Friday, February 22, 2008

So much better than getting Safeway on GWorld

In what was probably the best Hatchet article I've read, two GW reporters explain how we as a university, and as a student body driving that university, can actually make a difference in Darfur.

The goal of this post is to further promote the ideas of Banaa: The Sudan Educational Empowerment Network. Banaa, according to managing director and policy directors of Banaa who also wrote this article, is "a student-run scholarship for young Sudanese peacemakers."

The program involves providing a full scholarship to a well-deserving Sudanese student who can use the skills acquired at a university to positively affect his community from the inside, and GW will be the first to support the program.

And, because I am so proud of GW's decision to support the initiative this year, I believe that we as a university must expand and continue the effort.

The article specifically calls for:

"...University President Steven Knapp to expand the program by working with top University benefactors to endow a Banaa scholarship. This would allow new peacemakers to attend GW each year, so that we may build a steady stream of indigenous experts to help heal the wounds that have plagued Sudan for so long."

I believe this is a cause not only worthy of the GW community's time and commitment, but one that might actually greatly, and directly, benefit from it.

If students can mobilize to get Safeway on GWorld, then positively impacting the international community through a permanent scholarship is well within our reach. ...Join the Facebook group.

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