Comparative International Education Society Conference

Charleston, SC, March 22 – March 26th, 2009

By Jen Durben, Programs Officer, Child and Youth Programs, World Learning

 This week, World Learning’s Child and Youth team are attending the Comparative International Education Society Conference, in Charleston, SC.  Members from the Child and Youth team are giving presentations based upon our work in Ecuador and Ethiopia.  On Sunday, March 22, Azra Kacapor, Director of Child and Youth Programs presented at a panel addressing the Preservation and Promotion of Indigenous Communities in Latin America: Politics, Language and Policy.  The panelist discussed issues of bilingual and indigenous education in Central and South America.  Azra discussed World Learning’s work with indigenous children in Ecuador who are involved in hazardous child labor. World Learning’s presentation was distinguished as the practitioner perspective among panelists representing different universities in the US including Michigan State, Vanderbilt, University of South Carolina, and Pacific Lutheran Universities.

On the second day of the CIES conference, Maria Gloria Barreiro and Maury Mendenhall presented on two different panels, each of which generated stimulating discussion.  Each of World Learning’s six participants have split off to maximize experience and networking capability.  Several conference participants from other organizations have remarked upon World Learning’s impressive level of visibility and level of professionalism at this year’s CIES conference. In addition, World Learning’s exhibitor table moved into a high-traffic area where many conference participants have stopped by to engage in conversation and to collect informational materials, as well as promotional materials.

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