Farzanah Darwish – On the IEDP, UNESCO Fellowship, and Afghanistan

I had heard so much about Farzanah even before I set foot on campus. My cohort members, who had already met her in August, only had wonderful things to say about her. When I did get to know her from our classes together, group assignments, exploring Philly, and our shared love for Bollywood, I knew I had to share glimpses of her story with you. … Continue reading Farzanah Darwish – On the IEDP, UNESCO Fellowship, and Afghanistan

Thoughts From the Transforming Education Summit’22

Amy L., 2022 graduate of the IEDP Program I completed my internship with the Early Childhood Education team at UNICEF Headquarters during my final semester and had the opportunity to extend the internship for three months post-graduating. Through the internship, I had the chance to attend a UNICEF-hosted panel discussion in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Read all about it this blog post. This … Continue reading Thoughts From the Transforming Education Summit’22

Internship Insights – Amy L.

Hi IEDPers! My name is Amy L., 2022 graduate of the IEDP Program. I completed my internship with the Early Childhood Education team at UNICEF Headquarters during my final semester and had the opportunity to extend the internship for three months post-graduating. The decision to extend was mostly due to circumstance; I happened to be moving back to New York City, where UNICEF HQ offices … Continue reading Internship Insights – Amy L.

Join Us for an IEDP Virtual Info Session!

So – you’ve perused our blog, followed us on Instagram, and seen a few of our YouTube videos. By now, you might be ready to take a deeper dive into information about the program: course requirements, possible areas of focus, electives, and the internship. We’ll be hosting four IEDP Virtual Info Sessions between November – February. Registration is open to everyone – whether you’re not … Continue reading Join Us for an IEDP Virtual Info Session!

Living in University City

Hi everyone! Spring is usually a hectic semester for IEDPers and I am not the exception. This semester has been super busy due to the fact that I am taking four courses (one of which is our capstone class) and I am working/volunteering around twenty hours a week. These commitments have limited the time I have to write my own blog posts, but I am happy … Continue reading Living in University City

Internship at the Aga Khan Foundation: Documenting the Early Childhood Development COVID-19 Response

Journey to Interning at Aga Khan Foundation The purpose of my internship has been to document how people have adapted in these truly difficult times, and it has been inspiring. That word is often overused, but I think it reigns true here. Like a lot of us (us being people in graduate school, people in development work, educators, or humans in general), I struggled with … Continue reading Internship at the Aga Khan Foundation: Documenting the Early Childhood Development COVID-19 Response

Across the Atlantic: Tips from my move

Just a couple of months ago I made the move from the four walls of my parent’s home in Pune, India, to being within the four walls of the unit I share with my classmates in Philadelphia, PA. Why I chose to move countries this Spring despite another virtual semester still perplexes my parents. But as some of you reading this would understand, pandemic or not, I’d rather be as close … Continue reading Across the Atlantic: Tips from my move

Interning with UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning: A reminder that a master’s degree is only the beginning.

Anyone reading this has probably experienced some travel plans cancelled or interrupted by the pandemic, so I’ll spare you the details. Long story short – I was planning to do my internship in Hamburg, Germany and instead I’m doing it remotely from my family’s home in Sarasota, Florida. My internship is with UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). I am on the Literacy & Basic … Continue reading Interning with UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning: A reminder that a master’s degree is only the beginning.

Wamweni’s Words of Wisdom

Hi all. For the blog post for this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Wamweni. Last semester, Wamweni and I spent many many hours on Zoom working on our group technical proposals, so it was great to be able to learn about her experiences outside of class. Below are the main highlights of our conversation: Leslie:  Can you tell us a little a bit … Continue reading Wamweni’s Words of Wisdom

Kako’s Knowledgeable Decisions

Kako is in her last semester of the IEDP. She is currently living in Fukui, Japan. The time difference between Fukui and Philadelphia meant that I had to wake up really early (for a Sunday) and she had to stay up late for us to be able to have this conversation. However, we had a great time chatting and I am happy to share the … Continue reading Kako’s Knowledgeable Decisions