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Adult Education Center Sorely Needed in Uphams Corner

To:  Uphams Corner News

I am sending a letter of hope, vision and concern to Mayor Menino about the lack of educational opportunities in Uphams Corner, a section of the city that also has a low educational attainment rate.  I am sending it to Uphams Corner News in hopes that you will share my letter with the community.  Thank you in advance.  Shemiram

September 12, 2012

Dear Mayor Menino:

Thank you so much for all you do to improve the quality of life of the people in the City of Boston.

Education for Liberation These days I have been inspired, and motivated by the speeches given by our Democratic leaders at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) who have been laying the pivotal facts, challenges, and hopes for a better future for this country. We heard amongst other topics how EDUCATION is the most important, and vital subject that brings change, hope, prosperity, and success.

Today I want to express my enthusiasm, and my hopes in this letter for this place in Dorchester - Uphams Corner, where I live.

Uphams Corner is comprised of many different immigrants who have come a long distance from different parts of the world for the search of a better life. Most of them don't speak English; have no skills that would employ them in the 21st century work opportunities.

Over my years, I have met many people who, with even a little bit of education or job training, have been able to stabilize their lives financially and help liberate them.  Education or, at least initially, job training can make such a huge difference. 

So I am asking for your help.  Uphams Corner needs an ADULT EDUCATIION CENTER, where people can learn vocational skills, and become  electricians, carpenters, plumbers or learn computer skills. We need to have center for ADULT EDUCATION for art, music, business etc.... where people can be inspired, and creative.

It's not like there isn't a lot of space in Uphams Corner. We have plenty of empty buildings including the Masonic Building and the old St. Kevin's School which is a very large plot of land. Right now the St. Kevin's campus is becoming a den for drug addicts, thieves, and homeless. The grounds trashed with litter, needles, human waste. Recently, someone walking back there was mugged.  We need to change that.

The change has to be based on well-designed and balanced priorities to create jobs, and prosperity. I understand that site has been set aside for low income housing.  But Uphams Corner, especially Columbia Rd, already has plenty of subsidized and low income housing. Yet we have no sites for adult education.  In my opinion the balance is way off. We need to come with a better plan to make education available, and give the tools to those who then will be eventually able to afford a sustainable life.

At the end let's do what we believe in doing. The time is now.


Shemiram Fabian
Longtime Uphams Corner resident

Image taken from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform - VUE - Voices in Urban Education, Issue No 34, Education for Liberation.

Posted: September 14, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

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