Jerome McDonnell hosted WBEZ's global affairs program Worldview from 1994 until October of 2019. He was WBEZ’s environment and climate reporter through 2020. Over the past twenty-five years, he has interviewed world leaders and influential people, including Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Condoleezza Rice and the Dalai Lama. But Worldview’s strong sense of social justice means some of Jerome’s most interesting guests were peasant organizers, environmental activists, and social entrepreneurs. Jerome received a 2019 Studs Terkel Community Media Award. Jerome is proud of the recognitions he’s received from community organizations, including the Chicago Fair Trade’s Change Maker Award, the CAIR Courage in Journalism Award, and the Excellence in Environmental Reporting Award from the Chicago Audubon Society. He’s been recognized by the Kovler Center for the Survivors of Torture, the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, the Women’s Global Education Project, and the Syrian American Medical Society. Jerome believes broadcasting's highest calling is to bring people together to make a difference. Worldview’s long running Global Activism segment featured people who’ve started health care, education, and community development organizations around the globe. The six “Global Activism Expos” WBEZ held gave thousands of people an opportunity to connect with these social entrepreneurs and make lasting impacts. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Jerome took his communications degree in 1983, volunteered at WBEZ, and did not leave until 2020. Jerome produced several shows including Midday with Sondra Gair, a program that featured monthly co-productions with Radio Kiev in the Soviet Union. Jerome was WBEZ’s executive producer of talk programing for several years. He was also Team Leader for Bike to Work Week and initiated composting at WBEZ.
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This session will focus on the challenges facing formal education authorities in under resourced areas, and how NGO’s can assist to improve formal education in the areas they serve. Many education authorities are willing to partner with NGO’s and may provide nationally prepared curricula and teachers for new schools that comply with their established design standards. We will discuss examples that offer extended educational opportunities for many communities that only have access to grades 1-6. This session will also focus on the challenges of Educational Facility Sustainability and the need for community training to identify and manage the resources needed for the life (50 years) of any new or existing school facilities.
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This session will focus on the importance of training for community members to help you establish long term project sustainability for your projects. These training programs can offer additional benefits to the communities you serve by teaching community members new skills. These skills can help create employment opportunities for community members and improve the local economy. (Many under-resourced areas lack opportunities for employment, and the pandemic has made this problem even worse.) We will explore methods used to teach skills, including techniques for local citizens who have limited reading, writing, and math skills. The discussion will focus on skills training and the potential employment of community members to help you with your long-term project sustainability.
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