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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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Against the Odds: Higher Education and Employment in Egypt

Meredith McCormac, 

Egypt is a leader in the Middle East and North Africa region and continues to drive the regional economy even though the youth unemployment rate soars. Over 23 percent of Egypt's population in 2010 was between 18 and 29 years of age and 90 percent were either unemployed or underemployed. Complicating this already challenging environment, youth are living in cities that are undergoing profound political and social change. Through the USAID-funded Linking Education and Employment Program (LEEP) in Egypt, World Learning supports the simultaneous development of three career development centers in underserved and geographically diverse regions in Egypt. The program builds the capacity of these universities to equip students and graduates with the skills needed to gain employment and create sustainable links with local and national businesses to ease the transition from school to work.

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The New Water Cycle: How a Lack of Water Affects Girls’ Education

Hannah Weintraub, 

This morning before I went to school, I spent about ten minutes tidying my room in an attempt to appease my mom in her quest for cleanliness. After half-heartedly chipping away at the piles of clutter that were strewn around, I felt satisfied and began to prepare for school. Leaving my chore unfinished came with few consequences other than a slightly agitated parent and an increasingly decrepit bedroom.

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Students: Problem Solvers for our Future

Lisa Glenn, 

At New Global Citizens, we kicked off February by facilitating a Global Leaders Workshop for Phoenix area colleges. During the workshop, students were introduced to the great challenges facing the world, including those enumerated in the UN Millennium Development Goals: child mortality, HIV/AIDS, universal education, poverty and hunger, etc. Some students had vast knowledge of the issues, while others had very little before entering the room. Over the course of the day, students examined an issue, researched causes, imagined solutions, and created action plans to address the issues. For me, the most remarkable part of the day came when student groups were asked to select an issue on which they believed was the most pressing for the world today. Almost unanimously, the groups chose universal education. Over and over again, I listened to groups explain how education supported all of the other goals that the world has agreed upon.

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Nurturing Ecuador’s Most Important National Resource

Gloria Vidal Illingworth, 

Ecuador, where the theory of evolution was first conceived, is home to a unique richness of life and natural resources. However, like all countries, our most precious resources are our young people. The true measure of our success as country and a people is how well we prepare them for the future. In fact, the education of our young is so important that we have tripled our investment in this sector over the last six years. No other national resource will impact our social and economic well-being as this.

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How to Use Open Content to Make Education for Development Great

Now that we are in the 21st century, information is becoming more open, available, and easy to exchange. Even in some of the most remote and disadvantaged places on earth, wireless internet technology is bringing the world to people who may never leave their village. Today more than ever, creating educational resources that are free to access and use can change the face of development, and the world, forever.

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Will the 113th Be Lucky for Global Education?

Allison Grossman, 

Here in our nation's capital, the city is preparing for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. The parade route has been marked. Tickets to the inaugural balls have been secured for a few (thousand) lucky ones. The crowds are preparing scarves and hats and gloves help keep warm while they trek down to the National Mall for the festivities on Monday.

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