Many times our mindset, especially in the international development sector, is that once we throw enough money onto a problem, we'll magically solve it. I am by no means trying to diminish the importance of money to solve some of the world's biggest problems — matters like economic development and financial independence, climate change, minority [...]
Literacy is one of the most important keys to sustainable development. It is a fundamental human right and should reach everyone on this earth to improve people's standards of living. International Literacy Day was created by the United Nations. It is promoted by the UN's UNESCO. According to their website, "The aim is to highlight the importance [...]
A little less than a half a year ago, I posted about Project Loon, something that in my mind would change developing countries and give them new opportunities. Since then, I have been tracking the progress of this zany idea and have been positively surprised. Project Loon started in June of 2013 and, in the beginning, many, [...]
Literacy rates within a country or region depend on many different factors. One of the biggest determinants is whether one lives in an urban or rural environment. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization did research on this phenomenon. Rural residents have lower literacy levels than urban residents, whether measured from census data (e.g. Wagner, 2000) [...]
I read this blog post from Room to Read a couple days ago and was truly inspired by Tai Thi's never-ending drive to learn and improve upon herself. She is a remarkable girl, who can serve as a role model for today's youth. I guess you could say that Tay Thi was a rebellious teenager. Except [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e8xgF0JtVg By educating girls at an early age, women can leave behind a life of prostitution, sickness, hardship and enter the world of opportunity.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn0i2v87woU Let's reimagine education to create a blended model of learning - Anant Agarwal Online courses as the next generation's textbooks: A different perspective on MOOCs.