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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top Three New Year's Resolutions for Africa

Top Three New Year's Resolutions for Africa

New Year's Resolutions

Top Three New Year's Resolutions for Africa are to End Corruption, Eradicate Terrorist Violence, and Establish and maintain Good African Governance. Africa’s top three New Year's resolutions could actually be achieved; millions of ordinary people across Africa write down their aspirations and work to fulfill their New Year's Resolutions in the New Year.

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Top Three New Year's Resolutions for Africa


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New Year's Resolutions for Africa, End Corruption


Corruption is holding Africa back from becoming a world power. Corruption is endemic to the way of life in much of Africa. Transparency International, a global watchdog organization says 75 million people in Africa below the Saharan desert paid a bribe in 2014. Corruption has saturated all life facets African’s life from simple things like access to medical care, schools and jobs, to the grand scale of it all like award of contracts and use of public resources. The effect has been great inequalities both in access of services from government offices as well as opportunities for investment with many local and foreign firms discouraged and forced to close business. Misappropriation of public funds and biased awarding of tenders compromises on the quality service available to the members of the public.

As a result, the enormous gap between the haves and haves nots is huge. While some African governments are making strides to end corruption, the perceptions of corruption and level of trust from the average citizen show corruption is a serious life or death issue. In Liberia 7 out of 10 people in the country say they have had to pay bribes to access basic services like healthcare and schooling.

"Corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion. While corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation," said José Ugaz, chair of Transparency International, in a statement.

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New Year's Resolutions for Africa, Eradicate Terrorist Violence 


Parts of Africa are under constant terrorist attacks and live with the constant threat of terrorism throughout their daily lives. The four groups responsible for the majority of the terrorist attacks or suspected are Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, Islamic State and Boko Haram.

Insecurity is rampant across Africa hindering progress at national and regional levels. From the urban crime to terrorist groups to civil wars and political instability, the examples violence is endless. The brutal insecurities affect all factors of life including loss of infrastructure causing colossal displacement of people, loss of foreign investments, and loss of innocent lives.

About the four groups responsible for the majority of the terrorist attacks in Africa:


Al-Shabaab

Al-Shabaab means The Youth in Arabic is a Salafist jihadist group based in East Africa, mainly Somalia. Al-Shabab has staged numerous attacks in Kenya because it has sent its troops into Somali territory. In February 2010, the group is allied to al-Qaeda. Al-Shabaab has carried out more than 360 attacks in Somalia from 2006-2017.

On January 27, 2017, Al-Shabaab killed at least 57 soldiers in takeover of peacekeeping base in Kulbiyow, Somalia. In the middle of the day on September 21, 2013, al-Shabaab fighters stormed a busy Nairobi Kenya shopping center, throwing grenades and firing indiscriminately at shoppers for 4 days resulting in at least 67 deaths. Al-Shabaab was declared terrorist group by US on March 18, 2008.

Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda means The Base in Arabic and is broad-based militant Islamist organization founded by Osama bin Laden in 1989. The oldest of the Islamist militant groups operating in North Africa, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) came into being in 2005 when it changed its name from the Algerian Salafi Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) and announced its allegiance to Osama Bin Laden. In February 2017, 15 people were killed and 19 injured in Tiloa, Niger in an ambush attack by Al-Qaeda militants. Al-Qaeda was declared terrorist group by US on October 8, 1999.

Islamic State formerly known as ISIS

Islamic State formerly known as ISIS can trace its roots back to the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian. In 2004, a year after the US-led invasion of Iraq, Zarqawi pledged allegiance to Osama Bin Laden and formed al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which became a major force in the insurgency.

February 2017, Islamic State militants in Qandala, Somalia executed three civilians and three soldiers. In the same month, two Christians were killed by Islamic State militants. The first was shot dead and the second was abducted and later burned alive. Islamic State was declared terrorist group by US on December 17, 2004.

Boko Haram

Boko Haram founded in 2002 official Arabic name, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, means "People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad" was initially focused on opposing Western education earning the nickname Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language. Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are the three Nigerian states worst-affected by Boko Haram.

Boko Haram declared terrorist group by US in 2013. About 11 people were killed Saturday March 28, 2015 and two more injured ‎in attacks apparently by Boko Haram in voting stations in the northeastern state of Gombe Nigeria.

Boko Haram states its purpose is to institute Sharia, or Islamic law. Women and girls who were former captives of Boko Haram face marginalization and rejection by family and community members because of social and cultural norms related to sexual violence. Boko Haram promotes a version of Islam which makes it "haram", or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society.


