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  • The Democratic Republic of Congo and Negotiations for Education

    By Jasmin Velez There are various definitions of a failed state, however, for this editorial I will focus on one presented by Robert I. Rotberg: “A failed state is a polity that is no longer able or willing to perform the fundamental jobs of a nation state in the modern world.” He notes that as a state begins to fail, education and health systems are often privatized, which can result in various questionable methods to keep the system running; or the facilities are eventually neglected and begin to fall apart. In addition, public employees of the state, such as teachers and physicians, are paid less, late, or not at all; and materials needed to keep the systems afloat become increasingly difficult to find. Using the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a case study, I will present the ways in which people negotiate with their failed states to maintain these sectors as semi-functioning. The Democratic Republic of Congo has ranked in the top ten of the fragile states index (previousl...
  • State of education facts/pictures

    Quick Intro - Many children around the world are not getting the type of education that other children do. This article, contains the facts and stats of the most recent surveys and data of school life. This article supports many graphs and charts that represent male vs. female schooling, benefits of schooling in different parts of the world, and what effect donors have on the school systems. [img]https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/SBoXqK_1HNIvLIx8RXtHi7lXRunh1cMkier2_oCSYC6L-wZEI_qYfVdqF6Iy3wi7Fsv2m-JTBZI4JT_Rb4oB0OntelHL-KkCrE8z7Xfw9kz5pkCD44oxpy2tKO9RPts0OuLEH7ok[/img] As you can tell from this chart, women tend to get less education than men. [/li][/ul] According to a recent survey in Bangladesh, “Two-thirds of the respondents believed that a woman should not earn more than her husband as this can lead to tensions within the home. Two in five believed that boys need more nutrition than girls to be strong and healthy and that the husband should have final say in all important famil...
  • Addressing the Gender Gap in Education in the Developing World and the Power of the Girl Effect

    By Brent Harlow In this series of posts, I have been looking at policies and programs that have proven to be effective at improving educational outcomes in the developing world. In this post, I will be looking at the gender gap in education, which is most dramatic and pernicious in the poorest and most marginalized communities, where women often find themselves caught in inter-generational cycles that prevent them from attaining a greater degree of economic and social empowerment. And in keeping individual women from reaching their full potential, these cycles also prevent the sort of transformational action that can lead to broader social change for the benefit of all women (and, indeed, the men in their communities as well). [b]The gender gap in education and some of its causes [/b] Especially in poorer areas of the developing world, girls are still not completing primary school and going on to secondary in the same numbers as boys. One of the reasons researchers have given for th...
  • Givology Impact Series #12 - Nanubhai

    Here's a transcript of the [url=https://soundcloud.com/givology/givology-impact-series-12-nanubhai-education-foundation]Givology Impact Series podcast with Sarah Birge and Kate Jenkins from Nanubhai Education Foundation. Check it out here![/url] Joyce: Welcome to the Givology Impact Series Podcasts in which we share the experiences and inspirations of social entrepreneurs and changemakers around the world in education. We have Joyce Meng here today. We are delighted to have Sarah Birge and Kate Jenkins from Nanubhai Education Foundation here as our honored guests. For more than a decade, Nanubhai has worked to provide scholarships and access to key education resources in rural India. As an introduction to our guests, Sarah Birge is from northern Vermont and studied English Literature at the University of Chicago. She became involved with Nanubhai in 2011 as part of her Masters work in sustainable development. Sarah currently works at the Vermont Agency of Education and believes ...
  • Givology Korea Chapter Holds its First Event

    We just wanted to write a quick post to share some exciting news about the newly formed Givology Korea Chapter! Last month, fifteen students (seven juniors and eight sophomores) from Chung Nam Foreign Language High School in South Korea formed the chapter, and began meeting twice a week and setting up yearly goals for their three departments: fund-raising, marketing and outreach, and education. Earlier this month, the chapter held its first event, a donor registration drive for students at their high school. It was a success, drawing many more students than anticipated (as can be seen in the photographs of the event below). The chapter is now planning their first fundraising event, which it plans to hold at the end of May. Congratulations to all members of the Givology Korea Chapter for getting off to a great start!