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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 2:24 pm on 23 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    8 Online Magazines That Pay Freelancers Up To $1000 per A Feature Article 

    To earn from writing is hard work. For one to be noticed by publishers, in this digital age, every author has to have a platform, where publishers can check how they are performing. Before a publisher

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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 2:21 pm on 23 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    8 Online Magazines That Pay Freelancers Up To $1000 per A Feature Article 

    To earn from writing is hard work. For one to be notice by publishers, in this digital age, every author has to have a platform, where publisher can check how they are performing. Before a publisher considers your work for publishing, he or she has first to establish your past, as an author, have been published? Just like employer, do you have work experience?  The publisher has to find out, if you have been published before, won an award, have a large following on social media, or have a following your personal blog. That is why I always start by advising every writer to start a blog, have your mug shot that blog, and whenever you submit a query letter, especially online do not forget to send a link of your blog. You can make money from your blog as market yourself as well.

    Below is a list of high paying online magazines, which I think are help for you as a freelancer.

    High Times

     If you write about counter-culture, marijuana cultivation, entertainment and travel feature articles, then High Times is where to send your work. They are looking for work of art, illustrations, and classical photographs and interviews pieces. You can reach them by emailing through their editor. Work length is from 1500 words to 2000 words and news articles are up to 500 words. They do not accept unsolicited articles, so a query letter to the editor first. They pay $50-$400 per photo they uses for the publication. For Rates they pay $100-$500 depending on size, and length of content. Payment for feature is $500 to $1000 and they publish both in print and online. For more about High Times go through their submission guidelines.

    The Gay & Lesbian Review

    It is a bimonthly magazine for GLBT, men and women and publishes essays, movie reviews, book reviews, and plays. Their Payment is a flat fee of $100. Submission to them is through email, though hard copy is also acceptable. They have published the theme they want for website. Feature articles can be up to 2000 words. For details on what they publish, go to their website, read their submission guideline.

    The Nation

    The nation is a liberal political magazine publishes political commentary covering national, and international affairs as well as articles. They publish in both print and online. They have a dedicated readership, and they enjoy a supporter of 30,000 donors. They pay up to $150 for commentary and for articles from $350 to $500. They accept submissions of art as well as poetry.  For more how submit you to the nation, go through their submission guideline.

    Narrative

    They publish fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Narrative is dedicated to advancing literary arts in the digital age. They do this by supporting the finest writing talent and encouraging readership across generations in schools, and around the globe as per their website. Narrative online library of new literature by celebrated authors, and by the best new and emerging writers is available to read for free. They accept only online submission. Before you submit your work, you are advised to read their publication online for free. They give varies rates for example a six-word-story is $50 , an  istory , a poem is $100, and winning a contest up to  $4000, but they charge a reading fee  which also various just as their varied payment. It is the only a read fee charging publisher, I can recommend because you will not regret paying.

     Life in a Kilt Magazine

    This is the best magazine for writers who write about lifestyle. They publish about kilt-wearing. This may include profiles of people who wear kilts, How-To, Human Interest, Humor, News Analysis, Essays,
    Guides, Arts & Entertainment, Style history and events. Payment is from $50 to $375 per feature and articles, depending on length, quality or accompanied by a photo or illustration. They want first a query letter through email. For more about Life in a Kilt Magazine, go through their submission guide.

    Range

    It is a quarterly publication. It covers issues that threaten the American West, its people, lands, and wildlife. It features rural families, the critters and country. The length of articles is 500 words to 650 words. They are serious about checking facts and spellings. It to offers tough talk, real people and amazing photos for national resources for example the American cowboy. Payment is from $50-$400 for every article used. They will response in (6-8 weeks) for more read their submission guideline.

    EQ

    It is a premier magazine of luxe country-life. They publish profiles prominent people living an equestrian, profile unique homes, lifestyle, farms, ranches, and articles on travel, home design and style, culture, and eating. EQ welcomes submission of articles for all categories; fiction and essays. Word length: (1200-3000) words for features and (350-550) words for departments.  Payment is $100 for departments and $200 to $300 for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

    Russian Life magazine

    It is a bimonthly publication. It covers all aspects of Russian culture, travel and history. Features are generally free-lanced and they are looking for writers, to send queries for features or for a small number of other departments. They have not specified their pay rate but it reported to be from $100 to $300 per article they use. For more go through their submission guidelines.

