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11 boys die in Uganda boarding school fire

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Eleven boys perished and another 20 suffered severe burns in a fire that gutted their dormitories in Uganda while they slept, police said Monday.

Henry Nsubuga, headmaster of the school in Rakai in southern Uganda, said he suspected some students who had been expelled recently were behind the “heinous act”.

The fire ripped through the St Bernard Secondary School in Rakai on Sunday night.

“The arsonists first locked the doors of the dormitories before setting them on fire even when the rescue came it was difficult to evacuate the students inside the dormitories, some would have been saved but died out of suffocation,” Nsubuga said.

“Some bodies were burnt beyond recognition and police have recommended a DNA test to establish their identities and parentage ” he added.


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Foreshadow: Reflections of an African American School Librarian

I found a small seemingly private room called the Communications Library on a huge college campus in the Midwest. It was tucked in the right corner of an old historical building where glistening concrete floors smelled of Pine Sol. The Communications Library became the answer to my desperate search to find a job to help defray the cost of college expenses. It was intimate, peaceful, and uneventful, yet it was also inspirational, exciting, and at times even odd.

As an 18-year-old African American woman in 1988 I was naive, unable to fully comprehend the significance of working in a  library. I was a first-generation college student, and certainly my parents did not have stories of working and learning simultaneously. The thought of making a living as a librarian had never occurred to me until…

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West Charlotte High School Celebrates 80 Years

West Charlotte High School is celebrating its 80th anniversary this weekend. Through the 70s, 80s and 90s the school served as a national model for successful integration using crosstown busing. In its heyday, it was described as Camelot. But as busing faded out, so did the school’s reign as a beacon of education. Test scores dropped and truancy rates increased, but a family environment has remained through the school’s trials and triumphs.

Timothy Gibbs, the president of West Charlotte’s National Alumni Association spoke with Nick de la Canal ahead of the weekend festivities that includes a breakfast keynoted by alumnus and former mayor of Charlotte Anthony Foxx.

Nick de la Canal: So now that everyone knows the history of West Charlotte, can…

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Trinidad private school students shine in Caribbean exams

Sebastian Rudden (right), Form Six Valedictorian of NorthGate College, receives the Chairman’s Award from Graham Taylor, Company Secretary, at the school’s graduation ceremony, held at Central Bank Auditorium, Port of Spain, Trinidad, on June 23, 2018. Photo: NorthGate College

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Eight merit list honours from the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) have gone to a small private secondary school in Trinidad with a total population of just 300 students.

Six students of NorthGate College were named on the CXC 2018 merit list, for their performance at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) school-leaving tests. The merit list identifies the top ten students in the entire Caribbean in each…

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Gwinnett school board gets African American

Despite technical issues that led a Gwinnett County judge to order two Snellville voting precincts to stay open later than usual Tuesday, Gwinnett County Board of Education candidate Everton Blair discovered before 11 p.m. that he had made history.

The 26-year-old Shiloh High graduate won the District 4 seat making him the first black and the youngest member of the school board.

“The race has not been officially called, but based on the precincts that are still out there and the lead that we have, there is virtually no way that we don’t win this race,” Blair told a crowd of about 50 supporters gathered at his house. 

The Anderson-Livsey Elementary precint near Snellville, was ordered to remain open until 7:30 p.m. The Annistown Elementary School precinct, also near Snellville …

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Lee County voters elect first African-American to school board member

Gwyn Gittens, who is an African-American, earned 56.7 percent of the vote and ousted Pam LaRiviere, who received 43.2 percent, in the race for the …
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