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World Learning and Girl Rising on International Day of the Girl

World Learning marked International Day of the Girl on October 11 with a panel discussion focused on the UN’s 2013 theme, “Innovating for Girls’ Education.” Inspired by the film Girl Rising, the panel discussion featured an introduction by World Learning President and CEO Donald Steinberg, and was moderated by Tara Sonenshine, an Emmy–award winning journalist and former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Three panelists discussed the variety of successful solution-oriented programs that are being implemented around the world to improve girls’ access to both primary and secondary education. The panelists included: Gary Barker, international director of Promundo-DC, a Brazilian-based NGO that works locally, nationally, and internationally to promote gender equity and to reduce violence against children, women, and youth. Barker discussed research on men, violence, gender, health, and conflict around … Continue reading

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International Day of the Girl 2013

World Learning Alumni Improve Girls’ Education through Social Innovation World Learning’s Advancing Leaders Fellowship recognizes the ideas, talent, and vision of our alumni by supporting Fellows with an award of $10,000, comprehensive training in social innovation and leadership, and a support network of mentors and peers so that fellows can implement an original social innovation project. In June 2013, World Learning selected five inaugural Fellows committed to social change in communities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. A number of the Fellows, including SIT Study Abroad alumna Sarah Tucker and SIT Graduate Institute alumna Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie, are focused on improving education. Tucker is providing mother tongue learning opportunities to indigenous Baka communities in Cameroon, while Komabu-Pomeyie has launched a campaign to make all schools in Ghana accessible to people with disabilities. In observance of the 2013 International Day of the … Continue reading

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Can Doctors be Community Leaders?

Mustafa Laith is a medical student at the University of Baghdad in Iraq and an alumnus of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. Just months after returning to Iraq, Mustafa co-founded Students for Humanity (Students4H), a student-led community development organization based in Baghdad. We interviewed Mustafa to learn more about his activities with Students for Humanity and his reflections on leading a volunteer organization as a medical student in Iraq. World Learning: Can you describe Students for Humanity and why you formed this organization? Mustafa: Our team focuses on volunteer projects that can be summarized by one common theme: “share.” First, we share health, and through this project we run campaigns on the ground and through our website and social networks, such as blood donation drives (three drives so far), certain disease prevention campaigns such as tuberculosis, H5N1, and Hepatitis B … Continue reading

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International Day of the Girl

Today we celebrate the first-ever International Day of the Girl, which the United Nations established to “raise awareness of the situation of girls around the world.” Globally, girls face serious challenges that threaten their basic rights and well-being, including lack of access to education and economic opportunities, gender-based violence, poor healthcare, and social and political marginalization. Despite advances in women and girls’ rights, there is still a long way to go. Just this week the Taliban in Pakistan shot 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai for the “crime” of advocating for girls’ education. According to UNESCO, 32 million girls who should be attending primary school are not and globally only 30 percent of girls are enrolled in secondary school. However educating girls has a profound positive effect on society that includes increases in national GDP, crop production, and child immunization rates and decreases … Continue reading

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Girls Take the Stage

The United Nations declared October 11, 2012 as the first-ever International Day of the Girl. To celebrate, this week we are featuring stories about World Learning programs and people that help empower girls around the world. Though Jessica Greer Morris is delighted about the first International Day of the Girl, she believes the proclamation is long overdue. As the executive director of Project Girl Performance Collective, everyday Greer Morris witnesses the inequality girls experience across the world, as well as their incredible ability to overcome these challenges. Since 2008, the New York City collective has provided a safe space for over 100 teenage girls to research, write, and direct performances, often based on personal experience, that raise awareness about issues facing women worldwide. Watch the video below to learn more about what Project Girl Performance Collective is doing to support … Continue reading

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A Community Works Together to Keep a Girl in School

The United Nations declared October 11, 2012 as the first-ever International Day of the Girl. To celebrate, this week we are featuring stories about World Learning programs and people that help empower girls around the world. Soon after her mother died, Shita Kurura suddenly stopped attending classes at Kunchena Yeye Primary School in southwest Ethiopia. When her teacher noticed Shita’s absence he brought it to the attention of the school’s psychosocial support working group—a committee whose members are trained to help address students’ social and emotional needs. Members of the group approached Shita and discovered that her father and his two wives had decided the 16-year-old should stay home to help support the family rather than attend school. Shita was disappointed by this, as she loved school and wanted to continue her education. Fortunately, Shita’s school and community were able … Continue reading

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10×10: Educate Girls, Change the World

The United Nations declared October 11, 2012 as the first-ever International Day of the Girl. To celebrate, this week we are featuring stories about World Learning programs and people that help empower girls around the world. 10×10 is an upcoming documentary film called Girl Rising, and a social action campaign aimed at demonstrating that “educating girls in developing nations will change the world.” The film features the stories of 10 girls from 10 developing countries struggling against tremendous odds to earn an education. However, if girls can overcome these challenges, the benefits to society are enormous. Evidence shows that educating girls leads to reductions in poverty, child mortality, population growth, HIV infection rates, conditions that promote extremism, and corruption. One of the countries featured in the film is Ethiopia, where World Learning programs such as our School Community Partnership Serving … Continue reading

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