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 5:46 pm on 21 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    8 World Class Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts 

    For authors of novels, science fiction, fantasy, and romance, publisher listed below are partners or imprint of the world well known big five publishers worldwide. A deal with them is a boost in a …

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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 5:45 pm on 21 Feb 2017 Permalink  

    8 World Class Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts 

    For authors of novels, science fiction, fantasy, and romance, publisher listed below are partners or imprint of the world well-known big five publishers worldwide. A deal with them is a boost in a life of an author or as a writer. The big 5 includes Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. You must have read a book by these great publishers, and you must feel the quality of the books, from content to paper quality.  It may seem you need an agent to deal them but not true.  Go to their website by typing name on to Google search, and then go to website read what they want and submit your work will be surprised to get a response from them.

    Dial Books for Young Readers

    They publish hardcover books for children of all ages. This includes books for young adults. Dial Books for Young Readers, is an imprint of Penguin. They accept unsolicited submissions and query letters from agent and authors as well, but do not respond to unsolicited submissions unless they are interested in the book, which tells you that they have enough slush pile submission.

    Wondering what is slush pile? Worry not here it is explained; In publishing industry, the slush pile is the set of unsolicited query letters or manuscripts sent either directly to the publisher or literary agent by authors, or to the publisher by an agent not known to the publisher

    In case you don’t hear from them, just understand that your piece hasn’t attracted their interest, and you try sending your manuscript somewhere else. Before you make a submission, read first their submission guidelines.

    Witness Impulse

    They are friendly to new author s. They accept online submission. The link is very easy for author to follow submitting their work.  It is a digital first imprint of Harper Collins. Publish mystery novels, including digital editions by most famous mystery writers of all time, for example, Author Agatha Christie. If you ever read her, then you know exactly what they publish. They also publish upcoming new authors. They publish both digital and print edition. They want a synopsis and the best seen first, and they publish a manuscript of about 10,000 to 75,000 words or above. For more read on the submission guidelines as well as their books on the website.

    Love swept and Flirt

    They are Random House’s digital-only imprints. It is only focused on romance and women’s fiction books. Most readers are reading eBooks   and they are seeking to partner with the most forward-thinking and up-and-coming authors, and to introduce them to an avid new audience of digital readers community.

    The receive queries online submission of 40,000 words or more, in contemporary romance, erotica, paranormal romance, historical romance, women’s fiction, and new adult, though  no strict word count limits for submissions. But work must be at least forty thousand words in length.

    They require no agent, they deal directly with authors. If your book does well as an eBook they will consider publishing a print version of it at a later date. The good thing about publishing digitally with Random House is that your book still gets the same serious consideration in terms of editing, marketing, distribution and design. For more visit their website and read their submission guideline.

    Forever Yours

    Forever is a romance imprint of Grand Central publishing, and, it is the imprint of the Hachette Book Group. It is the digital sister of Forever.  They focus on publishing established and upcoming authors, and they need no agent. Often publish authors not published before.

    They publish eBooks; they can also publish print on demand but the book has to be 50,000 words or more in length. The response in 6-8 weeks and give an offer of 25 percent royalties, and receive but  accepts romance submissions from all subgenres,  for example contemporary, romance, new adult,  romantic suspense, western, category romance stories,  inspirational, historical, erotica , paranormal, and  time-travel. They receive in queries through email, a detailed synopsis of novel and a complete manuscript formatted in to a RFT file. They publish novellas, and shortest work they publish is 12000 words and the long about 100,000 words.

    To submit to them, send them an email that includes a query letter, a detailed synopsis of your novel, and your completed manuscript formatted to be a RTF file. They accept novellas as well as novels. The shortest works they publish are 12,000 words; the longest are 100,000 according to their submission guidelines. For more read their submission guidelines. They have a larger chain of distributorship and market.

