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United Nations Launches Education First Initiative
The United Nations (UN) has announced a new fiveyear global education initiative, Education First, developed to focus attention on the importance of education in achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, whose aims include ending global poverty and hunger. The initiative is being led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown. Providing universal primary education, improving the quality of education, and embracing global education are the three key priorities outlined in the initiative. In a report available on the UN website, Ban Ki-moon addresses several challenges that fall within each of the three priorities and lists steps that must be taken to ensure that children receive an adequate education. An estimated 61 million children are not currently enrolled in primary school. To learn more about the UN secretary general’s global initiative on education, visit www.globaleducationfirst.org.
MasterCard Establishes Scholars Program for African Students
HE M ASTERC ARD FOUNDATION SCHOLAR S PRO GR A M was recently established to
help poor students from Africa attend secondary
and higher education institutions. Several institutions have partnered with the MasterCard Foundation to receive these students, and the majority of the $500 million pledged by the foundation will provide scholarships for more than 1,000 students over the next 10 years. The goal of the program is to prepare globally competent African students and educate the future leaders of the continent. U.S. institutions that are participating include Arizona State University, Duke University, Michigan State University, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, and Wellesley College. Aseshi University in Ghana, EARTH University in Costa Rica, American University of Beirut–Faculty of Health Sciences in Lebanon, and the African Leadership Academy in South Africa have also partnered with MasterCard. MasterCard Foundation President and CEO Reeta Roy announced the Scholars Program at a United Nations special session marking the launch of Education First. “An education does more than liberate people from poverty, it is the foundation of social and economic progress,” said Roy. “The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a network of extraordinary educational institutions, nonthey will contribute to the emergence of a more equitable, dynamic, and prosperous Africa.”
Recommendations to DHS for Supporting International Education
he Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC), of university and education association leaders, submitted several recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding trends in international education . HSAAC was established in 2011 to provides advice and recommendations to DHS on issues of homeland security and the academic community such as student and recent graduate recruitment, international students, academic research, and faculty exchanges . Marlene Johnson, NAFSA’s executive director and CEO, is one of 20 leaders who serve on the council . HSAAC’s International Student Subcommittee’s recommendations included the following:
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policies that hinder student mobility and innovation in international education
n■ Develop SEVIS II to facilitate rather than hinder international education
a group of stakeholders and DHS officials to examine further changes to regulations and policies HSAAC approved the recommendations from the subcommittee, and now they will go to U .S . Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano .
governmental organizations, and young people. Together,