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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Philip Wang

    [img]/images/user/1842_16584128312771889605.png[/img] Philip Wang balances his life both as an involved member of the Givology team and as a Senior IT Engineer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, located in Seattle. Recently, he has been helping with and learning from the revamp of the Givology website. He explains how he has been honing his skills in Python, which the old website was written in, while getting familiar with the new site’s progressive design. Philip’s love for science began at a young age growing up in North Alabama. “My fascination with space and technology was well supported by the science in the city. Marshall Space Flight Center is nearby and I attended Space Camp twice,” he says. He went on to continue his studies at The George Washington University, and enrolled in several classes, including Physics. Looking back on it now, he comments that he didn’t fully appreciate the value of the course. “As it turns out, in Physics, like many other parts of life, lea...
  • Net Enrollment Rates and What We Can Learn From Them

    [img]/images/user/1842_15747369961282647017.png[/img] Our planet is filled with data. From volcanoes to monsoons to poverty, you can find spreadsheets that sprawl across hundreds of rows and columns for every topic. Data visualization is the usage of graphics to turn that complexity into something that is easy to understand. By communicating clearly and efficiently, data visualization can provide the depth of lengthy reports in an engaging manner—an incredibly useful trait in the field of education analysis. The quality of education around the world is hard to evaluate, but getting people into schools is just as important. Furthermore, making the transition from primary education to secondary and tertiary programs is key to ensuring valuable learning opportunities are leveraged to their full potential. When measuring the enrollment rates of the world, our first thought is to look at how many students at a certain age are in school compared to how many at that age are eligible to be ...
  • Education Around the World: Kenya

    [color=#00cc00]This week’s installment of the Education Around the World blog will explore Kenya’s education system. Kenya is home to one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and a developing education system. [/color] [color=#3399ff]The Basics[/color] The history of Kenya’s education system dates back to the mid 18th Century when Christian missionaries from Britain started to arrive in large numbers. These missionaries set up schools around Kenya, primarily in large cities such as Mombasa. From 1895 to 1963, when Kenya was a protectorate and later colony of Great Britain, the opportunities for children to receive an education expanded tremendously. When Kenya gained independence in 1963, a new government hoped to make primary education free for all children; however, it would be several years before this would be achieved. Kenya has more than 8.5 million primary school-aged children, out of a 50 million population. [b][color=#00cc00]Based on a 2015 UNICEF study that collected data...
  • Top Ten Documentaries

    Documentaries are important way to learn more about the issues in our world today. Here are our top ten picks! 1.Time for School The documentary made by PBS follows children in Afghanistan, Benin, Brazil, India, and Kenya as they start school. The documentary film started filming these kids in 2003 on their first day of school and continued to film them for 12 years throughout their educational career. The children fought to attend school despite the obstacles such as poverty, child labor, and war chaos surrounding their countries. 2. We Will Rise [font=" times="" new="" roman"]The CNN documentary follows world leaders and activists as they travel through Liberia and Morocco to meet girls battling to get an education. The girls sit down with Michelle Obama and discuss their stories and bring light to women’s education. The documentary includes stories from Meryl Streep and Hanene, a thirteen year old girl, talking about challenges in her community to a ...
  • #GivologyGrads: Emmaus Road Foundation

    [font=OpenSansRegular, arial, sans-serif] [/font] The Emmaus Road Foundation is this week’s feature in our #GivologyGrads Campaign. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to formal or non-formal education to the poor in Colombia. [font=OpenSansRegular, arial, sans-serif] [/font] The organization has many goals that it seeks to fulfill but three are most prominent-- to foster the physical, spiritual, emotional and social growth of the Colombian people as a driving force for social development, to contribute to the formation of grass-roots leaders who are committed to the well-being of their own communities and to model processes of gradual self-sustainability. The long time partnership between The Emmaus Road Foundation and Givology has yielded many positive results: we have provided tens to hundreds of students with scholarships over the past five years. [font=OpenSansRegular, arial, sans-serif] [/font] [font=OpenSansRegular, arial, sans-serif][i] [/i][/f...