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TYO Recommends: October 26, 2012

Eyes on the prize. In Jordan, teachers are trained in critical thinking skills, but the parents and students don’t want it–they just want preparation for the national exam. How can we bring critical thinking to the Middle East? Two generations – One Future. Experience from Kalamazoo, educating parents gives children their best shot. Women’s Spring VIDEO: Hear from the leader of the women’s only list in Hebron for the first municipal election in six years. Celebrate Innovation. Breaking boundaries by overcoming obstacles and taking risks embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship. A Palestinian entrepreneur living in the West Bank or Gaza experiences these challenges Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: October 19, 2012

  I am a women from Palestine. Shashat hosts the 8th Annual Women’s Film Festival in Palestine 21 September – 15 December. Engagement, the Millennial Way. Community engagement is hard and difficult work, but it should be fun. What are we waiting for? Asks Joelle Wyser-Pratte, Co-founder, The Ounavarra Foundation, when it comes to Empowering Girls, Enriching Developing Nations. We are all Malala. With Malala’s story moving us all, we take a moment to reflect on the many Malalas whose stories are rarely told. Education at a Glance. The 2012 edition enables countries to see their permanence according to OECD indicators in the light of other Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: October 12

  This week marked three very important days. In our TYO Recs this week we provide a recap. October 10, 2012 – World Mental Health Day Psych Central held a Mental Health Blog Party to commemorate the day. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an international effort to increase access to a wide variety of effective and affordable treatments and remove the social stigma attached to the illness. October 11, 2012 – Day of the Girl Sponsored by the UN, the first annual Day of a Girl is a movement to speak out against gender bias and advocate for girls’ rights everywhere. Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: October 5, 2012

  Today is World Teachers’ Day! We honor our amazing teachers who work at TYO. Send cards to your teachers and colleagues or download a poster to celebrate the day! On the Ground: TYO student and budding photographer, Mujahed, won American Charities for Palestine’s photo contest and introduces himself on their blog this week. ShEntrepreneur: Women entrepreneurs using mobile technology to scale their enterprises in Nigeria. Rainmakers: Cherie Blair, founder of partner Cherie Blair Foundation for Women discusses mobile and the economic power of women in this video interview. News from Nahr al Bared: ANERA is help youth in the Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: September 28, 2012

On the heels of attending the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, we’re sharing some of the stories that inspired us.   An Irresistible Investment. Catch this VIDEO from this week’s Clinton Global Initiative on Early Childhood Education, featuring Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi; Bill Goodwyn, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Education, Discovery Communications Inc.; Carolyn S. Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; Jay Naidoo, Chairman, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Building for Women. In one of CGI’s most unique and integrated panels, Nick Kristof  moderated a group of experts in the area of architecture that relates to social innovation who contemplated the question: can architecture and design help improve women’s rights? Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, September 21

  Quiet in the back! Peer into education and classrooms around the world with this photo essay. From the Russian pupils in Prada to the Nigerian children who sit four to a desk, photographer Julian Germain takes us on a journey around the world’s classrooms. Measuring Success in the Classroom. A new generation of assessment tools are hoping to piggyback off the wealth of online rating software to find a better and more efficient method of assessing students. What works? Cardboard Revolution! We all feel in love with the story of Cain and his arcade. His powerful imagination has inspired a foundation Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, September 14

Reading for the Record. Last week marked World Literacy Day. Don’t miss any of the facts. Check out this colorful and inspirational infographic and Room to Read’s Annual Report of Literacy. Gazan Point of View. Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Palestinian author Laila El-Haddad about her  experiences, perspectives, and work as a writer and media activist. Her responses are below. Teach for Tots? We’ve long been interested in the debate over the use of technology in early childhood education. The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss asks “Is Technology Sapping Children’s Creativity?” Mental Health Facts. Some startling facts about the devastating impact Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, September 7

Twinterview. Today at noon, the Middle East entrepreneurship experts at Wamda will be interviewing Lebanon’s telecom minister. Follow @WamdaME to watch the interview, and share your questions with us previously by posting them in the comments area below or on Twitter using #Wamda2Sehanoui or anonymously by emailing them to social@wamda.com. MENA Biz Takes Off. Check out 15 MENA start ups that are going global. Mobile Learning. UNESCO’s recent report on mobile learning in Africa and the Middle East. Putting Education to Work. This week we have several recommenced links relating to the job market. The Education for All Global Monitoring Report is Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Week of August 26, 2012

[youtube Lc8uRFVwLME 585] Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites flown at once. The upcoming feature-length film is directed by Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill and co-produced with a team of young filmmakers in Gaza. One size does NOT fit all. Alana Muller, of FastTrac discusses the many types and unique needs of entrepreneurs in the United States. To best address these needs, they focus on female, women, and baby boomer entrepreneurs. TYO takes a similar approach, focusing on female, micro-entrepreneurs from underserved contexts. Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, August 24

This week we share the stories of Iraq’s fastest woman, a 15 year old woman elected as mayor of her West Bank town,  developments in Gaza, and historic photos from Lebanon and Syria’s Palestinian refugee camps. Outside of the Middle East, we take a look at the ways that mobile technology is changing our world and why educations systems need to pay attention to the Finnish way. More than the Medal. Dana Abdul Razak, Iraq’s fastest women and flag barer at the Olympics may have come in dead last in the preliminary of the 100 meter sprint, but for her Continue reading…