     Harlequin

    Harlequin has many divisions. Each division focuses on different subgenres in romance. It might take you sometimes to figure out what is the best fit for your manuscript.  These several division are open to different heat levels,  in the context of romance novels, heat level  is a scale that measures the amount of romantic or sexual details allowed in a  particular division  of  book.

    Submission process is generally user friendly. One has to create an account. That account can be used to submit your work to any of their divisions. Once you have created an account you fill out an online form and upload a synopsis, and a manuscript. In case your manuscript is rejected from one division you are always at liberty to submit it to another division, this is now where the heat level make sense.

    Avon Romance

    Avon Romance is an imprint of HarperCollins. It focuses on romance.   Avon Impulse digital is first imprint.  They publish new authors. If your book makes good digital sales, and it must be over 25,000 words in length, then it will receive a print run, and receive good marketing and   distribution. A book that receives a print run is officially published by Avon Romance for the print edition, and not Impulse. Avon Romance tries to publish   books every month.

    They are interested in publishing books that fall into the following categories: romantic suspense, super sexy, contemporaries, trilogies and historical Romance with hooks. They have well experienced editors and marketers, to help authors out.  They give a lot of personalized feedback and support. Avon Impulse really is publishing e-books that sell well, and they are advanced in terms of online marketing. They emphasize on promotion of books, and authors they have accepted to publish. They do not offer advances for most books, but royalties begin as low as 25 percent, up to 50 percent after a sale of about 10,000 copies are sold. Extremely generous!

    To submit your work, you have to use an online form. No specific editor to submit your work.  They just need a readable work, no specific format, and you have to be patient enough to wait a little longer for response because all submissions get response within six months.

    DAW

    This is an imprint of Penguin that is open to manuscript submissions from authors direct. No agent is needed. This is not normal with many publishers, but a great opportunity for authors to deal direct with publishers. DAW is the most respected publisher of Science Fiction, and Fantasy.

    They have published authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny.  They have published many bestselling books. They have published Hugo award-winning books.  It is respected and popular.

    DAW novels vary in length.  They are rarely containing less than 80,000 words. Their response takes long time in case your book makes past the first reader.  For about DAW read the submission guidelines.

    HarperLengend

    It is a digital first imprint of HarperOne, which is an imprint of HarperCollins. They publish eBooks and if it does well then they publish a print edition. If the book is more than 25,000 words, it will be available as print-on-demand book as well.  HarperLegend is seeking to publish a very specific kind of book. If they accepted to publish your work, you will be assigned an editor who will be a person with an email address, phone number, Facebook account, LinkedIn account, and Twitter handle, with whom you can communicate with directly. Your editor will tackle all your needs for all things moving forward in the publication process. It is important to go through guideline before submitting your work.

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 12:51 pm on 18 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    11 blogs, websites, and on-line magazines where writers get writing jobs that pays alerts 

    Writing can be fun, a well-paying job just like any other job, or to some, it is a hobby, but, all these depend on how the art of writing makes sense to you as a person, and why you write. If you w…

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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 12:41 pm on 18 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    Writing can be fun, a well-paying job just like any other job, or to some, it is a hobby, but, all these depend on how the art of writing makes sense to you as a person, and why you write. If you write for money, then make sure you know who needs to read what you write, and give you readers what they want to read, and you will get paid for it.

    It also depends on readers of the content you write. Is what you are writing on demand? Do your audiences appreciate when you post your writing on a platform? My advice to writers is to start a blog, and start making posts, and start making money, as you look for publishers for extra pay. In Kenya for example, we have many writers but few publishers, and so write for the world.

    I have listed below 11 websites, online magazines and blogs that, first pay writers for their work, and secondly give a treasure of knowledge and skills about writing for money, to writers, and lastly, they are publishers, for different genre for a pay. Go through one by one, you won’t regret reading this post. Good luck.

    Writer’s Digest

    A magazine for writers to celebrates their writing life. They offer everything writers need to stay relevant in the art of writing, to get inspired, to improve, and understand the uniqueness,s and challenges of publishing today and for their work to see light. They publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, articles and scripts.  It is a widely-read and well-respected magazine writing.

