About Us

Hello world,

We started our initiative on child soldiers as part of our Globalization and Education Equity course in the Comparative and International Education program at Lehigh University. Throughout the course we examined how the differences resulting from race, ethnicity, culture, language, class, and gender impact behavior and attitudes of individuals and are either reproduced or enacted by educational organizations and institutions. We have studied and learned about numerous marginalized groups in education. Surprisingly, we did not come across much on child soldiers. We felt that their story was still somewhat unspoken. Please go through our website and learn more about the crisis of child soldiers.

Our team

Fatih Aktas. I am Fatih Aktas, master’s student in the department of Comparative and International Education at Lehigh University. As a Fulbright scholar from Turkey with a concentration in political science and international relations, I am very interested in democratization and its influence on societies. My main regional interest is primarily the Middle East and Sudan. As an intern, I had been a youth delegate of the Darfur Rehabilitation Project at the United Nations. My main responsibility during my internship was to do extensive research about ‘Child Soldiers’ in Sudan and scrutinize the relationship between South-North Sudan conflict.

Clara Buie. For the past seven years, I have worked as the Assistant Director in the English as a Second Language program at Lehigh University. I have lived and worked in Nanjing, China for more than 4 years and upon returning to the United States I found myself working with the unemployed population in the Lehigh Valley, PA. I found a passion in working with those whose second language is English and working with them to help better their skills for employment and academics. The Globalization and Education Equity course has brought a new light on so many educational issues, particularly with marginalized groups. My hope is to continue working with students and help them learn and explore the world around us by shocking ourselves and bringing to light the issues in education worldwide, including child soldiers.

Marina Kudasova. Since 2007 I have been working with marginalized groups of young people- orphans in Russia; drug addicted children and youth in Poland; street children in India; and Cambodian primary and secondary school kids from  rural areas. Throughout my life, I started to believe in the power of education to transform the lives of individuals.  Therefore, in 2011 I decided to pursue a Masters degree in Comparative and International Education at Lehigh University. In 2012, I had an internship with UNESCO’s office in New York where I attended a conference devoted to the crisis of girl child-soldiers. Since then I became interested and involved in the issues around child soldiers. 

Mengyou Tang. This is Mengyou Tang, a graduate student from Lehigh University. I major in Globalization and Educational Change. When I was in China, I worked in Fuzhou Orphan School as an internship in 2010, teaching children with dyslexia. In 2011, I became a teacher in the New Oriental School, Hangzhou. There as a middle school teacher, I found a wide gap among different groups. Thus, I started to focus on children who are marginalized or disadvantaged compared to their peers. The child soldier crisis is an example of one of them. 

Our class was led by Professor Dr. Alexander Wiseman of Lehigh University’s Comparative and International Education program. The Comparative and International Education (CIE) program is a global, cross-cultural, and transdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to work in and with schools – both in the U.S. and internationally – as agents of change in classrooms, schools, and educational systems as a whole.

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