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Education Doesn’t End after the 8th Grade—Filling Education Gaps in Rural Kenya

Turk Pipkin, 

For the past weeks, I've been traveling across Kenya, checking on our partner projects that were chosen to fill education gaps in rural Kenyan schools. At Daaba Primary in dry and dusty Samburu - where we first saw outdoor classrooms at blackboards under trees and watched young boys climb into a dangerous 40' well to fill water jugs for the school - my heart soared as we toured beautiful new stone classrooms and as the kids drank and filled their jugs from the new solar-powered well. Thanks to partnerships with multiple support groups, Daaba Primary now has 8 permanent classrooms and 250 students, half of them girls - a big change for a traditional Turkana community where girls have never had an opportunity for education.

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Disruption of the Global Distribution of Knowledge

Tanyella Evans , 

I believe there is a momentous opportunity now to address the global lack of access to educational materials, using digital technology. The growth of mobile networks across developing countries has boomed in recent years; over the past year alone, mobile telecommunications services in developing nations have grown 78%, and 39% of the developing world now has access to 3G networks.

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On Loss and Yard Sales

Amie Williams , 

Today, I want to write about loss. I have been thinking a lot about this, since GlobalGirl had its first official yard sale recently, and I parted with a lot of little detritus from my past...things I once cherished that now seemed empty of their meaning, or personal association: a cigar-smoking female figurine from Cuba, a box full of old sound cables, some Howlin' Wolf CDS, and lots, lots, lots of books. I LOVE books. How does this happen? How does a person we love with abandon, suddenly seem so distant, or a passion say, for date squares suddenly replace your craving for brownies instead? Here's a great date square recipe, by the way.

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Promoting Smart Tech to Improve Education

Amy Bernath, 

In a tight budget environment for education, it is tempting to view ICT equipment and training as a luxury to cut. We can all think of a case where technology for technology's sake hasn't worked: an unused laptop in the corner of an overfilled classroom, an interactive whiteboard at a school without adequate electricity to support its use, a smartphone game developed for a population of youth without access to smartphones.

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Connect To Learn Works with Teachers to Integrate Technology into Classrooms

Tara Stafford, 

Coming off the heels of the Broadband Commission's recent report on the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education, writing about Connect To Learn's work with our ICT in Education Impact Study in Kenya and Uganda couldn't feel more relevant. The Study, which addresses several of the key recommendations outlined in the report, was designed to deepen Connect To Learn's work connecting secondary school teachers and students - especially girls - to quality education resources and learning opportunities using ICT.

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Shaping the Concept of Education Diplomacy

Yvette Gatilao Murphy, 

In leading a collaborative effort to shape the concept of Education Diplomacy, the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) held the Institute for Global Education Diplomacy from 17 - 20 April 2013, at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC, USA. Presenters from diverse professional backgrounds shared their expertise in areas including global education, health diplomacy, knowledge creation and transfer, and societal development in which education, learning, and well-being are central to sustainable futures.

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How a rusted and worn chair gave birth to an advocate

Hannah Weintraub, 

My first taste of activism came when I was nine years old. I was sitting in a giant circle on the cracked basketball court at my summer camp. In the center of the ring of people stood a rusted and worn chair. Each person at my camp would have the opportunity to exclaim his or her concern just by standing up, walking to the center of the basketball court, and touching the chair. Once someone's hand graced that beat-up seat, the circle would become silent, awaiting the problems that the speaker would address.

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Chief Dreamer Check In-March 2013

George Srour, 

Seven years ago on my first trip to Uganda representing Building Tomorrow, I took out a pen and paper as my plane flew South over the Sahara. The sands beneath seemed to stretch forever, painting the skies a warm, mesmerizing orange. This morning, the deep ocean blue one would usually see crossing the Atlantic is shrouded by clouds on my way back to the USA, and though not as picturesque, the temptation to write persists.

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