Educational Divide Reform (EDR): Social Development through Education
EDR is a non-profit organization that aims to bridge language/cultural barriers and help people prosper in a rapidly globalizing society.
All too often otherwise able people are hindered from maximizing their academic or professional potential due to educational inequities. This inequity, sometimes stemming from language, culture, economic barriers, among other causes, has led to stagnation and stunting of many communities. It is EDR’s mission to bring the most efficient ideas, methodologies and resources to help people reach their utmost potential. With these principles and ideals firmly in mind EDR strives to create a global community where anyone can achieve his or her dreams without being inhibited by background or lack of resources. EDR has partnered with public school systems and other socially conscious organizations to help underperforming students/professionals of all ages and backgrounds. EDR seeks to create a spirit of cross cultural understanding to promote peace and foster success.
In past years, EDR has offered the Intercultural Education Program to both East Asian and American students around New England to help develop a greater sense of global citizenship. Through their participation, East Asian students developed a greater appreciation for American values and culture while American students acquired a heightened intercultural awareness.
President of EDR, Dr. Mary Cazabon recently contributed to a collection, “The Miseducation of English Learners,” edited by Grace. P. McField. Dr. Cazabon’s chapter entitled, “A District’s Response to the Passage of Question 2 in Massachusetts,” provides an overview of the history of language education in Massachusetts, and a comprehensive analysis of stakeholders’ perceptions before and after Question 2. To read more, please click here.
One of the largest destabilizers identified in Africa is the perception of injustice. Based on significant analysis of conflict and reconciliation, Prof. Yoichi Mine and Dr. Mari Katayanagi, contributors to Preventing Violent Conflict in Africa: Inequalities, Perceptions and Institutions, presented and discussed power sharing and decentralization as a vehicle for mitigating violence.