IN EXILE, BUT UNDAUNTED

By Josh Idaszak — Before last summer, human rights activist Pashtana Durrani lived in Kandahar, working as executive director of LEARN Afghanistan, a nonprofit she founded in 2018 to expand educational opportunities in the country. At the same time, the then 23-year-old was pursuing a degree in political science at American University Afghanistan. All that …

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Kids Can Keep Learning Even During a Lockdown. Here’s How

BY Mmaki Jantjies — South Africa, like most countries in the world, has ordered all schools to close to try and stop the spread of COVID-19. Many schools have also asked parents to ensure that learning continues at home. Online learning is an obvious way to keep lessons going; however, only a few schools have well-established online …

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Twitter Q&A with Brenda Moore

On March 19, 2020, we interviewed our 2019 fellow Brenda Moore on Twitter. She founded KEEP: Kids Educational Engagement Project in Liberia when schools shut down for Ebola. She recently wrote an article about what schools should do now for Coronavirus. Here is a transcript of the conversation! @AspenNewVoices: Hi @liberianjue! Here are my questions. …

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Evans Wadongo

Wadongo, who grew up in rural Kenya, made his mark early by designing a solar lamp made from mostly recycled materials that could be easily built. In his first year in college, he used part of his student loan to produce more of the lamps – and eventually transformed the project into Sustainable Development for …

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Kopano Matlwa Mabaso

Dr. Kopano Mabaso is a South African medical doctor currently undertaking a DPhil (PhD) in Population Health at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Kopano’s research interests lie in health policy and systems research, particularly with regards to strengthening of health systems in reform. She is the founder & Co-Director of Transitions Foundation …

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