Promoting quality education for all.

Education: The Greatest Gift

Casey Murphey and Jenna Lenskold, 

The holidays are in full swing - sweater season has begun and the streets are lined with people holding their steaming cups of hot chocolate! You may be thinking about what gifts you should buy for your family and friends. Perhaps Suzy wants the latest smartphone and the hottest new toy is on the top of Billy's Santa list. But what about the more intangible gifts many of us have already been lucky to receive and can still give to others?

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Counting Until the Cows Come Home

Katherine Brown, 

One look at six year old Negassa Bekana and it's obvious that he is an active and curious learner. In the early childhood development classroom at the Save the Children supported Jemjem Community-based School in Jemjem, Ethiopia, Negassa chats away with his classmates and gets to work on solving colorful hand-painted wooden puzzles featuring common household animals like roosters, hens and baby chicks.

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Our Message to Congress: Protect the International Affairs Budget

Ellen Carmichael, 

With the U.S. elections behind us we are asking ourselves what the elections mean for our collective fight against global poverty and the roughly 1% of the federal budget that is devoted to foreign assistance, including support for global education. As the budget debates commence in Washington it is important for us to highlight the value of investing in global education.

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Where in the world is Equatorial Guinea? And why should you care?

Amanda Malamut , 

When I tell people that I co-founded an organization that works in Equatorial Guinea, most people have never heard of it, and if they have, they haven't heard about what education is like in Equatorial Guinea. This International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange, specifically in a small country in West Africa.

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Celebrating 500 Schools Built Globally, 1 Million Hours Served Nationally

Carrie Pena, 

At buildOn, we believe the power of our programs lie in the direct connection between U.S. inner-city students and community members in rural villages around the globe. While U.S. students work to rebuild their neighborhoods through service, villagers around the globe are contributing volunteer labor to build schools for their children. And through buildOn's Trek for Knowledge Program, these two seemingly different groups of people are joined together in one goal: to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

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Turning a Day into a Movement: Why you should support Day of the Girl

Eliana Stanislawski, 

One of the most significant hurdles in enrolling all children in school and keeping them there is the high drop-out rate of girls across the globe, as well as the dismaying amount that were never enrolled at all. Therefore advocating for basic global education dictates advocating for gender equity. Girls make up for over half of children not in school worldwide. Keeping girls in school makes them safer, healthier, more powerful citizens of the world and has corresponding effects on the whole world.

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Take a Stand for Teachers on World Teachers’ Day

Lisa M. Swayhoover, 

In the United States, isn't it time we take a stand for teachers and put an end to the bullying from education reformers who think the scores on a high stakes standardized test can adequately define a teacher's practice without taking into account the impact of poverty and social inequity? Isn't it time that we - as a nation and individual citizens - stand up and speak up when the finger of blame is pointed at the individuals on the front lines fighting to deliver high quality learning in a system of education that does not adequately support their work?

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Who would break a promise to schoolchildren?

Tony Baker, 

In 2010, the World Bank pledged to increase support to basic education by $750 million over the next five years (2011-2015), which was to represent a 40% increase in basic education from the previous five years (2006-2010). This pledge statement was made (among other places) at a high-level education event co-organized by the Global Campaign for Education and the Global Partnership for Education.

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