Category: Education

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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Her Stories: Ode to Third Culture Kids

WARSAW, POLAND--People often ask me where I’m from. And rightly so, I just started university, and non-invasive questions like these help get a conversation going. But when faced with this particular question, instead of breaking the ice, I freeze.

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PCI’s Carrie Hessler-Radelet: Women Are Best Possible Investment

LONDON AND WASHINGTON VIA SKYPE— Public service and development must be in Carrie Hessler-Radelet’s DNA. Not only did she serve as the director of Peace Corps, the overseas volunteer program…

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Teen Twins Prove Age Isn’t a Barrier to Activism

DENVER AND TORONTO VIA EMAIL—Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, 15-year-old Pakistani-born Canadian twins, are your normal teens— with one exception. At the tender age of eight, when many young girls are still…

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Her Stories: The Politics of Aid

LONDON--“Oxfam Are Bandits.” The stark words were daubed on a half-finished housing development surrounded by dirt roads and scrub. I was standing in Lely, on the outskirts of Banda Aceh,…

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Her Stories: Information Everywhere But What Are Students Learning?

DENVER--Fake news is a buzzword right now but its impact is far from fake. I teach at a middle school in Denver, Colorado where students are asked to examine a…

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Her Stories: What Motivated Teenager Natalie Meyer To Found An NGO

HO, GHANA--Growing up in a small New England (predominantly white) community, I rarely heard people speak about life outside of the United States unless it was my family planning a…

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No Time to Watch Clouds : A School Day in the Life of 14-Year-Old Fatima

BAGAMOYO, TANZANIA—Fatima* sat quietly in the classroom as her more outgoing and eager female classmates told us about their school lives—walking to school, how much housework they have to do…

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