Promoting quality education for all.

Where in the world is Equatorial Guinea? And why should you care?

Amanda Malamut , 

When I tell people that I co-founded an organization that works in Equatorial Guinea, most people have never heard of it, and if they have, they haven't heard about what education is like in Equatorial Guinea. This International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange, specifically in a small country in West Africa.

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One, two, Freddy’s coming for you

I don't watch scary movies. I went to a haunted house once, and will never go again. I'm a wimp, plain and simple; I'm okay with that. I find that there are enough scary things in the world that I don't need to go looking for things to make nightmares out of my dreams-education statistics alone provide enough fodder. We live in a world where almost 50 percent of the 61 million out of school children don't have a ghost of a chance of going to school; where vampires suck the life out of childhood and teenage education dreams before they can be fulfilled and where girls navigate life paths haunted with harmful practices such as child marriage that keep them from education.

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Celebrating 500 Schools Built Globally, 1 Million Hours Served Nationally

Carrie Pena, 

At buildOn, we believe the power of our programs lie in the direct connection between U.S. inner-city students and community members in rural villages around the globe. While U.S. students work to rebuild their neighborhoods through service, villagers around the globe are contributing volunteer labor to build schools for their children. And through buildOn's Trek for Knowledge Program, these two seemingly different groups of people are joined together in one goal: to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

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Milk vs Soda

Many of us saw the moment in the documentary Half the Sky, based on the book by Nick Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn when Olivia Wilde asked as she walked through city streets in Kenya: "Who buys the soda?" The answer was men--women buy the milk and men buy the soda. This struck me, and I believe it tells the story of women and their impact on the world all on its own. It is estimated that when girls get an education, as women, they invest 90 percent of the income they earn back into their families-men invest 30-40 percent. UNESCO has found that each extra year of schooling that a girl receives boosts her future income by 10-20 percent (15-25 percent if the extra year is in secondary). This makes a strong case for girls' education as a tool for development.

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Turning a Day into a Movement: Why you should support Day of the Girl

Eliana Stanislawski, 

One of the most significant hurdles in enrolling all children in school and keeping them there is the high drop-out rate of girls across the globe, as well as the dismaying amount that were never enrolled at all. Therefore advocating for basic global education dictates advocating for gender equity. Girls make up for over half of children not in school worldwide. Keeping girls in school makes them safer, healthier, more powerful citizens of the world and has corresponding effects on the whole world.

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Take a Stand for Teachers on World Teachers’ Day

Lisa M. Swayhoover, 

In the United States, isn't it time we take a stand for teachers and put an end to the bullying from education reformers who think the scores on a high stakes standardized test can adequately define a teacher's practice without taking into account the impact of poverty and social inequity? Isn't it time that we - as a nation and individual citizens - stand up and speak up when the finger of blame is pointed at the individuals on the front lines fighting to deliver high quality learning in a system of education that does not adequately support their work?

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A World Without Teachers

Can you imagine a world without teachers? For 132 million children, this is not just a nightmare to wake up from-it is a reality. These children will often have no control over their future and the trend will most likely continue with their children. The world has made great progress toward universal primary education (UPE) for all (a drop from 115.4 million in 1999 to 61 million children of primary age out of school currently) but numbers are stagnating and in order to achieve UPE, an additional 1.7 million new teachers will be needed-not including the number of teachers needed to replace retiring teachers.

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