Category: Education

“Educated” Author Tara Westover Talks About Her Next Chapter

LONDON—It’s the last week of Tara Westover’s book tour for “Educated,” her memoir of growing up in rural Idaho in a family of survivalists, and she really can’t wait to…

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Lovetta David: Helping to Revolutionize Education in Liberia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA--Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and has an education system to match. According to the Liberian Demographic and Health Survey, in rural areas, 66%…

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Who’s Afraid of Ageing?

DENVER AND NEW YORK VIA SKYPE—With her characteristic “let’s talk about it” approach to problems and wry sense of humor, Ashton Applewhite, an activist and expert on ageing, is taking…

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Jelena Djokovic Talks Busy Schedules, Childhood Education and What Makes a Good Teacher

MONTE CARLO AND LONDON VIA EMAIL: Jelena Djokovic is one of those people who seems to somehow eek more than 24 hours out of a day. The 31-year-old wife of…

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For Disadvantaged South African Girls, A STEM Alternative

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—As the Lego robot started driving around the classroom, 12-year-old Likhona Maginindare, who wants to be a transplant surgeon when she grows up, started jumping up and down with excitement. But when the robot’s shovel-like mechanism at the front did not lift up and move like it was supposed to Ms. Maginindare and the four other pre-teen girls in her after school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) group were told by their teacher to go back to the board where the instructions were posted to find what they had done wrong with their coding. After a lot of concentration, conversation and giggles, the girls recoded the robot and –viola—the robot’s front end lifted up. Theirs joined the other three robots, programmed by their fellow classmates, in revving around the room bumping into each other as the girls looked on with enthusiasm.

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The Women Behind Barbie Savior–“By All Means, Critique Us”

LONDON, KAMPALA AND SPOKANE, WASHINGTON VIA EMAIL—If you haven't seen the Barbie Savior Instagram account yet, it’s time to check it out. The BBC described it as, “a satirical account…

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A South African NGO Fighting Against Gender-Based Violence

DIEPSLOOT, SOUTH AFRICA--For many women and girls, places typically perceived as safe like home, school or places of work and worship, are not a refuge from the violence that infiltrates…

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Her Stories: No Problem Too Big

DENVER--My family is large—I have eight brothers and sisters—and I’m amazed every day by how much I learn from my siblings. When I was in kindergarten, my parents approached my…

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Her Stories: Growing Up Female in a Nairobi Slum

NAIROBI—My name is Emily Onyango and I grew up in Korogocho, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Most of the stories told about slums are…

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Model and Education Advocate Noella Coursaris Musunka Celebrates a Decade of Malaika

NEW YORK-- On an unseasonably warm Wednesday in May, laughter, voices and the raucous strains of African drums spilled from the entrance of an event space abutting the shores of…

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