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Inclusive Education And Cultural Development

Ensuring that all learners have access to quality education that meets basic learning needs, respects diversity, and enriches their lives.

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LECTURE PAPER: Whose Business is Cultural Preservation?

Some people crumble at the weight of daunting tragedy. But 2001 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ikuo Hirayama is not just “some people”. A survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, Hirayama has used his literal and figurative scars to promote peace through his artwork and to spearhead movements to preserve culture and heritage across Asia. That’s because Hirayama […]

BUTET MANURUNG: Not Your Typical Teacher

With nomadic children of Indonesia’s vast forests as her students and the lush canopies as their classroom, nothing about 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Saur Marlina Manurung’s work can be described as typical.  Yet through her determination, compassion and Greatness of Spirit, she educated Indonesia’s Orang Rimba, Indiana Jones-style.RelatedManurung, Saur Marlina (Awardee) Saur Marlina Manurung, more popularly […]

LECTURE PAPER: A Working Model for Affordable and Quality Education for the Poor

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) was established with a vision to remove barriers of class and privilege through provision of quality education to the poorest children of Pakistan, with a special focus on girls. In this great longread, learn about the practical ways education visionaries from Karachi provided superior, world-class teaching at almost zero cost and […]

PHOTO ESSAY: Brick by Brick

2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Omara Khan Masoudi knew the importance of art and culture in shaping the identity of future Afghans.  After laboriously restoring the depleted National Museum of Afghanistan to a semblance of its former glory, it reopened its doors to the public in 2004; its collections have been built up to sixty-five thousand items […]


The Philippines has only 157 scientists and engineers for every one million Filipinos.  How do you curb this problem and make Physics more interesting for young students in rural areas?  2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Christopher and Ma. Victoria Bernido used the formula: Patriotism + Passion for Science + Greatness of Spirit.  (And add a little […]