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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.

This year'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.

For the Nebraska event, presentations were given by Dr. Ronnie Green, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation and a taped presentation by Governor Pete Ricketts. The event was organized by Brooke A. Talbott, World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute Coordinator and is an annual event of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Malaika Foundation.

Brooke A. Talbott, Karen Stevens, Morgan Tranmer
Brooke A. Talbott, World Food Prize Nebraska Institute Coordinator, Karen Stevens, Malaika Board Member and Morgan Tranmer, UNL Sophomore, Integrated Science Major.

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

Brianne Haskell with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
Brianne Haskell with 2015 World Food Prize Laureate Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder of Founder and Chairman of BRAC, the world’s largest nongovernmental organization providing opportunities for 150 million persons worldwide.

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.


Global Educational Resource and Grant Opportunities


The IIE AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants Program offers Fifty (50) enrichment grants of $1,000 each to teachers to conduct any learning activity in the U.S. or abroad that enhances their international outlook and global experience.

This program recognizes U.S. secondary level teachers who have shown to be outstanding advocates for study abroad and is a professional development opportunity for those teachers who have taken the Generation Study Abroad Pledge and taken innovative actions in preparing their students for global citizenship and study abroad.

Deadline December 1, 2015. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit our Enrichment Grants page and/or contact teachers@iie.org.


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.

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Join Our Facebook Group

Welcome to the Nebraska Global Educators Facebook Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/NEGlobalEducators

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.

“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

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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