Selling at market in Liberia

New Year's Resolutions for Africa, Establish and maintain Good African Governance


Africa needs exceptional role models for the continent. Many African countries are facing a struggle of good governance, Africa needs leaders who will develop their countries, lift people out of poverty and pave the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity. First, it was the struggle for independence from the colonial rule then liberation from dictatorships that merged from independence. The challenge for current governments is the creation and implementation of policies that reflect of the immediate and future needs of the people. Poor governance affects all healthcare, security, political stability, and development projects.

About 60,000 people are estimated to have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, fleeing conflict and poverty. Since the 2011 uprising, Libya has been without a stable government, and the chaos has allowed trafficking networks to thrive. More than 1,800 people are feared to have died crossing the Mediterranean in 2015 so far - a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014. Italy received more than 170,000 of the 2014 arrivals, large numbers of which were from Eritrea.

Since 2006, Mo Ibrahim $100 million foundation funds an annual prize for the most honest African leader. Ibrahim believes that "nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important to African development than good governance."

"When I first started talking about the potential for investment and business opportunities in Africa some 20 years ago, I found myself an isolated voice. That turned out to be good for me – and the few others who saw, invested, and reaped wonderful rewards from that potential – but not so good for the continent." -Mo Ibrahim
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

A1 West African Sardine Okro Soup

A1 West African Sardine Okro Soup

A1 Okra Recipe

African Sardine Okra Soup is a healthy easy to prepare African food recipe. Many variations of okro (okra) soup can be found throughout Western Africa.

West African Sardine Okro Soup



A1 West African Sardine Okro Soup African Food Recipe


1 can sardines in oil
3 fresh whole anchovies
2 cups frozen orko (okra)
2 handfuls pumpkin leaves, washed and chopped
2 chopped onions
Irish potato, diced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
3 cups water


Directions
Add all ingredients into a large pot, simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with boiled dumplings or rice.




Did you know?
Hibiscus Esculentus or okra (okro) is of African origin originating from Ethiopia.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

ℛooster and the Hen Became Friends African Folklore Tall Tale

ℛooster and the Hen Became Friends African Folklore Tall Tale

ℛooster and the Hen Became Friends African Folklore Tall Tale



Rooster

Enemies Become Friends

Rooster and hen were sworn enemies who became lifelong friends. Rooster and the Hen Became Friends African Folklore Tall Tale explore how enemies can transform hostility into harmony.



ℛooster and the Hen Became Friends African Folklore Tall Tale




The animals one day said to the Rooster, "Why don't you build a house for yourself?" "The audacity!" haughtily answered the Rooster. "To talk of me building a house when the trees are bare and without leaves! I did build a house at one time, but it fell down in a heap. It will be a long while before I build another!"

One day he was very hungry, and he seated himself on top of a banana stalk. Looking down from his lofty perch, he happened to see some tempting red berries in the brambles below. They looked altogether too tempting! So, without further thought, he made a dive for the tempting morsel and presently found himself caught in a snare, which some of the naughty village-boys—his sworn enemies—had laid.

It so happened that about this time the Hen came along, in search of food for her little ones. She found the Rooster held tight.in the snare, screaming, and vainly trying to free himself.

The Hen, on seeing the sorry plight the rooster was in, was moved with compassion and pity. Therefore, spreading her wings, she swung herself aloft and perched on the snare. This tore from the force of her weight, and the Rooster was freed.

Sometime after, while the Hen was busily engaged looking for worms, a hawk suddenly appeared, intent on carrying of her little chicks that were basking in the sun in front of the hut.

The Rooster, who was sitting nearby, saw the danger the little chicks were in and led them to a place of safety. After a while the Hen returned. Then the Rooster told her what had happened, and how he had saved her children from certain death. On that day the Hen and the Rooster became intimate friends, and their friendship has not ceased even to the present day☮




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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Life in the Slums of Africa

Life in the Slums of Africa

Kibera slum is 617 acres or 2.5 square kilometers, a little smaller than New York’s Central Park. Only about 20 percent of Kibera has electricity and 10 percent of Kiberans have access to clean water. Sadly, there is currently no sewage system in the slums of Kibera.

Kibera (Key-bear-a) is a Nubian word meaning Forest or Jungle. Kibera is one of Africa’s largest slums. Fifteen densely populated villages make up this slum. Residents of Kibera are officially squatters and do not own, rent or otherwise have lawful permission to use the land, the land belongs to the government of Kenya. However, this does not stop slumlords from charging rent when families move into vacated shacks.

