New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation is a unique organization whose mission is to build, support and empower teams of youth with capacities to emerge from a life on the streets, drugs and dysfunctional families, to becoming leaders capable of helping themselves and their communities. We are leading a movement that connects youth, educators and communities and empowers them to transform themselves from recipients of information and resources into valuable, contributing members of their communities. We help young people discover and develop their inherent gifts, talents and abilities and support their development as ethically responsible, self-disciplined and creative social c...
Jul 10, 2015

CMIA Conducts I Have Right to Play

Staff, students and parents of Creative Minds International Academy came out in their number to join the Global Network for Rights and Development, to make the 2015 “I HAVE RIGHT TO PLAY”. The project was conducted at the CMIA School Open Field, with two teams, consisting of 24 players participating in a football match. Trophies and medals were presented to participating teams. This was preceded by seminars and lectures in the School’s Assembly Hall. The themes of the sessions were “self-development” and “teambuilding”. The sessions were based on play-based learning through various sports and games to teach children skills and good life values in order to motivate them to the utmost. In maximize to the opportunity for children to enjoy participating, practicing and  competing  in  sports  in  a  safe  and  adequate  environment,  GNRD  organized  an  official,  all-day,  transformational sports tournament. GNRD combined sports activities with ideologies of human rights and development in order to both support rights to play and educate children about their rights. The GNRD-RTP project promoted significant public awareness about children’s rights. These recent project launches have been cemented and will now multiply, as the project evolves into an international phenomenon.

Playing sport is a matter of learning, not winning or losing. There is no true victory without learning how to win gracefully and lose with dignity. But first and foremost, playing sport is a human right. In 1978, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) described the access and participation in sports and physical education as a “fundamental right for all” - this has been recognized in a number of international conventions. Thus, without equal rights to play, there can be no just champion of the world. In many places around the globe, children’s equal rights are ignored and disrespected due to the fact that they live in poor social and economic conditions. This translates into alarming statistics that reflect massive numbers of children who are robbed of their childhood – they are forced to work, while accesses to education, the ability to play and fully enjoy their childhood are their birthrights.

The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) sheds clear light on these intolerable facts by establishing the “I Have a Right to Play” project (hereby abbreviated as GNRD-RTP). This project is a rights-based approach to development, first implemented in Sudan (Khartoum) and Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) late in 2013, then in the State of Palestine in July 2014. Several amateur football teams were prepared and categorized into two age groups (7-10 and 11-15).  GNRD provided all necessary equipment and required technical support (uniforms, shoes, balls, stadiums, referees, medical team and professional coach) and conducted several friendly matches.  Furthermore, GNRD’s team in Sudan established special implementation in the name of empowerment of girls where they got the opportunity to participate and compete in Volleyball. Therefore, GNRD gave vulnerable children the authentic opportunity to enjoy their right to play in a safe and adequate environment. T his initiative to reinforce children’s rights achieved attention from government departments, media and civil society organizations. The positive impact that GNRD made by establishing the project put into emphasis the necessity for international society to take responsibility and to ensure that these rights are fulfilled.

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Jul 6, 2015

More Speakers sign for Interfaith Conference

As we intensify preparations for the hosting of the 7th International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue, from November 20-21, 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria, the list of distinguished Speakers for this year’s conference continues to increase. As at July 2, 2015, below is our list of conference speakers, even as we continue to receive more speakers and update the list.

 

 H.E. Ambassador Mussie Hailu, PhD, is a peace activist working at national, regional and international levels for peace, reconciliation, interfaith harmony, disarmament, the Golden Rule, world citizenship, right human relationships, and international cooperation. He identifies himself as a Citizen of the World, strongly believes in the interdependence of human beings, and celebrates cultural diversity. He sees the differences in race, ethnicities, religions, politics, and nationalities as important elements of the one and indivisible humanity. Mussie, building on Scarboro Mission’s Golden Rule poster, is circulating tens of thousands of an African version of the poster. He has served African and global organizations, including United Nations agencies, and he is a founding member of United Religions Initiative. Currently he serves as regional director of URI for Africa and representative of URI at the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union (AU). He is also Ambassador-at Large to the Republic of Burundi.

 

 Hon. Elisha Buba Yero is an elder statesman, an experienced peace builder and community developer. He serves as the Wakilin Kpope (ambassador to the Chief and traditional ruler of his community) in the Kaduna State of Nigeria. He works as Board Director with the Interfaith Meditation Center of the Christian/Muslim Dialogue Forum, and previously served as Special Advisor on Religious Affairs to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State. He also served as Permanent Secretary in the Kaduna State Ministry of Religious Affairs, and has initiated and directed several interfaith peacebuilding initiatives. Among several other institutions, Hon. Elisha attended the American University of Washington DC’s Peace Institute. In the last 20 years, he has committed himself to promoting, daily and enduring interfaith cooperation and Peacebuilding and to reconciling historical enemies, especially in Nigeria. Hon Elisha Buba Yero is currently a Global Council Trustee of the United Religions Initiative (URI).

