With my BA in Gender Studies and my Masters in Philosophy, I thought I was adequately prepared to take on the world. My teaching experiences in Pakistan, Thailand and Mexico however, proved to me that I had to figure out a way to take the knowledge I had and put it into practice, working within the frameworks of various cultures, religions and languages.

 

Perhaps therefore I have been an educator in some form or another for almost a decade. The one thing that excites me most about life is constantly learning, whether that learning comes from teachers, students, or people you... Continue Reading

Blake Marcus

After graduating from Connecticut College with a double major in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies in 2010, I spent the summer in Cambodia getting my TESOL certification for teaching abroad. My time in Southeast Asia led me to develop a love of working internationally. Later that year I moved to Montana for the snowy winters and spent my summers teaching English across the globe and setting up international exchange programs for high school students.

 

I find constant inspiration in the ability we have to bridge cultural differences and find commonalities. Also, I believe that... Continue Reading

Larissa Chekmareva

I am a graduate of CIE (M. Ed, 2005) and come from both Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. After 20 years of working in education, I am now starting the Ph.D. program in International Education.

 

My professional experience in education is mainly from Kazakhstan. I started out as a school teacher of physics and mathematics, and then became a lecturer in research courses and also a higher education administrator (Registrar, Dean of Enrollment Management and Deputy to the President). At the same time, I was involved in a number of educational projects, consulting with... Continue Reading

M. Iqbal Halimi

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela.  

 

I am from Afghanistan and I strongly believe that the only way we can transform chaos into good governance and efficient management in fragile states is to replace war, guns and discrimination with pens and books, friendship, love, tolerance and cooperation.

 

Education is my passion. For over 13 years, I have worked in education, in diverse workplaces with vulnerable children and youth, particularly girls and women in Afghanistan. My work has centred on... Continue Reading

Sahara Pradhan

I am a Master's student from Nepal. Some of my earliest inspiration came from my mother's work. Almost twenty years ago, sitting with a group of women in our tiny living room, she committed to creating a better life for Utsahi Mahila: mothers, daughters, sisters in our community, by establishing a Kalyan Kendra (Welfare Center for Energetic Women). Drawing from her own learnings (at 14, she was already running a household of eight), she began teaching women how to earn and how to save to support their children. These women had the hope that their children could get the education they never... Continue Reading

Zia Andar

I come from Afghanistan and am starting a Master’s degree in International Education supported by a Fulbright grant. I want to enhance my knowledge and skills in order to work more effectively for the improvement of the education sector in Afghanistan, where millions of children are out of school, the school drop-out rate is one of the highest in the world, and the quality of education in much of the country is poor.

 

My passion for education derives from my own experience. I received my primary education in a refugee camp, when our country was at war with the Soviet Union.... Continue Reading

Eunice Kua

I come from the beautiful country of Malaysia. For the past eight years, I have had the privilege of working with Darfur refugees in Chad, facilitating a literacy program in the local language. My major roles included designing and delivering collaborative teacher training workshops and facilitating the development of culturally relevant materials.

 

My primary interests are in mother tongue-based literacy and multilingual education programs, local language publishing, language acquisition, teacher development and school leadership. I am also interested in the management of... Continue Reading

The strong integration of research and praxis at the Center for International Education was one of the main reasons I was attracted to this program. I am impressed by the extent to which faculty members and fellow students are actively engaged in international development work, and excited about what we can learn from each other. I am also drawn to the diversity of nationalities and perspectives represented within the program. Having spent the first 19 years of my life in Germany, England, and Austria, as well as six months during college living in northwestern Uganda, cultural exchange... Continue Reading

Sayed Ahmad Javid Mussawy

I grew up in an educated family in Afghanistan that believed in the value of education as a venue for better living. Our country was in a war zone, people had limited access to education; I never gave up attending school, as I completed high school in 2001. My interest in teaching and learning led me to complete a diploma program in English language and I started teaching English in the second year of my undergraduate program. I started college education in 2002 and finished in 2006. Having completed my bachelor degree in English language and literature, I applied and got a job as a... Continue Reading

Miheretu Adane

Tadias! My name is Adane Miheretu and I am a first year Doctoral Candidate in International Education. I am interested in and  passionate about Education in crisis and conflict situations.  For over ten years, I have worked for a number of International Nongovernmental Organizations (including International Rescue Committee, Women’s Refugee Commission, Concern Worldwide, and USAID’s various projects) in East Africa and in the United States.I am so thrilled and looking forward to working with a fascinating group people with wide ranges of interests and experties. I am hoping that  confident... Continue Reading

Betsy Vegso

My interests are in culture, conflict, and organizational change processes in education and development. I am coming to CIE after ten years with Peace Corps, and five years with a community-based, conflict resolution organization in the San Francisco Bay area.

