My words below were written a week ago for Rwanda news media after my visit there. I went on a literacy promotion and was so moved by the Rwandan people’s progress. I thought I would share the message again, in light of what has occurred in Boston.
The majority of humans who live on planet earth respect human life with all of our differences. We do not seek power but seek peace, respect, compassion, laughter, love, knowledge, friendship, beauty and health.
Those values and our desires unite us around the Globe. The mass of our young people, who are the fruit of life are upping their acts of kindness like they never have before; they embrace peace. Today’s young generation are global thinkers and explore their interests outside their communities purely to connect with all types of cultures and experiences to build one world.More than ever the majority needs to be vigilant and call out behaviors or acts in question before harm occurs.
Be it ethnic competition, economic level, religious beliefs, envy, or enragement, whatever the germ may be to carry out the mass killings of humans or even a single annihilation of a human life can be stopped by reversing the formula of Minority/Majority as Rwanda has. “Tensions between Rwandan the minority Tutsi, who had controlled power for centuries, and the majority Hutu peoples, who had come to power in the rebellion of 1959–62 erupted on April 6 1994. By mid-July over 500,000 people were killed according to a Human Rights Watch estimate, with the total death toll reaching possibly 1,000,000.But Rwandans rose from the ashes through belief in the country Rwanda could be… Would be. Women have taken their place in government and a new peace and safety graced the land. Their future is their faith.
With that, I ask all of you to harness and embrace the importance of life and to stand up with respect forhumanity. Let the people of today’s Rwanda be a model on how they as a country demonstrate forgiveness and respect, with inclusion for all of mankind and the commitment to speak out to stand strong against the horrific act of genocide. Rwanda is the voice of the century; walk with them as they mourn the crime against humanity that took place April 7, 1994. And all other lives lost to acts like yesterday’s in Boston.
Teach our young.
Before considering humanity, be Considerate of humans.
A month dedicated to women, as we come together, many of our interests focus on education, inspiration, empowerment and shaping the future. For centuries women continually come together 365 days a year in ways that are fitting for the era. The voices that spoke loudly and quietly all embraced visions, and the passion to change society for the better. Women who came before us are not forgotten. We embrace their words, actions and let their spirits be known. We continue their marks in history, past, present and to support the future.
The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce Commerce is commended for their loyal recognition of women. I personally pass the grain of sand on to the girl child with the encouragement to start now to build their paths and when the time is right, and not before, her voice will awaken and she will have created her personal castle.
BALCONY (Business and Labor Coalition of New York) recently celebrated ‘Women’s History’ with me and other influential women in NYC. I was honored to receive my first award. It is symbolic that the plaque is made out of glass as I ‘break the glass ceiling’ and explain what my personal platform is about. When faced with obstacles, I look at my award and can see beyond the glass. I say to all women and girls to go for it and find a way around your obstacles because that original grain of sand will just be in need of other grains and pebbles until you finally build yourself your own personal castle.
Education+Location= Global Education
Reshape our thinking, provide our world with the opportunity for all communities to have access and support to education where one’s mind is no longer hindered by race, gender, class, or location.
There is a huge waste of capital when we do not consider minds from all economic levels. I say no human capital is to be wasted! We need to redefine and explore where talent lies. The individual with the seed of ideas may come from anywhere – be it economically or globally. The motivation is in need of both opportunity and access to a proper education. We need to allow individuals to realize their talents and allow education to further their personal strengths, so that our global society does not miss the amazing opportunities their imaginative minds can offer!
As a former public school art teacher, homemaker and mother I place great value on the importance of reading. My personal motto is “Children + Comic Books = Reading, Knowledge, Confidence and Creativity”.
Comic books can be used to engage a variety of learners, while promoting literacy, reading skills and fostering the love of reading. Comics teach children the art of storytelling through illustration and enable them to explore their artistic abilities. It is a natural progression for children, as a bridge to the next level of reading from the picture books of their younger years. I see comic books as an academic resource for communication in today’s world. The power of the graphic image is a language in itself that encourages one’s own interpretations, thoughts and personal values.
I often see text books in the school curricula as dull and boring, and as a result sometimes failing to sustain a child’s attention. Attending the ‘One Globe 2013: Uniting Knowledge Communities’ conference in New Delhi last month, which deliberated on the sustainability, quality and affordability of educational reform in congruence with a growing knowledge society, propelled me to take this thought further to educators, government officials, investors, policy makers, entrepreneurs, universities and NGOs in the South Asia region. At my talk at the session on ‘storytelling’, we concurred on how introduction graphic novels and comics in the curricula could serve as a means to stimulate young people in developing a love for their academia books.
