Global Citizenship for Development

Press Release


NGO Committee on Education, Learning and Literacy (A CoNGO Substantive Committee CoSD Side Event February 2017
Global Citizenship for Social Development: Universal Curriculum Design and
ICT-Facilitated Intercultural Learning Environments for All Students
[ SDG #1, #4, #5, and #17]
The use of Universal Design for Learning and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) enable
more accessible and cross-culturally collaborative learning environments for all learners, including those
with disabilities, both in the U.S. and globally. This side event explores how education can contribute to
reducing poverty and enhancing human life and what kind of teaching and learning best address the needs
of all learners. The panelists discuss theory-based framework to apply universal curriculum design that
engages various learners and cultural diversity and promotes intercultural competence of global citizenship.
By introducing best practices of using ICT and emerging technologies in the United States, Africa, Latin
America, and Asia, the panelists recommend universal and global learning environment for all students
including girls from different cultures and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
The key aspects this panel addresses are:
1. Principles and application of Universal Design for Learning
2. Curriculum design framework and global virtual learning to develop intercultural competence
3. Education and technology for children in Brazil, and refugees and migrants in Latin America
4. Academic support and finance for Ghanaian girls and those with special needs.
5. Storytelling e-Book collaboration between Ghana and a school in Newark, N.J.
6. UNESCO’s perspective: quality education of using ICT, arts and music for youth and humanity
The NGO Committee for Education, Learning and Literacy (NGO CELL) proposes an informational
presentation and panel discussion on education for social development, co-sponsored by UNESCO, Society
for Psychology Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Manhattan Multicultural Counseling (MMC), IVECA
Center for International Virtual Schooling, and Legion of Goodwill-USA.

 MODERATOR: Mr. Reggie Bennett, Jr., Teacher, Music and Special Education, Reach Academy

2017 Public Service Career Expo


SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 Public Service Career Expo on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
The 2017 Public Service Career Expo is hosted by New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a consortia of other leading public policy institutions including:

• Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College
• Cornell University, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
• Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Ramapo for Children Youth Leader Conference

The Youth Worker Leadership Conference is an interactive and exciting event for high school students working with youth of all abilities. On Sunday, March 19, 2017, we will bring together approximately 250 high school-aged youth in the greater New York City area to honor and engage these young professionals. The Youth Worker Leadership Conference will include dynamic speakers, hands-on activities, and workshops, including…

 Creating adaptive dance routines

 Developing activities to enhance children’s social skills

 Using creative and artistic tools to teach

 Yoga and meditation as a tools for stress reduction

The conference is completely free to attend, though advanced registration is requested and a chaperone must attend with students under 18.



Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson

Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson is the founder and executive director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG). GEIG’s mission is to provide academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs, so they may access secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities. Since 2014 GEIG has supported twelve students in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions of Ghana in their transition from basic school to junior high school. Five of the twelve girls are now enrolled in senior high school and the remaining seven will fully transition by the 2017/2018 academic year.Ms. Patterson holds an MPA, master’s in public administration from NYU Wagner School of Public Service where she specialized in non-profit management. Ms. Patterson’s research includes but not limited to Education of Marginalized People: access to education for disabled/differently abled students in K-12 institutions in South Africa, A comparative qualitative study on single sex and co-Ed schools in New York City, Strategic Planning: City Year New York, and Performance Measurement and Management: Junior Achievement of New York.Ms. Patterson is the 2014 ReconnectGH-Education Entrepreneur, was listed among the 50 most influential people under 40 in Ghana in 2015, presented in 2015 at Tedex Accra, was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community- Kumasi Hub from 2014-2015, and the 2015 Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana. She is also a 2016 fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative, Regional Leadership Center-Accra, Yali RLC.

2016 International Day of People with Disabilities- film screening and discussion

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana-US Inc on 3rd December, 2016 will be hosting a film screening and panel discussion featuring a film by Bismark Aryee called Nubuke: A New Dawn.

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Bismark Aryee

Bismark Aryee

Bismark Aryee is the silver category winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Documentary film festival Best Student Film (Silver) ( Mr. Aryee holds a bachelor of fine arts in film and TV production. He has a diploma in graphic and web design from Tema secondary school (2010). Mr. Aryee has professional experience in directing, editing, graphic design, and cinematography. He is the team leader of Filifilli studios and co-founder of The Cinema Review GH.
Becky Curran

Becky Curran

Becky Curran is and International Motivational Speaker and coordinator of several diversity and inclusion efforts within the entertainment and news media industries. Becky has worked for one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, Creative Artists Agency and one of the top studios, CBS Television Studios. A prolific public speaker, Curran has spoken for groups throughout the United States and Kenya. She resides in New York City. Becky is a member of the NYC leadership team of Diversability, an award-winning social enterprise to rebrand disability through the power of community

Anita Altman

Anita Altman, Festival Co-Founder; Chair of National Advisory Committee ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival In her almost 3 decades working at UJA-Federation of New York, Anita helped put disabilities on the agenda of New York’s Jewish community, founding a Task Force on People with Disabilities, and with philanthropic support, expanded and transformed programming for people with disabilities and their families served by UJA-Federation member agencies. Her vision was that a film festival sharing the lives and aspirations of people with disabilities could help raise the consciousness of the New York community about our common humanity and the value of each person, without regard to his or her ability or disability. She is chair of the ReelAbilities national board.


