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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Illinois becoming the first state in the US to require news literary courses at every high school, a platform connecting journalists with experts to raise women’s voices in the media across South Africa, and a nonprofit organisation teaching refugee women how to ride a bike in Germany.
Illinois high schools will be required to teach news literacy
The announcement means the state has become the first in the US to actively provide education on how to recognise media misinformation.
Nonprofit organisation highlights the voices of women in South Africa
Founded by Kathy Mugrabi, Quote This Woman+ makes it easy for producers and journalists to search their database of female experts, giving them the opportunity to make their opinions heard.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
First Native American nominated to lead National Parks Service
The nomination of Charles “Chuck” Sams III – which is likely to be confirmed – would signify the first time the position has been held by a Native American individual, with the director overseeing Native lands.
Villagers and scientists join forces to protect rare primates in Ebo rainforest
The Cameroonian-led project aims to unite nearby residents with gorilla populations, resulting in a self-sufficient and sustainable research initiative with the local community at its heart.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Airbnb offers free accommodation for 20,000 Afghan refugees
The online platform announces plans to temporarily house many of the growing number of displaced Afghans as they hope to resettle across the globe.
Source: BBC News
Meme artist raises $6 million in 24 hours to fly at-risk Afghans out of Kabul
Tommy Marcus – also known as Quentin Quarantino – will use the funds to organise flights to safe locations for individuals and their families targeted by the Taliban.
Source: Good News Network
Lockdown spirit lives on as neighbour groups become swap shops
Community connections made during the peak of the pandemic have helped boost local swapping and sharing of goods, bringing residents together in an eco-friendly way.
Source: The Guardian
Growing number of groups aim to unite communities through litter picking
From plogger networks to Surfers Against Sewage, an increasing number of organisations are turning to their friends and neighbours to fight littering and fly tipping in their local areas.
Source: Positive News
Zapotec artist preserves endangered colours with ancient weaving techniques
Porfirio Gutiérrez uses a combination of natural dyes and low-impact weaving devices to protect, conserve and innovate old school methods – whilst producing beautiful fabrics.
Bikeygees is teaching refugee women how to ride bikes in Germany
The nonprofit organisation provides women with a sense of freedom and independence whilst integrating them into local communities.