Thursday, February 01, 2007

Last night I watched The Boys of Baraka. It's a documentary about a school that takes at-risk 7th and 8th grade boys from Baltimore and brings them to a school in rural Kenya. There they stay for two years and attend school in the middle of the bush. The purpose is to get to the boys before they turn to a life of violence and drugs, as so many of their peers will do. Unfortunately, the school closed in 2003 because of bombings and violence in East Africa. Also, the school had only been opened for a few years before that so not too many boys went through the program. From what I've read on the internet, there seems to be a positive correlation between the boys who went to the school and high school graduation rates. Which is great because somewhere around 70% of African-American boys in Balitmore do not earn their diplomas. It is still too early to really see if this program was successful and it since it wasn't around for that long that hinders the research too. I really do want to read more about this though and see more follow-up done on the boys who attended the school. The entire thing fascinates me.

I've also been on this kick lately of wanting to go back to Kenya. I don't know what it is, maybe I've been watching too much TV/too many movies about Africa. Or maybe it's the fact that I know a few people on the continent right now. Or maybe it's because when we were out to eat last week I overheard a lady talking about her time in South Africa. Whatever it is, I REALLY want to go back. Soon. And for longer than two weeks. I miss it.

4 comments:

mujahadad said...

Remember what I told you before your left for Kenya and how excited I was for you when I heard you were going? I told you once you see Kenya, it becomes a part of you forever. (Massai saying) I have been wanting to go back to Tsavo for years and later this year I am planning a trip to Kenya and South Africa. Who knows I may stay awhile....I don't have any other plans. Mujahadad

Charee said...

I got a sony vaio...and that sounds like it would be an interesting documentary to see.

Melissa said...

Dad and Golda, you should see who we've got coming here on Feb. 20th! http://www.k-state.edu/dthompson/upcoming.html Ambassador Perkins was the first black Ambassador to South Africa, and during Apartheid rule! I'm directly involved in this lecture series as I'm the staff person. I'm getting really excited about it.

shadylady said...

You have a good heart Golda. I'm sure that influences your desire to go back.