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Experts from eight countries to present education initiatives for marginalized youth

As part of an ongoing partnership between the University of Minnesota and CARE-USA, one of the world's leading humanitarian organizations, 20 representatives from eight CARE countries will visit the U of M campus for an open-to-the-public research workshop Nov. 9 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the University International Center, 331 17th Avenue S.E., Minneapolis.

The public is invited to learn more about CARE education partnerships (including the U of M research partnership) for marginalized youth in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Malawi, Mali and Tanzania, and to meet these international guests. More information

HND-2006-JL-054.jpgThe University of Minnesota College of Education and Development and its private partner Miske Witt & Associates are in the middle of a two-and-a-half year, $1.1 million dollar grant as part of CARE's Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative. Through this $20 million, 20-year endowment, CARE is building ongoing partnerships in eight countries where they are working to improve educational access and quality for marginalized children--especially girls. The focus is on rights to, within and through education.

University of Minnesota faculty are providing critical support for in-country partners to document and measure how culturally relevant programs are helping girls realize their right to education and empowerment. The CARE Research Partnership for Girls' Education involves co-principal investigators, Joan DeJaeghere, assistant professor, Chris Johnstone, director of CEHD international initiatives and relations, and professors David Chapman and Fran Vavrus, along with 18 graduate students from the College of Education and Human Development.

While at the University of Minnesota, the CARE country partners will attend a five-day workshop on how to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their educational efforts. Changu Mannathoko, UNICEF senior education adviser, will be the keynote speaker at a Nov. 13 reception for invited guests. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) will also speak at the event.

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