Solutions in Action: School Is Open in Afghanistan


Marianne O’Grady, has been working within the education sector for 25 years, as a teacher, professor of education, and most recently as a program manager in Afghanistan for a large multi-activity education project for the poorest and most illiterate population. As a practitioner within new and old schools in the US, Marianne saw that teachers can offer much to their colleagues across the world. Teachers do make a difference, both in classrooms and in ministries. In a shift from recess duty to technical manager, Marianne has seen that international development needs practitioners to bridge ideas with realities – budget lines into practical face to face engagement. Working and volunteering in Afghanistan has taught Marianne to be thankful for her own education, especially at Wheelock College, and to work and advocate even harder for education for those without this opportunity.

Marianne O’Grady founded School is Open, a nonprofit¬†working to improve education in developing countries.¬†Currently, their efforts are focused in Afghanistan, supporting teachers and students to get the tools they need to get an education.

Meet Marianne O’Grady and other change agents at the 2013 Global Challenges Conference.

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