Stories: Education

  • She Survived Two Earthquakes, and a Life of Gender Discrimination in Between

    In 1934, when a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, Indra Shrestha was a few doors down from where she lives now. Just over a week ago, she experienced the horror all over again. “This one was way worse,” the 84-year-old said, referring to the April 25 earthquake that killed more than 7,000 people, flattened whole villages and destroyed a cluster of...

  • Ecuador Lures Back Its Diaspora With Social Spending and Opportunity

    Last April, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa took his weekly radio show "Enlace Cuidadano" on the road to the Italian city of Genoa. He wasn't there for the salami. Instead he implored Genoa's Ecuadorean expatriate population - the largest in Italy - to come home. "Our government of the Citizens’ Revolution, is your...

  • Bolsa Familia Program - Ending the World’s Problems Through Education and Food

    In my recent trip to Brazil, I had the opportunity to learn about Bolsa Familia -- one of the most popular cash-transfer schemes in Latin America. A predecessor to this scheme is the Oportunidades which originated in Mexico in 2002. According to the Bolsa Familia scheme, the beneficiaries receive R$70.00, which is approximately US$35.The government requires the families to send...

  • Taking ‘Manic Mondays’ to a New Level: A Day in the Life of a Rio Public School Teacher

    A teacher poses with a blackboard reading 'Brazil School' as children sitting in front of desks with signs reading 'FIFA standard schools' hold official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer balls, as they pose at what is meant to represent a public school classroom, during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, organized by non-governmental organization (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of...

  • Back to school in Zambia

    Reading The White Masai for #travelbookclub brought back lots of memories of my trips to Africa last year and I spent some time looking through my photos from South Africa and Zambia. It was only then that I realised how many stories I hadn’t had time to share when I got home, so I thought I would address...

  • ‘There Are Thousands of Malalas’: What Pakistan’s Teenage Activist Has Already Won

    When the news came that Malala Yousafzai missed out on the Nobel Prize for Peace, there were groans of disappointment across Pakistan. In the lead up to the announcement, Pakistan’s lively news channels had been running clips of her speeches, and keenly promoting the cause of education—a cause for which Malala was...

  • Tanzanian Pigs and Livestock: Developing World Agriculture

    I love traveling and love it more when I can find pigs. I may even have to make it one of my life goals to see them on every continent where they exist — in all their glory. The thing about countries in much of east Africa (where I am now) and the Middle East however, is that they...

  • Farming Eden in Tanzania

    If there is an Eden for international charities in Tanzania, it might be a small plot in the Malala sub-district of Nambala. Goats feed from green grass while standing on elevated enclosures. The cows are close behind in their own pen that sits directly next to a bio-gas generating system, across from caged chicken and surrounded by elevated key-hole...

  • Walking to Promote Global Development and Girls’ Education From India to Indonesia

    A little over a year ago I highlighted the work of PAWA, the Pan Asian Women's Association, which focuses on global development and girls' and women's empowerment across multiple territories. By raising and carefully apportioning funds for credible, manageable-scale local charities, PAWA's work covers 30 countries from Iran to Japan, Indonesia to Kazakhstan. At the...

  • Tanzania’s Tech Set Aims to “Change Society”

    It was interesting this week to see a slice of the tech scene in Dar es Salaam. We visited KINU which is a collaborative innovation technology space for app developers, startups and those who work in the tech industry to further their learning. KINU also provides tech education for children, an initiative they have been steadily growing. &ldquo...