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“Africa Doesn’t Need a Savior, America Does”

A Kenyan activist challenges the motives and methods of Americans who volunteer abroad.

Boniface Mwangi, a Kenyan activist and photographer

An increasing number of Americans are volunteering abroad. The New York Times reports that an estimated 1 million Americans go overseas to volunteer each year, and African countries are the most popular destinations for these trips. Boniface Mwangi, a Kenyan activist profiled in a New York Times Op-Doc video, wants to know: “why?”

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Students Take to Twitter to Protest School Lunches

Students in the Plum Borough School District in suburban Pittsburgh are #BrownBagginIt to call attention to pricey school lunches they don't like.

Instead of launching a cafeteria sit-in or school walkout over school lunches, students in the Plum Borough School District in suburban Pittsburgh are proving that all it takes to stage an effective protest is a smartphone and Twitter. The price of a lunch has risen to $2.50, and students say they're not going to pay more for lower quality food. The social media savvy high schoolers have pledged to boycott the cafeteria food and bring a sack lunch from home. They're using the hashtag #BrownBagginIt to let the world know why.

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Can a National Student-Led Movement Catalyze Education Reform?

EdMonth wants college students to drive the discussion on improving both K-12 and higher education.


Can a student-led movement get young people to become vocal agitators for education reform? That’s the goal of EdMonth, a national student-led movement and discussion that seeks to catalyze college-age students and get them to drive the discussion on improving both K-12 schools and higher education in America.

"We are trying to bring as much national attention to education, making it the 'next big thing' for our nation's youth to rally behind," says one of the movement’s organizer’s, University of Southern California freshman Kevin Sanchez. He says that while education inequality has been described as the most important civil rights issue of our time, not enough is being done to fix our education system. "Teachers are still being laid off, schools are being closed, and kids are not leaving high school with the skills necessary to succeed."

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