Girls Rising to the Challenge of Collaborative Action

Azima, who was born with no hands and no legs below the knees, was participating in a ropes challenge course with other YES students with disabilities, as part of a weeklong orientation with Mobility International USA, in Eugene, OR.
Pakistani exchange student Azima, who was born with no hands and no legs below the knees, participates in a ropes challenge course with other Kennedy-Lugar YES Program students with disabilities, as part of a weeklong orientation with Mobility International USA, in Eugene, OR.

Both the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai and the documentary Girl Rising have increased awareness of the power of girls education to change the world. Now, how do we turn this awareness into action? For iEARN, its giving girls opportunities to learn new technologies, connect with peers worldwide, and to take action on global issues.

Since 1988, iEARN has prioritized girls gaining equal access to educational and economic resources worldwide. iEARN has proven to be an adaptable and replicable model to support constructive gender equality dialogue across and within diverse cultures. iEARN programs have helped girls: cultivate critical, creative, and independent thought; learn modern job skills; and increase knowledge of how to use digital technology and new media for consciousness awareness and advocacy. As a result, iEARN girls and women– the majority of iEARN participants, trainers, exchange alumni, and directors at the local and national levels in 140 countries– have become role models and leaders in the fields of educational technology, international development, and global collaboration.

The past 25 years of iEARN’s support of girls education through global collaboration, however, promises to be eclipsed by the next 25. A myriad of new digital tools and social media are giving students more capabilities than ever to create, publish, and share compelling gender equality images and videos worldwide.

Please click on the images below to learn more about girls worldwide who are taking action to change the world through meaningful cross-cultural collaboration.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholar McKenzie celebrates the end of her year abroad in Taiwan. She writes, "我愛台灣!!!"
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholar McKenzie celebrates the end of her year learning Mandarin and living abroad in Taiwan. She writes, “我愛台灣!!!”
Green Flag in the White House
The First Lady of the United States poses with Kennedy-Lugar YES Program scholar Warisha Atiq from Pakistan. Warisha is also an English Access Microscholarship Program alumna!
Touchable Earth in Yemen
A Yemeni little sister photobomb. iEARN is working with Touchable Earth, the first digital world book for kids where kids are the teachers. Information is presented first hand in portrait photographs and videos of children aged 7-11 living in each place.
IEARN Adobe Youth Voices students at an 2011 exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
IEARN Adobe Youth Voices students at an 2011 exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
 The Adobe Youth Voices learners of PMM Girls School
The Adobe Youth Voices learners of PMM Girls School create media to highlight challenges faced by orphans.
Safira Bibi from Karachi, Pakistan, the May YES Student of the Month!
Safira Bibi (yellow dress) from Karachi, Pakistan, shown with her host family, was was recognized by the US Department of State as the “May YES Student of the Month.” A student at both the Kentucky School for the Blind and Central High School in Louisville, KY, Safira has had “an amazing ‘can do’ outlook all year,” according to her placement organization, ASSE. After facing limited educational opportunities in Pakistan, she welcomed the challenging environment at both her American schools, and was grateful to be able to study math, science and U.S. history.
Kuwaiti and Omani High School Journalism Program students at journalism program at Northwestern University in Qatar.
Kuwaiti and Omani High School Journalism Education Program students attend workshops at Northwestern University in Qatar, with support from the US Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
Talking Kites on the Footsteps of Janusz Korczak
Emilia, Age 5, Castle Bridge School in New York City and thousands of her peers worldwide participate in the iEARN project “Talking Kites on the Footsteps of Janusz Korczak”
Students at Igwamiti Primary School in Nyahururu, Kenya Welcomes iEARN teachers from New Jersey.
Students at Igwamiti Primary School in Nyahururu, Kenya Welcomes iEARN friends from New Jersey.
Khawla Secondary School for Girls visit a radio station
Khawla Secondary School for Girls visit a radio station
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program in Taiwan
Learning Mandarin on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program in Taiwan
YES Abroad scholars in Mali for the semester
Kennedy-Lugar YES Abroad Program scholars in Mali for a semester
Pakistani students participating in the Photojournalism 2.0: Images of Social Change
Pakistani students participating in the Photojournalism 2.0: Images of Social Change
iEARN Talking Kites Project 2013
Children from Riverside Middle School, Greer, South Carolina, participated in a Holocaust remembrance activity Thursday that was being shared across the world. Children from Hale Edwards’ 7th grade social studies class and Teryn Traynham’s French class honored Dr. Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor and writer who perished in the Holocaust.
Get Water!
Maya loves going to school, but she keeps getting pulled out of class to fetch clean water because the water pump is always broken!
iEARN students contributed quotes to a new mobile game called, Get Water!, which was launched on World Water Day by Decode Global, a Montreal-based startup that specializes in mobile games for social impact.
These girls in Yemen are rising to the challenge of global collaboration
These girls in Yemen are rising to the challenge of global collaboration

2 thoughts on “Girls Rising to the Challenge of Collaborative Action

  1. Inspiring! Girls today are Tomorrows mother…They are half of the society and will bring up the second half….

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