|By PR Newswire||
|September 23, 2012 01:00 PM EDT||
NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Think Unlimited, a nonprofit organization working to improve education and empower youth in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, announced its commitment to expand its program training Jordanian teachers and improving quality education. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, announced at the 2012 CGI Annual Meeting, will train 168 Jordanian public school teachers to implement ongoing afterschool interventions that build achievement motivation, critical thinking skills, and creativity in high school students.
Think Unlimited's commitment will include the implementation of a 12-week afterschool program called "Brain Builders," where students will learn and practice core cognitive skills including: acquiring information, organizing information, reasoning, strategy, decision making, opinion formation, perspective taking, and creativity.
"Think Unlimited aims to equip and empower a rising generation of Arab youth to become proactive citizens, social entrepreneurs, and change-makers in their home communities, their nations, and the world," said Shaylyn Romney Garrett, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Think Unlimited. "I'm privileged to attend this year's CGI Annual Meeting and look forward to developing relationships and connections to help advance quality, skills-based education in Jordan and across the Middle East."
Founded in 2011 by returned Peace Corps Volunteers Shaylyn Romney Garrett and her husband, James Garrett, Think Unlimited is an NGO working to advance a more positive form of Western engagement in the Arab world. In 2011 the Garretts were the only non-Arab speakers at Jordan's first TEDx event on Education, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship, and in 2012, they were finalists for the Echoing Green Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship. Think Unlimited's groundbreaking work teaching critical thinking in Arab public schools was also recently featured by New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman.
About Think Unlimited:
Think Unlimited (www.thinkunlimited.org) is a nonprofit organization that equips and empowers Arab youth to engage critically and creatively with their world. We train teachers, parents, and volunteers to provide transformative learning experiences that build achievement motivation and cognitive skills, and encourage young people to apply those skills through civic engagement and social entrepreneurship.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI):
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.
CGI's Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.
Name: Shaylyn Romney Garrett
Title: Co-Founder and Co-Director
SOURCE Think Unlimited