    They accept both manuscript submissions and queries for articles that inform, educate, entertain, and inspire their readers. You can submit your work to any of their departments by email. These include 5-Minute Memoir; reject a hit, and writing technique department.

    They pay 30 to 50 cents per a word for articles up to 2,400 words. That means $720-$1,200. They may also stop publishing your work with a 25 percent kill fee. To learn more about writer’s Digest, read their submission guidelines.

     Funds for Writers

    They publish a weekly newsletter to showcases paying markets, grants, contests, and other writing opportunities make money writing. They are seeking for original articles about any kind of financial tips and paying markets for writers. They accept article between 500 and 600 words post. Your must have a PayPal account to get paid or check. They pay $50 to PayPal or $45 by Check. The also accept reprints and they pay $15 by PayPal and $10 by check. To learn more about Funds for writers, read their submission guidelines, and subscribes for newsletter for writing opportunities.

     Write Naked

    It is a writing blog that is dedicated writing life cut open. They accept queries for you to make a guest posts. The post has to discuss the freelance writing life from publishing trends to a day in the life of a writer according to their guidelines. They pay $50 per guest post but they will pay $200 if they are impressed. Impress them for a better pay. To learn more about Write Naked, go to blog and read their submission guidelines.

     Freedom with Writing

    It is a website, and email newsletter. It publishes articles about paid writing opportunities. They publish eBooks too. They focus on helping writers get paid. They pay $50 for lists of publishers that pay writers and higher for a longer list. To learn more about Freedom with Writing, to their and read their submission guidelines.

     Author Magazine

    This is a website published by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. They have a mission, which is to develop writing talent through participation, education, and accessibility. They publish how-to articles about writing. They also publish emotional and inspirational articles for writers. They pay $50 per articles and $30 for book reviews. To learn more Author Magazine go to their websites, and read their submission guidelines.

     Submittable

    It is a portal used mostly for submissions. They publish on their own blog. They publish articles that discuss publishing or digital media. They are looking for book reviews and essays on any topic. They value high literary quality. They pay $50 per post they accept to publish. To learn more submittable, visit their blog and read their submission guidelines.

     Make A Living Writing

    It helps writers globally to find real success in their writing careers. They receive and accept queries for guest posts. The post has to offer first-hand professional and practical advice to freelance writers.  You must to be a member in order to make query, and you must either be a current or former member of the Freelance Writers’ Den, or a student, or graduate of Jon Morrow’s blog mentoring program. They do run open pitch periods. Payment is $50 per guest post. To learn more about Make A living Writing to go the website and read their submission guidelines.

     The SFWA Blog

    It is an official blog for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. They publish nonfiction articles of interest to sci-fi and fantasy writers. Payment is 6 cents a word. They accept articles up to 1,000 words. To learn more about The SFWA Blog read more one their submission guidelines.

     Writers Weekly

    They publish articles talk about writers increasing their income. They want queries for you to guest posts. Their focus is on selling the written word.  Payment is $60 for features articles. To learn more about Writers Weekly, go to their website and read their submission guidelines.

     The Writer’s Chronicle

    It is the official publication of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. This magazine has been in circulation for over four decades now. It is one of the most respected writing magazines. They receive submissions of interviews, craft essays, and pedagogical essays. They are not limited to the mentioned above. They pay $18 per 100 words up to a maximum 7,000 words ($1,260). Please read more on their submission guidelines.

    The Establishment

    They accept pitches through email. They publish well researched articles. Their aim is to provide a platform for voices of the marginalized mainstream media creating a new establishment.  Payment is $125 for articles 800-1500 words and $500 for long articles of 3000 words and above. For more about, The Establishment, read their submission guidelines.

