ND listed as a top Peace Corps university

first_imgPlacing on the Peace Corps’ list of top universities nationwide for the 12th straight year, Notre Dame has established a tradition of expanding learning beyond the classroom. Notre Dame ranked 10th on the Peace Corps’ list of Medium Colleges and Universities to produce the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2011. According to a recent Notre Dame press release, 35 alumni currently serve in the Peace Corps around the world. Among that list is 2010 Notre Dame alumna Meghan Costello, who has spent the past 16 months in Rwanda.  Costello said her primary role in Rwanda is teaching English, yet her mission goes far beyond teaching itself. “Peace Corps is different from other organizations because it is so much more than the primary assignment,” she said. “It’s about integration into a community, learning about another culture and spreading American culture. Through these steps, you can find other ways to be useful in the community.” The prospect of joining the Peace Corps was something that Costello said she had always considered, and after joining, it became the perfect fit for her. “I think Peace Corps was always in my head, a little thing inside that I always wanted, but didn’t think I would ever actually experience,” she said. “When it became a part of my reality, I had the support of all my family and friends. It felt so right.” The atmosphere and the people of Notre Dame are what motivated Costello to join the Peace Corps, she said. In addition, a study abroad trip to Rome helped her realize a passion for applying her education outside of the classroom. “Studying abroad in Rome certainly helped in my desire to experience other cultures,” she said. “I wanted to understand what I was reading in class and to experience the reality of these situations, whatever the reality was.” Although Costello said life in Rwanda can be difficult and lonely at times, she finds comfort in her tasks and responsibilities. “The highlights always come with good work,” she said. “I have recently been plunging into projects in my community, and they bring me joy the kind of joy that comes after finishing a tough paper or a long run.” However, Costello said it is difficult for her to express in words how her time in Rwanda has been because she has yet to fully understand it herself. “My experience in Rwanda is impossible to describe,” she said. “It’s everything that you’d picture it would be ¾enlightening, challenging, life-changing, difficult, rewarding … it’s all those things, but different than you could ever imagine.” Looking toward the future, Costello said she is unsure of what her plans are, but her experience in the Peace Corps has broadened her perception of what careers are available in the business world.            “I am meeting fascinating people all the time here, and so many are doing great work,” she said. “There are so many cool jobs out there, and I want them all. We will have to see what life has in store for me.”last_img read more

Louisiana Gets New Primary School

first_imgThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has turned over a newly constructed primary school to the Ministry of Education in an effort to provide quality education to the residence of Louisiana Township, outside Monrovia.The new facility, which was formally handed over to the community by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF, is the latest to be launched under the Government of Japan-funded initiative to provide safe child-friendly schools to communities across Liberia. The school, which was handed over to the Louisiana community over the weekend, will begin serving Louisiana Town and three surrounding communities in the next school year, increasing access to quality education for over 5,000 residents and their children. The new primary school replaces a dilapidated community structure that had been used as school.During the handling over ceremony Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Education, Mr. Ramses T. Kumbuyah, extended thanks to the Japan Government and UNICEF for what he termed as great support to the country future generation.Mr. Kumbuyah speaking on behalf of the Education Ministry and the Liberian government, said the Liberian people are pleased with the construction of the school in that it will provide better learning environment for the residence of that part of Liberia.He meanwhile urged the students and authorities of the institution to maintain the properties of the school stating that maintenance should be a priority.“It is easy to have a school built for you like this but it is very difficult to maintain,” MOE Deputy said.He called on all teachers to provide quality education in the classrooms for the students and that they should teach according to the curriculum.Mr. Kumbuyah at the same time warned teachers that there is a new code of conduct, which talks about good ordinance, high quality of disciplines, corruptions. And if any teacher is caught in the act of receiving money from students for grades, sexual favors and other wrong things will be prosecuted, license and certificate will be withdrawn.“Grade 1-9, there will be free education and no fees attached to it, the objective of the Ministry is to increase the amount of kids in school,” the Dep. Education Minister stated.According to the Deputy Country Representative of UNICEF, Mr. Fazlul Haque, Education is the key priority to Liberia.He pledged his organization’s support to Liberia stating that UNICEF will make sure that all children get better education.He said the Government of Liberia has realized the importance of education for the peace and security of the country.“If the country does not give the children proper education, this means the country’ future is not strong. The key element of development is education and every child should be given the right education,” he said.He, too, joined Dep. Min. Kumbuyah to call on the school administration to maintain the property wisely and provide better education to students in that part of Liberia.For her part the former Superintendent for Montserrado County, Madam Grace T. Kpaan commended the Japanese government and UNICEF for providing suitable school for Louisiana Township.Discussing the issue of sexual exploitation and buying of grades in school, Mrs. Kpaan said “If I have my own way, any teacher caught exploiting a student sexually, I will kill that teacher because you have destroyed the dream of the child.”The Louisiana Public School was established in 1939 by Toby Teage and Pauley Teage and was called “Waterside School” located in Louisiana, Montserrado County. Waterside School was operated in the home of the late Fredrick Hines, Sr. from Kindergarten to grade 4.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAELIC GAMES: MAYO JUST TOO GOOD FOR DONEGAL LADIES

first_imgDONEGAL’S senior Ladies team were edged out in a tough game against Mayo today.The home side eventually won out by 2-15 to 1-09, but the scoreline probably flattered the Mayo ladies in the encounter in Claremorris.Donegal had started the game well, with the irrepressible Geraldine McLaughlin scoring a goal to give the visitors the lead. But that was as good as it was going to get in the difficult conditions as Mayo came roaring back.Mayo’s eight-time Allstar Cora Staunton scored 1-09 for her county.Aileen Gilroy added 1-01 hosts including a brilliant second half goal.Donegal lost goalkeeper and captain Roisin McCafferty to an early injury which was a serious blow.  GAELIC GAMES: MAYO JUST TOO GOOD FOR DONEGAL LADIES was last modified: February 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAELIC GAMES: MAYO JUST TOO GOOD FOR DONEGAL LADIESlast_img read more