MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/19/02

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/19/02

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February 20, Wednesday

"The Jews of Africa," program by Hillel Jewish Student Center. 7:00 p.m., MSU Union. (See MSU announcements for further details).

February 21, Thursday

"New Trends in African Cinema," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tama Hamilton-Wray, Coordinator, African Media Program (MSU), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.

February 28, Thursday

"Zambia's 2001 Elections: How free? How fair?" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Anne Schneller, Academic Specialist (International Studies in Education, College of Education, MSU), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.


The Jews of Africa" Program

The Hillel Jewish Student Center at MSU announce a program entitled, "The Jews of Africa." The program is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. in the MSU Union. Mr. Jay Sand, freelance journalist, historian and activist is the presenter. Mr. Sand will bring a lot of personality to "The Jews of Africa" presentation. He will teach songs, tell stories, lead children in African games, and make presentation one that all of your organization's members will recall with a big grin. Visit his website at: to read more about the topic and the presenter. Contact Shira Weinstein, Program Director, (517) 332-1916 for details.

Africa Culture Week 2002

"Change in the Horizon: Africa Unite," is the theme for the 2002 Africa Culture Week at MSU. The annual event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th to Saturday, March 23rd. This year's program will focus specifically on HIV/AIDS and Women and children in Africa.

Mark your calendars to attend the weekly programs, as well as the Grand Gala on Saturday. The Gala features a Production celebrating African culture, a fashion show, dinner, dances, skits, and other performances. More information will follow as the event draws closer.


Sankofa Shule - Lansing, MI

Sankofa Shule, located in Lansing, Michigan is looking for international students or future foreign language teachers to teach Kiswahili, French, Spanish, and Japanese. If you are available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. daily and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Friday's, please call (517) 394-4023 (others times may be arranged as well).

Kikuyu and Somali Languages

Berlitz GlobalNET in Washington, DC is an interpretation company, providing on-site interpretation to companies nationwide, as well as the federal government. Currently, Berlitz GlobalNET provides on-site interpretation for the US Department of Justice - Immigration Courts throughout the United States. They currently need Kikuyu and Somali interpreters. Anyone interested in this freelance interpretation service, and who speaks Kikuyu or Somali, as well as being proficient in English may contact: Aaron Rader, Berlitz GlobalNET, 1730 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Suite 308, Washington, DC 20036; Phone: (888) 241-9149, ext 145; web site:


Kenyan Language Instruction

Hekima Language Services Ltd was opened in January 1993 by two Kenyans and an American. The main objective is to offer tutorial instruction in Kenyan Languages, French and English mainly for communication and academic purposes. Hekima offers instruction on Kiswahili, Kikuyu, Kamba, Kuria, Kisili, Luhya, Luo, Masaai, and many more Kenyan languages. Language instruction is offered at all levels, for instance, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Hekima Language Services Ltd is located in the outcast of Nairobi in a very quiet environment, ideal for learning. Currently, Hekima has programs with St. Lawrence University and Indiana University for FLAS (Title VI) funded students undertaking African Studies for summer study. For further details about the program contact: Director of African Studies, Hekima Language Services, PO Box 55838, Nairobi, Kenya; Phone: 890- 589; fax: 890-590; email:



The International Foundation for Education and Self- Help (IFESH) offers 9-month fellowship field study opportunities for graduate students. Fellows are expected to lend skills and expertise to grassroots, self- help programs and are provided with stipends, living allowances, health insurance and transportation. Academic credit is offered, depending on institution. Tuskegee University, the lead institution for the program, is responsible for pre-departure orientations.

Countries with programs include: Tanzania, Central African Republic, Swaziland, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Niger, Guinea, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Botswana and Zaire. For more information, contact: International Foundation for Education and Self-Help, 5040 East Shea Blvd., Suite 260, Phoenix, AZ 85254-4610; Phone: (602) 443-1800.


