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PeaceBuilders in Somalia

PeaceBuilders in Somalia

Since I joined the team at Open Learning Exchange (OLE) in November, I have been immersed in launching PeaceBuilders in Somalia––a program that aims to empower refugees and the communities in which they resettle. Nine years ago, I was lucky to begin my career at Denver South High School, a school that specializes in services…

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Fireside Chat between Richard and Tim Rowe

Take a few minutes (12 more or less) and enjoy listening to father and son. Dr. Richard Rowe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Open Learning Exchange and Tim Rowe, Founder and CEO, CIC (fka Cambridge Innovation Center) speak candidly and only as father and son can, about Richard’s life story and how he came to found OLE. …

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A Season of Awards for OLE

A Season of Awards for OLE

OLE, Selected as an MIT Solver! After signing an agreement with the Ministry of Education in Madagascar to scale OLE’s Personal Learning Toolkit to all eight million school aged children in that country, in September, we were selected by MIT Solve to be among 20 finalists––chosen from hundreds of Challenge proposals––for one of the best solutions…

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Young Somali Refugees Tell Their Stories

Young Somali Refugees Tell Their Stories

Children and youth make up half of all refugee populations worldwide. In other words, 50 million young people are living displaced and disrupted lives, facing indignities and insecurities daily, lacking the promise of hopeful future. Education is a key factor in bring about positive change in the context of this crisis. Open Learning Exchange (OLE)…

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With Rights Are Responsibilities

With Rights Are Responsibilities

A poster on the Red Line reads: “Good food is a basic right.” A sign at Harvard affirms: “Education is a human right.” Crowds in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic claim: “Your unborn child has a right to life”. The NRA insists upon their “right to bear arms”. Martin Luther King marched for“civil rights”….

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Solutions to Internet Concerns

Solutions to Internet Concerns

Yuval Noah Harari poses some disturbing challenges enabled by the Internet.  While agreeing that the internet can be dangerous, the Open Learning Exchange offers a different perspective: information and communication technologies make it possible for power to shift from the few who, in the past, have controlled the supply of goods, services and goodness to…

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OLE partners with Travis

OLE partners with Travis

OLE partners with Travis the Translator Massachusetts / The Netherlands In pursuit of its social mission, Travis, a company creating cutting edge voice translation devices, has partnered up with the Open Learning Exchange (OLE), an organization providing learning opportunities for people in emerging economies. When customers pre-order a Travis the Translator device for themselves, they can now…

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Nokia to Support Syrian Education

Nokia to Support Syrian Education

Nokia has provided a generous grant to OLE that will be used to expand OLE’s collections of learning resources for Syrian refugee girls that will be available on the Internet in a Free Syrian Library.   The Library will be an open multi-media, multi-lingual repository of Arabic, English and other mid-eastern languages.  The Library will…

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The Evolution of Teaching and the Future of Learning

I have been thinking a lot about the ways that today’s technologies are changing the ways we learn and how those changes affect our societies.   Just about everything related to knowledge is changing:  Newspapers, radio, TV and the Internet are not what they used to be and are producing changes in the ways we learning…

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Planet Health Pilot in Uganda

Planet Health Pilot in Uganda

Press Release The Open Learning Exchange and Massachusetts General Hospital Global Medicine are pleased to announce an initial round of funding from the Yahoo Employee Foundation for the Planet Health Pilot in Uganda. The Pilot will be carried out in cooperation with Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and The Bugoye Health Clinic III…

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