more