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First-time Tanzanian Fellows Share Education Perspectives

Reserved but eager, Tanzanian secondary school teacher, Malima Pima Chisumo, described the acute challenges facing teachers and students in his country without hesitation.

“Education in [Tanzania] is quite different from the United States. In our country, for example, the classes are too big,” Chisumo said. “You might find one teacher teaching in a class of more than 200 students.” 

Reserved but eager, Tanzanian secondary school teacher, Malima Pima Chisumo, described the acute challenges facing teachers and students in his country without hesitation.

“Education in [Tanzania] is quite different from the United States. In our country, for example, the classes are too big,” Chisumo said. “You might find one teacher teaching in a class of more than 200 students.”

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Teacher fellows from Tanzania gather at the ILEP Welcome Event in Washington, DC

Increasing Internet Access in Remote Azerbaijani Villages

A new survey suggests Internet use and demand among remote Azeri villagers is up where IREX has installed information kiosks. IREX, with support from USAID, installed a network of 30 kiosks in remote post offices throughout the country in 2012. Data gathering efforts and anecdotal evidence from 2013 seem to indicate more and more people are using the kiosks to talk to family members abroad, access news and social media, and make online payments to service providers and government.

A new survey suggests Internet use and demand among remote Azeri villagers is up where IREX has installed information kiosks. IREX, with support from USAID, installed a network of 30 kiosks in remote post offices throughout the country in 2012. Data gathering efforts and anecdotal evidence from 2013 seem to indicate more and more people are using the kiosks to talk to family members abroad, access news and social media, and make online payments to service providers and government.

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Youth from Azerbaijani villages use Wi-Fi hotspots installed at local post offices.

Improving Health Reporting in Mozambique

In honor of World AIDS Day, we are highlighting our Media Strengthening Program in for Mozambique. The media can play a vital role in improving public health by addressing needed changes in behavior, highlighting resources available to address public health issues, and ensuring that the efforts of governments, donors, and civil society are transparent and accountable. With funding from USAID and PEPFAR, IREX is working to improve health related reporting including sponsoring young journalists focusing on health and publishing an annual health in the media report. 

In honor of World AIDS Day, we are highlighting our Media Strengthening Program in for Mozambique. The media can play a vital role in improving public health by addressing needed changes in behavior, highlighting resources available to address public health issues, and ensuring that the efforts of governments, donors, and civil society are transparent and accountable. 

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Participants in the Media Strengthening Program for Mozambique

Never Against Her: Iraqis Launch New Campaign to End Violence Against Women

“Always United and Never Against Her...You are Her, and She is You” is the message Iraqi journalists, social media activists, and women’s advocates will be tweeting, sharing, posting, and uploading across the country as they launch a nation-wide social media campaign in support of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender ViolenceOver two dozen Arab and Kurdish bloggers, reporters, and women’s rights activists from Baghdad to Basra to Duhok worked together to design the unified campaign as part of a social media and advocacy workshop conducted by IREX’s Women, Justice, and Media in Iraq (WJMI) program.

“Always United and Never Against Her...You are Her, and She is You” is the message Iraqi journalists, social media activists, and women’s advocates will be tweeting, sharing, posting, and uploading across the country as they launch a nation-wide social media campaign in support of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Youth Tolerance Trainings Curb Inter-ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan

Sanjar Usen-uulu, a school guard in the predominantly ethnic Kyrgyz village of Kyzyl Ai, Kyrgyzstan, was severely beaten by a group of teenage students in the spring due to his half-Uzbek origins. Inter-ethnic violence, especially among youth, is a major impediment to peace and development in Kyrgyzstan where cases like this occur all too frequently. When Usen-uulu’s case was brought to the police, Imam Kayimbek Jeenbaev, a local religious leader who had participated in tolerance trainings through the Facilitating Inter-ethnic Tolerance and Harmony in Kyrgyzstan (FAITH) program, intervened.

Sanjar Usen-uulu, a school guard in the predominantly ethnic Kyrgyz village of Kyzyl Ai, Kyrgyzstan, was severely beaten by a group of teenage students in the spring due to his half-Uzbek origins. Inter-ethnic violence, especially among youth, is a major impediment to peace and development in Kyrgyzstan where cases like this occur all too frequently.

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FAITH Program Participants

Global Perspectives Thrive at US Universities

“We get so focused on our tiny community when our community is actually the whole entire world,” said Megan McGlothen, a representative from Montana State University who hosted a cohort of secondary school teachers for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA). “Bringing in international teachers, international students, and sending our students and representatives abroad is incredibly important to bring that focus forward.”

“We get so focused on our tiny community when our community is actually the whole entire world,” said Megan McGlothen, a representative from Montana State University who hosted a cohort of secondary school teachers for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA).

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TEA teachers share ideas for global learning techniques.

Sharing Pakistan’s Diversity in California

When Om walked into his International Affairs class at California State University-Chico dressed in the traditional Pakistani long tunic and pants known as “shalwar kameez,” he described the presentation as, “A real exam of confidence.” Om, a Pakistani student in the United States for one semester, shared vivid details of this home and culture, proudly serving his role as a cultural ambassador

When Om walked into his International Affairs class at California State University-Chico dressed in the traditional Pakistani long tunic and pants known as “shalwar kameez,” he described the presentation as, “A real exam of confidence.” Om, a Pakistani student in the United States for one semester, shared vivid details of this home and culture, proudly serving his role as a cultural ambassador.

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Pakistan student Om giving cultural presentation

Fueling Change in Georgia

A new Technocenter in Tbilisi is merging scientific innovation with economic growth and environmental sustainability, a win-win situation for Georgia’s environment and economy as the country seeks to establish itself as a leader in sustainable development. The streets of Tbilisi could soon be filled with buses powered by environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel. The biofuel- produced for the first time in Georgia- comes from a small-scale facility at Ilia State University’s Technocenter, a technology transfer center that was established through an alumni project grant through the University Administration Support Program (UASP).

Biodiesel fuel production in Georgian TechnoCenterA new Technocenter in Tbilisi is merging scientific innovation with economic growth and environmental sustainability, a win-win situation for Georgia’s environment and economy as the country seeks to establish itself as a leader in sustainable development. The streets of Tbilisi could soon be filled with buses powered by environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel.

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Karchkhadze produces biofuel at a TechnoCenter in Georgia he established after his UASP fellowship.

Syrian Youth Voices in the Debate on Syria

“It will increase intolerance…it will increase terrorism, it will increase displacement…”

So declared Rana Youssef in a recent debate as she argued against foreign military intervention in Syria. As a young Syrian woman who left her country due to the ongoing conflict, Rana’s is a voice the international community doesn’t often hear. But thanks to IREX partners and training, Rana voiced her position loud and clear at Istanbul Kültür University during a live public debate. Rana is one of several Syrian youth who are now better equipped to advocate for their beliefs and make their voices heard and respected.

“It will increase intolerance…it will increase terrorism, it will increase displacement…”

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Debate participant Rana Youssef races against the clock in a debate.

Georgian Newspapers Go From Print to Multimedia

When readers of three regional Georgian newspapers checked those websites for election news last Sunday, they saw more than they might have expected. IREX G-MEDIA program partners are no longer limited to their print editions. The newspapers Akhali Gazeti, Guria News and Samkhretis Karibche are now producing video stories, talk shows, live streaming and interactive programs through their websites.

When readers of three regional Georgian newspapers checked those websites for election news last Sunday, they saw more than they might have expected. IREX G-MEDIA program partners are no longer limited to their print editions.

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Journalists from three regional newspapers in Georgia learned new techniques to broadcast online content and diversify their offerings.
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