 

I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan, where I taught English for two years at a girls’ school in the beautiful village of Orjan.  Subsequently I became a Director of Programming and Training (DPT) for the Peace Corps programs in Turkmenistan, Romania, and Indonesia.  My primary responsibilities as DPT were to work... Continue Reading

Hafez Abuadwan

Growing up as a refugee in Gaza Strip-Palestine, I have lived, experienced, and witnessed the reality of the Gazan education system as a student in UNRWA and governmental schools. Coming from a family of teachers, I have grown up pondering every single day of my life how to improve the frequent, disappointing, on-going setbacks that I experienced both educationally and humanitarianly. These were the  key notes for me to pursue right after graduation an intense diploma in education, and immerse myself in several education related activities and programs. Both pursuits directed me to better... Continue Reading

I am from Afghanistan, a country where I believe that education is THE ONLY option IF its people want to survive and bring lasting peace to their homeland. My passion with education and working with academia, during the past few years, led me to CIE where I believe I can earn food for thought to consume during the rest of my life in the development of education and higher education sector.

 

When I was privileged to work in the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) in my country, I came to realize how we badly need professional minds and education practitioners to develop, run... Continue Reading

Jennifer Flemming

I am a doctoral student at CIE, focusing on education programming in crisis and conflict settings. I am particularly interested in child protection in humanitarian contexts, and how education is integrated into the lives of refugee populations in transitional spaces. My current research focuses on the displacement of Syrian refugees from Turkey to Greece, and the coordination of local and external humanitarian first response efforts.

 

I have a diverse set of work and life experiences that have lead me to CIE. Most recently, I interned for the U.S. Department of State... Continue Reading

Kayla Boisvert

I’ve always had an interest in how the human mind works and learns, social justice issues, and cultures and places different from where I call home. In undergrad, I studied psychology and Spanish, and with my degree, I worked in the field of social work for several years as a therapeutic recreation counselor and later as a drug and alcohol clinician for adolescents.

 

Tired of the “reactive” treatment approach, I transitioned into education where I believed I could work on preventing many of life’s difficulties and working towards a more just, fair, and equitable world. In... Continue Reading

Nolizwe Mhlaba

I have long held a deep interest in international affairs, economic development, and education. This interest was largely shaped by childhood experiences in Zimbabwe, growing up in multicultural environments and in a home where education was highly valued.

 

I graduated from McGill University with a BA in Economics and I also hold an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. During this transformative experience, I engaged more critically with discourses about economic development and explored more closely the adverse... Continue Reading

Shamo Thar

To respond the tremendous need in education opportunities in the area, I founded a non-profit organization, the Pentok Intitute to promote quality education for Tibetan girls. Together with my team, we raised millions of grants for the programs. We worked closely with ten public schools and 7,000 children in the communities. We provided “culturally relevant curriculum” and teaching practice via several programs during summer and winter holidays. In 2014, I established the very first private school in the area with authorization from the local government. It is a Montessori pre-school that... Continue Reading

Vongaishe Changamire

"Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education thta the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm-workers can become the president" Nelson Mandela

 

The opportunity to work in education is one of the greatest things that has happened to me. It has been a journey or realization that education is actually every child's right rather than an obligation or responsibility. For my undergraduate studies at Africa University in Zimbabwe, I completed a Bachelor... Continue Reading

I am originally from Aceh, the most western part of Indonesia. In 2001, I started my career as a volunteer at local NGO where I met children who lived in remote villages affected by armed conflict. In response to their limited access to formal education, we conducted an alternative education program. But our support was also very limited because of unpredictable situation in the field where security has always been our main barrier to reach them.  This experience made me realize how fortunate I am to live in a relative safe area where I could continue going to school up to university... Continue Reading

My name is Michael Acosta and I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am currently a Masters student at CIE, interested in coursework in Conflict and Peace Mediation Education. I am also a T.A. for Introduction to International Education (an undergrad course) at UMass Amherst. 

 

My work experience has taken me to many different places in the world. I first set foot into the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) field in South Korea then in Saudi Arabia. Recently, I worked as an English teacher trainer with Peace Corps in Madagascar.  Also, I became a CELTA... Continue Reading

In Zimbabwe, traditional and cultural values shape the country’s social development. From as early as 12 years old, I began to see that my indigenous ‘Karanga’ culture, which generally is in nature patriarchal, contributed and perpetuated gender inequalities, with men retaining a disproportionate share of economic and social resources including access to education. My passion for gender equality in education and development was born then; and it is what has brought me to this new academic chapter at the CIE. 

