Beatrice Biha has worked in the business, public and non-profit sectors, both on the African and North-American scenes. She devoted most of her time in the US, working with non-profit organizations such as the IRC and Red Cross, supporting their objectives to contribute to social justice and human development within developing countries.
During the civil war in Burundi from 1994 to 2004, their educational system fell apart: more than a quarter of the country’s primary schools were destroyed, and many teachers were killed. With the end of the war in 2005, the elected government committed itself to providing universal primary education for all children.
Consequently, she decided to contribute in the reconstruction process by using her professional skills and experience, thereby building an organization devoted to improving education in her country.
Susan Baron has devoted the last 15 years raising awareness of chronic poverty in Washington DC and promoting education of children from pre-school through high school. Susan is the Development Chair on the board of the Perry School Community Services Center, providing comprehensive education and social service programs to community of 20,000 people.
Nadia Bilbassy-Charters is a Senior News Correspondent for MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) in Washington. She is the former Washington Bureau Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for Al Arabiya Satellite TV Channel where she covered the White House, and the State Department and interviewed both George and Laura Bush. Ms. Bilbassy-Charters was also the MBC-TV bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya.
Grace Morgan brings a breadth of international and education experience to Education Progress. In 1981-1982, she served as a teacher and headmistress at a rural secondary school in the Western Province of Kenya. She received a Master of Education from Harvard University, specializing in international education, and a masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins-SAIS.
Education Progress shares the mission of INEE (the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies), an open global network of members working together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. Education Progress is guided by some of the same principles and values as INEE, particularly that education is a basic human right of all people affected by crisis and instability and that education lays a sustainable foundation for recovery, peace and development. For further information, see www.ineesite.org
University of Maryland, College of education