Promoting quality education for all.


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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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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Now In School, But Not Learning: Taking the Next Step on Girls’ Education

Erin Kelly, 

Around the world, more girls than ever before have access to an education, thanks partly to the Millennium Development Goals' focus on universal access to education. That's the good news. But though girls now have access to school at record levels, there are many differences from one region to the next and many are not receiving a quality education once they're in school. This ‘silent crisis' affects millions of girls around the world and is preventing them from pulling themselves -- and their families -- out of poverty.

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A Growing Movement

PJ Kadzik , 

There are 600 million adolescent girls in the world today, all part of the largest youth generation this world has ever seen. While girls in the United States are more educated, socially connected, and empowered than ever before, many girls in developing countries still struggle for basic rights like the opportunity to go to school, see a doctor, or have a voice in their communities.

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