When classes open in September, Liberia is going to try something new. It will be an experiment, and like any good experiment, it should be judged on the empirical data it produces -- data on whether these schools deliver better learning for Liberian children, both boys and girls, urban and rural. Until then, stay tuned.
This episode of Now What is, on one level, a story about All Power Labs. APL is a group of genius misfits - Burning Man artists, brilliant engineers, and welders with a rebellious streak - and to properly understand them, a bit of backstory is required. Originally, they ran an illegal art compound on the outskirts of Berkeley, CA. The city didn't like that much and cut their power in an effort to evict them. Rather than cave in and move out, they built their own power generators based on old World War II technology.
Sexual and gender-based violence is not a new phenomenon. But a global effort to address the problem, better educate communities, and build and strengthen systems to respond to violence when it happens -- both in healing the victims and punishing the perpetrators -- will go a long way to stopping it.