First Black party leader in US Congress, preschool on wheels, French village for people with dementia

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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, Democrats elect the first Black party leader to US Congress, mobile preschools aid immigrant families and a French village helps dementia patients.

Hakeem Jeffries elected to US Congress as first Black party leader

Following Nancy Pelosi’s retirement, Democrats elected Hakeem Jeffries. Previously an attorney, Hakeem will be the first Black party leader in US history.

Source: ABC News

Endangered Black rhinos thrive in Zimbabwe

Monitoring and protection programs have paid off in the southern African country of Zimbabwe. Black rhino numbers now exceed 600 and continue to grow.

Source: ABC News

Indigenous Papuans’ ancestral forests relinquished by the Indonesian government

Almost 40,000 hectares of land will be given to a collection of Indigenous tribes in rural Indonesia. Indigenous Papuans have pushed to protect the land from loggers and other exploitation.

Source: Monga Bay

Flying medical drones deliver Covid-19 tests, life-saving medication in the UK

Britain’s National Health Service has been flying trial delivery drones to reach island and rural areas with life-saving medication. Now medical drone programs are reaching sub-Saharan Africa and rural Sweden.

Source: positive news

3D printing technology helps disabled people in underprivileged areas

3D printing operations in Africa have found success in making affordable prosthetics for people who have had limb amputations.

Source: Africa News

US education programs help schools in low-income areas retain teachers

Urban Teachers Philadelphia, a four-year teacher apprenticeship program, helps train and prepare teachers to work in low-income areas with schools suffering from labor shortages.

Source: The Philadelphia Citizen

Mobile preschool helps immigrant families with a childcare

Around the wealthy city of Aspen, Colorado, immigrant families have no preschool in their area. So El Busesito (meaning “little bus” in Spanish) travels to five communities with four different buses, bringing preschool to the kids.

Source: Mother Jones

Hospitalized Japanese children utilize robots to ‘attend’ class

Long periods of hospitalization are connected to dropping out of school in Japan. Now, children who are hospital-bound can control a ‘Telerobo’ robot to virtually participate in class and chat with classmates.

Source: Jstories

Helsinki library helps city residents engage with each other

Designed by the community for over a decade, the Oodi Library features a cinema, community center and, more importantly, a free and egalitarian public space.

Source: Reasons to be Cheerful

A French village offers dementia patients autonomy

Village Landais, in the south of France, is inhabited by people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The village is designed as a neighborhood where its residents can interact while living with autonomy and dignity.

Source: The New Yorker

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