Indigenous villages are now being equipped with a framework aimed at ensuring they are strategically positioned on a sustainable development path.Under the Sustainable Development Framework, villages will be required to produce a long-term (10-year) Community Development Plan (CDP), where programmatic areas will be outlined, projects and targets will be prioritised, based on the respective CDPs and an effective feedback mechanism employed.Once that aspect is completed, an annual village plan will be produced – a stipulation in the Amerindian Act of 2006 – and submitted to the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry and the Regional Executive Officer by May of each year so that same will be used to inform the annual national budget.When the plans are approved by the National Assembly, the Ministry will then begin processing project documentation for respective village councils for the sums approved.The Sustainable Development Agreement Framework was rolled out by the Ministry over the weekend in 27 villages in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).Meetings were held in Annai and Lethem which saw the Regional Chairman Brian Allicock and National Toshaos Council (NTC) Chairman Joel Fredericks in attendance.A section of the gathering during one of the meetings in Region NineRepresentation came from Village Councils, the NTC, Community Development Officers and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), staff from the Ministry and Conservation International Guyana (CIG).During the Lethem consultation, Project Coordinator in the Ministry, Jude Da Silva pointed to a number of challenges faced by villages in the development of their village plans and the implementation of the Framework, which will create that enabling environment to curtail such inefficiencies within the villages and put them on a continuous developmental path.“We have all the players coming together so that we can be able to put our resources in the right community for the right purpose, so rather than somebody coming in giving you what is not in the plan, then we will not be able to see much progress,” Da Silva stated.Meanwhile, CIG Executive Director, Dr David Singh, in briefing village leaders and other partners who attended the session, said: “If we focus on our sustainable development, our green economic development, our low-carbon economic development, we will, in fact, be helping ourselves not only because we will be developing sustainably, but we will be helping the world. So this whole Framework is in meeting those goals. ”Dr Singh added that the CIG remained resolute in its efforts to assist the Ministry in effectively and efficiently executing the Framework countrywide.This strategic initiative was further endorsed by Region Nine Chairman Allicock, who, in no uncertain terms, said: “This Framework that we are developing here together augurs well not only for the villages but for the entire country…We are not starting from the top and handing it down to you; we are starting from the grass-root level so these things we are working out together is for that purpose and leaders are getting a better opportunity, they are being guided.”A similar exercise will be conducted in Mainstay-Whyaka, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) shortly.NTC Chairman Fredericks, who is also Mainstay’s Toshao, has already indicated that the Sustainable Development Plan fit with the Council’s mandate for Amerindian villages, because in the past villages did projects but never in a structured way.He added, “Leaders come and leaders go and you might find that a new Toshao coming with a new plan or vision; the village can either develop or the rate of development can drop, but when you have the Sustainable Development Plan, a five or ten-year plan you can work with that and it is also good for the village because you don’t have to wait on the Ministry to finance their project, they can look to other stakeholders so I see it is something very good.”The WWF, which is also a partner in the implementation process, has already begun working with villages in the North Rupununi to develop their Community Development Plans.Notably, the Sustainable Development Framework also sets out to meet the 17 international Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by world leaders just over a year ago to, over the next 15 years, apply to all countries.
