The newest member of Sesame Street's international cast is Zari, an Afghan Muppet who wears traditional clothing from the country's different ethnic groups. (Photo from REUTERS/ John E. Barrett)

A new Afghan muppet moves onto Sesame Street

Zari is here to teach viewers about girls' empowerment and national identity.
Apr 13, 2016
Why is there such a large gap in math achievement between white students and students of color? (Photo from flickr by U.S. Dept. of Education)

5 + 1 things teachers can do to close the math achievement gap

The math achievement gap between white and black students in Seattle schools is huge. Here are six ways to start solving the problem at the classroom level.
Mar 15, 2016
A classroom in the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, designed for natural daylight and ventilation. (Photo by Nic Lehoux)

Architect’s life’s work culminates in school for girls in Afghanistan

The spirit of local architect Bob Hull lives on in Gohar Khatoon school for girls inAfghanistan, which opened this summer.
Oct 12, 2015
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (center) sits with girls inside a classroom at a school for Syrian refugee girls, built by the NGO Kayany Foundation, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on July 12th. (Photo from Reuters / Jamal Saidi)

10 ways to maximize global girls’ education

How organizations working on global girls' education can get beyond oversimplified "one girl at a time" messaging.
Jul 14, 2015
Shanta Darnal attended school in Kathmandu thanks to Western donations. (Photo by Amy Benson)

Nepalese student’s suicide reveals dark side of ‘globalization lottery’

Girls’ education is often seen as a panacea for global development. One promising Nepalese student's suicide reveals a more complicated picture.
Jul 11, 2014
President and founder of Richard’s Rwanda-IMPUHWE Jessica Markowitz visits the FAWE all-girls boarding school in the Rwandan capital of Kigali during the organization’s annual summer trip to Rwanda. (Photo courtesy of Lori Markowitz)

Teen founder wonders if her organization is ready for college

When it comes to running an organization, Jessica Markowitz started early.
Feb 16, 2014
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Educate a girl. Change the world.

Sponsor Post Last year Subhasini, 15, enlisted the help of her teachers to convince her parents to let her go to school instead of getting married.
Oct 31, 2013
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, addresses a Global Washington conference last week. GlobalWA hopes to bring NGOs out of their "silos" and collaborate with our organizations. (Photo courtesy of GlobalWA)

Seattle NGOs asked to do something incredible: work together

I’m an amateur choir geek and a professional international development wonk. Those things might seem unrelated, but they do have one thing common: when talented and creative people come together, beautiful harmonies are made. In a choir, it’s obvious how making great music works. But in the struggle to reduce poverty around the world, it’s […]
Dec 13, 2012
A student holds an image of Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban, during a rally in Lahore

Will attack on child activist end Pakistani apathy about civil rights?

The name Malala Yousufzai was new to me until recently. But the power of her words wasn’t. Back in 2009, when her hometown in Swat Valley was virtually under Taliban control, Malala, using the pen name Gul Makai, wrote a diary that was published and broadcast on BBC’s Urdu language radio service. In it she […]
Oct 15, 2012