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Caitlin Vaka

Caitlin Vaka is an education specialist and children’s book author with more than five years of experience in designing, managing, and providing technical leadership to support improved education outcomes in low-income and conflict country contexts. She was an education manager for Chemonics’ United Kingdom Division and supported Chemonics’ education programs in Syria and education program development globally. She has targeted experience in education systems strengthening, teacher training, education in crisis and conflict, social emotional learning and curriculum design, and girls’ education. Before joining Chemonics, Ms. Vaka worked in education research and design as a consultant to UNICEF, ministries of education, the East West Institute, and the Institute for Child Success. Ms. Vaka holds an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Furman University.

by Caitlin Vaka

Going Beyond Building the School

Aleze looked down the hill near the food distribution center as he ran the red dirt through his hands, again and again. It was wet and soft, and left a red residue on his hands as he let it fall slowly onto the stained ground. His father’s French faded to the background and the screeching sound of…

How to Prepare Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Job Market

After setting the global development agenda in 2000 with the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations highlighted the need to focus on enhancing economic growth through sustainable and meaningful work in its 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, the UN calls for the “promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for…

Every Child Deserves a Favorite Teacher

What do you remember about your favorite teacher? Maybe you remember their passion for the subject they taught, the way they pushed you to accomplish something that you thought was outside of your capabilities, or the way they probably were tough on you at some point, helping you grow when it felt most difficult. What…