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LANCASTER – As part of an effort to provide a uniform and more rigorous curriculum districtwide, Antelope Valley Union High School District freshmen will be required to take Algebra I in their first year of high school. Algebra I is considered by the state to be an eighth-grade-level class, is part of the high school exit exam, and is required to graduate from high school. “We are creating a standardized curriculum districtwide,” board member Al Beattie said. “The direction of the district is to provide a strong rigorous program that is consistent at all the schools.” The Algebra I requirement will take effect beginning next school year. A freshman Algebra I requirement has been in place on a pilot basis at Knight and Palmdale high schools for about two years, resulting in the same or better pass rate, district officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Now, depending on which school students attend, freshmen can enroll in a variety of math classes, including Math Concepts and a pre-algebra course, which are not as difficult as Algebra I. The high school district is not alone in grappling with helping students take Algebra I to graduate from high school. The Mojave Unified School District in 2006 will eliminate its General Math class and provide a two-year Algebra I course for struggling students. “We have to push algebra because of higher standards across the state,” Mojave Superintendent Larry Phelps said. In a memo written to Phelps, Mojave High School Principal Jim Walsh said too many students in General Math were not studying and not passing. “I have met with the math department and we feel that General Math is not serving our students as we originally felt it would. Therefore, we are proposing that Algebra I, broken down into a two-year class, replace General Math. At this slower pace, we feel the at-risk students will have a greater chance of passing Algebra I,” Walsh wrote. State education officials made Algebra I an eighth-grade standard about six years ago. In 2000, the state made it a high school graduation requirement. High school district officials said there will be extra help for freshmen who are having a hard time with algebra. “For students who struggle with math, in lieu of an elective, we will have classes that will help them with math. We are also providing sessions during the summer,” said Brent Woodard, principal on special assignment. “It’s a system of support that’s multitiered. It’s a system where kids are not going to fall behind unless they want to. We will make sure we fill in as many gaps as we possibly can.” The new algebra requirement is part of the district’s effort to offer the same course sequence at every campus. “For example, ninth-grade students would have the same options regardless of what school they go to,” said Mike Vierra, interim assistant superintendent for educational services. “We are trying to get in alignment throughout all schools in the district and really focus on how we are teaching kids in the classroom.” Part of the impetus for the restructuring is because of the district’s so-called “program improvement” status under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In addition, Antelope Valley and Littlerock high schools are being monitored by the state, with the Antelope Valley campus potentially facing more serious sanctions because its standardized test scores failed to improve consistently. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise expectations,” Woodard said. “We are saying that all students will be treated in such a way where we have high expectations. What’s good for kids is good for kids, whether you are on the north, south, east or west side of town.” The high school district wants all its students engaged in a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for college or a career. “We understand not every kid is going to college, but it is a college-prep curriculum. Even if they choose not to go to college, that’s fine. We don’t want to be the ones doing the sorting and selecting. We want to prepare all kids for college,” Woodard said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
On Wednesday, City Council President Alex Padilla and Councilman Tony Cardenas blasted the Administration for Children, Youth and Families in a letter. “The failure of your office to plan and avoid a cessation of service is of far greater negative impact to the families and communities we represent than any of the concerns that your office identified and used as a basis to terminate the contract with LACA,” they wrote. Federal officials could not be reached to comment on the letter. LACA officials did not return calls Wednesday. The following sites will remain closed until further notice: Lokrantz, 19451 Wyandotte St., Reseda; Lowman, 12829 Saticoy St., North Hollywood; Martin Luther King, 10896 Lehigh Ave., Pacoima; Napa, 19010 Napa St., Northridge; Valley Plaza, 1121 Vanowen St., North Hollywood; and West Valley, 6649 Balboa St., Van Nuys. Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At Head Start sites across the San Fernando Valley, teachers spent most of the afternoon calling worried parents to let them know some classes would be resuming. “The parents were very scared. They thought the centers were going to close (permanently),” said one teacher at a San Fernando Center who asked not to be identified. “The parents understand there is a transfer. They are all just very happy to get their children back in school.” For a month, federal officials assured parents there would be no interruption of services while the federally appointed Community Development Institute, based in Denver, took over operations from the San Fernando-based Latin American Civic Association. The institute has repeatedly refused to comment. Federal officials blamed the disruption in service on LACA, saying it waited until the 11th hour to sign over key lease agreements and a child care licensing agreement. But LACA officials said they were not given enough notice. Pressured by angry local politicians, federal Head Start officials planned today to reopen all but six of the 26 preschools temporarily closed earlier this week in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. The six other locations providing day care and preschool for more than 300 low-income children will open “soon,” according to a statement released by the Administration for Children, Youth and Families. The administration was forced Tuesday to close all the schools, which serve about 1,400 students, after it bungled the hand-over of the schools from the Latin American Civic Association to a temporary service provider. The administration denied the civic association’s funding request to run the centers, saying it could not show that it could adequately provide services.