G7 leaders pledge support to new gender equality initiative in education

The G7 leaders have pledged support to new gender equality initiatives in education as announced on August 28th 2019 by Global Partnership for Education.

This is great news in the light of many other events happening at the G7 talks in 2019.

The lives of so many girls will be enhanced by the ability to access education. There are many known facts about the importance of education for everyone and that includes girls! Lives will be positive and girls can look on their lives ahead with hope and a future.

In many countries, girls do not have access to education in the same way as boys, sometimes this is through government decision, a faith-based decision and sometimes it is because countries do not have the resources to provide education for all.

How amazing it is, living in a developed country that this should still be the case in 2019.

The Global Partnership for Education has been pursuing this anomaly for many years and it is through their work and other organisations that this has been brought before the G7 Summit.

‘The G7 leaders have recognised the urgency of ensuring that all girls and boys around the world are able to claim their right to a quality education and called for transformational efforts to meet that goal as the route to a more gender-equal world.’  Global Partnership for Education Announcement 28.8.19

In the Declaration, G7 leaders state: “We are convinced that equal access to quality education is vital to achieve the empowerment and equal opportunity of girls and women, especially in developing contexts and countries struggling with conflict. Thus, we welcome approaches to address the barriers girls face and to achieve gender equality and, in particular, the Gender at the Center Initiative.

The Declaration on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment issued at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz, France, gives new momentum to ensure education for all children, and provides powerful support for the Gender at the Center Initiative.”

Great news and at SmithMartin Partnership LLP we look forward to hearing more and  being part of the work ahead to engage with education for all.

Sue Martin FRSA

 

 

 

 

 

The Mandela family at South Africa House, London August 15th 2018

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The children reading to the audience…

On August 15th, the SmithMartin Partnership team were invited to a book launch and family event at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square London.

There were sandwiches and cakes, balloons and celebrations as the Mandela family led us in storytelling and reflection about Nelson Mandela’s life and hardships, eventually securing the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994.

Zindzi Mandela, who is currently serving as her country’s ambassador to Denmark is  the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie. She wanted to write a book so children could understand on their own terms about her father Nelson Mandela.

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Grandad Mandela is written by Zindzi and two of her grandchildren, Zazi and Ziwelene, illustrated by Sean Qualls and published by Lincoln Children’s Books.

Zindzi had grown up in Soweto and when she was 18 months old her father, Nelson was sent to prison, and her mother, Winnie, was banished to the Free State, taking Zindzi with her. There was no schooling and she only had chance to finish her education when she was sent to Swaziland. In 1985 she gained a BA in Law at the University of Cape Town, In February 1985, she had read out Nelson’s refusal for a conditional release from prison by P.W.Botha.

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Zindzi also accompanied her father at his inauguration as President and was First Lady following Winnie and Nelson’s divorce.

An incredible woman, she has a special place in history during those turbulent and impossible times in South Africa. Unbelievable now, that apartheid could have ever happened, working in a multi-cultural city like London…there is so much we take for granted.

Zindzi spoke about the need to write this book so children can discover on their own terms about apartheid and the struggle to overcome it. She said children should get answers to the questions they have. The work of Nelson Mandela in ending apartheid is now legendary and his strength and stalwartness in the pursuit of peace and forgiveness should be shared across the world.

“For many years as black South Africans we were not allowed to have a voice, but now we have a voice. And we won’t stop talking! And we won’t stop writing!”

The video below gives some of the words from Zindzi.

Thembi Tambo, the High Commissioner for South Africa in London, welcomed the family and explained that Zindzi had gone through a difficult childhood when Nelson Mandela was in prison for 27 years.

Thembi Tambo explained also about the life experiences of Zindzi and how she has must have hidden away any anger and fears, remaining strong in her belief and in continuing her work. She said it was difficult to imagine a better way in which to allow children to access the information than through this book. “There are many stories but some are just too hard to share”.

The Mandela Legacy organisation helped in the promotion of the book, and in organising this event, to support those who wish to have a voice and create a platform for sustainable development.

The children helped to read Grandad Mandela and were also asked some questions about human rights. One of the answers was, “You can’t judge children by how we look and feel. We are all fine just as we are”.

