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TSO Receives Fig Tree Foundation Grant

(October 2012)

We are very pleased to announce that the Fig Tree Foundation has awarded The Strongest Oak Foundation a grant of $10,000 to fund our internship programme in Rwanda.


Recognizing that there is a visible gap between education and meaningful employment in Africa, TSO developed an internship programme in which we recruit local employers to provide part-time, relevant work to our Strongest Oaks while the Oaks…


Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on October 15, 2012 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Jean de Dieu (JD) Tuyisenge – a TSO success story!

(October 2012)

Our wish for all of our Strongest Oaks is for them to become independent, both financially self-sufficient and emotionally prepared to tackle the challenges of adulthood. Our Rwandan OakJean de Dieu (JD) Tuyisenge has not only met our expectations but has exceeded them.

We are so pleased to announce that JD is our first “graduate”! We have invited him to leave…


Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on October 15, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Invitación a que te hagas miembro de RIDUCA: Red Iberoamericana de Docentes Universitarios de Contabilidad y Auditoría.

Esta es una invitación para que te hagas miembro de RIDUCA, la cual es una nueva oportunidad para promover el intercambio de conocimientos y experiencias entre profesores universitarios de contabilidad y auditoría de Iberoamérica: RIDUCA -Red Iberoamericana de Docentes Universitarios de Contabilidad y…


Added by Mario Echeverría on October 1, 2012 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Neema Begins Internship

(September 2012)

Neema has begun a one-year internship at a gift shop, the Likembe shop in Bukavu. In this job, she is learning entrepreneurial skills key to helping her eventually launch her career in selling woodworks (her primary goal). She's learning sales and customer service skills and works three days per week. This is her first job ever!



Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on September 15, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Espoir Begins University

Espoir has completed his university orientation and begun classes in Information Technology at the Uganda Christian University.

When our Oaks are first "adopted" by The Strongest Oak Foundation, they state a long-term objective. Espoir's objective was to "Graduate from high school and attend an English…


Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on September 6, 2012 at 12:56pm — 1 Comment

I am a teacher 2.0 for 21st Century Education

21st Century Education

Added by Bal bahadur Powrel on September 3, 2012 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Espoir Accepted at University (July 2012)

Espoir has been accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program at the Uganda Christian University. He excelled in his English classes, exceeding all expectations and paving the way for this significant milestone in his life. Congratulations Espoir!

Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on August 9, 2012 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Cast vote for my school to win world education award


It’s a pleasure to inform you that Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Vijiyanagaram’s project entry for Best Use of Social Media in Education has been nominated for World Education Summit Awards 2012.The World Education Awards have been instituted with the aim of felicitating and acknowledging unique and innovative initiatives in the field of education… Continue

Added by Venkata Raghavendra Rao Rachuri on July 7, 2012 at 11:35am — No Comments

Oaks Helping Oaks

(March 2012)

Further to our last update about Espoir moving to Uganda, Pastor Samuel and theKulika team assisted Espoir in getting settled in his new country and at…


Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on May 15, 2012 at 8:44am — No Comments

Charles Mugabe in the News!

Check out this Huffington Post article written by Simon Adams (Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in New York) in which he recalls his meeting with Charles and their discussion about the Rwandan genocide.

Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on May 15, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments

Shamblesguru's iPad : The Blog

I have an iPad2 and a New iPad ... and a very happy nephew who has inherited my iPad1.

This Blog is designed to share the…


Added by Shamblesguru Smith on May 7, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments


Dear Teacher and Students 

We are an English class of 30 students from the most 

beautiful and peaceful country in Africa, Ghana. We 

are an enthusiastic class interested in doing an 

intercultural collaboration with students from your 

school. We have heard much of your country and we are 

really interested in having friends from your school 

who can really tell…


Added by King Attrams on May 4, 2012 at 5:56am — 1 Comment

Why the Facebook Group My Students Created for Themselves is Better than the Discussion Forum I Created for Them.

Since 2004 I’ve created a website of some kind for each class, with a discussion board – a place where students can ask questions or make comments on our class any time of day or night and get a response. I think it’s an essential component of any modern class.

This semester something new happened, though. My students created a Facebook group for my class (and then invited me to join it!). Slowly I’ve watched and noticed more and more,…

Added by Venkata Raghavendra Rao Rachuri on April 20, 2012 at 12:37am — No Comments

The Other side of the class room

When people talk about flipping their class room, the conversation seems to focus on moving certain used-to-be-classroom activities (namely chalk & talk) from class-time to home-time using videos, screencasts and podcasts.   That is one side of the flipped classroom model.

The flip-side of the model though, is what to do with the extra time created in the classroom.

Mainstream, traditional flipped-classroom advocates would have students doing their ‘homework’ in class time,…


Added by Venkata Raghavendra Rao Rachuri on April 19, 2012 at 8:12pm — 1 Comment

Letter from the Field – Steven Shyaka

The following is a letter sent to Stace by Steven Shyaka (Rwandan Strongest Oak since 2010), in anticipation of Stace’s visit to Rwanda in November 2011. English translations of Kinyarwanda words are given in [square brackets]. Some deletions were made for the sake of brevity and some edits made for the sake of clarity – the sentiments remain unchanged.

Amakuru [how are you] Stace?

You can’t imagine how enthusiastic I am to meet a man who brought a light to…


Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on March 29, 2012 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Zingere begins her internship (February 2012)

Congolese Strongest Oak Zingire Namegabe has begun the exciting next step toward her ultimate goal of launching her own business: an internship in advertising and sales at a bottled water manufacturer and distributor called Mugote (in Bukavu).

Zingire will gain valuable, practical business experience, building sales and…


Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on February 23, 2012 at 4:41pm — No Comments

New trip on We Collaborate

Day 1 at We Collaborate.

Yesterday Kieran, my son, was 18 months old and I received a late-but-expected Christmas gift: a calendar with his pics! Today I enjoyed and share it with my mom and we both were amazed how wonderful he is and how much he looks alike his mom and dad :)

I've also posted a comment a found out in another calendar, about how antique Mexican cultures discovered mezcal-tequila and was created it by gods, very interesting way of thinking about…


Added by Rolando Rodriguez on January 21, 2012 at 2:43pm — No Comments

TSO Oaks Give Back to their Community (December 2011)

Despite the political uncertainty surrounding the recent 2011 Congolese elections, TSO volunteers made the holiday season a bit brighter for impoverished youth in Bukavu, Eastern Congo. Oak Leader, Pastor Samuel Muderhwa and his wife, Faida, hosted a Christmas dinner in Bukavu, DR Congo for over 360 underprivileged youth – including several orphans. The event included a series of inspirational plays, poems and songs – mostly around social themes relevant to Bukavu including rape, tribal…


Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on January 11, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Steven and Jeanne begin internships (December 2011)

In addition to a formal education, work experience is an essential part of building a career. To this end, Steven Shyaka and his sister Jeanne Mutoni have obtained internships in their respective fields. Steven is working as a legal assistant in the Kigali-based law…


Added by María Teresa Esponda (Mayte) on January 11, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

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