Noor Fatima, MGA Class of 2018

MGA Student Noor Fatima with Julia Gillard, former PM of Australia and Global Partnership for Education Board Chair.

What are your research interests?

I am mainly interested in the workings of international organizations as they strive for the betterment lives of people across the world. I am passionate about peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction in societies reeling from civil conflict – especially the development of local solutions to resolve disputes. I’m also vested in the cause for global education, and the provision of quality education (SDG4) in acute and protracted crises settings.

What are your career goals?

Nothing set in stone, at the moment. But it centers primarily around the civil society/NGO sphere, or working on policy analysis in any IGO (in the future).

Where you are interning?

I am currently interning at a play-based NGO called Right To Play International, at their HQ in Toronto – as a Policy and Advocacy Graduate Intern.

Highlight of the internship?

Last week, I represented Right To Play and the Munk School of Global Affairs in a Youth Engagement Workshop (that I got to know from my organization). This workshop aimed to highlight key issues in global education, and took place in tandem with the Board Meetings for the Global Partnership for Education, in Ottawa.

As a youth representative in the panel on Educated in Protracted Crises, I personally presented the case for ‘Accountability and Local Youth Engagement’, with various dignitaries – including GPE CEO Alice Albright, GAC’s Elissa Golberg and Pascale Medieu – in attendance. I also had the chance to meet and engage with former PM Australia Julia Gillard, GPE Chair Alice Albight, Education Ministers from Liberia, Chad and Haiti, and other notables from the public/CSO sectors broadly on the topic of global education. On the last day of the workshop, we finalized a Call To Action, which received a resounding standing ovation from everyone in the audience.

Highlight of the MGA Program?

The sheer diversity of experience that people (students, professors, staff) all bring to the program. Everyone has a fascinating background, with either fieldwork with NGOs in Africa, or working for the media in East Asia. The range of thematic courses available is unbelievably diverse – and allows us a taste of virtually every relevant sub-field within broader International Relations. It’s a great way of exploring different topics and finding your niche in what most refer to, as the overwhelming field of Global Affairs.

Also, Stephen Toope. 🙂