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 1:10 pm on 16 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    7 websites that offer writing jobs to freelance journalists and bloggers 

      Do you want to make money writing as a freelancer?  Listed below are some of finance websites, blogs and online magazine that publish articles about saving, earning, and growing money. What you a…

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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 12:30 pm on 16 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    7 websites that offer writing jobs to freelance journalists and bloggers 

      Do you want to make money writing as a freelancer?  Listed below are some of finance websites, blogs and online magazine that publish articles about saving, earning, and growing money. What you are required to do before you make your submission, first of all go to Google search, then type the name of the website, I have put in black bold, that will lead you to the blog, or magazine website, read submission guidelines, get to know what type of genre they want, and the length of the pieces they publish, the method of submission, this is so because most of them have an online submission form, and others through email to the editor, and you hardly get one that seeks submission by mail.

     The Penny Hoarder

    The pen Hoarder currently seeks freelancers, full-time writers, and editors. If you have what it takes, to serve as a freelancers, a copy writer or an editor, go their website for jobs requirements details, and drop your curriculum vitae and a cover letter. They publish articles about earning, saving, and investments. They are looking for posts about anything weird or crazy to make extra penny. In case your job application didn’t succeed, they can use your article, and they pay $75 for a 700-900 word article.  For more information go to their website, and go through their submission guidelines, you might fall in love with them; they have over 23 million readers in a month.

    The Motley Fool

    It was founded in 1993 by brothers David and Tom Gardner. They help investors make the most of their money, and offer financial advice investors need. They are looking for articles that are more thoughtful, well written, and sound, and they pay $100 per a piece published.

    If you wish to publish a multiple posts, then you are lucky to work The Motley Fool, because they will offer you a long-term writing contract. You can simply go to their website, read submission guides and lastly click on personal Finance Writer, and then from there you are close to contract.

     The Dollar Stretcher

    The dollar stretcher gives professional advice on saving money. Articles they publish the range from penny-wise spending ideas to professional advice. Their pay is $0.10 per word that means $50 for a 500-word article,  for pieces published in their monthly print publication.

    They are open to guest posts, but only under certain conditions. Payment for your work is made two weeks after acceptance. It made through address you provide, by check or via PayPal account in US$. For more on how to submit your article, go through their submission guidelines.

     Doctor of Credit

    They accept and publish guest posts on everything that talks about credit. They prefer pitches on any finance topics for example, sign-up bonuses or money-making opportunities.  They offer a pay of $50 for accepted and used guest posts. They can really cure your disease of credit. How to submit your guest post? Go to their website and click on submission link.

    Money Pantry wants

    The title is written as one word, MoneyPanttryWants. It is for freelance writers with unusual and interesting story to tell. It is also practical ideas for earning, saving, and investing money.  Their payment range from $30 to $150 for articles published online, but they don’t have a clear border, which articles they pay $30, and which one they pay $150 on their submission guidelines.

    They aim at receiving articles of no less 700 words, but generally like longer pieces of 1000 words to 2000 words range. They understand there are stories that can be told in fewer words though.

    Use Introduction and Summary so make sure you start your post with an introduction in few sentences, and end it with what they call a takeaway or final words. That is to end your story with a summary. They like a friendly style.

     Entelligent

    It is a website for investors who are interested in energy trading that is the U.S. energy industry, environmental, social, and government investing. They publish articles from financial analysts, climate scientists and business journalists.  They seek a detailed and well-developed pitch. That includes an overall message. This thesis statement explains how it relates to current corporate news and analysis. Their pay is $180 per post. They receive inquiries through email. For more learn from their submission guidelines.

    WorkOnlineBlog

    This online blog pays $50 to freelance writers, contractors, bloggers, or business owners. The send payment to you via PayPal from Gadgitech, if they use your piece.Their focus is mostly on client-contractor relationship.  It is oppose to SEOs and affiliate marketing. They accept features articles of about 1500 to 3000 words. WorkOnlineBlog.com is owned, and backed by Gadgitech Ltd which is an established UK company. Gadgitech Ltd owns and runs other sites like, StrongWhispers.com, BrowserLeakage.com, and FastPicSizes.com. For more read their submission guidelines.

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 5:03 pm on 14 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    Solar energy is the way to go for Kenya 

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    To reduce air pollution by almost 50 percent, it will be of great importance if  solar energy and Use of green electricity produced by low-or even zero-pollution facilities is maximized.  Solar energy light is cheaper, affordable and environmental friendly.

