In this issue we publish the ten winning entries to a competition that we launched in issue 71. We asked readers to share information about a new idea related to their own work. Some of the ideas featured may not be brand new ideas, but they are new within the local context and may be new to other readers. It is exciting to see an entire issue where all the articles are written by Footsteps readers.

We received so many entries to the competition. Thank you to everyone who participated, and apologies that we are not able to respond to each individual entry. It was really encouraging to read about the huge variety of work that readers are involved in, and I hope that the competition has inspired people to share their work and ideas with others.  

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 75 in html.

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  • Bible study: Innovation

    by Dr Nigel Poole Innovation means ‘doing new things’, or ‘doing old things in a new way’. In the Bible we see innovation both in God’s creation and in his ‘new creation’.

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  • First aid training in schools

    by Cíntia F Rojo Accidents often happen in and around school. Children’s natural curiosity exposes them to situations of risk, which are not always anticipated by the adults in charge. Often, it is only after an accident that the teacher realises the danger in the classroom of a chair too close to a window or furniture with sharp corners. Most teachers do not receive specific ‘first aid’ training and so when faced with a crisis do not know how to respond.

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  • Keeping sanitation on the school agenda

    by Awoyemi Olawale  Sanitation is not a priority in schools because people do not realise the need for a safe and clean environment. This attitude means that when there are many competing priorities, resources are allocated to academic activities while sanitation is neglected. But good sanitation facilities, such as latrines, safe drinking water supply, and hand-washing facilities, are important for the success of basic education.  

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  • Letters

    Hair extensions harm poultry Synthetic hair extensions are currently very popular in many countries in Africa. However, when hair extensions are removed, they are often dumped in the street, and this is proving a health hazard to wild and domestic birds. As birds forage for food on the ground, their feet can easily get entangled in the cast-off strands of hair. The strands of hair are very fine and strong, and if they get caught round the birds’ legs can gradually cut off the blood supply. ...

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  • Literacy: the Waye Kai approach in Niger

    by Laurence Buenerd Alima is in her second year of literacy classes. ‘I am 51 years old’ she says with a shy smile. ‘I learn slowly. I had to re-take my first year, but since then everything is going well.’ Two of her granddaughters have followed her example and attend the classes with her.

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  • Local environment, local crafts

    by Mrs Amuche Nnabueze I live in Nsukka township, the central town in the Nsukka region in Enugu State, Nigeria. For more than three decades, I have watched with dismay as our environment deteriorates. I have watched waste products like plastic bags and other packaging cover our beautiful green landscape.

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  • Resources

    Keep the best, change the rest: Participatory tools for working with communities on gender and sexuality

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  • Setting up a community knowledge centre

    by Esther Kabasiita A community knowledge centre is a place which has a wide collection of books, articles, videos, and technical documents that provide a range of developmental information for the community. It is a place where people can come to learn and to share information.

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  • Voting and literacy

    by Ladislas Burume Bihagarhizi  Mumosho is a rural settlement, 22km from the town of Bukavu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). During the last legislative and presidential elections in DRC, I was one of the independent witnesses in a polling station in Mumosho, in the Kabare constituency.

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