Promoting quality education for all.

Pens, Pencils and Books—Oh My!

School supplies are my thing. There was nothing like going to shop for new school supplies each year. I would pack them in a book bag, toss it on my back and head out to a new school year--to see friends, get new workbooks, find my desk and get settled in. This desk would be my space for the next school year--my space to learn, to work and, yes, probably get into a little trouble (I was a talker, what can I say?). But 57 million children around the world don't have access to this and by extension their right to education. They don't get to ready a book bag, button a school uniform, claim a desk next to a friend, and, yes, even get into a little bit of trouble. They won't have a first day of school this year and for some that first day of school will never appear.

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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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We Can Do More

Brian Callahan, 

Today I joined four of our student advocates at the United Nations in New York City. We were part of the first ever #UNYouthTakeover, with more than 600 youth to celebrate Malala's birthday and to call for world leaders to prioritize education. It was inspiring to hear from so many young people who are advocating on behalf of their fellow students, over 130 million of whom are still denied access to education.

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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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Happy Birthday

Like you, I was shocked when the young Pakistani education advocate, Malala Yousafzai, was shot for supporting girls' education in her country. In response, we started a petition drive to send a message our our leaders that we stand with Malala and support the right of all young people worldwide to receive an equitable access to a quality education, including girls who make up the majority of out-of-school youth.

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School’s out for SUMMER

Soon alarm clocks, homework and school days will be replaced with sleeping in, outside games and pool days as another school year comes to an end. What makes this shift so thrilling is the fact that students have spent the last year working hard and learning new things but nearly 132 million youth around the world didn't get that chance this year-and may never get that chance.

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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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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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