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  • Givology Chapters: What do they do and how can you get involved?

    Written by Julia Tofan [img]/images/user/1842_9754475059402250269.jpg[/img] [b]Starting a Chapter[/b] Givology chapters bring together members from cities, schools, and universities to take action and support Givology's students and projects, furthering Givology's mission of making education accessible to children all over the world. Givology currently has about 30 chapters across the United States and internationally in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, and we hope to keep on growing with your help! You may be wondering what Givology chapters have done in the past and how you can start a chapter too, so we talked to the presidents of some of our most active chapters to see how they have supported Givology students and projects and how others can get involved too. Among many ways of giving back, Givology chapters fundraise, educate, and increase awareness of education in developing countries. [b]Chapter Responsibilities[/b] Chapters are responsible for raising awareness a...
  • Why Are Students Leaving Nepal?

    Hi Givologists! This week, we’ll be taking a look at the education system of Nepal. Personally, I was not very familiar with the education system in Nepal, or the history of the country itself, and was able to learn a lot just by googling Nepal. [b]Eight Facts about the Education System of Nepal[/b] 1. In 2009, Nepal lengthened free education from 5 years to 8 years. 2. The academic year starts in April and ends in March. 3. Before 1951 (and subsequent political reform), education was mainly reserved for only about 250 students, including the royal family and the wealthy. 4. There are three secondary school types: community schools (run by the government), institutional/ private schools, and higher secondary schools (which provide education after the primary and lower secondary education levels are completed). 5. Following completion of higher secondary school (a total of 10 years of education), students are required to complete a three hour long School Leaving Certificate (SLC) e...
  • A Review of 'A Path Appears' by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

    Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WudDunn's, 'A Path Appears' is an empowering book. It tears through the cynicism and doubt of the power of an individual to make a difference, in a series of vignettes. Each vignette demonstrates how ordinary people, have had a tremendous impact on less fortunate people's lives, by giving. The key, the book notes, is to give wisely. How does one give wisely? Kristof and WuDunn notes that one can get maximum bang for every buck donated, by supporting causes such as early childhood care. Young kids are "too young to fail" the book notes. An intervention at this stage in people's lives, will lead to a reduction in the number of dysfunctional adults, thus reducing social costs in the long run. Counselling pregnant teens is another ridiculously cost effective way of making a difference; so is spreading education about contraception. Kristoff and WuDunn note that it is possible to keep a child in school in Kenya for an extra year f...
  • 38 Days in Liberia (A Glimpse Into Liberian Education)

    Hey Givologists! The country we’re covering this week is Liberia, a place that is especially close to my heart after traveling there this summer to start up a science program with a local non-profit, Live Life Liberia. I’ll be drawing on a lot of my personal experiences in Montserrado County, Liberia to describe how their education system operates. [b]1. Liberian education has previously been severely impacted by civil war.[/b] The education system in Liberia was limited by 14 years of civil unrest, causing the number of schools to decrease from 2,400 in 1989 to 480 in 2003. During this time, very few people went to school; some were recruited to be child soldiers, and the country was completely torn apart due to conflict. Though peace has been established in Liberia for more than ten years, the infrastructure and school systems have not recovered to even a fraction of what they used to be. USAID reports that in most education aspects, Liberia is behind the majority of other cou...
  • How Can We Impact Different Global Education Systems?

    Hi Givologists! My name is Rachel Chuang and I am a junior at Cornell University studying biology and business. I’ve been working with Givology for almost four years now as the Director of Special Projects, and have gotten the chance to be a part of some really awesome initiatives (such as co-leading the publication of [url=http://www.amazon.com/GiveInspiration-How-Give-Effectively-ebook/dp/B00B46UV5I]Givology’s book[/url]) and to volunteer with amazing people all across the US and the globe! Working at Givology has brought to mind a lot of questions that I hope to address in this weekly blog: - How do we as individuals maximize and allocate our time, money, and efforts to make the greatest impact globally? - Why has our [url=http://www.euractiv.com/development-policy/auditors-slams-effectiveness-eu-news-530807]impact been minimized[/url] in certain countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo? - How do we make our impact in the world sustainable instead of a “one-time...