Can education change the world for millions of children?
One of the big problems we face in trying to make the world a better place is education among the world’s poor. As Sugata Mitra has stated repeatedly there are far too many places where there are no teachers, and many others where teachers either will not or cannot go. So where does that leave the poor and their chances to ever change their situation and living conditions for the better? Sergio Juarez Correa, a Mexican teacher who had grown up extremely poor himself had been asking himself these same questions when he came upon Sugata’s life work and then began to help his students (many of which came from the adjacent dumps) into some of the smartest children in Mexico. You can read the entire story here: http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers/all/
One of Sergio’s girls from one of Matamoros’ poorest neighborhoods attained the highest math score in Mexico. But what most reports fail to mention is that almost all of her classmates also scored very high on Mexico’s national math test. Ten scored in the 99.99% percentile. That’s making a difference. Those children can never be told they will never amount to anything, or will collect tin and scrap metal the rest of their lives. They have looked over the River Jordan and seen the promised land.
I know that many of you work, doing good around the world, serving with non-profits, NGOs, CSOs, aid agencies and in education. We’d love to tell others about what you’re doing to help change the world. After all, collaboration is one way that’s proven to help us learn, rich, poor, Western, non-Western, young, old. So let us know and we’ll help tell others just like you!