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Number 144





     Engaging our differences*
by Omékongo Dibinga

     They say that our youth are a lost generation
     That they do not possess the humanity of previous generations
     But if you know like I know and see the hope in their eyes
     If you’ve traveled the world and heard their cries
     You would find that our youth are soldiers for humanity
     From Ryan’s Wells to Craig’s Free Kids
     Our youth have answered the call to engage our differences
     From African advocates of aids like Olivia Natukunda
     To peer educators like Miguel Garcia
     Our youth daily deliver deeds of dignity
     They demonstrate courage in the face of adversity
     They fight for access to day care and universities
     They add hope to our subtracted faith and disparities
     And through their multiple deeds they erase our divisions
     See our youth are on a mission
     To heal a world so callously cut with the knife of indifference
     Punched with the fist of intolerance
     Kicked with the heal of homophobia
     Suffocated with the gas of anti-Semitism
     Shot with the rifle of racism
     Subdued to submission with sexism
     And smacked with the backhand of classism
     But with all these withered wounds our youth thrive
     They heal their hurt, help build homes and save lives
     They feed the famished and wage verbal wars for peace
     With an idealism many of us have lamentably lost
     They make our future brighter by lighting a fire
     Under our complacency
     And so we celebrate Jackie Blitz and Andrew Vanstee
     The late Mattie Stepanek and Selene Biffi
     For reminding us all to never stop fighting for change
     And showing us that peace and justice must always be our one and only aim


     *Poem performed at the CIES 2007 annual conference opening plenary session. 
     Please see for more information about the author.



Letter from the CIES President

                 by Steve Klees

Engaging our Differences

                          Poem by
           Omékongo Dibinga


Research Reports and Scholarly Observations

Voices of the Youth

       by Vandra Masema
and Zahra Bhanji

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Africa: A rationality challenge to the pursuit of universal primary education 

by Bernard Gwekwerere


UNESCO Project on Student Loans in Asia  

by Y. Zhao and
                   B. Johnstone


Educating Citizens and HIV/AIDS: Challenges for South Africa

      by Susan Gibbs Goetz


Project Descriptions

Fulbright Connections – Going Abroad and Hosting

       by Kristi Johnson and
                    Shelly Haser

University Partners for Institutional Capacity: The University of Massachusetts-University of Malawi Partnership

                 by David Evans
    and Gretchen Rossman

Public Private Partnerships in Education: The Namibian Example

       by Muhammed Liman

The European Odyssey Program

             by Timothy Smith
          and Linda Longmire


Conference Reports

2007 Elections
Gender and Education Symposium
Gender and Education Committee

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