Problems arise when people simply do not understand one another. At the community school in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam—named in both Hebrew and Arabic—children learn both languages at a very young age, thus cultivating a spirit of communication and mutual understanding. The village is a true rarity, as Jews and Palestinian Arabs live together in cooperation and respect.
Meet Joice, a determined student from Alagados in Salvador, Brazil. In a community where the average income for a family of four to eight people is just $200 a month, education can make all the difference in helping to reduce poverty. So the fact that Joice comes from a semi-literate family but is now attending university makes her an important role model in her community.
The Australian Government has made education a flagship of its Laos aid program. Already the number of children, especially girls, staying in supported schools to grade 5 has doubled.
The Australia-Pacific Technical College's vocational training centers in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, and Vanuata are helping Pacific Islanders improve their employment opportunities at home and abroad. But the ultimate aim is to make the system self-sufficient by training local instructors to replace the Australian tutors.