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After completing Water 401 with the Asian Studies classes at Churchill High School, e-collaborate staff sat down with their teacher, Ms. John, to discuss best practices, lessons learned, and the challenges of adapting the eKWIP Challenge curriculum to fit her classroom needs. Watch this video to learn how the lesson was received by her students and her suggestions for other instructors.

The e-collaborate team with author Homa Sabet Tavangar.

The e-collaborate team with author Homa Sabet Tavangar

Today was a good day. It was an interesting day and overall our first event as e-collaborate was a success.  We hosted author Homa Sabet Tavangar at Busboys and Poets on 5th and K Street for a lunch event and had a great turnout! We were so happy that so many people were able to see Carolyne from Maury Elementary and Laura from Ashoka’s Empathy initiative, speak about their work.  It was also wonderful to share our story about how we began and the journey of how we got to where we are today. 

 After I explained e-collaborate, I had the honor to introduce Homa to the crowd.  Homa took the stage with grace and confidence, the same qualities I admired about her when the e-collaborate team saw her speak at a conference last year.  Curve balls kept getting thrown our way, but Homa handled them quite well, even when the fire alarm went off during her presentation (I guess this will be an event our guests remember for a long time!)

 As expected, Homa shared wonderful pictures and anecdotes about raising her three girls and living in many different countries. She captivated the audience with her stories and left a lasting impression. To me the best part of the day was after the presentation when many members of the community from the audience came up to us to say that they now understand what we do and were happy to be part of the conversation on global citizenship.  One of my former colleagues mentioned how much there is to learn on the topic and how much more there is to explore.  One of the best things about Growing Up Global is that it offers tangible ways to make your family more aware of the world that surrounds them.  It offers different perspectives and makes it easy to engage by trying simple things you already do on a daily basis with a small twist. 

 Again, I would like to thank everyone who came, donated, or just wished us luck on this event. I would also like to thank Homa for coming down to DC and sharing her story.  We had a great time talking about our ideas with the community and I look forward to sharing our next event with you. 

Naina Boveja

Executive Director and Co-founder of e-collaborate

While e-collaborate focuses on educational issues, it is important to grasp the cyclical nature of global human and economic development. Separate facets of the development process do not exist in a vacuum, but rather progress in one area is related to and reinforced by progress in others. Some sectors have been shown to have particularly high multiplier effects on the development process. Aid to and investment in agriculture is one such sector.

Although historically aid to agriculture made up a large part of official development assistance, investment in agriculture as a share of the international aid budget, and as a share of domestic budgets in the developing world has been decreasing. That is a worrying trend because of the interconnectedness between agriculture and all other development goals. The pro-poor impact of investment in agriculture makes it an essential part of a successful development agenda. Since small-scale farmers are among the most economically disenfranchised people in the world, and agriculture is the single largest global employment sector, increasing the livelihoods of agricultural workers would drastically reduce poverty rates. Aid to agriculture has also shown much higher rates of return on investment than other types of aid, both in terms of overall economic growth and in poverty reduction.

Since agriculture in the developing world is still primarily undertaken by women, it is also centrally connected to gender empowerment and equity. Improving the lives and incomes of women benefits the entire family, as women have been proved to be more likely to spend their income on health and educational purchases than men are.

An efficient global or national agricultural system can ensure that all citizens have access to the amount of calories, nutrients and micronutrients they need to be as successful and productive as possible and to avoid physical and mental stunting. Access to sufficient calories and nutrients can also ensure a plethora of positive changes, improved infant and maternal health, and increased educational attainment.

The solutions to development issues are as complicated as the problems themselves. Thus, in undertaking development projects it is important to examine the interconnectedness of the root causes. Just as investment in agriculture can and does lead to increased education attainment, non-investment inhibits educational prospects. While we continue to provide educational tools and experiences around the world, education initiatives need to be carried out in the context of larger investments in agriculture and other important sectors, because a tool ceases to be effective when the target populations aren’t sufficiently empowered to take advantage of them.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

~Martin Luther King, Jr. (Harvested from Quote Garden)


On a cold day in January, American school children are given an extra-day to rest and reflect on the messages and actions of  Martin Luther King Jr. As citizens of a digital age,  modern society tends to view international collaboration as the fruits of the present age of technological development, but positive ideas for change have always transcended international boundaries and connected individual’s spirits and dreams. As the Coalition for International Initiatives (CII) attempts to establish an international collaboration between classrooms in India and the United States, we ask that you listen to a sharing of ideas that transcended both time & location to result in a changed world.

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Gregory M. McGough, M.Ed.

CII Chief Academic Officer