Little girl in the Slums of Kibera Kenya Africa

Life in the Slums of Kibera Kenya Africa



Slums of Kibera Kenya

Generations have lived in Kenya’s largest slum of Kibera, one of Africa’s largest squatters settlements. Kibera slum is well for its crime, overcrowding, poverty, and lack of proper sanitation.


Bring light to the issues of Kibera slum


Every second, two people are added to cities around the world. This population surge is particularly rapid in Africa. The region has the largest urban growth rate in the world, with populations increasing 5 percent annually. In some cities, the annual growth rate exceeds 10 percent. These populations are projected to double within the next decade. 

The majority of Africa’s 400 million city-dwellers live in slums with high population density and poor basic services. Slum dwellers often lack access to clean water and safe sanitation. Under these conditions, waterborne diseases spread rapidly. In the Kibera settlement of Nairobi, Africa’s largest slum, more than 18 percent of children die before their 5th birthday. 

Mbagathi Hospital, a Kenyan health facility is one of Nairobi Kenya busiest hospitals, located on the edge of Kibera, Africa’s largest slum. The hospital has health services for nearly 9,800 HIV patients, supporting the supply of critical life-saving HIV treatment and community outreach.

African slums


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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Blood Sucking Black Vampires

Blood Sucking Black Vampires

Black Vampires

In parts of Southern Malawi Africa  beginning in 1948, rumors began to spread that black and white vampires were working with Malawi's government to collect blood for international aid agencies. Sounds odd right, well people have believed in vampires for thousands of years beginning in Europe during the Middle-Ages.

African woman in red

Blood Sucking Black Vampires


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With the Twilight vampire franchise as popular as ever in America, blood-sucking vampires in the black community of Africa are hunted and killed by mobs.



Despite the modern day charismatic and sophisticated vampire being very popular in many cultures, there is no evidence vampires materially exist but the widespread belief in supernatural beings in Malawi perpetuates the belief in real life African vampires. For the past few years, people who are believed to be vampires are being targeted. In the last couple of months, vigilantes have killed at least nine people after being accused of sucking people’s blood. Fears of vampires in Malawi inspired mob violence that has left at least five dead since mid-September and caused the United Nations to pull out of two districts in the southern part of the country,

It is not Blacula however, since mid-September 2017, some Malawi residents believe blood-sucking vampires use supernatural magic to restrain victims and drain their blood for witchcraft purposes. In some districts, locals have set up roadblocks and formed groups to patrol the streets at night, while many sleep outside due to fears of being attacked. The deathly mob violence that resulted has been so alarming that UN agencies relocated their staff from southern districts in October. The US embassy also moved its Peace Corps volunteers.

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika visited three affected regions where he has met with alleged victims of vampires. In Mulanje, Malawi, the district with the highest number of incidents, he condemned the lynch mobs but also the suspected vampires. “Since this issue started, nobody has come in the open to say that he was attacked and was sucked of his blood,” says James Kadadzera, a national police spokesperson. “Even the hospital officials haven’t certified that anybody has been attacked. As police, we are saying that this is a rumor.”

This is not the first time stories of strangers roaming villages and sucking people’s blood have surfaced in Malawi. According to Anthony Mtuta and Sangwani Tembo, two anthropologists that have studied the phenomenon, similar myths have circulated for decades. In 1948 to 1949, the country experienced a worst famine, they explained, people believed that vampires were moving about in cars and vans at night. The onslaught only ceased after cars were burnt and a curfew imposed by the village chiefs.

In 2002, a year in which Malawi experienced erratic rains and hunger, in some southern districts, villagers became so afraid of blood sucking vampires that they left their fields unattended, while suspected vampires were violently attacked. One killed and three others badly injured and then again in 2009, vampire hysteria occurred again. This time, a young man called Jack Bandawe (aka Nachipanti), who was alleged to be part of a blood-sucking syndicate, was arrested for several acts of murder and violence in Blantyre. In 2017, rumors began to spread that vampires were working with Malawi's government to collect blood for international aid agencies. Vigilantes have killed at least nine people after being accused of being blood-sucking vampires.


