Why Rwanda Never Leaves You

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Rwanda, June 1994 (Photo: Concern Worldwide)

Rwanda, June 1994 (Photo: Concern Worldwide)

Lasting 100 days, the Rwandan genocide was brutally efficient, leading to the murder of over 800,000 Tutsi, Hutu moderates and Twa. Over two million people were displaced internally or in neighboring countries.

The scale of the destruction and displacement was unprecedented; the brutality and enormity of the killings challenged us all on every level, striking at the core of our moral fiber, our humanity. We vowed: “never again”. More

GCC 2014 Chicago Student Workshop Invite

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Photo: Esther Havens, Concern Worldwide, Rwanda

Photo: Esther Havens, Concern Worldwide, Rwanda

Global Concerns Classroom is proud to provide high school students the exciting opportunity to work together to examine the challenges that women and girls face in the world’s least developed countries and to explore viable solutions.

Educators, you and your students (grades 9-12) are cordially invited to attend the 2014 Global Concerns Third Annual Chicago Student Workshop. More

LWA Students Take Action on World Water Day!

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LWA students celebrate World Water Day!

World Water Day was celebrated worldwide on March 22 this year and on March 25 at Lawrence Woodmere Academy. Students in grades 5-9 prepared for the day by watching a GCC water video, giving them the background information for an understanding of some of the issues surrounding the availability of clean water around the world. Students engaged in a lesson to prepare them to partake in the activities led by Sylvia Wong of Concern Worldwide US. More

Dreams for a Better World

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BrettOn Feb 19th, high school students at Trevor Day School explored the theme of dreams during their annual Multiple Identities One World (MIOW) day. GCC returned to facilitate a workshop around the theme. Students started with a free writing activity where they were free to dream whatever they wanted based on a series of guiding questions and an inspirational quote: “Don’t ask what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.” (Howard Thurman)  More

Happy International Women’s Day 2014!

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Photo: Concern Worldwide

Photo: Concern Worldwide

The global theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Inspiring Change,” a goal that inspires our daily work here and abroad at Concern Worldwide as we tackle poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Like countless people and organizations across the world, we believe women have the potential to make meaningful, positive changes in their communities, especially regarding the rights of children, food security and health care. However, widespread gender inequalities often prevent them from taking on leadership roles and addressing these important issues. More

Lessons from Ethiopia: Education is Key

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Stachel sharing Concern notebooks with 16 year-old student, Makesh Endris, in Guguftu, Ethiopia.

Stachel sharing Concern notebooks with 16 year-old student, Makesh Endris, in Guguftu, Ethiopia.

A trip to Ethiopia was the last thing I thought I was going to do this past summer, but it was a trip that changed my world forever. I had the amazing opportunity to join two Concern staff on a field visit to Ethiopia in July. My assistant principal, Sister Christine, also joined.  There, we met with a Concern worker from Ireland, four Irish students and their two teachers. 

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Human Rights Day 2013

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Image via Google

Image via Google

Every year, on December 10th, we gather to celebrate Human Rights Day. Established in 1950 by the UN to inspire and nurture international dialogue on human rights, the celebration took on renewed significance 20 years ago when the UN founded the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The World Conference on Human Rights, held in June 1993, drew extraordinary international participation and reinvigorated the pursuit of sound and progressive human rights support structures. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, which laid the foundation for groundbreaking actions in the rights of women, indigenous peoples and children, also called for the establishment of a High Commissioner for Human Rights. This official is charged with providing an “independent, authoritative voice to speak out on human rights worldwide.”

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World Toilet Day 2013

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World-Toilet-Day-logo_bigWorld Toilet Day?  Yes, there really is one, it’s on November 19th. Go on smile, have a little laugh even, it’s perfectly alright; the man from the United Nations said we probably would. In fact, he said, “The amusement and laughter likely to follow the designation of 19 November as ‘World ToiletDay’ would all be worthwhile if people’s attention was drawn to the fact that 2.5 billion people lacked proper sanitation and 1.1 billion were forced to defecate in the open.”

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Team SJB Bakes a Difference

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Bake a Difference LogoZakiya Tyehimba is a senior at Saint Jean Baptiste High School in New York City. Her school participated in GCC’s Bake a Difference campaign, which ran from World Food Day on Oct. 16th to Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26th. All proceeds went to support Concern Worldwide‘s health and nutrition programs in the developing world.

As a teenager it is difficult to find a place where I can express my concern for developing countries. It is even more difficult to find a place that can assure me that my money will be put to good use. That is why I joined Global Concerns Classroom, a sector of Concern Worldwide where students can raise money and awareness for the struggles of developing countries. More

Fostering Global Competency in U.S. Students

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Girl Rising panel from left to right: Dr. Edwin H. Gragert, Chernor Bah, Dr. Virginia Casper, Dr. Bernadette Anand, Basbibi Kakar, Nora Fyles

Girl Rising panel from left to right: Dr. Edwin H. Gragert, Chernor Bah, Dr. Virginia Casper, Dr. Bernadette Anand, Basbibi Kakar, Nora Fyles

On Oct 25-26, members of the Global Education Coalition NYC (GEC-NYC) held two exciting events hosted by Bank Street College of Education. On Friday night, over 60 people attended the film screening of Girl Rising, a documentary produced by 10×10 that follows the stories of 9 girls from 9 countries. The film was followed by a panel discussion where the themes of access to education and girls’ rights were further explored.

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