from Mary Cazabon, Ed. D.
Hello, An-nyong Has-se-yo, Ni hao, Hola, Bonjour, Shalom, Namaste, Kon-nichiwa, Olá, Jambo, Guten Tag, Ahalan, Gia’sou, Halo, Ciao, Zdravstvuyte …
For the past several years, it has been my privilege to have collaborated with and been inspired by Dr. Jin Jang and his vision for Educational Divide Reform (EDR) a non-profit organization aiming to bridge language and cultural barriers in order to help under-served people prosper in our rapidly globalizing society. Originating as a novel idea that recognizes that there are profound transformations happening on a global level that are having both positive and negative consequences on societies, institutions, and populaces, EDR is gearing up to address the inevitable inequities that are manifested in the daily lives of so many who find themselves locked into cycles of poverty and limited educational opportunities while also facing language barriers and perplexing social changes.
I have personally witnessed culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) immigrant students across the United States receiving subpar education, and this subgroup of students continues to grow at a faster rate than any other group. This reality is a challenge at both national and local levels. EDR is seeking to collaborate with school districts here in Massachusetts to create additional educational opportunities for CLD and other academically low performing economically challenged students. EDR will work with students to give them the skills to transform their lives in order to realize their dreams for a better and fulfilling future.
EDR’s expanded outreach focuses on global citizenship, human security, and human development. We know that many communities around the world are facing enormous challenges and the inability to provide adequate education to children due to lack of much needed resources. As a consequence of the rapid and disruptive social changes that societies everywhere are experiencing, many individuals especially parents at both collective and personal levels are feeling left behind, undermined, threatened, and disenfranchised. It is not surprising that we seem to have perpetual states of unrest and conflict in so many countries.