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Building Women's Resilience in Guatemala

Eldhy Lorena Lopez Calzado

“Education as a tool to build resilience has the potential to break the cycle of poverty” was the conclusion of our event aiming to make Guatemala visible in order to uncover the reality faced by its 16.3 million inhabitants and find sustainable solutions.

Agreeing to disagree: a guide to discussing media and migration

Neeka Ghiassi, Wonder Foundation Intern

How can we analyse, respond to and understand how migration and power are portrayed in the media? At our recent workshop, we found out.

Pride, Prejudice and Difficult Conversations

Emily Sutcliffe and Loui Marchant, Wonder Foundation interns

What are the difficult conversations we need to have in order to cultivate real social integration in the UK? A report back from our recent workshop explains.

What does good classroom design mean for disadvantaged learners?

Christina Kalachani, Wonder research intern

Christina Kalachani investigates empowering spaces - one of the ‘five pillars’ of our work - from an educational neuroscience perspective.

Education & good work – the tools to overcome child labour?

Beth Rochford, Communications Intern

On World Day Against Child Labour, we explore the power of good work to prevent hardship, support education and break the cycle of poverty.

Into work and out of poverty: how education empowers women in Nigeria

Beth Rochford, Communications Intern

Communications intern Beth Rochford takes a look at the context of women's education in Nigeria, exploring why it matters so much across the country.

The road to refugee integration: gender-based challenges

Ami Saji, Refugee Policy Intern

How do gendered barriers hold women back from education, employment and integration? What can we do about them? Policy intern Ami Saji explores.

My first practice as a future nurse in DRC

Eunice Mpinguyabo

This International Nurse's Day, Eunice shares her experience of student nurse training in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.  

The road to refugee integration: the employment challenge

Ami Saji, Refugee Policy Intern

What are the challenges facing refugees when it comes to getting a job, and how can education overcome them?

The road to refugee integration: where are we now?

Ami Saji, Refugee Policy Intern

This is the first in a series of blogs about social integration and refugees in the UK and Europe.

‘A Refugee Like Me’ – teaching empathy to the next generation

Ellie Buckley, Wonder Education Intern

Over the last few years the world has been shaken by targeted attacks on prominent cities such as Paris, New York and London.

After the flood: women’s education is crucial to rebuilding in Peru

Beth Rochford, Communications Intern

After a series of extreme floods in Peru since the start of the year have caused widespread damage to the country, Beth. Rochford looks at the enduring importance of education for resilience and rebuilding.

What Does Social Integration Mean?

Ami Saji, Refugee Policy Intern

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Social Integration is currently developing a national strategy to promote improved integration of immigrants to the UK. An interim report was released earlier in the year, which outlined the guiding principles for the post-Brexit integration strategy.

Three women share what education means to them

Emily Loud (Wonder Foundation)

Today, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the determination, achievements and diligence of women around the world who have overcome barriers of gender and disadvantage to fulfil their potential. Jenica, Nicole and Irene have done just that, and we’re proud to work with and for women like them.

It doesn't matter what we call “empowerment”, as long as it can happen

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From a development cliché to a Kardashian marketing meme, 2017 has already seen a fair share of discussion around the term “empowerment”, with commentators arguing that the term has become entirely meaningless. But what if this whole conversation is just a distraction?

Learning from 2016: a year that made the case for education and opportunity

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If ever there was a year to emphasise the universal importance of education, empowerment and the opportunities they bring, 2016 was it, and you helped us to share our message.

Friends and equals: how volunteering changed my view of refugees

Virginia Colungo, a Spanish EVS volunteer at Wonder Foundation

I have been involved in a European Volunteering Service (EVS) project with Wonder Foundation for 2 months. The project tries to improve the integration of refugees and immigrants who arrive in London, but – to my surprise - I am the first beneficiary.

Educating and Empowering Women in Kazakhstan

Olivia Darby, Wonder Foundation

In the countryside around Almaty, Kazakhstan, girls have few options. For Fatima's parents seeing her married quickly once she had finished school was a top priority. Fatima had another idea and applied to study at Kumbel. She wanted the option of being independent and marrying someone of her own choosing when she felt ready to make such an important decision.

