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Global Education

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Summer 2014 Global Educational Travel to Three Continents
College of Education & Human Sciences, UNL, and Malaika Fellows

Montanna Westling
Montanna Westling, Family Science Major from Ashland in China.

The profits from the Gala to Support Global Education, September 27, 2013, provided seven global fellowships for students in the College of Education and Human Sciences, UNL. The recipients included five students from Lincoln: Natalie Cooper to France, Mary Dawson to Ethiopia, Haley French-Sloan to India, Taylor Gee to Ecuador and Lindsay Wayt to China. Selena Kugler from North Platte traveled to India and Montanna Westling from Ashland traveled to China. An additional five global fellowships will be offered for 2015.

“I wanted to thank you for your generous contribution to my trip to Ecuador. I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected for this funding. International Education is my passion and where I see myself working for the rest of my life. The honor I have for study abroad is something I want to share with all students I work with. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”
- Taylor Nicole Gee

Funding and Award Opportunities

Reach the World — Bringing the World into Your Classroom

Malaika is offering Reach the World (RTW) Awards which link your classroom scholars of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and the Fulbright Program. You have the opportunity to choose the country and specific topic for engagement. Through the Reach the World interactive website, your curriculum is enriched by connecting classroom to the world travelers who are studying or exploring around the globe. RTW identifies and trains volunteer travelers, manages web-based journalistic content posted weekly by these travelers, and delivers training and support to the schools in its programs. The Online Program includes traveler-classroom matching and video conferencing. Reach the World’s website also hosts GeoGames, a set of interactive games that teach core geographic literacy. GeoGames is based on a multi-year geography research study by RTW and researchers at Teachers College, Columbia University.

To request more information and apply for a Reach the World Award, contact malaika@malaikafoundation.org and Alice Forsythe, Senior Program Manager, Reach the World, alice@reachtheworld.org.

“As a native Nebraskan and educator, I teach English and Spanish high school courses at Waverly High School. Although we have only begun the Reach the World program, my students and I have already noted the value and impact this first-hand collaboration and interaction fosters. During a lesson on sustainable development, students were able to consider authentic examples in Panama and ask expert questions. Following the lesson, they continued to research and engage in problem-based learning. As a class collective, we feel very blessed and appreciative of this transformative experience”.
- Alicia Dallman

Making a Difference for Nebraska's Educators & Students

The Importance of Travel

"Because of the generosity and support of the Malaika Foundation and Fund For Teachers, I experienced new lands and ideas, making friends among strangers and returning to the classroom with knowledge and enthusiasm that inspired curiosity and challenged students to create the change they want to see in our world."
Jane Connealy

"The Fund for Teachers and Malaika Fellowship allowed me to visit Madagascar to increase my knowledge of conservation, exploration, and nature to better educate my students in Omaha. I have incorporated so many of the things I learned in Madagascar into my classes and have expanded my curriculum to include different needs that must be examined, for the wellbeing of our global community."
Lee Kallstrom

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