What I Learned from Kofi Annan

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What I Learned from Kofi Annan


Today, I sat a few rows away from the front, relatively close to the speaker and presenter for the meeting. His name is Kofi Annan and he is someone I respect and a leader I admire. He gave a brief lecture and then fielded questions and I want to highlight here some of his more salient points. Enjoy.


*1 in 5 women do not have access to a quality education worldwide

*We may need to act locally, but we must always think globally

*International students contribute 20 million dollars to the U.S. economy every year

*No one is born with the tools to become a good citizen; we must learn this through solid civic education

*A good education is character formation, not just a road to a job

*Why not try integrating coursework on international development and the rule of law in your curriculums?

*Education involves at least three things: knowledge, skills, and networks.

*We cannot expect young people to tackle the global challenges of our time on their own


This month Kofi Annan launched a series of online dialogues that you may also want to check out. http://kofiannanfoundation.org/

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