Education students head to schools in South Africa

Mark Wickens and Sharon AbbeyThis is the third time Sharon Abbey has packed her bags and taken a group of eager student teachers to schools in South Africa.In an annual program the professor of Education started in 2008, 10 future teachers will spend three weeks in a poverty-stricken suburb of Cape Town. They will teach in two elementary schools, learning to craft lessons without the usual amenities like computers, videos or photocopiers.The group – led by Abbey and Brock cohort advisor Mark Wickens – will also take more than 500 pounds of school supplies and necessities for the community they’ll visit. The load includes glasses, shoes, 100 soccer balls, beads, books and two laptop computers.The trip will count as a portion of the in-classroom experience required for Ontario teaching certification. The group will also visit an orphanage and a group called Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS, as well as experiencing an overnight safari and the Cape of Good Hope.The popular program has inspired some of its past participants to pursue international education, teaching in countries like Australia, Switzerland and Kenya, Abbey said.“They get this in their blood and they just keep going.”Teaching in the South African schools will challenge the students to be creative with fewer resources than usual, Wickens said.“This will help push their ability to be creative and use what I call high-yield strategies,” he said.The group leaves on the month-long trip on April 14.Quick links:– Faculty of Education | Brock University– Faculty page – Dr. Sharon Abbey read more

Army urged to do more after female veterans tell of sex assaults

Instead, they discovered 52 out of 100 women questions said they had been sexually assaulted while serving. Forward Assist, an organisation based in the North East of England, conducted a series of interviews with 100 female veterans expecting to find the greatest challenge they faced in civilian life was overcoming post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following recent conflicts. An Armed Services veterans’ charity is urging the Government to do more to protect female soldiers after a survey found more than half of women who had served in the RAF, Army or Navy were sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, 26 women claimed they had been physically assaulted, 66 said they were bullied and 49 of them admitted…