Working toward a quality education for all.

Increasing our Focus on Girls’ Education

by Alan Bobbett, 

A few months ago I met a grandmother. 

That’s not so remarkable, until I tell you that she is only 25. 

No matter how you calculate the math and circumstances that result in a young lady becoming a grandmother at age 25, it is horrific.  There is no instant panacea that will make instances like this history.  In this particular case, I can point to a long civil war, with its attendant atrocities, as well as child marriage, poverty, and other factors as contributory, but I really started the story this way to make the point that in our drive for accurate statistics with which to make decisions, we must never lose sight of the fact that those statistics point to real people, with real stories, and with very real barriers to overcome. 

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Early Childhood Development -— Supporting Health, Learning, and Growth for All

by Molly Curtiss, 

Early childhood development can sound technical or overly complicated, a jumble of dozens of interventions across all sectors. Really though, it’s quite simple: giving each child all of the things he or she needs to grow up strong and healthy, feel secure, learn and succeed. ECD interventions are critical for ensuring that all children are given a fair start in life and an equal chance to reach their full potential, no matter who they are or where they were born.

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Peacebuilding in Colombia

by Libraries Without Bordes, 

Libraries Without Borders (LWB) has partnered with the Colombian Ministry of Culture and the National Library of Colombia to leverage educational and cultural tools for peacebuilding. The design of this intervention is based upon the premise that educational and cultural programs are critical for individuals and communities who have faced crisis and conflict.

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In Celebration of Humanity

by Kylie Barker, 

We love sharing stories of kids like Suhbat, who came to our center and spent time laughing and playing and working through the trauma of being displaced by ISIS through art and character building lessons.

We love talking about Shilan, and how our work was provoking her family to think through issues of respect and forgiveness.

We get excited to share stories about how the teenagers who came to our classes were inspired to study together and felt more confident going into their exam sessions.

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Steps to Achieve SDG4 for Every Last Child

by Coco Lammers, 

This is Masa. When Masa was one year old, her family was forced to flee their home country of Syria for Turkey. Today, Masa is five years old, an age when many children around the world go to school. She is among the 1 million Syrian refugee children living in neighboring countries who are not in school.

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You are awesome

You are awesome. Your advocacy and collective voices made big change last month and that is awesome—you are awesome.

Last month, the FIRST EVER World Humanitarian Summit happened in Istanbul, Turkey. World leaders, organizations and advocates just like you traveled to talk about the importance of supporting those around the world living in conflict and/or the aftermath of emergencies.

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Education Cannot Wait

by Jennifer Rigg, 

As a parent of two active children, I see the amazing skills and knowledge they’re gaining at school every day. Yet the vital right to education is just a dream for 75 million children impacted by emergencies and crises. Across our global community, we cannot wait any longer and must act today to reach all children with quality education.

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Global Education’s Changed Reality, Community, and Governance - The Role of Education Diplomacy

by Yvette G. Murphy, 

While setting the stage for the topic of this blog post, Education Governance, I considered the frequent use of the terms “sunset” and “new era” to describe the transition away from the MDGs and the undertaking of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. I wondered what exactly we are leaving behind in the sunset and what exactly has changed in this new era. 

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