Did you know?
A vampire is a being from legend that lives by feeding on blood of the living.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Women African Heroes Assassinated and Executed in South Africa 1963-1985

Women African Heroes

Voices and Visions of African Liberation

Massacres, forced removals, substandard education and the consequent political crisis that gripped South Africa had awakened a militant attitude among the people, including women African heroes. Between 1963 and 1985 three women African heroes were murdered and one African hero executed in bloody South African freedom struggle.

Women African Heroes Women Assassinated and Executed in South Africa 1963-1985

Women African Heroes Women Assassinated and Executed in South Africa 1963-1985


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Women African heroes who died for the liberation struggle




African Hero Dulcie Evonne September

Dulcie Evonne September, in 1976 joined the African National Congress (ANC) where she worked in the ANC Women's League. She was an anti-apartheid activist, humanitarian and political prisoner. September was arrested and detained without trial at Roeland Street Prison on October 7, 1963. Together with nine others she was charged under the Criminal Procedure Act, with the principal charge one of a conspiracy to commit acts of sabotage, and incite acts of politically motivated violence. After almost six months of court proceedings, judgement was delivered on April 15, 1964. September was sentenced to five years imprisonment, during which time she endured severe physical and psychological abuse. In 1973, as her banning order drew to a close, September applied for a permanent departure permit. She had secured a position at Madeley College of Education in London, England, she then went into exile in London. At the end of 1983 September was appointed ANC Chief Representative in France, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Coupled with her new appointment, September underwent a short course in military training in the Soviet Union.On the morning of March 29, 1988, September was assassinated outside the ANC's Paris office at 28, Rue des Petites-Ecuries, as she was opening the office after collecting the mail. She was shot five times from behind with a 22-calibre silenced rifle. She was 52 years old.


African Hero Ruth Heloise First

Ruth Heloise First had a brilliant intellect and did not suffer fools, her sharp criticism and her impatience with bluster earned her enemies and she was often feared in political debate. First studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, from 1942 to 1946. She graduated with a BA in Social Studies, receiving firsts in sociology, anthropology, economic history and native administration. First supported and worked for the 1946 mineworkers' strike, the Indian Passive Resistance campaign and protests surrounding the outlawing of communism in 1950. First was a Marxist and in 1956 was arrested and charged in the Treason Trial. The trial lasted four years, after which, all 156 accused were acquitted on March 29, 1961. First was a journalist, academic and political activist killed by a letter bomb August 17, 1982. During the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings, after 1995, it was determined that the bomb that killed First had been put together by Jerry Raven, based on an order from Craig Williamson, a former spy in the South African security police.


African Hero Victoria Nonyamezelo Mxenge

After the murder of her husband, Mxenge continued the law firm her and her husband began. She often intervened to protect youth ill-treated in detention. She was part of the defence team in the 1984 treason trial, against leaders of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court.Mxenge started a bursary fund in memory of her husband. She became a member of the Release Nelson Mandela Committee (RMC), the National Organisation of Women (NOW) and the Natal Treasurer of the UDF. In July 1985 she was invited to speak at the funeral of Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mhlauli (the Craddock Four) attended by approximately 50,000 mourners to mark the death of activists who had been murdered by the security police. Within days of the funeral speech, on August 1, 1985, four men attacked Mxenge in the driveway of her home in Umlazi, Durban and murdered her in front of her children. She was laid to rest next to her husband at Rayi Cemetery in the presence of 10,000 mourners. Victoria Nonyamezelo Mxenge was a nurse, midwife, lawyer and member of the UDF and NOW.


African Hero Notemba Bozwana

Not much is known about Notemba Bozwana however she is the only woman to be executed. Her cause of death is listed as sabotage in Queenstown in 1963. Komani, formerly known as Queenstown, is a town in the middle of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa with a history of violence and murder against black South Africans. Queenstown was founded in 1853 intended to be a military outpost designed to protect the British subjects from attack during the time of the Frontier wars. The town was laid out around a central hexagon, which was to be the lager to which the citizens would flee in time of trouble. Ezibeleni is the largest township in the Queenstown area. Its original name was Queensdale, named after Queenstown. Ezibeleni was a town established near Queenstown in the 1960s, the majority of the Black population was moved east to the township of Ezibeleni, as part of the removal of Africans to Bantustans, or homelands. Black South Africans were not allowed to live, but only to work, in the white-dominated Queenstown. It is recorded during this era of forced removal of blacks, Notemba Bozwana was executed as ongoing rain of terror in Queenstown South Africa.


