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Pattie commented on Compassion Education Corps

As I read your proposal as well as all of the comments, I feel proud, moved, and inspired. Working closely with the youth, their families, and local to shape the content and process lays groundwork for curriculum that address the identified wishes, needs, and challenges as well as enhance the existing curricula. Drawing on professionals who are in the camps and in resettlement, involving older students as well as each city's partners, capitalizes on local resources. Utilizing the Charter for Compassion Network local partners and global volunteers magnetizes the offering. Once the technology is worked out and the curriculum, the train-the-trainer approach using the corps of teachers, social workers, and Charter members makes implementation so much more doable.
I am aware that Michelle Obama and Meryl Streep (along with others) developed a global educational initiative for girls. I would suggest that the Compassion Education Corps connect with that initiative during the planning phase. to see what might be learned from this initiative. I would be willing to research this if that would be helpful.
As I looked up the link, I discovered that Trump talked in May of ending aspects of the Let Girls Learn programming. It is not clear if that has happened. Michelle says she plans to continue. The possible ending of the program makes Compassion Education Corps all the more timely!
I, like Michael, wondered about including boys. After reading that 61% of those 15-24 are girls, I support starting with them and as the pilot projects are assessed and found to be a doable model, then consider providing the program to boys. And I am reminded that Archbishop Desmond Tutu says: "IF WE ARE GOING TO SEE REAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORLD THEN OUR BEST INVESTMENT IS WOMEN."
I too support interactive experiences, dialogue, and opportunities for connecting beyond the internet as long as that is identified as a need by the students and those locals involved in the shaping of the curriculum.
I am also gratified by the number of people that have added comments after reading the proposal. We already have a corps of people who are shaping the proposal that has been so carefully crafted by Marilyn.