 

This interest continued to develop when I was in high school,... Continue Reading

Greetings!  I am very happy to be returning to CIE to initiate a doctoral program, after having completed my Master’s degree with the Center in 2003. My experience at CIE greatly prepared me for the work I have been carrying out in the field of community education and development in Latin America over the past ten years.

 

Since 2007, I have been living in Cali, Colombia and working with the Foundation for the Application and Teaching of the Sciences (FUNDAEC), a Colombian non-government organization whose efforts are aimed at exploring alternative approaches to education... Continue Reading

Growing up in a traditional Chinese family, I read Western writings every day as an English major, but never really thought deeply about how language can shape political views and mold one’s identity. Having lived in the United States for many years, where I have studied and tutored other students in Chinese and English, I have gradually begun to form my own perspective on what it means to be a learner, an instructor and a researcher. I believe this new perspective is very valuable, in that it has enabled me to negotiate a reality beyond the one I knew in China, and to understand the... Continue Reading

Lately, when people listened to the story of my life, the first question I am asked is “Why did you leave a better paying career and delve into Religious Studies or Education?” I come from northern Nigeria a region that lately was engulfed in religious crises and insurgencies. I worked with the Nigerian Air Force for the better part of my life. I was involved in both combat and administrative duties; I was deployed during internal crises in Nigeria, some West African countries, and foreign combat under the United Nations forces. The loss of my brother and other friends during one of such... Continue Reading

 

Joining the Center for International Education as a doctoral student is a wonderful opportunity for me to acquire knowledge and skills that can help me to better understand international education for development, a process to which I am deeply committed to studying for the benefit of our African countries. I hope that it also allow me to share my experience as an African, teaching in developing countries, and exchange information between the academic community at the University of Massachusetts and myself, a native Senegalese, as a representative of the African community.

... Continue Reading

 

Greetings! My name is Mei Lan Frame, and my interest in international education centers on current education reform in China, particularly the decline of education in remote rural areas within the last decade. China has been my home for the past 13 years.

 

In 2004, I worked as the Community Service coordinator (International Baccalaureate program) at a K-12 international school in Beijing, where I managed various student outreach programs and fundraising for Chinese public rural schools in Yunnan and Sichuan province. This was my first experience with education in... Continue Reading

 

I come from Malawi, the “warm heart of Africa”. I have just entered the Master’s program here at Center for International Education. Earlier I received a BA in Biblical Studies and Education from African Bible College (Lilongwe, Malawi campus) and an MA in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky.

 

My interests in international education are closely related to my personal, academic and professional experiences. For most of my undergraduate studies I interned with Children of the Nations International (COTNI). This experience exposed me to... Continue Reading

Cross-cultural experiences have been a common thread in my life, both domestically and internationally. I grew up in rural North Carolina and at the age of 12, moved to a suburb of NYC. I remember other students looking curiously as I chewed on tall blades of grass and wore sandals and shorts to school despite the cold weather. They were shocked with my seemingly intimate relationship with straw, that I didn't own a pair of jeans and with my strange accent. This move and subsequent moves in high school, while at times frustrating, provided me with a unique "American" educational experience... Continue Reading

 

Greetings! I am Mohammad Mahboob Morshed, born and brought up in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. I represent an urban middle-income large family having very strong bonds and collective feelings among its members.

 
I did my Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education and my Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of Dhaka which, besides its academic endeavors, has been the heart of country’s cultural and political awareness since its establishment. This is the place where I started to know my nation as I came to interact with the people coming... Continue Reading

 

Welcome to my world! I am from Bangladesh, the country full of rivers.  Throughout my life I lived in the capital city Dhaka and have earned my under graduate and master’s degree from Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka. The lush green youth of the university life still drives me to see the life in a simple way.

 

I started my career in 2008 with Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University. BRAC is the largest NGO in Bangladesh which works for Education, women’s empowerment, poverty reduction and so on. Here I gained some field... Continue Reading

I am proudly a Nigerian and happy to be at CIE. I believe that coming to CIE will facilitate the experiences that help examine policy formation and implementation in regard to education in developing countries. I graduated from University of Ibadan in 1989 with honors in Adult Education and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from University of Ilorin in 1995 both in Nigeria respectively. I have worked for over 20 years armed with varied teaching experiences both in the formal and non-formal settings. I worked with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Nigeria for twelve years... Continue Reading

I was born in Lima, Peru. I studied Social Communications at the University of Lima and spent the next four years working as a commercial television producer. I produced a wide variety of programs, from soap operas to children’s and sports programs. Even though working on TV was a lot of fun, I wanted to explore the world of documentaries - an interest that led me to graduate school. I pursued a Masters degree in Social Anthropology in the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology in Mexico - CIESAS. There, I had the opportunity to work with, and write my thesis on,... Continue Reading