The Unspoken Side Of Long Term Relationships Revealed In Honest Illustrations

Love is no stranger to Los Angeles based artist Amanda Oleander, who is a highly accomplished illustrator and fine artist. She has created a series of illustrations that showcase what it’s like to be madly in love with someone, and how that love transforms over time in a long-term relationship. According to her biography at, she became an international sensation after her illustrations were featured in E! Entertainment, working as their very first in-house illustrator.

Let us then explore what has made Amanda’s view on love so unique with her illustrations that can be found on her amazing Instagram account (@amandaoleander).

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Advocacy Gains Momentum: Global Citizenship Education for the Early Years

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) community has long understood the importance of the early years in developing the foundational skills and attitudes necessary for children to become engaged, global citizens. It is during the period from birth to age eight that children discover who they are, start to explore their own identity, and begin to appreciate the unique identities of others. By learning to be together and work together, they form the building blocks for global citizenship including fairness, empathy, tolerance, and responsibility. As children’s perspectives expand to encompass their school, community, nation, and the world, they take the first steps toward adopting the mindset of a global citizen—one who recognizes that in an increasingly interconnected world, we all must learn to respect one another, work together to address shared human challenges, and take action to create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future for all.

Breaking Barriers in Early Childhood Education One Country at a Time: #GlobalNAEYC

After two flights and 20 hours in the air, leaders from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The immediate sight of palm trees and the sensation of a post-sandstorm breeze made it clear that we were a long way from home. But once we met our Saudi counterparts, it was evident that we were among fellow trailblazers in early childhood education who shared our dedication to the young children we serve. 

The Right to Education Index Can Help Ensure that Everyone Can Access Quality Education

As a global initiative that advocates for people’s rights to quality education worldwide, The Right to Education Index (RTEI) brings a lot of things to the table. We bring our partnership with civil society and research institutions, we bring our expertise in international development. We also bring data.

RTEI aims to ensure that all people, no matter where they live, can enjoy their right to a quality education. And the way we strive to accomplish such a goal is the perfect example of how data can be used to influence global education.

Kui Buri National Park’s only female ranger shatters stereotypes

Woraya Makal comes across as a gentle and soft-spoken woman, but she is clear about what she wants and does not mince her words, especially when explaining why she chose her current occupation.

“I became a ranger because [as a ranger] you have the right to make decisions on your own,” she says of her work.

“And because I love nature.”

Woraya, called Kwan, is the only female ranger in the whole of Kui Buri National Park – a protected area in south-western Thailand, that borders Myanmar to the west.

A veteran in her field, Kwan has spent almost a decade engaging in wildlife protection and patrolling national parks. At Kui Buri, where she has worked for two and a half years, she is one of 116 rangers.

In Thailand, women like Kwan remain a rarity. But neither this nor the voices alleging that women aren’t suited for the ranger lifestyle – which comprises long working hours in spartan and sometimes dangerous conditions, away from loved ones – have prevented her from living her truth.

“I think [gender] doesn’t matter for your occupation. Any job that a man can do a woman can do also. Sometimes even better,” Kwan asserts, chuckling.

Like her colleagues, she ventures out on patrol for 15 days each month, sometimes in the company of WWF staff. Armed with a digital camera – an item she rarely parts with – Kwan documents wildlife movements throughout the park and looks out for snares left behind by poachers.

At the end of each day, she sends her findings and photographs via a mobile app to her supervisors, who log it onto the SMART patrolling system –software that allows for better planning of rangers’ and WWF’s joint protection efforts.

“When I go on my motorbike, it is to check where the animals come out and give that information to the tourists,” she says.

Over the years, Kui Buri has become known as one of the best places in Thailand for spotting Asian elephants and mighty gaurs (also known as Indian bison). If you’re lucky, you might even see a rare banteng, a species of wild forest cattle, among the herds of gaur. Because Kui Buri’s wildlife attracts visitors from all over the world, one of Kwan’s responsibilities is to look out for the people admiring the animals and share information with the park’s guides as to the wildlife’s whereabouts.

She also engages in habitat improvement. The activity— which includes removing weeds from the park’s open fields with fellow rangers and WWF staffers and replanting native vegetation—ensures elephants have enough food within the park and don’t venture out in search of food in neighboring plantations.

Kwan lives for much of the year at a ranger base camp in the park. That, and the collaborative nature of her work means that close alliances are formed quickly. “The way we make jokes and talk to each other it’s really like family,” she proclaims when talking about her seven-person ranger unit.

That’s not to say she doesn’t miss her loved ones. Kwan admits her close-knit community is no substitute for her two teenage sons, who live with their father in another province.

A 2016 survey conducted by WWF 11 Asian countries, including Thailand, revealed that that 45% of the 530 rangers surveyed saw their families less than five days a month. Kwan visits her children twice a month, at most – a choice she makes with a heavy heart but one she sees as necessary to pay for their education.

Kwan concedes she sometimes faces criticism for choosing a profession that separates her from her sons because she is a woman and a mother, but she doesn’t dwell on negative voices.

“If I care about what other people think, I will not provide for [my children],” she says. “I work for them.”

This passion for her family, and for the park and its wildlife, drive Kwan and rangers like her, who serve so bravely on the frontlines of conservation.

Back a ranger: Help the women and men protecting nature and wildlife

Recommendations for the U.S. Government Strategy Draft on International Basic Education

On July 18, 2018, USAID released a draft of the new U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education and opened up a window for feedback from the public. Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) and our coalition partners collaborated to propose recommendations for the U.S. Government International Education Strategy, which outlines plans for the implementation of the READ Act.

Global Campaign for Education-US applauds USAID and all government agencies involved in the development of the whole of government education strategy. In particular, we applaud the focus on inclusion, specifically for children with disabilities, girls and marginalized groups, the references to alignment and coordination with multilateral partners, the focus on education in conflict and crisis settings, the inclusion of early childhood education, and the commitment to data and reporting. GCE-US has outlined key points from the U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education and incorporated our topline recommendations for the whole of U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education. Please view a full summary of GCE-US recommendations here

This is YOUR chance to influence a new U.S. Government education policy! Public comments due by 7/22

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