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    Making Imagination an Academic Goal

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    Ashoka Fellow Aleta Margolis, founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching, discusses re

    Why we don’t do art in school (and why we should)

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    In these times, when the demolition of a place as historic as Sesame Street can be thwarted by editing for shorter attention

    Convinced that balanced educational experiences will break down prejudices and improve race relations, Jeruse Romão has created an innovative program to get didactic materials on Afro-Brazilian themes into classrooms across southern Brazil.

    Architect Patrícia Chalaça Moreira is creating a new social commitment among architects, construction material suppliers, and the media. Her program Casa da Criança transforms state-run institutions for abandoned and adjudicated children into stimulating learning environments at no cost.

    Maria Mendes Abreu, after years of studying children's literature and teaching primary school, is striking at the roots of illiteracy by training teachers to look at the tasks of reading and writing through children's eyes.

    After 12 years of independence, Timorese people are still living in the ongoing cycles of violence that has become “naturally accepted” as part of their life. The impact of the violence at home, schools, streets, and by the existing institution, legal frameworks and protection systems are still nascent.

    To accelerate the transition towards an education system that allows every child to reach his full potential and be a changemaker, Florence’s insight is that teachers and those who professionally surround them (school directors, inspectors and advisors, teacher trainers) embody changemaking skills. To do so, she inspires, equips and supports teachers and education administrators to embrace and spread this vision.

    Meinrad Armbruster is addressing one of the biggest inequalities in Germany: Children from working class backgrounds have significantly fewer chances of success in life and suffer crucial disadvantages at home before the age of six. Meinrad helps these children by making their parents a part of the solution rather than the problem.