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Project on "BLOOD DIAMONDS" for students - get involved!

I work for an educational charity that runs an online learning community, called Rafi.ki (the Swahili word for friend) for schools around the world that helps students share ideas and work together for a brighter future. It is free for all non-UK schools to join - it contains communication tools and cross-curricular projects around global issues, and is safe and moderated.

We are currently running a project called "BLOOD DIAMONDS" where students learn how their choices as consumers can affect people's lives, especially in areas that are struggling with so-called "conflict resources" such as Gold, Diamonds, or Coltan (which is highly relevant for the conflict in the DRC right now). If anybody would like more information, or knows any schools in the DRC (or elsewhere) who might like to join this project, please get in contact!

www.rafi.ki (for secondary schools) and www.rafi.ki/kidogo

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Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 8, 2010 at 4:30pm
Site looks very cool!
Comment by James Antle on March 11, 2010 at 8:49pm
Neat! I'll look into this.
Comment by Hanna Brady on March 15, 2010 at 11:59pm
This is awesome! I'm not a teacher, but I am interested in working for an organization like this or trying to build my own. Is there any sort of administration for rafi.ki or an equivalent in America that you know of? Do you know if there is anything more focused on college students? Is there another way to get involved if you aren't an education professional?

I'm still going through the website and it's very exciting ^_^
Comment by Nadim Kara on March 16, 2010 at 8:05pm
Hi there! I work for Partnership Africa Canada (www.pacweb.org), an organization that examines the relationship between natural resources, conflict and sustainable development. We are actively involved in trying to regulate the trade in rough diamonds so that they do not fuel conflict and human rights abuses. We are also looking at ways to regulate coltan, gold, tin, etc. We would love to hear from any of you that are interested in this issue! You can reach me at nkara@pacweb.org. Also, check out Global Witness and Fatal Transactions. One Sky used to have some great campaign material on the blood diamonds issue in the early years, and so too did Amnesty UK.

Right now the people interested in managing the diamond trade through something called the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme are struggling to deal with human rights abuses in the Zimbabwe diamond fields of Marange... so, we may need your help to put pressure on various governments to put some pressure on Zimbabwe. Maybe I will "evoke" your assistance soon! Keep on working, Nadim
Comment by Ronald Kasendwa on March 18, 2010 at 12:41am
Emily, am in... please send me a detailed e-mail about this if you don't mind! Am going to drop my email in your EVOKE inbox! Thanks


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