“Education is a basic human right. It is also a catalyst for poverty reduction, economic growth, and social mobility. Ensuring that all citizens receive a good quality education should be one of the central priorities of all governments. Most countries endorse the principle of equal opportunity in education. At the heart of that principle is the idea that what children achieve should reflect their efforts and their talents, not their social circumstances. Yet deep and persistent inequalities based on wealth, gender, ethnicity, language, and location point to marked disparities in life chances.”

-UNESCO, Education for All, Global Monitoring Report 2010

Books

I Am Because You Are

I Am Because You Are: How the Spirit of Ubuntu Inspired an Unlikely Friendship and Transformed a Community

In 1998, Jacob Lief, a 21-year-old American university student, met school teacher Malizole “Banks”
Gwaxula in a township tavern in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After bonding over beers and a shared passion for education, Gwaxula invited Lief to live with him in the township. Inspired by their fortuitous meeting-which brought together two men separated by race, nationality, and age-and by the spirit of ubuntu, roughly translated as “I am because you are”-the two men embarked on an unexpectedly profound journey.

We Survived: Genocide in Rwanda

We Survived: Genocide in Rwanda

This book is not an easy read. But there are times when we should listen to the hard truth because it forms the start of understanding. For those who were not there, is it near impossible to comprehend the enormity and brutality of what happens during genocide. The stories in this book bring us a little closer, providing a glimpse into a period in Rwanda when, for three months, values most people take for granted – such as the respect for human life – were crushed as the Government lifted moral constraints and made killing an obligation…

The Nanjing Atrocities

The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War

The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War details the events unfolding in China and Japan in the years leading up to World War II in East Asia, and the Japanese occupation of the city of Nanjing, China, in 1937. Following our guiding scope and sequence, and including a foreword by Benjamin Ferencz, a war crimes prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, this resource lays a broad framework and contains an in-depth examination of the war crimes known today as the Nanjing Atrocities. This book begins by exploring the impact of imperialism in East Asia…

The Other Wes Moore

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question…

Partners in the News

9 Million Desserts, for Gabriel, Michael, Alessandra and More

The New York Times, February. 12, 2017

“If the first step in Chuck Piekarski’s spice cake recipe sounds ordinary — “blend together margarine and sugar” until they are “well combined” — the quantities are not: 18 pounds of margarine and 120 cups of sugar. And, eventually, 18 quarts of eggs, 198 cups of all-purpose flour, 30 cups of vegetable oil, 16 cups of molasses, 63 tablespoons of baking powder and 15 quarts of milk.

And a total of 70 tablespoons of cinnamon, allspice, ground ginger and nutmeg.

It makes 750 small cakes, almost a fifth of his daily workload, which includes cakes, scones and cookies.

It is tempting to say Mr. Piekarski is the man who has baked a million cakes, but that figure is a fraction of the sweets he has baked and sent on their way. For almost 26 years, Mr. Piekarski has been the pastry chef for God’s Love We Deliver, a charity that prepares meals for people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves — 19 million meals so far…