My name is Gillian Javetski and I am an intern at OLPC's Cambridge office this summer. I am a senior at Tufts University, where I am double majoring in international relations and community health. I took this past semester off to work at the United Nations Development Programme's HIV/AIDS unit in Geneva. At OLPC, I will be conducting research on UN and international partnerships.
Work at OLPC
- Blog posts (both writing and editing)
- UNICEF/Afghanistan wiki page and research, including foreign aid data
- Correspond with Mike Dawson, met with Matt and Salim
- Afghanistan budget research for Matt; spoke with contacts at a variety of think tanks and USAID
- Research on incorporating an NGO in Afghanistan
- Work on Afghanistan grant process, do research, create google docs, beginning to add information, met with Barbara for information
- UNICEF/Afghanistan memo
- WFP/Nepal wiki page: corresponded with Nepal team
- Haiti Partners/Haiti wiki page: met with Adam to discuss Haiti
- Working with/checking in on volunteers on IRC Chat
- Worked on Class/Act Resources with Shirish
- Events: Conference call on education with tinygames (6/17), meeting on Realness Conference (6/17), call with Reverend Franck Boah (6/18), RIT Hackfest (7/8), MIT Media Lab (7/12), meeting with Salim (7/16), OLPC Conference (7/17)
- Twittering daily
- Updating microblog wiki page
- XO 1.5 HS teardown and photos
Timeline/To Do List
- July 28-31st: wrote blog posts about Afghanistan and 1.5HS, put grant application and SF424 up, continue working on Nepal wiki page.
- August 2-August 6: Look at Matt's research request about incorporating an office in Afghanistan, email Nepal group for feedback and incorporate feedback, go through OLE newsletters, Haiti wiki page
- August 9-13: work with Paul on RTC problems, Rwanda wiki page, Ethiopia wiki page, go through all five country profiles, add graphs, add information, and make them more uniform
- August 16-24: home for vacation
- August 24-September 4: post tear down instructions, write additional 2 blog posts on 1.5HS, working on and finalizing white papers
Summary of Last Few Days
During my last week at the OLPC office, I hope to finish up on the research components of my internship. I plan on completing the Rwanda and Ethiopia (work on Ethiopia Thursday and Friday) OLPC wiki pages so that they include a comprehensive set of information about the country’s education backgrounds, important education data, OLPC’s work on the ground, and a description of other development groups’ priorities. I will also return to edit Afghanistan, Nepal, and Haiti pages so that they reflect these changes as well. Finally, in non-research work, I have a few loose ends to tie up here at OLPC that I will work on Wednesday. These include posting tear down instructions, write additional 2 blog posts on 1.5HS, working with Paul on RTC problems, and making a wiki page on country’s education statistics (although this may have to wait until later in the week.)
Once I return from vacation on the 24th, I will dedicate the rest of my OLPC work to writing white papers for these five countries. I hope to write the papers based off of my research findings, and share them with SJ and people involved in each country. There are a variety of people I hope to connect with for feedback, including for Ethiopia (Lidet), Rwanda (Julia and Rwanda Country Director Sam Dusengiyumva), Nepal (Rabbi) Afghanistan (Mike Dawson, Salim, and Matt), and Haiti (Adam and whoever else Adam can recommend). It would also be great to receive feedback on my first white paper from a structural perspective by someone who has experience writing them. I will incorporate all feedback I receive and share them with the appropriate parties. At this point I am unsure about whether I will be in New Jersey or Massachusetts, but either way can work from the office or remotely. I will definitely stop by the office at some point before the school year starts.
Working at OLPC this summer has been an incredible opportunity, and after two months I feel like I’m finally getting the swing of how things work around here. I have a much better grasp of the organization’s priorities, both its own and what is looks for in international partners. I feel that my last few weeks here have been the most productive now and I am able to work at a more efficient pace. It has been wonderful getting to know the people here at OLPC, and I look forward to staying in contact with them once my time here is done. I am still excited to meet with Lidet to discuss her work in Ethiopia and explore possibilities for me to support OLPC there once I graduate. I would also love to follow up with Zehra and Shannon to talk about their work on the Middle East project and also about their experiences as new employees at OLPC. Finally, I would love to take SJ and Adam out to lunch to learn about their own stories and how they ended up at this organization. (Thanks for everything --Sj talk!)
|Name of Organization||Investment in Country||People/Major Projects|
|Save the Children|
|SOS Children's Villages|
|Total adult literacy rate (%), 2000-2007|
|Primary school net enrollment/ attendance (%), 2000-2007|
|Youth literacy, 2000–2007 (M / F)||/|
|Percentage of phone/internet users 2006||/|
|Primary school gross enrollment (%) 2000-2007 (M / F)||/|
|Primary school net enrollment (%) 2000-2007 (M / F)||/|
|Primary school net attendance (%) 2000-2007 (M / F) ||/|
|Survival rate to last primary grade (%) 2000–2007 (administrative / survey data) ||/|
|Secondary school gross enrollment (%) 2000-2007 (M/F)||/|
|Secondary school net enrollment (%) 2000-2007 (M/F)||/|
|Secondary school net attendance (%) 2000-2007 (M/F)||/|
|Survival rate to grade 5|
|Primary to secondary transition rate|
|Pupil/teacher ratio (primary)|
|Public expenditure on education as % of GDP|
|Public expenditure on education as % of total government expenditure|
|Literacy Rates for Male and Female Adults Combined|
|Enrollment in public and private primary school |
|Enrollment in public primary school|
|Female enrollment in public and private primary school|
|Female enrollment in public primary school|
List available data where easy to find; list but leave blank elsewhere.
- Government expenses and budgets
- Census stats relating to children (cf. Wikipedia's country template & World Factbook data)
- ↑ Youth literacy rate – Number of literate persons aged 15–24, expressed as a percentage of the total population in that age group.
- ↑ Primary school gross enrollment ratio – Number of children enrolled in primary school, regardless of age,expressed as a percentage of the total number of children of official primary school age.
- ↑ Primary school net enrollment ratio – Number of children enrolled in primary school who are of official primary school age, expressed as a percentage of the total number of children of official primary school age.
- ↑ Primary school net attendance ratio – Number of children attending primary or secondary school who are of official primary school age, expressed as a percentage of the total number of children of official primary school age.
- ↑ Survival rate to the last grade of primary school – Percentage of children entering the first grade of primary school who eventually reach the last grade of primary school.
- ↑ Secondary school gross enrollment ratio – Number of children enrolled in secondary school, regardless of age, expressed as a percentage of the total number of children of official secondary school age.
- ↑ Secondary school net enrollment ratio – Number of children enrolled in secondary school who are of official secondary school age, expressed as a percentage of the total number of children of official secondary school age.
- ↑ Secondary school net attendance ratio – Number of children attending secondary or tertiary school who are of official secondary school age, expressed as a percentage of the total number of children of official secondary school age.
- ↑ The following four categories' information comes from a custom table which can be found at http://stats.uis.unesco.org/unesco/TableViewer/document.aspx?ReportId=136&IF_Language=eng&BR_Topic=0