5th Feburary 2014
Thank you Cecilia W Yu for sending us the Encyclopaedia Britannica CD for our library. Our students are now able to access lots of learning resources offline!
Akili Library & Information Center has been a beehive of activity since January. The youth from the community, predominantly high school leavers awaiting their national examinations results and out of school girls have been swarming the library to study basic computer applications and read story books.
The students come to the library every afternoon. It takes about 2 months for the students to complete a basic course in computer applications including Ms Word, Ms Access, Ms PowerPoint, Ms Publisher, Ms Excel, Internet and email. They are also taught how to use the computers for research.
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The Western world is controlled by Qallunaat.
I’ve been a Qallunaat, and probably still am on occasion.
I don’t want to be.
This documentary pokes fun at the ways in which Inuit people have been treated as “exotic” documentary subjects by turning the lens onto the strange behaviours of Qallunaat (the Inuit word for white people). The term refers less to skin colour than to a certain state of mind: Qallunaat greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain about being cold, and want to dominate the world. Their odd dating habits, unsuccessful attempts at Arctic exploration, overbearing bureaucrats and police, and obsession with owning property are curious indeed.
A collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak,Qallunaat! brings the documentary form to an unexpected place in which oppression, history, and comedy collide.