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Students, Not Brides

by Mabel van Oranje-LONDON – A few weeks ago in Mozambique, 19-year-old Rosanna told me, “If I could give one message to other young girls, it would be to stay in education, and out of marriage.” She spoke from experience; Rosanna was a…

How to Transform an Education System

by Jakaya Kikwete-DAR ES SALAAM – A week, it is said, is a long time in politics. That was certainly the case at the end of last month, when, in a single day, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, its prime minister, David…

Schools of Hope

by Sarah Brown-LONDON – Today, June 20, is World Refugee Day, when we honor the strength and courage of those who have been forced to flee their homes. Today I will be thinking of Mohammed, a Syrian refugee whom I met when I visited Istoc…

Education Cannot Wait

by Gordon Brown-LONDON – “Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen, and ask yourself if this step you contemplate is going to be any use to him.” These words, spoken by Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, should be taken as a test…

A push for Somali language classes at UW

When you think about filling that pesky foreign language requirement, what comes to mind? Spanish? French? German? Maybe Mandarin? Whatever it is, it’s probably not Somali — the language of millions of people in the East African country…

Higher Education for Syria

by John Shattuck,Robert Templer-BUDAPEST – Educating refugee children was high on the agenda when donors met in London in early February for a record-setting day of fundraising for Syria. As Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai…

A Breakthrough for Child Refugees?

by Gordon Brown-LONDON – Buried in the declaration from the just-completed fourth United Nations’ Syria Pledging Conference in London is a little publicized but important promise: by next year, every Syrian refugee child will be offered a…

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