Ruth Heloise First was a journalist academic and political activist was killed by a letter bomb August 17 1982
Ruth Heloise First was a journalist academic and political activist was killed by a letter bomb August 17 1982

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Kwanzaa Is Meant to Help You Start the New Year Off Right


Kwanzaa



Umoja (oo-MO-jah) means Unity
Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-GOO-lee-ah) means Self-Determination
Ujima (oo-jah-MAH-ah) means Collective Work and Responsibility
Ujamaa (koo-OOM-bah) means Cooperative Economics
Nia (NEE-ah) means Purpose
Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) means Creativity
Imani (ee-MAH-nee) means Faith
Kwanzaa Is Meant to Help You Start the New Year off Right


Imani (ee-MAH-nee) means Faith

Kwanzaa is meant to help you start the New Year off right. A new year inspires renewed energy and excitement for what could happen and Kwanzaa seven principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith fit right into the New Year resolutions wish list.

Beginning December 26 and lasting for seven days until the first day of the New Year, Kwanzaa is a celebration of everyone's community, family and culture.

Kwanzaa

History of Kwanzaa



Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of seven principles. The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green; Black for the people, red for their struggle, and green for the future and success that comes from their struggle.

Seven Principles of Kwanzaa


Kwanzaa seven principles are known as the Nguzo Saba (n-GU-zo SAH-bah).

Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced Kwanzaa in 1966 to the Africans of the American diaspora as a ceremonial celebration to welcome the first fruit harvests in the Americas. Dr. Karenga created Kwanzaa “to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to the building and reinforcing of family, community, and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community”.

Kwanzaa is a seven day celebration of family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa is not an African Christmas celebration, Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor is it meant to replace Christmas. The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green. Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration that begins on December 26 and ends on January 1.

Kwanzaa has seven symbols that represent the values reflective of a peaceable world known as the Nguzo Saba. The seven principles of Kwanzaa are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili term, "matunda ya kwanza", which means first-fruits, Kwanzaa is based on African harvest celebrations.

What is Kwanzaa? People of many faiths, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds celebrate Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a time for all communities to gather together to celebrate ancestry, African culture, future, and past endeavors and virtues. Kwanzaa can be used as a positive force in all communities. Kwanzaa pays respect to beloved ancestors and to elders for their wisdom, knowledge, sacrifice and fortitude.
People of many faiths, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds celebrate Kwanzaa.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Every Strength Is A Weakness, Every Weakness Is Strength

Every Strength Is A Weakness, Every Weakness Is Strength

Every Strength Is A Weakness, Every Weakness Is Strength African Proverbs



Better fifty enemies outside than one within

Proverbs Among African People

African Proverbs are a force and have power to change behavior because the truths portrayed in them are so simple and undeniable that the morals and advice they have, people feel obliged to conduct their lives in the manner prescribed in the African proverbs simply because they are from the wise elders of old. Many African Proverbs convey the truth, every strength is a weakness, and every weakness is strength.

African Cosmos

You are not a loving person; you don't remember good deeds.


Everyone is proud of himself, no one sees himself as ugly.

Good can come out of evil.

That which is meant to be yours will come your way.

Laugh with them, but it’s not good for you.


A farmer who has a big cutlass may try to fell a big tree with it, or strike it against any stick; but pretty soon, he will find himself with a broken cutlass.

Being greedy for more, you can miss all.

The school of an arrogant principal is unpopular.

Even though I’m lost in Africa I’m home.

The hasty rat misses its hole.

Suffering, it is by you our wealth began.

The danger lies on ease things.


One who gives to earn praise will impoverish himself.


What was withheld as secret thought will come out through a slip of tongue.

You can be punished as you do sin on the spot. But for others it can come later.

Even sweet things have their limits.

Who I am



What will small birds overlook, the bigger ones will carry.


Proud people who claim to be self-sufficient are left alone in time of need.

Days look alike but yet they are not the same.

If you refuse to work in a far away field, you will find yourself obliged to dwell there.

Productivity in work is better than the mislead use of strength.


When the chiefs are fighting against each other, the little ones are the greatest loosers.

When the people are numerous, there will be found somebody who is troublesome.

It is when you are in difficulty that you will know who is really your friend.

Foolishness precedes cleverness, cleverness follows


The one who takes no advice will get hurt with small matters.

I see, I see, and in the end the tree falls on you and you die.

The hen cannot lay eggs of crocodiles, and crocodiles can not lay eggs of hens.

African proverb

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A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

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Be the good

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The eye never forgets what the heart has seen - African Proverb

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A wise person does not fall down on the same hill twice.