WBEZ | Secondary education http://www.wbez.org/tags/secondary-education Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Elizabeth Powley delivers secondary education to kids in Burundi and Rwanda http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-elizabeth-powley-delivers-secondary-education-kids-burundi <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Every%20Child%20little%202.jpg" title="(Courtesy of Elizabeth Powley/Every Child is My Child)" /></div><p>It&rsquo;s time for our&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em> series. Each Thursday, we hear about a person who&rsquo;s decided to work to make the world a better place.</p><p>And former high school teacher, Elizabeth Powley, believes that &ldquo;every child has the right to learn.&rdquo; And she has a special love for the children of Africa&rsquo;s Great Lakes region. Elizabeth is founder of <a href="http://www.everychildismychild.org/">Every Child is My Child</a>, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that funds education for children in Burundi and Rwanda. And she envisions a world in which &ldquo;every girl and boy in Africa has access to secondary school.&rdquo;</p></div><p>Elizabeth is also very busy as executive director of Heartland Alliance International, and they&rsquo;re part of <a href="http://www.heartlandalliance.org/">Heartland Alliance</a>, the Chicago-based group that for well over a century has helped endangered populations &mdash; particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced.</p><p><strong>Elizabeth Powley shares how her group is making a difference:</strong></p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">More than 70% of the students we&rsquo;re working with are the first in their families to go beyond 6th grade. When they graduate, more than 90% of them will be first in their families to graduate from high school.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">By guaranteeing that all qualified students from a partner community can get a secondary education, we are changing the way children and their families plan for and envision their future. Families can redirect limited resources to other needs (housing, food, agriculture). Children can relax and study, knowing that their scholastic efforts will bring results. Communities will see an entire generation of students educated &ndash; for the first time &ndash; beyond the elementary school level.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">We&rsquo;re creating a community-based model that we hope will advance the policy conversation about education in Africa from &ldquo;universal primary&rdquo; to &ldquo;universal secondary.&rdquo; Rwanda is already headed in that direction; it recently made &ldquo;basic 9&rdquo; the new standard. We&rsquo;d like to be a part of a movement that sees all of Africa adopt &ldquo;basic 12&rdquo; as the new standard.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Since 2007, we&rsquo;ve funded hundreds of years of secondary education. Graduates of Ngenda, Nyacyonga, and Mageyo are now studying at secondary schools (boarding schools) all over Rwanda and Burundi. In just a couple years, the first class from Mageyo School that Every Child started with will be graduating high school.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-elizabeth-powley-delivers-secondary-education-kids-burundi Study says Illinois part-time students struggle to complete secondary degrees http://www.wbez.org/story/study-says-illinois-part-time-students-struggle-complete-secondary-degrees-92520 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-28/RS394_graduation.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new study released Tuesday says Illinois graduation rates are low for part-time students compared to full-time students.</p><p>The study from the non-profit Complete College America looked at self-reported data from the state on both full-time and part-time students at public colleges and universities. The Illinois data says 24 percent of the state's part-time students finish four-year Bachelor's degrees in eight years, while 10 percent finish two-year associate degrees in four years. That’s compared to 63 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In 2009, 47 percent of Illinois students were enrolled at public colleges part time.</p><p>Stan Jones, president of Complete College America, said the success of these students is necessary to creating a healthy state economy.</p><p>“You need a highly educated work force if you're going to have your economy expand and continue to expand,” said Jones. “And the kinds of students that we're talking about will either make up the middle class or they're going to be stuck in poverty.”</p><p>Jones said the numbers are similar across the country. He said colleges, particularly community colleges, are not structured to accommodate an increasingly part-time student who balances school with work and other obligations.</p><p>“Those are the students that are failing,” Jones said.</p><p>According to the study, 67 percent of Illinois jobs will require at least a career certificate by 2020. Illinois is one of 33 states that joined Complete College America's initiative to bring the number of adults with degrees to 60 percent by 2025. According to the new study, 43 percent of Illinois adults currently have at least an associate degree.</p></p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/study-says-illinois-part-time-students-struggle-complete-secondary-degrees-92520