 

 Karen Leslie Hernandez is a Theologian with a focus in Christian-Muslim Understanding, as well as religious fundamentalism and extremism. She has a Master of Sacred Theology in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics with a focus in Religion and Conflict Transformation from Boston University School of Theology, '11; a Master of Theological Research in Christian-Muslim Understanding from Andover Newton Theological School, '07; and a BA in Peace and Justice Studies with a concentration in Islam from Wellesley College, '05. Karen was raised Catholic and is now the only theologian that is a Latina and a United Methodist, doing this type of multi-faith work in the United States. She has also published with several media outlets, including The Interfaith Observer, Feminism and Religion, the Women's United Nations Report Network, State of Formation, The American Muslim, The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and she is the only Christian, worldwide, to publish a regular Op-Ed Column with OnIslam in Cairo, Egypt. Karen currently lives in San Francisco, is an Ambassador with the Council on the Parliament of the World Religions, and she is exploring working with the homeless and domestic violence victims in 2015. 

 

 Mr. Liam Chinn is URI's Co-Director of Global Programs, Evaluation & Learning. He joined the URI team as Director of Evaluation and Learning in March 2013. For the past decade he has worked with international and local NGOs on governance and peacebuilding programs in multiple countries across Asia, including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Timor-Leste where he directed a USAID funded conflict mitigation program. He brings extensive expertise in program development and evaluation, and will guide URI as it begins to build regional impact evaluation strategies. He has a long held passion for promoting greater engagement of civil society in the development process, authoring several surveys on community level conflict and the role of local leaders - including religious leaders - in bridge building. Liam holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and is an avid cook, trained in both Thai and Cantonese cuisines. He lives in San Francisco, CA, USA.

 

 Biswadeb Chakraborty is the United Religions Initiative’s Regional Coordinator for East India. With graduate degrees in percussion (Indian drum) and human resource project management, his interfaith activism and musical career as performer and producer weave together beautifully. For six years Biswabed worked at Transformative Collaborations International, a California-based organizational development venture. In India and abroad he has worked with young human rights and interfaith activists, using his music to attract large numbers to the cause. From a deeply spiritual family that encouraged his early musical abilities, Biswabed is a networker bringing together artists, human rights activists, and interfaith organizations. His musical group Ektaan promotes a grassroots-supported, discrimination-free India on television and radio, in concerts, and on CDs. 

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Jul 6, 2015

NEEDCSI to conduct National Summit on Education

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation is very to announce and report that Professor Sanjay Misra, a renowned Professor of Computer Engineering will deliver a Keynote Address at the 1st National Summit on Education for Peace and Development. The National Summit is scheduled to hold at the Jos Hillstation Hotel on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The overall goal of the Summit is to provide a platform for the integration of principles, values and practices of sustainable development into aspects of education and learning that will facilitate behaviour change and create a more peaceful and sustainable future, in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society for present and future generations. The National Summit will provide a platform for peer-to-peer conversations that address the social-emotional competencies and practices that are vital for coping with the challenges of an increasingly complex work. The National Summit is deeply grounded in the philosophy that:

*‘Education of the heart’ will help foster caring, responsible and accountable global citizens.
*Cross-cultural conversations help people reach across the things that divide them — nationality, ethnicity, religious affiliation, wars and geography.

Professor Sanjay Misra is Full Professor of Computer Engineering at Covenant University, OTA, Nigeria. He has 21 years of wide experience in academic administration and researches in various universities in Asia, Europe and Africa. He is a software engineer and previously held academic positions at FUT Minna – Nigeria(as Head Department of Computer Engineering(Feb 2010-September 2011) and Head of Cyber security Department(Oct 2011-Sep 2012), Atilim University – Turkey, Subharati University and UP Technical University – India. He is also visiting professor at the University of Alcala – Spain(since 2011-), UCV- Valparaiso – Chile(since 2013-), UNICEN, Tandil – Argentina(since 2011-), and Atilim University – Turkey(since 2011-). His current researches cover the areas of software quality, software process improvement, software project management, object oriented technologies, XML, SOA, Web services, cognitive informatics, artificial intelligence, neural network, health Informatics, e-learning, cloud computing and cyber security. Prof Sanjay is coordinating/working/collaborating with several research groups (as visiting/adjunct/ professor/collaborative researcher) in various universities and industry around the world (Spain, Argentina, Turkey, Singapore, Chili, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, France, South Africa, Malaysia, Nigeria, Myanmar, Vietnam, India). He has author/coauthor in more than 150 papers– (with colleagues from nearly 20 countries) and majority the publications are in ISI Web of Sciences and got several awards for outstanding publications. Recently, Institute of Engineering and Technology(IET), United Kingdom awarded him ‘2014 IET Software Premium Award’  for Best Paper published in last two years. He has delivered 17 plenary and keynote speeches (IEEE, Springer, Elsevier sponsored conferences) and 30 invited talks (workshops/seminars/lecture) in various universities and institutions in more than 30 Countries. He is editor in
chief of the book series on Advances in IT Personals and Project management (IGI Global),
 author of 1 book and editor (one of) in 20 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer), 5 IEEE conference proceedings. He is General Chair of 6th IEEE ICAST: 2014 and founder chair of 3 annual international workshops: Software Engineering Process and Applications (SEPA), Springer (2009-2015), Tools and Techniques in Software Development Process, IEEE (2009-2015), Software Quality, IEEE (2009), LNCS (2011-2015) and Software Metrics and Measurement, IEEE (2009). Presently, he is Editor in chief editor of International Journal of Physical Sciences, founder EIC of Covenant Journal of ICT and International Journal of Computer Science and Software Technology, and also serving as editor, associates editor and editorial board members of many journals (more than 20) of international repute.

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