Promoting quality education for all.

What are you #StrongerThan?

I have always gotten a kick out of doing something that someone said I couldn’t do or that I am not supposed to do—finishing a grueling hike, building something, fixing something or even something as seemingly simple as getting up each and every day and going back to finish something you started even if everyone is against you. All of that takes strength—the strength to do, the strength to overcome and the strength to keep going.

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Making the Difference with Adolescent Girls

by Claudia Gonzalez, 

The World Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) was launched in 2008 and seeks to discover what many in international development have wondered, “What works best in programming to help young women succeed in the labor market?” (“The Adolescent Girls,” 2013) The Adolescent Girls Initiative utilizes two different program models, one which emphasizes employment and entrepreneurship via the classroom, and one which emphasizes life skills via girls’ clubs.

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Bespoke Freedom and Hashtag Feminism

by Amie Williams, 

Sitting at London’ Borough’s Market, just near the London Bridge, thinking of today’s elections in South Africa.  May 7 marks an historic occasion for the “freeborns,” those born after the end of apartheid in 1994, those who will be voting for the first time. I am recalling something one of them told me as I was working with our GlobalGirls in the streets, interviewing young people about the upcoming elections. “Not yet Uhuru…not yet free…” he said, “But I am free in the sense that I have my own mind, and can choose to vote or not to vote.”

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Spring in Your Step

It is spring in D.C. which means sunny days and cherry blossoms. It also means GCE-US Youth Training Advocacy season which always gets me super excited about the power of youth and the great things they are doing around the nation and the world. Our advocates just spent Monday on the Hill talking about education for all with their Members of Congress and we will be sharing their experiences over the next few months.

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Ending Extreme Poverty through Education

Judith Rowland, 

57 million children around the world denied an education despite the world's promise to put every child in school by 2015. Tens of millions of children drop out of school before learning how to read and write - forced into early marriages, participating in dangerous work just to feed their families, or pushed out because of school fees they can’t afford. Access to education is one of the best ways to decrease poverty.

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Holidays, Children and Wise Men

In my native Spain, January 6 is a very special day for little boys and girls. All over the country the Reyes Magos (the Three Wise Men) riding their camels brought the gifts and toys the children requested several weeks ago. These imaginary characters, with a little help of the adults in their lives, will fulfill the children's dreams. Some will be disappointed. They will not have received the doll they asked for or the expensive video game their friend owns, but, even if they don't get all the toys they wanted, they will have what many children can only dream about. They will return to school the next day.

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A Second Chance for Students in Niger

Maggie Meyer, 

At the Barbara Kirker Second Chance School in Maine-Soroa, Niger, students who enroll in school late get another shot at getting an education. After receiving books from Books For Africa through Medshare, these students now have plenty of reading materials to help them catch up to their peers who were able to start school at a younger age.

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Life Lessons in Ethiopia

Amanda Ruckel, 

Driving through the mountains of Ethiopia from the capital, Addis Ababa, to the northern region of Wollo, one cannot help but be impressed by the towering trees, the green, rolling hills, and the cool, crisp mountain air. Prior to traveling to Ethiopia, I had heard it was a beautiful country, but I soon realized pictures and anecdotes couldn't do justice to the sheer beauty of the country that is known as the birthplace of humanity.

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Grateful

Liz Braden, 

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to the post office to mail some 'getting started' items to Emory University, home to one of our newest chapters. While waiting in line, I overheard the man in front of me addressing the clerk. The customer was inquiring about how to change his address and the clerk kindly responded that all he needed to do was fill out a form.

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