Sarah E. Moten, Ed.D. to Receive 2008 Medal of Glory
Dr. Moten is the Education Division Chief of the Africa Bureau, Office of Sustainable Development for the US Agency for International Development (USAID.) In her present capacity, Dr. Moten leads a team of education professionals in implementing President George W. Bush's Africa Education Initiative (AEI).
AEI is a $600 million, nine-year commitment designed to raise the quality of basic education in 40 African countries. In many African countries attaining basic universal primary education has been painfully slow and thousands of school-aged children still do not attend school, those who do attend, often receive substandard instruction, provided by an inadequate number of trained teachers and insufficient learning materials, due to limited resources, infrastructure and policy.
Through Dr. Moten's personal commitment to Africa's development needs and a unique sensitivity to the educational needs of women and girls, AEI is improving the lives of more than 80 million children, mostly girls through its Ambassador Girls Scholarship program, teachers training program, text book and learning material distribution program, and other programs targeting underserved children and adults marginalized by war, geographic location, culture, or disability throughout African.
The Medal of Glory Award is presented annually during the AfrICANDO Trade and Investment Symposium. Past recipients have included former Nigerian President, His Excellency Shehu Shagari, Dr. Dorothy Height, Chair and President Emeriti, National Council of Negro Women and His Excellency Abdou Diouf, former President of the Republic of Senegal, former Miami Dade County Mayor, Alex Penelas and former UNESCO Chief, Dr. Amadou Mahtar M'Bow among others.
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