International Day of Tolerance

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Children in one of Concern's Child Friendly Spaces in Haiti

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon wrote that tolerance is “a virtue and a quality, but above all, tolerance is an act – the act of reaching out to others and seeing differences not as barriers, but as invitations for dialogue and understanding.”  Today, on International Day of Tolerance, we celebrate the ties that bond humankind.

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Top 5 Must-Read Books from Concern Staff

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As today’s Top 5, the staff at Concern provided their favorite book recommendations! Have you read any of the books below? Leave us a comment to let us know and tell us what books you would add to the list! For more recommendations, check out our virtual bookshelf.

“Half the Sky” by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn – Sylvia Wong, Education Officer 

Written by Pulitzer prize winners and husband and wife duo Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn, this award-winning book admonishes the abuses that plague women in developing countries and discusses how education can be used to empower them.

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7 Steps for 7 Billion People

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Photo: National Geographic

This week, the world welcomes the 7th billionth person on the planet. While many of us may not feel the immediate weight of this number in our everyday lives, here are a few facts to put it into perspective:

As World Food Program frames it, 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night and 2 billion people are online today in the world. Watch their video and think about what we can do if the 2 billion online users came together to fight hunger.

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Rise Up for Rice: Fight Hunger!

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Who’s Hungry?

Join Us in honor of World Food Day and Campaign To Help End World Hunger.

Rise (up) Defined: to find the strength to respond to a challenge.

Are you ready to rise up to a new challenge? Here it is:

Problem: 925 million people in the world do not have enough to eat

Challenge: Rise up for Rice on Freerice.com and educate everyone around you that there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, and YOU can help to solve the problem.

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Top 10 Ways to Join the MDG Movement

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GCC students campaigning for the MDGs

Last week, we took a look at the interconnectedness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Adopted by the UN in 2000, these goals set a visionary path to better, more equitable future. If that blog post left you feeling slightly overwhelmed by the magnitude of these global goals, have no fear. Global Concerns Classroom has outlined 10 ways you can make an impact right away.

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Happy International Youth Day!

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GCC students taking action at Henry Street School for International Studies

Happy International Youth Day!  Here’s to celebrating you – the readers of the Global Concerns Classroom Blog.  From August 15th-21st, young people from every corner of the globe will gather in Madrid, Spain to raise awareness about the cultural and legal issues that affect their generation.  Some of these issues include education, labor, hunger and poverty, health, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and conflict.

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Top 5 Ways to Join the Fight Against Hunger

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A mother cradles her malnourished child in Somalia. Photo: Concern Worldwide

With the drought crisis currently affecting over 10 million people in the Horn of Africa (find out more here), we’re highlighting ways in which you can join the fight against hunger:

  1. Learn! Learn more about global hunger by reading our Hunger Resource Guide.

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GCC 2010-11 Student Leadership Core

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GCC Student Leadership Core wearing the American Eagle/Concern Help Haiti Heal t-shirts

For many years, GCC has partnered with NYC high schools to start Global Concerns clubs and to help students find creative ways to spread awareness of global issues and to take action. In 2010, the Global Concerns Student Leadership Core was piloted to bring together GCC club leaders from various high schools in NYC  to connect and collaborate with one another and with Concern.

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Winners of Concern Writing Competition 2011

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The votes are in! The winners of Concern’s creative writing competition have been announced.

This year, the competition has truly become worldwide. We received 776 entries from 39 countries spanning five continents. Thanks to all those who took part. We had a very high standard of entries and our judges, top journalists from Ireland and the US, had an extremely difficult task in deciding the winners.

We started the competition to provide an opportunity for people to let us know, in a creative and engaging way, their thoughts and views on a wide range of development issues.

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Weber Middle School’s Student Film Festival

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With Weber Middle School's computer teachers, Erlyn Madonia and Renee Kornfeld, at the Port Washington Public Library student film festival

For the past two years, GCC has partnered with Weber Middle School in Port Washington, Long Island to bring awareness of global issues and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the school community. I was first invited to Weber Middle School to lead a workshop on GCC’s program on one of their professional development days.

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