with filmmaker Maria Cecire
Friday, February 24, 2006 - 5:00pm
In contrast to the pitiful, hopeless place that the mainstream media makes it out to be, Africa is alive with bold work from within for the future of its peoples. In "momentum" the audience meets some of the energetic, innovative math and science teachers that are making serious contributions to education in Zambia. Andy Chimwanga teaches his students to make advanced lab materials out of waste products and pushes them to take ownership for their education; Edith Chimoka, a chemistry teacher the head of her school's science department, challenges her female students to overcome the stigma against women in science and push themselves to succeed. These and other teachers talk about what they do and why they do it with passion, humor, and grace. Maria Cecire, a graduating senior at the University of Chicago and a Rhodes Scholar, discusses her film.
Co-sponsored by Division of Humanities