From rural Honduras to serving the Queen: Lilian’s story

Lilian Vargas Borges, hospitality professional and graduate of WONDER’s partner school in Honduras.

I come from a village near the capital city of Honduras. My family of 12 had a small plot of land where we grew coffee and fruits and vegetables to sell, and my father was a workman. By the age of 7 I was working from early in the morning in the mill to make the dough for the tortillas - a staple food in my country.

How to welcome refugees

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Many people want to do what they can to help refugees once they have arrived in their new home, but it isn't always clear how. As part of Wonder's recent 'A Refugee Like Me' project, young people discussed how they could help refugees just like them at a conference in autumn 2016.

Sweden: A utopia for refugees?

This blog was written by young volunteers from C.A.R.E , a charity and WONDER partner working with migrants and refugees in Sweden.

Rushing to the dance floor whenever your favourite ABBA songs come on. Spending hours scouring through instructions for IKEA flat-packed furniture. Eagerly awaiting the latest episode of True Blood for your weekly dose of Alexander Skarsgård. These are just a number of ideas that might pop into your head when you think of Sweden.

Lessons we can learn from refugees

Ami Saji

Every day our lives intersect with new people. We encounter new faces in all different social settings, but we can never quite predict the impact and influence of each person. However, upon reflection, we all know someone who has made an exceptionally strong imprint, someone who has helped to change your path. For me, this happened when I was working for a refugee resettlement agency in the United States when I met a young woman named Justine (name changed for privacy).

We can help vulnerable refugee women learn English - by listening to them

Emily Loud, Wonder Foundation

Zarlasht is training to be a child psychologist. Esmeralda and Yvonne are teachers.

How young people can build skills for employment in a changing world

Emily Loud, Wonder Foundation

If you’ve never had a job before, how can you get one? This is a real question facing millions of young people across Europe amid uncertainty and high youth unemployment - but they need not despair. In truth, there is an ongoing gap between what young people learn at school and what employers want from them. But whatever their background or career ambitions, young people can find opportunities to learn new skills, even in unexpected places.

4 ways to change women's and girls' lives without an ice bucket

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As the news broke this week that the funds raised by the “Ice Bucket Challenge” viral sensation of 2014 are actually making a difference, we thought it was time to draw up some (less soggy) inspiration of what you can do to raise money to educate women and girls around the world.

Women’s rights and education in Nigeria: breaking the silence

Ozioma Ahaneku, Nigeria Research Intern

My country, Nigeria, is on the western coast of Africa, is popularly known for its oil, corruption and jovial people. It is the most populous country in Africa, home to more than 175 million people, 62.5% of whom are below 25 years old. Nigeria is also very diverse - there are over 250 ethnic groups and more than 500 languages.

Refugees in the media: a “different species”?

Elodie Read, Refugee Education Intern

The media’s portrayal of refugees plays a crucial role in directing the general public’s attitudes towards refugees in real life, so it’s of paramount importance that coverage is accurate, well informed and humane. However, a brief investigation into the British media’s reporting on the unfolding refugee crisis reveals that misleading terminology, exaggerated facts and figures, and emotive metaphors are the norm in tabloids, mid-market newspapers, and broadsheets alike.

After Brexit: why coproduction matters

Olivia Darby, Policy Director at the Wonder Foundation.

Brexit was a surprise on many fronts, but the demographic of those who voted to leave was perhaps some one of the most unexpected things. Many Leave voters came from the poorest parts of England and Wales, and from immigrant backgrounds – those who would be expected to think sympathetically about migration or to be most affected economically by the withdrawal of EU funding.

Making a home for refugee women and girls in London

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“I dream of a day when all women in London can speak English, read and write.” Mae has worked for the Baytree Centre for 21 years. She has seen how education can transform the lives of refugee women in London, bringing them empowerment, friendship and the chance to help their daughters towards a better future.

Supporting Kazakhstan's vulnerable women & girls - the essential role of NGOs

Jans Mynbayeva, WONDER research intern.

The Republic of Kazakhstan is a Central Asian country of 17 million people, most commonly associated with oil production, launching rockets from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and, for some, the fictitious Kazakh journalist Borat. When it comes to civil society, international organisations such as Freedom House have described the regime of President Nursultan Nazarbayev as authoritarian, accusing the state of suppressing growth of civil society.