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UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova Speaks on the Importance of Education for Girls

On Wednesday, February 10th the Women in Public Service Project and Cesar Chavez Capitol Hill High School hosted UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. Ms. Bokova spoke to an audience of approximately 30 female students from grades 6-12. Ms. Bokova spoke about the importance of youth voices in policy decisions at the national and international levels and shared her life experience as a female policymaker in her role as the current UNESCO Director General, as well as the former Minister for Foreign Affairs for Bulgaria and former Ambassador to France and Monaco.

Path to Prosperity: Empower, Educate, and Employ Youth to Realize the Demographic Dividend

In the course of development, most countries undergo a demographic transition. Health conditions improve and mortality rates decline, causing rapid population growth and a relatively high proportion of young people. Over time, if fertility declines, as it has in most places, growth slows and there is a period when the proportion of very young “dependents” shrinks in comparison to the working age population.

Connecting for Careers: Exchange Program for Brazilian Technical Students

In 2015, the Brazil Institute partnered with U.S.-Brazil Connect and the Aloca Foundation to organize a full-day seminar at the Colorado School of Mines for 108 Brazilian technical students, in collaboration with the CNI/SENAI/SESI school system in Brazil. Students came from over 20 municipalities in Brazil, including Belem, Belo Horizontes, Sao Luiz, Recife, Jaraqua do Sul, Curitiba, Porto Velho, Macapa, and Salvador to learn about careers in mining, with a focus on sustainability.

Reforming Russian Higher Education in a Global Market

Russia is in the midst of a country-wide reform effort aimed at integrating its institutions of higher learning with its world-class research institutes in a bid to enter the top ranks of global universities. Minister Livanov outlined the progress of the reform. He discussed new approaches to staffing and financing and highlight Russia’s strategies to attract talented students and scholars with global reputation, including Russian expatriates, to teach and conduct research at newly reorganized Russian universities.

Teaching the ‘Cold War’ – Memory Practices in the Classroom

How do students remember the time of the Cold War? Living in a time of uncertainties, what sense do they ascribe to a period that can be considered the epitome of certainties? How do they appropriate patterns of interpretation offered to them by teachers and in textbooks? How do young people who are constantly exposed to a variety of media influences read textbooks? And how do teachers who were raised and socialized during the Cold War represent this time period in class.