Cecilia B. Ogude

Cecilia B. Ogude, Founder of WINAFD and Vice President with JPMorgan Chase. Cecilia has over 12 years of professional experience including managerial positions with Accenture, Dentsu, and McKinsey & Company. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from New York University (NY) and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Steven’s Institute of Technology (NJ). She is an active volunteer with NYCares, Upwardly Global, Big Brother Big Sister, Junior Achievement, SEO Scholars, VSO, etc. and at her leisure, is an avid reader, traveler, and a long distance runner who has completed 2 marathons and over 10 half-marathons.

Storytelling is an important part of Imuetinyan’s life.As a child who did not read due to a poor eye condition,she looked forward to those cool nights when the power goes out.Though the adults saw power outrages as interruption to their favorite TV shows, for the children, it was story time.The darkness attracted the neighborhood children who strolled to her compound. Their tiny bodies would pile on top of brown weaving mats to listen to ancient tales under the moonlight. The valuable lessons from the stories were what gave colors and brightness to Imuetinyan’s dull world. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, where she completed her secondary school education and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cazenovia College, Update State. Since is a playwright, author, and a training journalist. She produced and directed her first act which was a one-women show titled, The Hole Between My Legs, where she told the stories of two women and their experiences with female genital mutilation, FGM. Imuetinyan is a guest blogger for 28 Too Many, a non-profit organization whose fight is to eradicate FGM. In 2014, she was one of the hosts and contributing writers for The Young African Symposium: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, hosted by the Council of Young African Leaders. She is currently a contributing writer for The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana- US Inc.,an education and disability advocacy organization based in NY with beneficiaries in Ghana. She recently launched her YouTube Channel where she continues to covers stories on Africa as a way to hone her broadcasting career and she is also working on her next play. Imuetinyan Ugiagbe presently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her sisters.


Diversability is an award-winning global movement to rebrand disability that began in Washington, DC with Tiffany Yu in 2009.We foster community online and off to connect, showcase, and empower people of all abilities doing amazing things. We want to get more people talking and thinking about disability as a core part of the diversity conversation. We unite the disability community, engage allies, and celebrate disability pride and empowerment.

ReelAbilities NY film festival

ReelAbilities Film Festival brings together the community to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

 Ramapo for Children

Through direct service youth programs and highly regarded training programs for adults, Ramapo works on behalf of children who face obstacles to learning, including children with special needs, enabling them to succeed in the classroom, at home, and in life.At the heart of our work is the conviction that all children seek the same things: to learn, feel valued, and experience success. Ramapo helps young people learn to align their behaviors with their aspirations.

 Person Centered Care Services- PCCS

Person Centered Care Services is a nonprofit advocating for social change within communities by supporting different groups of people on their search for identity and acceptance.


The Women’s Interactive Network for the African Diaspora (WINAFD) provides access to the tools and support to enable the successful development and advancement of young girls and women in the African diaspora.”Our vision is to transform the lives of our young girls and women by providing the educational, career, and leadership opportunities necessary for them to compete in our global market. We aim to achieve this through our educational and career initiatives and partnership, interactive forums, and mentorship/ networking programs”. Read More


NY Disabilities Film Festival brings together the community to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

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How I have Benefited from the Summer Vacations

girledu5Each August annually, vacation classes are organized by the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana for us and this has countless benefits and merits. The sessions have been a major impact on the student lives academically, socially and morally. It has helped us know that as individuals the only way we can be prosperous in life is by education, which is the key to success and one of the greatest advantage received from the organization.

It helps us to get exposed to other things in the world. We get to know and learn new things which has served as our backbone in our daily improvement.
Motivational and inspirational talks has really helped us mentors and role models that we look up to.

Education is a step by step process and can only be carried out hand in hand together in an orderly manner. The summer vacation classes organized by the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG) has brought me individual benefits in my academic life and studies. This classes organized annually in the month of August has given me the opportunity to derive a lot of benefits in my academic performance. New topics are taught with a deeper understanding. I learned how to cultivate team work since I had to work together with the other students. Also I learned how to cooperate and socialize with other people well. The classes has served as a platform for me to learn a lot of things academically and socially.- Nhyira


hamadiyaShe will break every barrier that stands between her and her education, which will lead her to become the professional nurse she hopes to be. Hamadalatu is in JHS3 and will be our first girl in senior high.Hamadalatu has been fending for herself since she was in class 3, but is not discouraged and wants to forge ahead to be a better person in the future