As stated on its website, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is a development forum whose mission is to “turn ideas into action.” Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI has brought together global leaders to develop innovative, practical solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Commitments to Action are the prime focus and signature feature of CGI. These commitments, which at last count exceeded 2,300 in number, are detailed plans for addressing identified global challenges. Each commitment outlines a specific approach to a problem, has clear and feasible objectives, and articulates the desired outcome of the effort.
Read about Humana People to People's work in training teachers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the DRC Minister of Education's remarks at a recent CGI meeting.
More than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media have attended the CGI annual meeting, which is scheduled to coincide each year with the UN General Assembly meeting. CGI has created a new network of collaborators, whose commitments have demonstrated that real progress can happen when resources are combined with sound development models.
Humana People to People has been an active member of CGI since 2008. We have made five CGI Commitments in the area of education as well as food security and HIV/AIDS prevention. From training young Malawian women to be teachers to engaging communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to combat AIDS, our continuing work on our project commitments reflects the CGI principle to produce tangible results.
An example of the commitment projects we have successfully implemented is the Dell Youth Connect Study Center in Gurgaon India. This center opened in 2009 and provides basic education to out-of-school children and youth as well as IT education. More than 2,000 students have attended the center. Click on the image below to watch a video about the tremendous impact of this educational facility.
I was first inspired to be an educator in the tenth grade, thanks to my teacher at the time, Mr. Bazolua Peter Long. I loved the energy he had and the way he made learning a joy. A few years later, in 2009, I enrolled at the DNS teacher-training college in Caxito, operated by the local development organization ADPP.