Outstanding Nebraskans

The continued support of dedicated Nebraska citizens helps the Malaika Foundation realize its mission.

Global Nebraska Resources

The Malaika Foundation brings global education opportunities to students and educators in Nebraska.

Professional Development

We provide resources for educators seeking input, ideas and collaboration on global education and travel.

Global Education

Travel abroad is encouraged to gain a better understanding of the world we share and those with which we share it.

Teacher's Stories

Teachers use their extraordinary experiences throughout the world to inspire and educate their students.

Make a Difference

Your support helps provide global educational resources to bring the world to Nebraska's children.

Nebraska Educator News

World Savvy and the Institute for International Education, IIE, Welcomes New Partnerships with Nebraska Colleges and Universities

Global Education Consortium
Ken Simon, Director of Programs, World Savvy, 2014 UNL College of Education and Human Sciences, UNL and the Malaika Foundation Fellowship Recipients: Taylor Gee, Educational Administration Graduate Student, UNL, from Lincoln and Fellowship to Ecuador, Lindsay Wayt, Educational Studies Graduate Student from Lincoln and Fellowship to China, Haley French-Sloan, Educational Administration Graduate Student from Lincoln, Fellowship to India with Harris Paye, Social Studies Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education.

The Malaika Foundation hosted a Global Education Consortium, September 25th, with 58 representatives from nine Nebraska Universities and Colleges, Nebraska Department of Education, Lincoln Public Schools, Opportunity Education,Lincoln Community Foundation, and Malaika Board, Ambassadors and Council Members.

World Savvy presented opportunities for the Global Competence Certificate, a 15 month online graduate level certificate in collaboration with Teachers College-Columbia University and the Asia Society. Dr. Allan Goodman, President, International Institute of Education,IIE, and Wagaye Johannes, Project Director for the Generation Study Abroad video conferenced the many advantages for Nebraska Colleges and Universities to join Generation Study Abroad to increase the numbers of undergraduates traveling abroad and information on fellowships for global studies. Malaika Board Member Dean Jacobs told the group about his adventuresome travels to over 50 countries and strategies for exciting exploration in the classroom. READ MORE.

Global Education Consortium
Ken Simon, Director of Programs & Dana Mortenson, Co-Founder and Executive Director, World Savvy (left). Malaika Foundation Board Members-Dean Jacobs, world explorer and photographer and Kelli King, Program Coordinator, W.H. Thompson Scholars, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (right).

Funding and Award Opportunities

Outstanding Global Educators in Nebraska Award

Malaika honors outstanding Nebraska teachers who have demonstrated innovative global education in their classrooms. Each award is a unique artisanal item from around the world. Malaika invites Nebraskans to submit a one page proposal for the Outstanding Global Educators in Nebraska Award. Each proposal must include the following:

- Name of Teacher
- Position
- School and Location
- Describe your development of global education curriculum, topics, lessons, and activities for your classroom.
- Describe how your global teaching will expand to involve your school and community.
- Describe your global teaching's impact and a proposed follow up for evidence.

A one page proposal is required and are accepted throughout the year! Email your submission in PDF to malaika@malaikafoundation.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

“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

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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