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Ed Gragert
Dr. Edwin H. Gragert is serving as Interim Global Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Education, with its secretariat in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Earlier he was the Director of the Global Campaign for Education-US. GCE-US is a coalition of national and local organizations working to ensure a quality education for all worldwide.

Formerly, he was Executive Director of iEARN-USA. Since 1988, iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) has pioneered the educational use of innovative communications technology and teacher professional development to facilitate on-line collaborative project-based learning in elementary and secondary schools in 130 countries worldwide.

He served as the Executive Director of ICYE-US, an international high school and community service youth exchange program and also served on the staff of the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ed received a BA in Japanese political science from the University of Washington and an MA in Korean History from Columbia University. His PhD at Columbia was in Japanese history, focusing on landownership changes under Japanese colonial administration in the early 20th century. "Landownership Under Colonial Rule: Korea's Japanese Experience," was published by Columbia and the University of Hawaii in 1994.

Entries by Ed Gragert

A Stellar Starfish

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 2:12 PM

I just finished reading the book The Starfish and the Spider, by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom, which was published in 2006. I was turned on to the book by a friend who expressed amazement of the history and structure of an organization called iEARN...

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War of Dreams - An Interview with Emilie Kao

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 3:40 PM

Today I have the opportunity to interview Emilie Kao, co-founder and Executive Director of Kids World, who has just posted a blog titled "War of Dreams" noting the importance of providing a human rights-based alternative to individuals considering violent jihad.*2016-03-22-1458673218-3125397-emiliekao.jpg

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Walking Down the Streets of Seoul/Ramallah

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 8:29 PM

Walking down the street, local national residents under colonial rule know that they need to defer to the soldier on the corner with the gun. At any time, they are subject to possible verbal and physical harassment with lethal weapons at will--simply because they are the colonized and speak a...

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A Call for US Leadership and Action for Education for Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 5:38 PM

Several weeks ago, while I was in New York participating in events around the adoption of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals, I was approached by a young Syrian who is studying at a university near New York City. Knowing my background in global education, she implored me to find...

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The Bridge to Nowhere?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:06 PM

"At least our teachers show up to teach." "Our fees are low and we're meeting a need where the government schools are not providing education." "With this technology, we're able to determine through regularly checking in on teachers...whether students are actually learning with our pedagogical model."

These are some of...

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The Gift We Must Keep on Giving

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:27 PM

As we enter the Valentine season of giving and exchanging chocolates and messages of love, I am reminded of the most important gift that I have received in my life... the gift of an education. It was something I did not ask for, did not have to pay for and...

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Right to a Safe, Quality Education in Nigeria

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:37 PM

I had the opportunity to visit Abuja and Lagos when SchoolNet Nigeria was created in September 2001. In contrast to the world's attention on violence in New York City and elsewhere during those difficult days, the Nigerian event was an optimistic one as several ministries touted the benefits...

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Water = A Key to Education for All

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Quick, avoid the peacock! Watch out! Throw the boomerang! Grab that mango! Because Maya's community's water pump has broken down, she is forced to withdraw from school to fetch water for her family. But, with your help, "Phew," Maya has filled up her water bucket and is back in school....

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1,000 Days

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:16 PM

The number 1000 holds incredible significance. To express what English speakers say as "thanks a million," Spanish speakers refer to "mil gracias." 2014-08-11-ScreenShot20140811at10.52.06AM.pngIn East Asia, a long distance, one
that seems to go on forever is defined as "1000 li" and the...

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Preparing Tomorrow's Global Education Teachers

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:05 PM

I'm often asked how teacher educators -- those individuals who are preparing tomorrow's teachers -- can integrate global issues into their programs. The Global Teacher Education website is an excellent resource.

Teachers prepare the next generation of citizens to be able to effectively function in the globalized world...

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Fathers Educating and Empowering Daughters

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:15 PM

As a parent, that awesome moment 28 years ago when my daughter was born is forever etched in my memory. For months before her birth, her education was one of the paramount issues in planning for her childhood and beyond. I, like fathers everywhere, wanted her to have every opportunity...

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Cognitively Creative, Globally Experienced -- And Privileged

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:03 AM

I'm one of the privileged few. I had the chance to travel abroad as an exchange student at the age of 17 during a "gap" year between high school and college. That year changed my life and set me on a career path in the field of global education.

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Education for All Often Means Education for Some

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:50 AM

I struggled to understand as Hanan Aly told her story in halting English of her difficult struggle to get an education in Egypt as a deaf young person. It was summer vacation when Hanan was 7 that she lost all hearing due to an illness. When she returned to school...

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Who Is Your Shero?

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:46 PM

With the passing of Nelson Mandela, I've been thinking a lot about heroes. As a college student activist in the 1960s' anti-apartheid movement in the U.S., I and so many others looked to him as the epitome of what a hero is: Someone who acts out of courage for principles...

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Making Education for All a Priority in the US - Toward a Tipping Point

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 11:09 AM

On July 22, 2013, a bipartisan piece of Legislation, the Education for All Act of 2013 (H.R. 2780) was introduced in the US House of Representatives. The bill calls for the United States "... to commit sufficient resources in developing countries, including in countries affected or emerging from armed conflict...

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A New Education Post-2015 MDG: All Children Learning

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 5:08 PM

It's well documented that the first 1,000 days of a child's life is developmentally critical. No less so for the last 1,000 days of the life of a Millennium Development Goal (MDG). With less than 1,000 days before the end of the current MDGs, we are...

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Building Global Competency and Helping to Reach Education for All Through Games and Apps

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 11:19 AM

"Why aren't the boys required to leave school to fetch water?" It's just one of the questions about gender, clean water and access to education that kids are asking when they play a new free digital game called "Get Water." In the game, a fictional girl Maya...

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Building Hope Through Education

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 2:35 PM

In the opening of the Nobelity Project's award-winning documentary Building Hope, about education in Kenya, filmmaker Turk Pipkin makes an observation while working to provide electricity to a community's primary school: once students completed their primary education, there was nowhere for them to go....

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Daring Actions for Girls' Education

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Daring. This is a word most people associate with jumping out of planes or difficult rescue missions, but 14-year old Malala Yousafzai is asking for an education -- and not just an education for herself, but also for the 32 million girls her age or younger in her...

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World Class Teachers for All: Part of the Answer to 61 Million Out of School Youth

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 3:00 PM

Millions of students across the U.S. will start heading back to school in upcoming weeks, excited about a new school year and looking forward to seeing last year's friends again after three months of summer vacation. Discussions will focus on the weight of their backpacks, the amount of technology they...

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