Author & Expert in International Education, Conflict Resolution & Global Literacy
Carl Hobert, a leading voice on global education equity, human rights and social justice, reveals how to harness creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination to make the world a better place. Read More >
TEDx: Teaching U.S. Students about the Rwandan Genocide
International Students & Global IQ
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its 10th outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years in early-August, 2018, in northeastern North Kivu province. This latest outbreak has recently spread into the neighboring Ituri region of the DRC, and has killed over 700 people. It is now the second worst Ebola outbreak ever to date, the deadliest being a 2014 epidemic in West Africa which killed more than 10,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization has declared the most recent outbreak to be "a public health emergency of international concern." And this Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than the 2014 emergency. Why? Because many people in the affected region’s vulnerable communities are no longer seeking care, not trusting the Ebola responders. Poor security, owing to the presence of several armed groups in the region, has also hampered the fight to stem the spread of the disease. This is a humanitarian crisis that is a 21st century form of genocide. Why do so many around the world look the other way, as they did in the DRC's neighboring country of Rwanda in 1994, and how can the US help to stem this growing international health threat?
Hobert has worked in Rwanda since the height of the genocide there in 1994. Along with Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners in Health (PIH), whose focus was on medical reform, Hobert has helped the Rwandan government’s Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs to improve nursery - grade 12 education, and to create a national, youth-focused conflict resolution program. Hobert speaks with passion about the incredible differences between the Rwanda of 1994 and the country today.
China has become increasingly powerful and prominent across Africa over the past two decades. Through President Xi Jinping's flagship Belt and Road Initiative, China has loaned more than $143 billion to African countries since 2000, to build highways, dams, stadiums, airports and skyscrapers. In addition, more and more African children, from Kenya to Uganda to South Africa, are learning Chinese as part of their country’s nationwide education reforms. The Confucius Institute, a non-profit organization partially-funded by the Chinese government, works to promote Chinese language and culture in 48 centers across the African continent and Mandarin, many African Education Ministries feel, will provide these students with better university education and future job prospects, in both China and Africa. Is this growing influence in Africa a new form of colonization, as China wields its economic and educational influence across the African continent, in order to create hundreds of new Chinese ports, and to extract billions of dollars in minerals each year?
In the past 150 years, tens of millions of innocent men, women and children have lost their lives in genocides or mass atrocities. From Armenia to the Holocaust, from Cambodia to Bosnia, and from Rwanda to Darfur, millions have been tortured, raped, killed or forced from their homes. Is Syria next? These past genocides and mass atrocities represent just some of the historic examples that serve to remind us what is at stake if we let genocide happen again. We must fulfill the promise the world made following the Holocaust: "Never again!" by remembering these atrocities, learning from them - and taking action to prevent genocide once and for all.
"You made a huge impression on everyone here. There is one man who has come up to me several times and commented ‘I still haven’t gotten over that talk.’ You rocked our world here."
"Carl Hobert offers a unique and refreshing approach to studying global conflicts. I attended his two-day workshop at Boston University to gather ideas for teaching a senior elective on resolving global conflicts. Hobert transformed my classroom into a dynamic space for active negotiations. He demonstrated a warm spirit and enthusiasm for working with young people and equipping them with critical skills."
"Carl is an extraordinary communicator. He has an ability to connect with young people from various backgrounds and get them to work together towards a common goal. He is diligent in preparing young people and, like a great teacher and coach, he pushes them to perform at a higher level than they are used to. Negotiation, debate, and compromise are integral skills which Carl both possesses and draws out in students."
"A lot of schools give talk to “global education” but often without the substance, resources, and skills you are able to bring to the table. I love how you helped our students (and faculty) realize the importance of developing and awareness of their place in an ever-shrinking world, the knowledge and skills to be effective participants in a global community, and the insight and sensitivity to craft sustainable solutions to the challenges of our/their time. As you state so eloquently and powerfully, these students will be the ones conducting international diplomacy very shortly."
"Over the past three years, The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) has had the privilege of hosting four conflict resolution workshops led by Carl Hobert. Without exception, each workshop had a lasting impact on students and faculty. Mr. Hobert’s greatest attribute is his belief in the intellect and empathy of youth…[his] ice-breakers and body language illustrated the importance of connecting with students beyond subject matter. I highly recommend [Mr. Hobert’s] workshops as an experience that will have positive ripple effects on numerous levels throughout a school community."
"I am so happy and so thrilled at how much I learned; I now know that even kids at our age can do things to help save and improve the world. Now I know that I shouldn't be afraid to speak my opinion because America is a free country and everyone has the freedom to speak. I also know that one day, through my actions, I will possibly be able to change the world even if it does take work and time."