My aunt Fae, who recently turned 97, is one of my heroes (or more accurately…heroines!).
She's been a role model and inspiration to me. She lived in Somalia from 1955 to around 1980, and Sudan from 1980 through 1990 or so. She and my Mom (who is 91) went to a hospital school of nursing together; my mom went to Indonesia and my aunt Fae to Africa.
Aunt Fae had to quit school after 8th grade to take care of the little kids in the family. She got her GED so she could go to nursing school with my mom (who got to finish high school because she was one of the youngest). After completing her nursing training, Aunt Fae started working as a nurse in remote villages, then trained Somali and Sudanese women to be midwives. She got a master's degree in fits and starts, and in her retirement taught at University of Akron.
They say that “If you educate a woman, you educate a village.” We at ECE are so grateful for the myriad of women who have sought and fought to make education an option for all of us, and hope this only increases with time and around the globe.
Hug an educator today! (Or at least wave from an appropriate distance.)
|Margaret Wenger is Senior Director of Evaluation. She has been with ECE since 1990. She is a member of the Standards Committee of the Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP) and is the TAICEP representative on the Groningen Declaration Network Task Force on Verification Policies and Best Practices. |