Author: Morgan Leahy

Morgan lives in Los Angeles, CA. She has her degree in mathematics and educational studies. Her interests include health, education, disability studies, and technology. When Morgan isn't writing or volunteering, she is playing copious amounts video games.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — According to the U.N., education is a fundamental human right and it is essential that all people have access to education, yet millions of refugees in the Middle East and North Africa are denied educational opportunities. This makes education for refugees is a major concern for countries in poverty. There are more than 16 million refugees, with six million between the ages of five and 17. As stated by the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 91 percent of children around the world attend primary school, but only 50 percent of refugee children attend primary school, and those who…

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PRAGUE — Recent data shows that poverty in the Czech Republic is among the lowest in its region. Located just east of Germany in central Europe, the Czech Republic has a population of 10.7 million people. After joining the European Union in 2004, this small nation has proven itself to be a leader in poverty reduction. The Czech Republic is a well-educated country, with 93 percent of the working adult population having completed at least secondary school. According to the U.K. Office for National Statistics, the Czech Republic has both the lowest persistent poverty rate and overall poverty rate when…

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SEATTLE — According to the World Health Organization, there are 32 million children with hearing loss in the world, 80 percent of whom live in developing countries. From Kenya to Haiti, these deaf children are often times denied food, shelter, water, clothing and education opportunities. Through sponsorship and partnership programs, a group of dedicated missionaries strives to provide hope for people living in deaf poverty. Founded in 2010, Deaf Child Hope International is a nonprofit created by a team of individuals who recognize that deaf children in developing countries require aid. Deaf children require specific care, whether it be sign…

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SEATTLE — Over the past few decades, Armenia has made headway in schooling. Enrollment overall is on the rise and primary school enrollment has reached an all-time high. Efforts to reduce national poverty and create stronger educational reforms have been successful, but just like many other countries in the sub-Caucasus region, there is still a lot of room for improvement for education in Armenia. Historically, Armenia has not done well in education compared to other countries in its region. Even recently, Armenia had a net primary enrollment rate of 79 percent, against the average in the sub-Caucasus region of 89…

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SEATTLE — Despite the implementation of previous educational reforms, recent trends show that there is a lot of work to be done for education in Bulgaria. The average Bulgarian child may have more access to education compared to other countries in southeastern Europe, but learning outcomes in Bulgaria are failing to meet EU education benchmarks. As a result, the World Bank is now intervening. In the past, Bulgarian reading scores have compared well to other countries. In 2001, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) showed a high learning outcome in reading for Bulgarian students, with Bulgaria scoring the…

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