The Present Situation For Writing And Publishing Creative Writing For Children In Africa

Africa has been marked by a dearth of books, especially picture story books for younger children reflecting an African environment both in textual context and illustration. Problems militating against a rapid growth in writing and publishing for children in Africa include the following: (1) The bulk of reading matters available to the African child are textbooks rather than books for pleasure and enjoyment. (2) Most children’s books are still imported. Such imported works are mostly insensitive to local culture, and unreflective of the social realities of the African child and his aspirations. (3) Not enough African published children’s books are available. (4) If they are available the illustrations in them are either (a) of poor quality (b) not in full colour (c) Do not have beautiful dust jackets. (5) And if they are in full colour, and of good quality, they are either much too expensive or for an elitist Read More …

Fraud In English Language Education – Keep Your Money Safe From Criminals

FRAUD used by SCHOOLS Students want to attend high quality established schools. Schools will use fraud to attract students to their school or attempt to appear more established to qualify for government programs or association membership. Schools that claim to have specific affiliations, qualifications, assets, programs, staff or history that are untrue are committing fraud. Schools have also used fraudulent statistics to show jobs or salary upon graduation. A favorite trick is to name a language school as a “college”. The word college in Canada is not an official use name and anyone can name any building, house or barn as a college. Students should not choose a school simply because it has college in the name. College in the name does not mean anything in Canada. Another trick is to use the same name or almost identical name of a famous school in the USA, UK, Asia, or Europe. Read More …

Calm Down! Chillax

God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay… No one knows who wrote these lyrics but it is believed that they originated in the sixteenth century when bands travelled around London singing in taverns. The first publication was in 1833 and since then, people in different countries have adopted this carol as part of their traditional celebrations at Christmastime. The word “dismay” is not one that we usually use in everyday conversation. It means “distress”. There are more contemporary ways of stating “Let nothing you dismay”. One day, for example, when I was in a bit of a panic at work trying to get everything done, my son said “Chillax”. At first I was puzzled as I had never heard this word before. Once I thought about it though and realized that it is a combination of the words “chill” and “relax” I laughed. People need to chillax more Read More …

FRP: A Necessary and Practical Solution in Industries

In the recent times, the industrial sectors have seen an exceptional revolution. Almost all the reputed factories of the leading nations are effectually replacing the traditional materials with FRP. Fibre-reinforced plastic or fibreglass provides optimal performances and earn maximum revenues for the companies. A large number of public landscape structures such as, jetties, bridges, walkways and viewing platforms, could be made from this excellent building material. In the further discussion, we would discuss more about this material and its benefits over other conventional manufacturing elements. More about Fibre-Reinforced Plastic Fibre-Reinforced Plastic is a composite element, made from polymer matrix strengthened by fibres. Polymer could be vinyl ester, phenol formaldehyde resins or polyester thermosetting plastic and the reinforcing fibres could be carbon, glass, basalt, wood, paper or asbestos. These composite plastic is generally fabricated through the process of addition polymerization or step-growth polymerization. In this procedure, the above-mentioned fibres effectively enhance Read More …