While I shared my perspective on the need for this aspect of educational reform, it was also encouraging to note that there is a very strong awareness and commitment to provide the young girl child the right to proper education. Historically it is the mother who is the matriarch of the family and the one who creates an environment that fosters education. By providing a girl child with education, we empower her to raise a family, in which her children inevitably seek higher education and reap the benefits that stem from it.
To me, Globe One was a great endeavor in connecting knowledge societies and uniting them to find answers to the future of education and the skills requirements for the growing youth population in areas that have so far been neglected.
I reach out globally with the message Let us all bond relations,support our sisterhood’s dreams and encourage those dreams to have a ripple effect for our world.
Alcorn School of Education and Psychology hosts anti-bullying events for students and community
Recently, Alcorn State University hosted anti-bullying events on the Lorman campus, A.W. Watson Elementary School in Port Gibson, Mississippi, and Jefferson County Elementary School in Fayette, Mississippi, featuring Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications.
During her lecture, Mrs. Siberkleit shared her story of becoming the company’s co-CEO and acquiring the love of reading using Archie comic books. She also explained why she believes in the power of comic books to help address challenging social issues, such as childhood obesity, discrimination, environmental concerns and bullying. Siberkleit spoke to the audience about bullying as an unacceptable behavior using examples from “Rise Above: What we can all do about bullying”, a comic book by Rise Above Social Issues Foundation Incorporated, and shared books with the teachers to use in the classroom.
Silberkleit continues to spread the message of the power behind the visual image and comic books as an academic tool for communication in today’s world. Her friend, Stan Lee, The king of the comic book world along with Silberkleit, both shared their thoughts in a 2011 summer edition of ‘Commerce Business of New Jersey’ discussing how Comics Books are Serious Business. Both see beneficial learning benefits from the literary genre of the comic book.
“Teachers can use these comic books as a tool to raise students’ interest and help combat bullying,” says Siberkleit. “The book teaches kids what to do when they are being bulled or witness other kids being bullied – reach out to a caring person, find an interest or a hobby that would relieve the pain from bullying. Teachers can use the book to start a conversation about taking care of each other, and promoting caring behavior to stop bullying.”
“Bullying is a problem everywhere and we are all working on addressing it,” stated Marvin Harvey, principle, A.W Watson Elementary School. “Using comic books is a fun way to deal with the problem and they do get the message across.” Assistant Principle and Alcorn alumnus Antwan Reeves ’98 agreed with him and added, “I grew up reading Archie comics. We are glad to host Mrs. Silberkleit and thankful to Alcorn for affording this positive experience for our children.”
The programs were sponsored by the School of Education and Psychology and spearheaded by Dr. Robert Z. Carr, dean, and Dr. Malinda Butler, chairperson, Department of Education and Psychology.
I find it comforting in a time of turmoil, or unfair nastiness or at times when I am being sold a bill of goods that look sinfully delicious, that sponge toasty soft cake with that creamy gooshy filling but underneath it all, buried deep inside that TWINKIE is something out right wrong, bad and INTENTIONALLY disguising the bad, in hopes that I WILL TAKE A BITE!
I LOVE MY TWINKIE MOMENTS. I find it is powerful and poignant!… I become quiet , cross my arms and simply say theatrically “I DO NOT EAT TWINKIES ” and simply walk out… I have been known to immediately send a box of TWINKIES WITH MY SIGNATURE ON IT SAYING COME BACK AFTER ALL ARE EATEN!
I do believe in healthy eating but I see the TWINKIE useful in making a good point!
SAVE THE TWINKIE! IT’S A MULTI-TASKER!
Nancy Silberkleit Co-CEO of Archie Comics, created the ‘Rise Above’ comic as a tool for teachers and students. The goal is for the comic to be used in schools to help students learn what they can do about bullying. The comic was unveiled in Bullitt County, Kentucky, just hours after it rolled off the printing press.
Kids love comics but this comic is not solely for entertainment. ‘Rise Above’ demonstrates to students that words and actions CAN hurt. It’s a story about a young girl who moves to a new town and finds herself being bullied.
“I just want to plant the seed that they have it in them to be the change-makers to stop this unacceptable behavior of bullying,” Silberkleit said, who handed out the first copies of the comic at Shepherdsville Elementary. WHS 11 NEWS was at the launch in Bullitt County. Watch more from 11 NEWS.
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