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Writers Bloc Event
January 17, 2012
Event at the Free Word Lecture Theatre featured Kamila Shamsie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and our own Michael Archer.
Free Word presented today the launch of Writers Bloc, a new project which sends writers to report on education issues around the world. Kamila Shamsie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, chair Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, and Hugh McLean joined our own Michael Archer in a discussion on the project.
During the hour, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discussed how the experience “opened [her] eyes” and praised government colleges of the past in Nigeria that taught children from different classes and regions. Hugh McLean talked about the decline in respect for teachers, while Kamila Shamsie spoke about the need for curriculum change in Pakistan.
Find all the Writers Bloc essays below, and click here for Zadie Smith’s introduction:
In the Writers Bloc series:
Aleksandar Hemon on Bosnia
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Nigeria
Rachel Holmes on Palestine
Kamila Shamsie on Pakistan
Zukiswa Wanner on South Africa
Tahmima Anam on Bangladesh
Nick Laird on Nepal
Nathalie Handal on Haiti
Hardeep Singh Kohli on India
Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe
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