Outreach and More
Global Partnerships for Education
Since 2008, Lecturer and Director of the M.A.T. Program,
Linda V. Beardsley
has been working with the Maranyundo Initiative, a group of
Boston area women interested in education in the developing world.
introduces the viewer to the story of the partnership between these
women and the Benebikira Nuns of Rwanda to build a school in that country.
The story begins in 2000, when Sister Ann Fox of South Boston, a leader in
Women Waging Peace, collaborating with Senator Aloisea Inyumba of
Rwanda, reached out to women in the Boston area after a meeting at Harvard's
Kennedy School on education in conflict zones and women's issues in the
developing world. When women in Boston asked what they could do to assist Rwanda,
a nation emerging from the shadow of genocide, Senator Inyumba replied, "Build
us a school for girls completing primary school that will prepare them for
taking leadership in Rwanda.
Many of Ms. Beardsley's colleagues at Tufts University, especially
in the Education Department and including the
Center for Engineering Education
and Outreach, have collaborated to bring teacher enrichment and
curriculum ideas to the school.
the Multimedia Specialist in the Education
Department, has worked with the teachers at the
school on using video and technology to enhance
their teaching. She has also made videos to capture the
educational perspectives of the school and the
voices of teachers, students, and parents, who
express their confidence that the education of girls
is the key to building a vibrant nation. You can
view one of these videos below.
Using the narrative of the founding of the
Maranyundo School as a case study, Ms. Beardsley has
developed a new course,
The Global Educator: Education in Post Colonial
Africa. Students use the story of Maranyundo
School to analyze the challenges and rewards of
working in a developing country by considering the
many incidents and sociopolitical realities that
influence educational institutions. Through offering
this course, the partnership between Tufts and the
Maranyundo Initiative adds an academic component
that shares this global venture with Tufts students.