Promoting quality education for all.

Toward a Truly Transnational, Collaborative Future in Education

Joshua Sheridan Fouts, 

LinkedIn, the international jobs and professional networking site, recently announced that it was going to allow students 13 years and older create profiles on its site. LinkedIn is the latest example of how young students worldwide -- that is, students who have access to the Internet and the educational opportunities to make them aware of the opportunities available on a site like LinkedIn -- can now learn about a world of work that exists beyond the boundaries of their country and city.

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Clean Water Allows Students to Learn

Denise Allen, 

Imagine if the closest source to water was miles away from your home or school. Imagine if you had to walk 3 to 4 hours a day struggling to carry enough gallons of water to accommodate the needs of your family. Imagine if your child was missing days of getting their precious education in primary school because it is their responsibility to bring water back for your family.

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To Choose a Charity

Arika Egan, 

From afar, charity is just giving someone a resource they require. Peering closely, though, several questions come to mind. How do you know which cause you want to support, if a charity shares your values, or how you'll split up your money or time?

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Teaching Systems must be strengthened for universal schooling to pay off

Santiago Cueto, 

For a long time educational researchers have found that one of the main determinants of a child's educational success, if not the most important, is the socioeconomic status of their family. For example, Young Lives research in Peru shows that by the time a child reaches his or her first birthday the family´s ‘wealth index' predicts the quality of their schooling as well as their academic achievement ten years on. Our research shows that coming from a poor, indigenous, or rural family, or having a mother with less than primary education - or worse still having all four - is strongly associated with poor educational quality and performance.

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Girls Learn International-Learning How to Use Our Voice

Kaitin Rizk, 

As I was flipping through the book Half the Sky for a school paper, I stumbled upon an organization called Girls Learn International. I had no idea that it would become so important to me down the road, but I began reading about its mission and was immediately drawn in. The next fall I decided to start a chapter of Girls Learn International (GLI) at my school. Unlike many typical after-school clubs, membership meant not just a fun activity but being a part of improving girl's education around the world. GLI seeks to educate and energize U.S. students in the global movement for girls' access to education. This mission held true at my school--no other club had so much initial enthusiasm!

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Can Business Hit the Grand Slam for Education?

Kathy Spanogle , 

The crisis in education is enormous, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, just when more support is needed, the international community has reduced its aid to education. UNESCO indicates there is a $26 billion financing gap for basic education. This financing is needed for capital investment in school infrastructure and to support recurrent expenditures, principally for teacher training and salaries. With the 2015 Millennium Development Goals' deadline looming, the time has come for the business community to step aggressively up to the plate and help hit a home run for global education.

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