About

We are International Educational Development students at the University of Pennsylvania. As brought to our attention by recent coursework and its inundating presence in the news, education for female students is a global goal as well as a solution for many international problems. Unfortunately, girls education seems to be a low priority for too many communities due to women’s place in society, funding, and early marriage, among other reasons. These are stories of what is happening in girls’ education around the world.

Meet the Bloggers!

Amy

Hi my name is Amy Saul. I am a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying International Educational Development. I am interested in educational equality, language revitalization, and community development, particularly in South America. I graduated from Rutgers University in 2012 with my Bachelor’s in anthropology and psychology.

Laura

I am a Master’s student in the International Educational Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. I went to American University in Washington, DC for undergrad were I studied International Studies and Education. After teaching for three years in Washington, DC, I am returning to school to link my undergraduate studies to my experiences in the classroom. I am interested in urban education, early childhood education, and community development.

Dave

Like my colleagues, I am a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in the International Educational Development Program. A Philadelphia-area native, I finished my bachelor’s degree at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in International Relations. My focus on education comes from my time in Peace Corps in Guinea and Togo, where I saw firsthand some of the challenges being faced in the developing world. I feel strongly that education is the most powerful sector in international development, as it looks most to the future, is the most sustainable, and is the foundation for the solutions to all other challenges.

Katelyn

Hi! My name is Katelyn and I am a current masters student in the International Educational Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania. I completed my undergraduate degree two years ago at Clemson University in the discipline of Early Childhood Education. After traveling to Azerbaijan to teach English in 2009, I became significantly more interested in the field of educational development and equitable education for all children. Though I taught in the capital city of Baku, I also spent a fair amount of time in Şəki, a tiny city on the Russian border in which any child is lucky to attend school.

My curiosity pertaining to female education developed from this experience. My interests expanded significantly after this trip to Azerbaijan. I knew I was interested in the development aspect of the educational field, but only recently did I become curious about the equitability of education, particularly with regard to gender, location, and health. Traveling to a country with different laws and opportunities for their own citizens based on location brought my attention to the equitability of education for girls, children in rural landscapes, and children who are pregnant or have HIV due to war and conflict.

New at Penn, my ideas are still young, and I am looking forward to exploring and developing these thoughts with all of you!

Monica

I am a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying International Educational Development. I have a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and have taught a variety of subjects and grade levels during the past five years. I spent four years teaching in a local primary school in Tanzania. While there I also was involved in teacher training and designed and implemented several new programs and initiatives at the school.

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