South Sudanese Chief of Education & Protection for the UNHCR, Isacco Consonni, Dives into a New Interview Series with Core of Education

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Beginning a groundbreaking South Sudan interview series, Isacco Consonni, Chief of Education & Protection in South Sudan for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, chats with Dr. Rod Berger about approaches to the development of a brand new education system inside the youngest country in the world.

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I am both humbled and grateful to hear about Consonni's work on the development of an education system at this most fragile and vital stage.

Core of Education puts the focus onto South Sudanese education with Isacco Consonni, Chief of Education & Protection in South Sudan for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Consonni chats with Dr. Rod Berger in the first of a developing interview series about how he arrived in his current position and the ways he's approaching the development of a brand new education system in the world's youngest country.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) leads and coordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. Over more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,685 people in more than 125 countries continues to help some 33.9 million persons.

South Sudan gained its independence in July 2011, but confronts major political and socio-economic challenges. Efforts to transform the country into a functional State have been beset by inter-communal violence, rebellions by militia groups and localized conflicts over land and natural resources. The mass arrival of returnees from Sudan and elsewhere in Africa has added to the pressure. Consonni works to establish and strengthen a cohesive education system in this turbulent environment.

Dr. Berger spoke to the interview stating, "It's easy to focus on first-world education problems from here in America and not recognize the difficulties some countries are facing." He continued, “I am both humbled and grateful to hear about Consonni's work on the development of an education system at this most fragile and vital stage."

High points of the interview included Consonni's on the ground assessment of the current atmosphere in South Sudan along with his insights into the opportunities and challenges facing the country, and an explanation of his dedication to bettering the world through education. Consonni also paints a picture of South Sudanese culture and walks through the foods and mindset of this blossoming nation.

To join the conversation with Isacco Consonni about his work in South Sudan, visit Dr. Rod Berger's Google+ page and comment here.
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About Core of Education
The Core of Education is an op-ed blog and podcast interview series hosted by Rod Berger, PsyD, and underwritten by RANDA Solutions. The Core focuses on vital issues to educators and policy-makers, as Dr. Berger interviews key education thought-leaders from across the nation and around the world. Core podcasts work to provide a platform for open, honest discussion and debate on education challenges and triumphs. Berger, interviews international policy makers, ed entrepreneurs, state commissioners, district admins, and teachers and strives to insure everyone involved has a platform to learn, and that’s what’s at the "core of education."

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