The Education and Social Justice Project: International Summer Research Fellowships 2013
January 6, 2014
This report reflects on the fourth year of the Education and Social Justice Project, which provided four Georgetown University students with fellowships to travel to Argentina, Cambodia, Peru, and Poland to conduct in-depth examinations of innovative educational initiatives, with a focus on the work of Jesuit institutions. The project is made possible through the generous support of Rodney Jacob (MSB’86, JD’89) and other members of the Georgetown community.
During its fourth year, the project awarded fellowships to four students who spent three weeks with institutions engaged in efforts to promote social justice through education. Sarah Baran traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to research one of the country’s first microfinance institutions. In Cambodia, Annie Dale partnered with the Apostolic Prefecture in Battambang to examine its efforts to reduce school dropout rates through innovative family support mechanisms. Nicholas Dirago researched the ethos and pedagogy of Fe y Alegría and the College of the Immaculate Conception in Lima, Peru, with a focus on socioeconomic integration in educational spaces. Elisabeth Lembo traveled to Krakow, Poland to explore the revival of Jesuit education in the former communist country. This report brings together the main results of their field work, including background analysis of each of the initiatives and excerpts from extended interviews with educators and practitioners in each country.