    Solar energy is a rapidly growing way to generate electricity.  It is estimated by the International Energy Agency that solar energy will produce nearly a quarter of the world’s total energy use by 2050.

    Kenya for example seventy-five percent of Kenya is arid and semi-arid.  It means Kenya has larger areas with potential in tapping solar energy.

    Solar energy is a resource that is not only sustainable for energy consumption but it is indefinitely renewable.

    Solar power can be used to generate electricity.  It is also used in relatively simple technology to heat water solar water heaters.  For many years, it has been used to pump tap water in northern Kenya.

    Suppose electric automobile lines are made to connect our towns, cities, states and countries. Just imagine having electric vehicle. One is able to travel to the office and back home and pays electrical usage bills than fuel. The electric vehicle does not use fuel but it use solar charge battery.

    Suppose everyone coming from up country for example to the city travels on electric train, electric car.  Air Pollution on the face of the earth will reduce by a good percentage.

    We have to begin conserving energy right from our home by turning off appliances and lights when you leave the room and when we do not need energy.  We can recycle papers, plastics bag, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans.

    When we recycle energy, we conserve it and reduce production of emissions that contaminate air.

    Taking care and Keeping woodstoves and fireplaces.  Planting of deciduous trees around homes is important.

    This provides shade in the hot seasons but to allow light in during rainy season.  Use green electricity produced by low-or even zero-pollution facilities and connect outdoor lights to a timer or use solar lighting.

    “In 90 minutes, enough sunlight strikes the earth to provide the entire planet’s energy needs for one year. While solar energy is abundant, it represents a tiny fraction of the world’s current energy mix. But this is changing rapidly and is being driven by global action to improve energy access and supply security and to mitigate climate change”. Says International energy report (2014)

    Acid rain formed in the air destroys fish life in lakes and streams. Excessive ultraviolet radiations, coming from the sun through the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere, which is eroded by some air pollutants, may cause skin cancer in human.  This happen because of accumulated impurities in the atmosphere, which has increased global warming.

    Ozone layer in the lower atmosphere may damage lung tissues of animals inhaling in air with impurities. Reducing or minimizing air pollution will reduce expense of treating respiratory diseases, save lives of living organism.

    Effects Air Pollution is greater compared to other type with only 28.1 per cents of it as oxygen. The same 28.1 per cent is being contaminated on daily basis posing dangers to the lives on the earth.

    Acid rain can kill trees, destroy the leaves of plants, can infiltrate soil by making it unsuitable for purposes of nutrition and habitation.  Ozone holes in the upper atmosphere can allow excessive ultraviolet radiation from the sun to enter the Earth causing damage to plants.

    Ozone in the lower atmosphere can prevent plant respiration by blocking stomata openings in leaves and negatively affecting plants’ photosynthesis rates, which will stunt plant growth.

    It will help significantly reducing air pollution if we change to maximum use to solar energy than combustion fuel.

    There is need to understand Pollution Agents we are to make a change in the already contaminated air. This refers to pollution agents as the chemicals, which are released into the environment as part of the waste products generated from production and consumption activities.

    Pollution agents are the “operators” which make pollution “happen”. They are also known as environmental pollutants, air pollutants and so on.

    Some of them are carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides.  These pollution agents contaminate atmosphere on daily basis. The recent development of solar energy driven planes could be alternatives to these agent of destruction and whole life on earth.

    Pollution is a special case of habitat destruction.  It is chemical destruction rather than the more obvious physical destruction.

    Pollution occurs in all habitats land, sea, fresh water, and in the atmosphere.  Much of what we have come to call pollution is in reality the no recoverable matter resources and waste heat.

    The only alternative is make use of solar energy and Use green electricity produced by low-or even zero-pollution facilities.

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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 4:55 pm on 14 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    Aga Khan Academy Mombasa offers International Baccalaureate IB in Two Languages 

    The academy has introduced first ever Swahili – English version of the Primary Years Program (PYP) for the International Baccalaureate (IB). IB is world most prestigious university entrance qualification. Developing and pioneering a Kenyan-relevant version of the program at a time when all other IB schools are using an English language version in the country.

