Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.


October 7, 1934 - January 9, 2014

October 7, 1934 - January 9, 2014


Sugata Mitra (MIE) TED Prize 2013

Minimally invasive education (MIE) is a form of learning in which children operate in unsupervised environments. The methodology arose from an experiment done by Sugata Mitra while at NIIT in 1999, often called The Hole in the Wall, which has since gone on to become a significant project with the formation of Hole in the Wall Education Limited (HiWEL), a cooperative effort between NIIT and the International Finance Corporation, employed in some 300 ‘learning stations’, covering some 300,000 children in India and several African countries.

The programme has been feted with the digital opportunity award by WITSA, and been extensively covered in the media.

Mitra has summarised the results of his experiment as follows. Given free and public access to computers and the Internet group of children can

  • Become computer literate on their own, that is, they can learn to use computers and the Internet for most of the tasks done by lay users.
  • Teach themselves enough English to use email, chat and search engines.
  • Learn to search the Internet for answers to questions in a few months time.
  • Improve their English pronunciation on their own.
  • Improve their mathematics and science scores in school.
  • Answer examination questions several years ahead of time.
  • Change their social interaction skills and value systems.
  • Form independent opinions and detect indoctrination.

A Dramatic Transformation in the German Society, the First 2 Africans Elected in the Federal Parliament

When Karamba Diaby finished third in his party’s state primaries last February, the result catapulted him into the national spotlight. Now, after Sunday’s federal elections here, Mr. Diaby’s place in German history is guaranteed.

And he is sharing the spotlight. For the first time, Germany has elected black lawmakers into the Bundestag, Parliament’s lower house. One was Mr. Diaby, a member of the Social Democrats, from Senegal, and the other is Charles M. Huber, a former actor with a Senegalese father and a German mother.

Although both failed to secure direct mandates from their districts, they managed to get elected through Germans’ second votes, which are cast for so-called party lists.