A stunning answer from an eight year old. The book Grandad Mandela, the work of Nelson Mandela and now his family shows what can happen to make changes for the better and the enormous courage and work needed to make it happen.

Sue Martin,  FRSA

Book Fest Hong Kong 2016

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Break time, seen from the 8th floor of the Kellet School in Hong Kong…

Sue Martin and the Books go Walkabout team are in Hong Kong this week. (May 2016)

Working in partnership with The Kellett School, with generous funding from the school Annual Fund, Sue and a fabulous creative team of authors, photographers and poets, are delivering Book Fest across two campuses on the island.

The programme of work, is designed to add value to the schools curriculum around writing, story creation and delivery, as well as creativity and critical thinking about form and content.

The work is delivered by Australian Author Carole Wilkinson, Nigerian author and photographer Ifeoma Onyefulu and poet and writer Cheryl Moskowitz.

bookIconImageYou can see the daily narratives and galleries of the creative energy generated on the project pages of Books go Walkabout here.

After the week long event we will be publishing our learning and recommendations for trans-continental book and literacy project delivery, as well as celebrating, in detail, the work of the children who were enthused and creatively encouraged by our authors. Watch this space for details.


Editor’s Note:

SmithMartin LLP,  through the vehicle of their international books and literacy project, Books go Walkabout, are actively seeking more project partners in both the USA and Africa.

We use our project management, book procurement and curriculum support skills to devise, develop and deliver cross community, cross art form projects to interested clusters of schools, community organisations or tertiary education settings.

Contact Sue Martin at SmithMartin LLP for informal discussions at any time.

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International projects created and delivered…

E-Reading for South Africa

 

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World Reader and Cambridge University Press, South Africa (CUP SA) are working in partnership on e-readers and mobile phones.

This means that anyone with a phone (non-smart phone), in South Africa can now access books and stories, through the World Reader app, hosted on the cloud based mobile application platform BiNu. This enables phones such as Nokia, which are widely used across the continent of Africa, to be used as reading devices.

Wow!!

This is amazing news for literacy and for all who are working to make reading a possibility for everyone across the world.

Niall McNulty, digital publisher at CUP SA, described the development as ‘genius’.

‘A recent report by UNESCO, Reading in the mobile era: A study of mobile reading in developing countries, highlights the importance of using mobile devices to encourage a culture of reading by providing access to books to people who previously had none.’African Branch of Cambridge University Press, 11.8.14

Last year, World Reader had 330,000 monthly active users, reading 650,000 books on mobile phones.

CUP has made 360 e books available via the app, including titles from the Cambridge African Language Library which is a primary reading series.

SmithMartin Partnership are excited at this development and all that it may mean for future readers. We are working with World Reader in a smaller way, through our Books Go Walkabout project to support e-reading and literacy.

The way ahead for future readers!

Sue Martin

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Books go Walkabout – e-Print Publisher

Using SmithMartin technology for conversations - but now for eBooks and print services too!
Using SmithMartin technology forconversations- but now for eBooks and print services too!

Books Go Walkabout, our international literacy project,  has just started on a new journey, into e-publishing.

An exciting new adventure and we are pleased to start our journey with a book in our series called Writing about Africa. Short stories and general fiction about Africa – travel, images and character, with lots more to come.

The BgW team would be happy to talk with authors and creative writers about our literacy project. Helping us find new ways of presenting positive stories about the great continent, offering new markets and new readers for your work. You can contact us here.

The first story, The Goat That Vanished   is by Ifeoma Onyefulu. A story of a goat, some elders and a wedding gift that went wrong… a story of culture, humour and family life.

 

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Where did the goat go?

Ifeoma writes for children and uses her captivating photos of African life as she travels across the continent. Buy this short story from the Amazon Kindle Store – for less than the price of a cup of coffee here.

Our publications are set to grow, working with the Worldreader programme, whose charitable work distributes 300 stories per Kindle, free to readers throughout Africa. A great project!

Our eBooks and print publications are designed to feed into social projects supporting children and literacy in Africa, but their interest is world wide. Already Ifeoma’s story is available across the globe, in 9 different countries.

A real success for Books Go Walkabout…join us on the journey.

 

Books Go Walkabout – Children and authors using technology across the globe – an imprint of SmithMartin LLP

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