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The Award Jury Committee has announced the name of Winners for Global Education Award 2010 as Ms Diana J. Muir from USA and Safe Passage/Camino Seguro from USA/ Guatemala in Individual category and Organizational Category respectively
Dr. Diana J. Muir,The founder of the World Virtual School is , originally of Iowa City, Iowa. With more than 14 years in online learning, Dr. Muir is considered one of the pioneers in the field of online education.
Dr. Muir holds multiple degrees in a variety of subjects and received her double Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in June of 2000 in Technology and Social Change, and in Education. She also participated in a Distance Education Certificate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a post-graduate degree program in education at Harvard University in the Summer of 2002.
Dr. Muir originally became involved with online learning in December of 1995 when she first launched 8 free online courses for genealogists; family historians who needed to know what records were available and how to do research. Since then she has created and launched more than 300 courses, from 6th grade to college level, in 5 different platforms. She has published at least 2 papers each year and has been published in Sociological and Education journals around the world, and has spoken at conventions such as The World Futures Society in Washington D.C., the Distance Learning Conference in Moscow, Russia, and at the Conference for International Distance Education in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dr. Muir currently lives in the state of Illinois where she continues her research and development in international programs. She is a member of MENSA and is a registered specialist in Distance Education with e-Map, the education registry for UNESCO and the United Nations. She founded the World Virtual School which is dedicated to bringing the highest quality, lowest cost education to students around the world so that students everywhere can join the global cultural and economic community, and provides American and International high school diploma and Vocational /Career Technical Courses in more than 50 courses.Currently , these courses are being offered for free to students in 3rd World Countries .The WVS isn’t just an online school, but a place to collaborate, learn, and explore while everyone builds the future.
Safe Passage / Camino Seguro has its mission of providing opportunity through education; fundamental collaboration amongst an international team of teachers, staff, volunteers and supporters; and commitment to the education and fulfilled aspirations of each student entering the program’s doors.
A US-registered non-profit humanitarian organization operating in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Safe Passage aims to bring an end to cyclical poverty through schooling and educational opportunities for nearly 550 children and 300 families who live and work unstably on the edges of the City’s garbage dump. The organization has been working in this community since 1999 to provide tools that bring hope, education, and opportunity to an impoverished and marginalized population that has been forced by need and lack of education to work as scavengers in Central America’s largest and most toxic landfill. In a world where inequality, poverty, illiteracy and other vast problems seem unsolvable, Safe Passage represents a cause that achieves real results. Safe Passage’s focus is not on despair but on building a brighter future for coming generations. In ten short years, over 550 children annually have passed through the arches of Safe Passage, with the promise to become teachers, en! gineers, mechanics, chemists and civic leaders, rather than the next generation of parents scavenging for survival
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