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Welcome Message from Carol Jenkins
For more than 85 years, World Learning has equipped individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems. We believe that, working together with our partners, we can change this world for the better.
On my travels, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of those who have joined us in this mission. In Baghdad, we’ve trained more than 2,300 Iraqi youth who are already giving back at home. In London, our partners in the TAAP Initiative strongly believe that we are all responsible to practice inclusion. And in Vermont, our Experiment in International Living and School for International Training participants prove every day that they have the tools and the determination to change the world.
Please join us in our pursuit of a more peaceful and just world.
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- Director, Global Education
Rajani Shrestha is World Learning’s director of Global Education. She oversees the organization’s $190 million education development portfolio, which is grounded on strengthening the educational system, improving instructional quality, and formal and non-formal learning environments. Throughout her career, Shrestha has worked with donors, policy makers, teachers, administrators, the private sector, and communities to make lasting change in educational systems around the world. Shrestha is strong in strategic planning, designing complex projects, and monitoring, evaluation, and research. She is responsible for strategically positioning World Learning at a local level through donor stewardship and spearheading partnerships with local government ministries and nongovernment institutions. Shrestha has more than 16 years of experience researching and managing large complex projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries. As a researcher, she has designed and piloted dropout prevention programs in India, Tajikistan, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste. While at the Asian Development Bank/ Nepal, Shrestha implemented a teacher education and skills employment project. She has also worked with UNICEF, working closely at the community level with village facilitators. Shrestha started her career in Nepal as a private sector professional engaging with multinational firms from Europe and America. She uses this deep-rooted experience in her approach to building partnerships, networks, and blending business interest with community development by introducing unique and sustainable practices in international projects. Shrestha holds a master’s degree in public policy with a specialization in social and education policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from Kathmandu University, where she concentrated in marketing.