Stories of Determination

One of the most interesting things about the work I do is seeing the creativity and determination that drives people who just won’t accept limitations. During my tea with Harriet a while back, she and I talked about some of the ways in which girls in East Africa and their families maneuver their countries’ educational […]

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Gently

Last Monday morning I sat down at the table in my living room to write the weekly blog post, as is my habit. It was a particularly good one, I thought, and I still intend to use it at some point. But by later that day, it no longer seemed quite right. I wrote it […]

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A guest post from the Girls Education Fund

Happy Monday everyone, As a midweek treat, I thought I would re-post a piece from our collaborative organization, Aid for Africa. Under the guidance of the wonderful and energetic Barbara Rose, Aid for Africa started this Fund a few years ago. They solicit donations and pass out every dollar they get to those of us […]

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Tea with Harriet

Hello faithful readers! It has been a busy couple of weeks as we wrap up the scholarship season at Growth Through Learning, and I have plenty to report and a whole series of wonderful stories for  my next posts. Today, though, I had tea in Harvard Square with Harriet Kariuki, the dynamic young woman we […]

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Today’s update from the elections in Kenya

Hello everyone, Our wonderful coordinator in Central Region, Kenya, Beatrice Mwaniki, sends this to  us today. Thank you, Beatrice, for sharing with us Kenya’s historic moment! Dear Amy, Today is an historic day for our great country, Kenya, as we vote under the new constitution. By 5am I was out of the house heading to […]

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A short post

Hello everyone, It’s been a few extra days since I have had a chance to get something up on the blog. We heard last month that the collaborative space in which we have our desks is closing, and that led to a rush to find a new space (on a shoe-string budget). First, my thanks […]

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Schools and nations

Today I am going to throw a weightier post at you than usual. Yeterday’s BBC website includes an article about education and mobility in the UK :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21411251.  The news is not particularly good. While the overall quality of UK education improved slightly, “fairness”–the way that education serves economically disadvantaged kids–is shockingly low in comparison with […]

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A Big Hello to Mary Nabalayo

I received an email from Sister Salome in Uganda this morning that one of her students had shown up early–really early–to school from the end-of-year break: “Can you guess who it is?” she writes. Sure enough, my friend Mary Nabalayo (or Nabalayo Mary as she would say), is back and ready to go. If you […]

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Did I say that?

We like to think that the internet and all of its social media are to blame for publishing our quirks and follies to unintended parts of the world. In reality, we human beings have always had a tendency to forget how far or in how many unexpected directions our words can go. This week I […]

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How excited am I?

Very excited, as it happens. Tonight I give you our very first new scholarship winner of the season-congratulations to Mary of Kenya! Out of respect for Mary’s privacy, I am not going to give you her last name (surname). Nor will I post her photo, though I can tell you she looks every bit the […]

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