The Education and Social Justice Project: International Summer Research Fellowships 2012
March 27, 2013
This report reflects on the third year of the Education and Social Justice Project, which provided four Georgetown University students with fellowships to travel to Uganda, Uruguay, Bolivia, and France to conduct in-depth examinations of innovative educational initiatives, with a focus on the work of Jesuit and Orthodox Christian institutions. The project is made possible through the generous support of Rodney Jacob, a member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents.
During its third year, the project awarded fellowships to four students who spent three weeks with institutions engaged in efforts to promote social justice through education. Shea Houlihan traveled to Gulu, Uganda to research the role of education in post-conflict reconstruction at OCER Campion Jesuit College. In Uruguay, Charlotte Markson studied the Catholic University of Uruguay’s contribution to social justice, Fe y Alegría’s approach toward education and its implementation in Uruguay, and the tension between public and private education for the poorest sector of society in Montevideo. Lisa Frank partnered with Fe y Alegría in La Paz, Bolivia, focusing on its technical training programs within traditional schools, education and vocational training for people with disabilities, and a boarding program for students in rural parts of the country. Masha Goncharova traveled to Paris, France to explore the critical role of education in preserving the cultural identity of Russian émigrés abroad. This report brings together the main results of the field work, including background analysis of each of the initiatives and excerpts from extended interviews with educators and activists in each country.