27 04, 2018

In Wake Of Recent Attacks On Schools, Boundary Walls Are Essential

2018-04-30T16:24:07+00:00April 27th, 2018|Afghanistan, Field Notes|7 Comments

For the last 10 years, attacks on schools by Taliban insurgents have been almost unheard of. According to a recent New York Times article, Taliban school attacks “proved so unpopular with communities that the insurgents announced that they would not be continued, even claiming to support girls’ education.”

Things changed on April 11 when insurgents struck a girls’ high school in Logar Province and set it on fire. A separate assault was conducted on a school in Nangarhar Province the following Saturday. Labs and archives were reportedly set ablaze.

Although both operations occurred at night and no students were harmed, the […]

9 12, 2016

Graffiti Artists and Murals Bridge Cultures Half-Way Around the World

2018-03-27T22:11:23+00:00December 9th, 2016|Field Notes, General|5 Comments

Images can have meaning far beyond words. They become part of a universal language understood by all. Easy brush strokes, sharp sketches, and even graffiti evoke feelings that resonate with people from all walks of life. When barriers arise from language, distance, and culture, art can create a bridge to universal understanding and peace.

23 11, 2016

Violence Against Women A Roadblock To Education

2018-03-27T22:14:21+00:00November 23rd, 2016|Field Notes, General, Impact|2 Comments

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In places like Central Asia, women face the threat of violence every day, especially pioneering women who break tradition to attend school. This blog is part of a three-part series, published at msmagazine.com, that tackles the violence women experience from their families, society, and culture. Education is key to ending violence, and our in-country partners are striving to create an environment that is safe for all students.

10 10, 2016

Education Can End Child Marriage

2018-03-28T08:41:03+00:00October 10th, 2016|Field Notes, General|7 Comments

According to the United Nations, more than 700 million women across the world married before their eighteenth birthdays. Two-hundred and fifty million of those girls entered into marriages before they turned 15. October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child. Once the marriage ceremony is over, childhood ends for many of these young girls.