Promoting quality education for all.

Call Me, Maybe?

If you are anything like me, you hate the phone. I would much rather someone text me or email me—hey even tweeting me is better than a phone call. But sometimes a good old fashioned phone call is what is going to get the job done and on June 16, we are asking you to dust off the landlines or fire up the cell to place a call for an important cause—the millions of children around the world that are out of school.

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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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Jump In

It is Global Action Week—a week used to highlight all that is being done for the right to education and what is being done to protect that right to education around the world. It is also a great time to jump in and get involved. Jump in to help the 57 million children out of school, jump in to help the 1 in the 3 girls that will be married before the age of 18 in the developing world instead of in school and most pressing jump in for the schoolgirls of Nigeria who need a world community to stand with them, their families and their community. 
 

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Let’s talk about bathrooms

by Katherine Surko , 

I’ve always taken them for granted, and have just assumed that whenever I go to school, a restaurant, or any other public space, that there would be a clean, private, easily accessible facility. I never really thought about how my life would be different if I didn’t have access to a bathroom, and I never took into consideration the critical role they play in our everyday lives or how they affect access education.

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Let Other Children Follow in Lupita’s Footsteps

Laura Henderson, 

Lupita Nyong'o was a smashing success at this year's Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. Not only did she win an Oscar for best supporting actress in Twelve Years a Slave, but her words touched the hearts and souls of so many who listened to her. As she accepted her Oscar, Lupita said "When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from your dreams are valid."

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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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Active Partnerships and Engaged Empowerment Equals Lasting Change

I have to admit that I am not much of a fan of holiday decorations. My mother, who loves the spirit of giving and the idea of Santa, collected over 250 Santas in the last 20 years, and something about dragging those down from the attic each year hasn't really inspired me to deck the halls. This bah humbug spirit doesn't extend to Christmas music, though. I grew up in choir, so I know and love the lyrics to most of the classical and pop songs on the radio during the holiday season. Nonetheless, there's one song that really, really gets to me.

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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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