CARE - Sudan Basic Education positions

CARE is responding to a RFA for Sudan Basic Education and is looking for a Chief of Party and two advisors. Subject to availability of funds, the 20 million USD project aims at supporting southern Sudanese communities re-establish their schools over a five-year period. The project will focus on: 1) improving teacher education programs; 2) increasing the capacity of primary and secondary schools to deliver quality education, especially for girls; and; 3) improving non- formal education for out-of-school youth and adult learners. The program will work in four regions of southern Sudan (Upper Nile, Bahr el Ghazal, Western Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria).

Chief of Party

Chief of Party responsibilities include: overall strategic and programmatic directions of project for the consortium; planning, implementation and monitoring of projects; budget development and management; staff development and management; liaison and networking with key project stakeholders; and report writing. Required qualifications include: Master's Degree in Education, Social Science or relevant field (PhD preferred) with at least 10 years of demonstrated experience in planning, implementing and monitoring education projects in a complex international development environment. At least 5 years experience working in emergency and/or post conflict context, preferably in East Africa. Experience with USAID reporting, budgeting, procurement, and project management procedures. Proven capacity to manage complex budgets. Excellent communication skills in English. Capacity to develop and mentor a team of highly qualified professionals. Ability to collaborate with people and organizations of diverse backgrounds. Good facilitation, analytical and organizing skills. Based in Nairobi with frequent travel to South Sudan.

School Community Partnership Advisor

The School Community Partnership Advisor will strengthen the relationship between communities and schools. Requirements: A Master's degree in Education, Social Science or relevant field. At least three years experience working in community mobilization and empowerment. Experience designing and implementing community school programs. Prior experience in post conflict context and/or East Africa. Ability to collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds. Ability to work with organizations to build their technical, managerial and financial capacities. Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Excellent communication skills in English. Based in Lokichoggio or South Sudan and is an unaccompanied post.

Local Capacity Building Advisor

The Local Capacity Building Advisor (LCBA) will design interventions that will foster ownership of the nascent educational system by the Sudanese. Requirements: A Master's Degree in Social Science, Education or relevant field. At least five years of experience of designing and implementing training programs to build the capacity of partner organizations; at least three years in sub-grants management. Prior experience in post conflict context and/or East Africa. Knowledge and skills relevant to development of community based programs; OD/ID strengthening. Excellent training, facilitation and communication skills. Ability to work effectively in a team. Flexibility and ability to adjust to changing circumstances. Excellent communication skills in English. Based in Lokichoggio or South Sudan and is an unaccompanied post. Please send CV and cover letter denoting position of interest to before February 28 or visit the website at

Yoruba Language Lector position - Yale University

The Yale Program in African Languages, with the Council on African Studies of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, announces an opening for a Lector in African Languages (Yoruba) beginning July 1, 2002. Primary duties include teaching five courses per year including elementary (two courses) and intermediate (two courses) Yoruba in four learning-skill areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The fifth course will focus on modern literary, cultural and/or sociolinguistic topics as appropriate to the appointee's qualifications and expertise. The Lector will also participate in program building of African Studies at Yale and, specifically, in developing pedagogic materials and the overall curriculum for West African languages. Applicants should have experience in teaching Yoruba as a second language in a college or university environment and an M.A. or other advanced degree in a relevant discipline. Experience with computer-aided language learning methods and in software development is desirable. A candidate with native or near-native fluency in Yoruba, strong English skills and demonstrated ability and enthusiasm for in- class language instruction, together with expertise in second-language acquisition is preferred. Also candidates who have command of more than one West African language is desired. Lectors are normally appointed for three years with annual renewal based on mid-year performance review and continued availability of resources. Salary is commensurate with experience and background.

Send letter of application, curriculum vita and three letters of recommendation to Sandra Sanneh, Director, Yale Program in African Languages, P.O. Box 208206, New Haven CT 06520, U.S.A.; Tel: 203-432-3436; Fax: 203-432-5963. Submissions by email will be accepted by <> or by <>. AA/EOE; applications from women and minorities are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 10th and continue until the search is completed.


Message-Id: <> Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 14:06:22 -0500 From: MSU African Studies Center <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 7

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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