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2014 In The Rear View Mirror

Let’s close the books on 2014 with a degree of joy that the year is ending. Tara Sonenshine, executive director of World Learning’s Global Advisory Council, takes a look back at 2014 reminding us of all that needs to be done in the world in 2015. This post was originally published on The Globalist. 2014 was a year of some triumphs, but mostly tribulation for a world in a frenzied state of chaos and confusion. On the good news front, the Sochi Olympics in February came off with only the Olympic flame torched. However, soon after Mr. Putin managed to rile everyone in the post-game Olympic season with his annexation of Crimea and de-stabilization of Ukraine. Sanctions on Russia and a crackdown on press freedom by the Kremlin are likely to be the 2014 hangover from Putin’s continued game of … Continue reading

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World Learning Remembers Senator Jim Jeffords

President and CEO of World Learning Donald Steinberg today acknowledged the important work of former Vermont Senator James Jeffords, who died this week at the age of 80. “On behalf of World Learning, and particularly our Vermont-based School for International Training (SIT), I express my condolences to the Jeffords family and friends on the loss of a great champion of education,” said Steinberg. Senator Jeffords represented the state of Vermont both as a seven-term member of Congress and as the State’s attorney general. Vermont is the home of SIT’s Brattleboro campus which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Senator Jeffords chaired the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee for many years. “All of us in the international education space benefited from the support of Senator Jeffords and his advocacy for disabilities rights,” added Steinberg. “Senator Jeffords believed in the importance of … Continue reading

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World Learning Mourns Loss of John Daniel

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our former Academic Director (AD) in Durban, South Africa, academic coordinator of the South Africa: Social and Political Transformation program, and lecturer and advisor for both Durban programs, John Daniel, PhD. Many of you know John from his time as AD and for his legendary role in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. John’s life’s work on behalf of a free South Africa and his activist research bringing to harsh light the atrocities committed by the state are—and will continue to be—his profound and much lauded legacy. To SIT, John was the consummate example of what we all strive for, but few of us ever attain—an embodied and unwavering commitment to counter injustice, to render powerless the inequalities that starkly divide, and to ensure that all people question alleged authority, read … Continue reading

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Honoring a Libyan Human Rights and Democracy Champion: Salwa Bugaighis

By Scott Lansell On the evening of July 16, I had the honor of participating in a gathering of friends and family of Salwa Bugaighis, a lifelong advocate for democracy and human rights in Libya. She was assassinated in her home on June 26 in Bengazi soon after voting in her home town in the parliamentary elections. In the well-attended reception at Vital Voices’ office, where participants joined together to share their stories of Salwa, I spoke of my chance to meet this great woman two years ago alongside my daughter, who was only 10 years old at the time. Despite our brief meeting, Salwa left a great impression on our lives. This became most apparent when after hearing of Salwa’s assassination less than a month ago, I told my daughter the tragic news. This was the very first time (and hopefully the last) … Continue reading

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Council on Foreign Relations Launches Interactive Guide on Child Marriage

The Council on Foreign Relations’ new interactive project investigates the prevalence, causes, and effects of child marriage in countries around the world. The organization interviewed a number of experts on the issue, including World Learning President and CEO Donald Steinberg, who explained that the negative impacts of child marriage reach far beyond the girls and their families. “Issues related to human security, issues like child marriage, are not simply soft issues,” Steinberg said in his interview. “They are issues that can affect the stability of countries, they are issues that can affect the economic development of these countries. They are every bit as dangerous as wars over natural resources or wars that result from cultural differences.” The publication features videos, interactive maps, profiles of countries where child marriage is common, details of policy options that could help curb the practice, … Continue reading

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World Learning Recognizes UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

World Learning will host a Google Hangout discussing international exchange and disabilities issues at noon EST on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Tara Sonenshine will moderate a panel discussion with three women who will share their experiences studying abroad with a disability. Watch the Hangout live on our website and follow the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #IDPD2013 and #IDPD2013atWL. Message from World Learning President and CEO Donald Steinberg United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities is annually held on December 3 to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide. The theme this year is “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all.” World Learning seeks to include persons with disabilities in all of its activities and welcomes opportunities to engage with partners in new initiatives utilizing its core strengths in Capacity Building, Grant Management, … Continue reading

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Looking Ahead

by Donald Steinberg It’s a great honor to have been selected as the new president and CEO of World Learning, and I’m looking forward to my start on July 1. I wanted to begin by thanking the many members of the World Learning community who have already sent notes of welcome and congratulations. I am impressed—although not surprised—by the large number of talented development professionals who have a World Learning experience somewhere in their background. I have myself worked with World Learning programs, projects, and people around the world during my three decades in the development arena. Whether it’s The Experiment in International Living, SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad, or its development and exchange projects, World Learning’s efforts proceed from the common goal of preparing a new generation of global citizens to bring about positive change in their societies … Continue reading

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Creating a Free Media for Burma

For 50 years the ruling military juntas in Burma tightly restricted the country’s media with legislation that required government approval of journalists’ work before publication. However, the recently elected civilian government has begun to open Burma’s media sector and an exchange program is working to create laws that would ensure its autonomy. “When [the military junta] drafted that law, their aim is to control the media communities. We want to encourage freedom of press and also protect the journalists,” said U Ko Ko, a participant on the Burma Media Law Exchange and a vice president of the Myanmar Journalists Association. The exchange is part of the new On Demand Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning. It began in December 2012 when media experts from the United States traveled to Burma to … Continue reading

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Our Foreign Correspondents: Youth Dialogue and Debate in Morocco | By Karis Hustad

Karis Hustad and Devdharm Khalsa are students on the Morocco journalism program, a collaboration between Round Earth Media and SIT Study Abroad. This piece was originally posted by Round Earth Media. Throughout North Africa and the Middle East, young people have been at the forefront of revolution and political change. In Morocco, thousands took to the streets last year raising their voices, calling for reforms and demanding to be heard. That demand was in full force at a recent symposium in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. “I think it is time to have this conversation,” said Yousef El Miadi, a cultural studies student at University of Mohamed V in Rabat, Morocco.  “Not from older to younger, but from man-to-man.” The October 22 symposium, “Youth & Civil Society,” sparked dialogue and debate. One hundred Moroccans and Americans, most of them students, crowded into … Continue reading

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President and CEO Will Leave an Accomplished Legacy

Last week World Learning announced that President and CEO Adam Weinberg will step downat the end of June 2013 to become the president of Denison University in Ohio. Weinberg joined World Learning in 2006, serving as the president and CEO since 2009. During his tenure he has focused on expanding the organization’s global presence and improving its financial standing. Some of his major accomplishments include:   Expanded Programming: Each of World Learning’s five units are thriving with new programs and strong enrollment. This includes record enrollment in SIT Study Abroad, a new SIT Graduate Institute master’s degree program and center in Washington, DC, and an expansion of International Development and Exchange Programs projects in the Middle East and North Africa. Strengthened Financial Health: World Learning’s annual revenue has increased to $130 million and the organization has enjoyed three consecutive years … Continue reading

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