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The University of Nebraska and Malaika invites high school students to research a global challenge and write a 3-4 page paper with the guidance of a teacher mentor and attend the 2016 Nebraska Youth Institute, scheduled for March 14, 2016 at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The research paper is due online February 24, 2016 by midnight. Please read the complete instructions to ensure eligibility. Student Research Paper Instructions.

Submit papers online via the "Registration Form" at http://casnr.unl.edu/worldfoodprize and learn more at www.worldfoodprize.org/Nebraska.

For questions, please contact Brooke Talbott at btalbott2@unl.edu or (402) 472–9782. Students with the winning essays will attend the World Food Prize Youth Institute/Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines Iowa, October 14-16, 2016.


Winners of the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute attending the Global Youth Institute, October 17, 2015, Des Moines, Iowa.

Back row: Holly Podliska, UNL Freshman, Ag Education Major; Brianne Haskell, Lyons-Decatur; Connor Jolley, Millard North; Kate Erdkamp, Waverly; Katie Reed, Holdrege; Sarmistha Prathivadhi Bhayanka, Millard North.
Front Row: Cheyenne Gerlach, Tri County; Michayla Goedeken, Humphrey; Jenna Mu, Brownell Talbot College Prep; Josie Solvut, Millard North; Morgan Tranmer, UNL Sophomore, Integrated Science Major.

2015's most successful World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute included nineteen students who submitted essays global agricultural topics and gave presentations at the Institute on Sept. 11th at the University of Nebraska. Nine were chosen (photo above) as the essay winners to attend the Global Youth Institute with students from 27 other states and 12 countries in Des Moines, Iowa.

Enjoy these video links to the presentations at the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute.
Video of the event: https://youtu.be/dekFhW5vFXU
Remarks of Ambassador Kenneth Quinn: https://youtu.be/DymjsT5lrWs
Remarks of Dr. Ronnie Green: https://youtu.be/VhJSzVZBh8w

Brooke Talbott, Jenna Mu, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan
Brooke Talbott and Jenna Mu with first World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan who is known as the “Indian Father of the Green Revolution”.

Sarmistha Prathivadhi Bhayanka with Dr. M.S. Swaminathan
Sarmistha Prathivadhi Bhayanka with Dr. M.S. Swaminathan.


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Global Educational Resources and Grant Opportunities

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Online Application Opens February 1, 2016
IIE is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA), made possible by generous support from the Freeman Foundation. Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. Students may apply online starting February 1st for awards to study abroad beginning in summer 2016. Prospective students should visit the Freeman-ASIA website for eligibility requirements, full application instructions and a list of deadlines.

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Additional Global Education Resources and Links

Study Abroad and International/Global Studies Using WeSpeke
Learn how Study Abroad and International/Global Studies programs are using the power of the WeSpeke social network to help students (both outbound and inbound) be more prepared before they depart. See ways in which students are connecting with people who live where they are going to learn language, understand culture, and ask questions. Listen to other Study Abroad Directors talk about how they are using WeSpeke before, during, and after the study abroad experience to enhance their programs and focus students on job preparation for the global economy.

Create Global Connections for K-12 Classrooms
Anyone interested in learning more about connecting undergraduate students with K-12, please take a look at Heather Singmaster’s , IIE, Global Learning blog, and her article titled “Why All Study-Abroad Students Should Connect With Classrooms Back Home.”

Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner Network
If you would like to share resources and tools—join the Institute of International Education, IIE, Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner LinkedIn Group.

Twitter: @IIEGlobal | Facebook: IIEGlobal | Blog: Opening Minds

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Malaika Foundation Facebook Group
Welcome to the Nebraska Global Educators Facebook Group:

This is a community of teachers in partnership with the Malaika Foundation dedicated to global education and fostering international understanding in Nebraska youth.

Group members are encouraged to share lesson ideas, resources, and global professional development opportunities within the group community. The intent is to allow for a free-flow of ideas to enhance global education for schools and universities throughout Nebraska.

Please keep posts focused on this mission. The administration does reserve the right to delete posts or comments that do not contribute to the purpose and intent of the site. Members can add new members, but final approval will go through the administration. New members should have a desire to foster global education in Nebraska and may include Nebraska teachers (P-16), informal educators, pre-service or post-secondary education majors, and others dedicated to global education.

The goal is to begin building the community and provide a place for the sharing of ideas and opportunities. It may be necessary to add other guidelines as time goes by, but focusing posts and conversations on global education and professional development will ensure the group remains true to its purpose.

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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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