Working toward a quality education for all.

Can’t Keep a Secret

It has been so hard to keep this quiet, but we don’t have to anymore! Our Fall 2014 Youth Advocacy Training application is live! The training, taking place October 17-21, 2014 gives U.S. based 18-25 year olds an opportunity to learn about Education for All and the ways they can be agents for change in their communities.

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What are you #StrongerThan?

I have always gotten a kick out of doing something that someone said I couldn’t do or that I am not supposed to do—finishing a grueling hike, building something, fixing something or even something as seemingly simple as getting up each and every day and going back to finish something you started even if everyone is against you. All of that takes strength—the strength to do, the strength to overcome and the strength to keep going.

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New UNICEF/UNESCO Reports Reveal Stalled Progress in Africa

by Mark Engman, 

Every year, June 16 is the Day of the African Child.  It commemorates the thousands of courageous children in Soweto, South Africa, who in 1976 marched to protest apartheid and to demand equal education. The march ended in violence: – hundreds of youth were wounded or killed.  Their legacy continues to build a better future for African children.

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Call Me, Maybe?

If you are anything like me, you hate the phone. I would much rather someone text me or email me—hey even tweeting me is better than a phone call. But sometimes a good old fashioned phone call is what is going to get the job done and on June 16, we are asking you to dust off the landlines or fire up the cell to place a call for an important cause—the millions of children around the world that are out of school.

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From Invisible to Visible: Being Able To “See” the Crisis in Learning

by Rukmini Banerji, 

The group of mothers sitting in the sun in a village in north India was happy to chat. We talked about children and about their school. “Are they going to school?” I asked. “Of course,” said the mothers proudly. Some went further to say, “we even send them for private coaching after school.” “How are they doing with their education?” The common word for education in Hindi is the same as reading-writing. The chatter stopped. One mother looked at me sternly and said, “How do we know? We are illiterate. Anyway, that is the business of the school and of the teachers.” 

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Making the Difference with Adolescent Girls

by Claudia Gonzalez, 

The World Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) was launched in 2008 and seeks to discover what many in international development have wondered, “What works best in programming to help young women succeed in the labor market?” (“The Adolescent Girls,” 2013) The Adolescent Girls Initiative utilizes two different program models, one which emphasizes employment and entrepreneurship via the classroom, and one which emphasizes life skills via girls’ clubs.

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REASON #1—WE CANNOT END POVERTY WITHOUT INVESTING IN EDUCATION

by Camilla Ryberg, 

Today, we look a bit more closely into Reason #1 of the eight reasons from our joint RESULTS brief: Greater Impact through Partnership: 8 reasons to invest in the Global Partnership for Education now more than ever. The reason; ‘We cannot end poverty without investing in education’, is really one on which there is little or no disagreement.  Indeed, it is often stated that investing in education is the single most effective way of reducing poverty.

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Bespoke Freedom and Hashtag Feminism

by Amie Williams, 

Sitting at London’ Borough’s Market, just near the London Bridge, thinking of today’s elections in South Africa.  May 7 marks an historic occasion for the “freeborns,” those born after the end of apartheid in 1994, those who will be voting for the first time. I am recalling something one of them told me as I was working with our GlobalGirls in the streets, interviewing young people about the upcoming elections. “Not yet Uhuru…not yet free…” he said, “But I am free in the sense that I have my own mind, and can choose to vote or not to vote.”

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Jump In

It is Global Action Week—a week used to highlight all that is being done for the right to education and what is being done to protect that right to education around the world. It is also a great time to jump in and get involved. Jump in to help the 57 million children out of school, jump in to help the 1 in the 3 girls that will be married before the age of 18 in the developing world instead of in school and most pressing jump in for the schoolgirls of Nigeria who need a world community to stand with them, their families and their community. 
 

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