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December 16, 2011

Three Women Win Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize 2011 was awarded jointly to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”. December 10, 2011.

I found this recent press release amazing. Three strong women who had contributed so much to make the world a better place were recognized jointly for their efforts and accomplishments. All have faced adversity in their lives. What role models they are for our children and for all of us! As teachers and educators our goal is to make a difference in the lives of children and by doing so to affect real change in the world. Recognition of our efforts comes not in prizes but in the smiles on our students’ faces when they can read a book or have mastered a skill or concept…. those Ah-Ha moments. Our prize is the satisfaction that comes from watching our students grow into productive citizens of a global society. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one of our students would win this prize?

I was especially moved by the acceptance speech of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She took the time at what was one of the most important moments of her life to remember and recognize her teachers:

“My journey was supported by my many teachers and mentors who guided me to a world opened up by the enlightenment of higher education, and which led to my conviction that access to quality education is the social justice issue of our time.”

This African proverb comes to mind,

“Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.”

I hope you find this message inspiring. Make it a good day!


The full transcripts of the speeches are available at the Nobel Prize site.   There are also educational resources on the site.

Short Video from Reuters

Resources and Interesting Links

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