    The same version is used in Maputo where it is pioneering a dual language English and Portuguese PYP as well as the Academy in Hyderabad pioneers an English and Hindi PYP.

    Dual language program works by using two languages for teaching. “The school has adopted the 50-50 model of dual language education, which means that half of the instruction is done in Swahili and half of the instruction is done in English. “One day the children learn the curriculum in English and the next day they continue their studies in Swahili,” said Esther

    Research by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition shows that learning in two languages has additionally been proven to help development of children’s intelligence and thinking. Bilingual children are able to solve problems that contain conflicting or misleading cues at an earlier age more easily than monolingual children.

    The program has been developed in collaboration with the International Baccalaureate Organization. This has been driven by the Academy’s vision of offering world class education that spans both global and local expertise. The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is one of a global network of academies dedicated to the development of leaders. It began developing the new PYP program in 2009. Today it has the curricula approved and implemented for Years 1 – 4.

    As children progress through the school, they proceed into the IB Middle Years program and will have the opportunity to complete a bilingual IB Diploma in English and Swahili.

     

    “When His Highness started the Aga Khan Academy network of schools, he had the vision of educating future leaders, who would later be able to drive positive development in their societies and this would only be possible if the children had a powerful grasp of their local language, which in this case is Swahili,” said Esther Kariuki, a teacher of the dual language program.

    The dual language program extends beyond advanced cognitive abilities to include cultural and social gains. The 2013 UNDP Human Development Report states that Swahili is the most widely spoken language in Africa. With 150m speakers, and is an official national language in four countries. International Baccalaureate (IB) encompasses Swahili culture.  Such a large body of Swahili speakers gives future entrepreneurs at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa a further advantage in doing business and in playing leadership roles on the continent.

    Teachers additionally deploy new teaching methods to cater different capabilities in Swahili.
    “One of them is differentiated instruction, where a teacher plans a lesson according to the children’s different proficiency levels in Swahili. Students in a class will be grouped according to their level of understanding in Swahili then taught using learning activities fit for their proficiency,” said Esther.

    Dramatization is another method; a teacher acts out whatever might not be understood by the students. “For instance, when reading out a Swahili comprehension, the teacher can ask the students who have understood to role play it out to those who have not,” she said. Intensive training took three days, and then followed by continuous in-house training at the academy’s Teacher Professional Development Centre. This is also teaches educators from across the public schooling sector.
    It is teachers’ responsibility to use all available methods to make sure learners understand without simply giving a translation. It involves the use of body language as this helps to build deeper learning of the language.

    Teachers at Aga Khan Academy Mombasa make use of peer teaching. “This is known as co-operative learning, where students are divided into small groups. These groups are led by those who better understand the concepts so they help all understand, Says Esther. Using this methods enable all students to build a more complex understanding of the topic being covered.
    Subjects like mathematics and sciences, teachers use other teaching aids.

    “Here, teaching aids are used to help students understand well the subject covered. For example a model of the human body is used to explain the digestive system.

    A big protractor helps in teaching how to draw angles. Though children still develop in understanding of Swahili, still they can learn from what they are seeing” says Esther.

    .A lot of preparation was done before the launch of the program.
    “First the teachers had to be trained in the dual language program and we also had to look for any type of resources, such as textbooks, that would help us in delivering the curriculum in Swahili,” said Esther.

    (AKA, Mombasa) is the first of a network of 18 planned academies to be established across Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East to provide a world-class education to exceptional students who possess strong leadership potential.
    Pluralism is a core value of the educational program at the Academy. The student body of the Academy reflects the full diversity of East Africa. That is learners from all socio-economic backgrounds. Admission to the Academy is based on merits.

    Financial aid is available to ensure access for students with proven need.
    Academy is an International Baccalaureate World School offering an IB curriculum. It is locally rooted and globally relevant. AKA graduates have earned places and scholarships at the world’s top universities. The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is part of a network of schools, called Aga Khan Academies and it offers an education with an emphasis on the humanities  

    Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa students displaying some of the awards they won at a recent Model United Nations international conference

     
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