“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
International Education Week falls between November 17th – 21st, a time to reflect upon and cherish educational opportunities around the world. One of my favorite social entrepreneurs has a story that starts with studying abroad and follows his developing desire to change the paradigm of education in developing countries as he goes backpacking and learns more about what the poorest students in the world want the most. His name is Adam Braun, founder of Pencils For Promise. In the midst of protests, many developing countries carry a candle of hope because of organizations like PoP. This TED Talk outlines some of Adam’s story and also talks about what the US can learn from developing countries in education. Enjoy!
I’m a huge fan of TED Talks and just wanted to take this post to share one of my favorites. Sugata Mitra is an education researcher who shows through this video the wonders of simple intuition and curiosity when it comes to education. One big problem in the system today is indifference; the beauty of this video is how children have a desire discover and learn in places where there isn’t even a consistent supply of running water or physical infrastructure. It’s now a few years old but still gold. Enjoy!