Intel at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting 2009

This week I’m here in New York participating with the Intel team at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. It’s my third year here and each time I am thrilled to see the high wattage gathering of government leaders, private sector CEOs, NGO leaders and celebrities, all focused on coming up with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. It’s an action-packed week of panels, discussions and side meetings that leaves my brain spinning with ideas and my eyes with large circles under them from lack of sleep.

CGI_Kenya project.JPGIntel participated in two exciting “commitments to action” this week that were announced on stage by President Clinton. The first one is a project to bring best-in-class information and communications technology (ICT) to improve the quality of education in 60 focus schools across Kenya. I have had the privilege of working personally on this project and was excited to see it becoming a reality. We are collaborating with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Cisco and Microsoft to provide the best we each have to offer in terms of teacher training programs, educational content and technology, all with the goal of helping children in Kenya develop the 21st century skills they need to succeed. The project is expected to benefit approximately 7,000 teachers and 39,000 students over the next three years, by providing them with 1:1 educational technology, digital science and math content, educational software, capacity building workshops, and project deployment support. All of the learning from this project will be captured in a new School Technology Innovation Center that Cisco, Intel and Microsoft will establish with the Kenyan Ministry of Education in Nairobi, where curriculum developers, teachers and students from across East Africa will be able to learn and experiment with the best known methods around educational technology. I can’t wait for this project to get rolling so we can get technology into the hands of all the smart, eager students I met on my trip to Kenya this past July!

CGI_1Goal.jpgThe second commitment we helped announce was the launch of the 1Goal campaign to advocate for Education For All. This exciting campaign, which is being led by Queen Rania of Jordan and the Global Campaign for Education in conjunction with 2010 FIFA World CupTM, aims to mobilize soccer fans around the world to sign up online ( to advocate for the 75 million children who are currently out of school in developing countries. According to statistics shared by Queen Rania on today’s panel, the cost of getting these kids in school is $11 billion, which is what Americans spend on pets every three months and Europeans spend on ice cream in one year. When you think of it that way, it’s even more alarming that we have not yet managed to solve this problem. The panel moderator, Nicholas Kristof, compared it to saving a child who is drowning – would we just keep walking by or would we stop to help? Intel is going to help spread the word about the campaign through our online marketing channels. We hope you all will sign up to show your support. And if you’re not persuaded by Intel, maybe you’ll be motivated by Bono and Jessica Alba who also helped launched the campaign today. I know we were pretty excited by it!

Soon the CGI Annual Meeting will be over, and we will all disperse back to our respective corners of the globe. But now the real work begins. I’m eager to get started on these two projects, and I hope you’ll join with us in doing whatever you can to improve the quality of education for kids around the world.

21 Responses to Intel at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting 2009

  1. Tad says:

    Wow, Julie. You are working on some exciting projects right now. Over these past several months I have continually been impressed with Intel’s commitment to enhancing education for children in countries all around the world. Keep up the good work.

  2. Andy says:

    Women spent more on cosmetics in the US that NASA spent on the moon landing. But the two are not remotely connected. Kenya is a great PR move, but local US schools seem like they could use more coaching and IT equipment, so I have mixed feelings about promoting Kenya.

  3. Abdul says:

    Julie, keep up the good work. It is always good to know that people are thinking of ways to help children all over the world and Intel is playing a key part in this.

  4. George Kunz says:

    Wonderful work Julie. Few things are more important and central to Intel’s mission. Congratulations. Please keep your posts coming.
    George Kunz

  5. David Lombard says:

    Of course you would help a drowning child. The key though, is you would actually help. You wouldn’t just start throwing dollar bills at the child. The majority of governments simply throw money at other levels of government all too happy to waste it. And then people go around saying “we did something” without even caring if it actually improved children’s educations. Public education is fundamentally wasteful and ineffective–home schooling, charter schools, and private schools demonstrate that daily.

  6. Ron says:

    Great work but I agree with Andy. I would like to see more aid to U.S. schools. Particularly inner city schools which lack necessary funding for technology.

  7. Mitch says:

    Governments, US and foreign, created the education quality problem. How exactly is it that working through governments can be expected to solve the problem?
    Will Roger’s classic saying comes to mind: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the result to change”.
    If the goal is to sell more PC’s to residents of impoverished nations who will only buy them if governments force them to, then fine.
    Just don’t dress up a completely self-interested agenda with fancy ‘saving the children’ BS. Doesn’t wash.

  8. subu says:

    Awesome…. I am proud of this.
    Andy: what are you doing about improving local school? Why not enroll in eMentor program. Change the world one life at a time.

  9. Casey says:

    But will these initiatives really solve the problem ?! I have appreciated Intel’s approach to problem-solving which focuses not only on the problem but on the most effective ways to address that problem. The means through which you propose to solve problems such as “saving a drowning child”, often has a disappointing track record. Though the 1st project sounds somewhat more encouraging, the 2nd one looks like a typical proposal to throw money at a problem to fix it.
    Let’s not simply assuage our conscience by sending money through an organization to help those in need when what is really needed is a hard appraisal of HOW we are trying to help them. Private organizations (NGO’s are typically NOT private since they often refer to UN-based orgs) have a TREMENDOUSLY better track-record of bringing effective help to those in need precisely because they are faced daily with limited resources facing large needs. This drives them to work to find the MOST EFFECTIVE way to use those scarce resources; simply throwing more money at something does NOT equate to solving the problem; in fact, a regularly increasing flow of money can hinder an organization’s effectiveness, (I’ll refrain from pointing to our gov’t as an obvious proof of this 🙂 ).
    Look no further than Intel to see the truth of this; Intel significantly improved its resource efficiency as a result of the SET activities caused by the increased competition it faced in 2005-6; in other words, profits decreased which increased the scarcity of available resources for investing, requiring us to reassess the best way to use those scarce dollars.
    Let’s first ask the most important question: “How can we best help those in need?”

  10. Christy Leonhardt says:

    Julie, my family has been involved in helping establish a website and an educational program for the Maasai Community in East Kenya What’s the best way for the Maasai teachers to connect with the effort that Intel is helping sponsor in Kenya?

  11. Jay says:

    In response to David’s comment, it is unreasonable to generalize public schooling as “wasteful and ineffective.” There are many examples of effective public schools and great administrators, teachers, and students in the system. Also, it is worth mentioning that charter schools are public schools.

  12. Gee says:

    This is great news. I commend Intel for stepping up and really helping the children of Kenya who will be the future leaders. I grew up in Kenya and I can say first hand that “foreign aid” does not work at all. What the country and other developing countries need is access to great education and technology in order to empower the citizens to develop the country. Keep up the great work!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I am very grateful to work for a company that promotes global education. And I do not understand the attitude that we should focus on the U.S. first and foremost. If children live both here and there and neither have access to adequate education services, how does one argue that children are more worthy simply due to their physical location? I think there is vast education needed on the situations in developing countries. We all live on this planet, we should be concerned with what’s going on within that scope, not merely our own back yard. Great work, Julie! I am excited to see what comes next…

  14. Julie Clugage says:

    That’s great, Christy. The Kenyan Government is still working on the process for selecting which exact schools will participate in this project in 2010, but we know that the teacher training will be supported by the nearest teacher training college to each school (there are 24 teacher training colleges across Kenya). I suggest that the teachers in the schools you support inquire at their nearest teacher training college in a month or two. I would also be happy to provide more information as it becomes available. Thanks and congrats on your great work!

  15. Julie Clugage says:

    Thanks for your comments, Casey. I wanted to clarify that the 1Goal campaign is not about throwing money at the problem. Rather it is an effort to mobilize education advocates around the world to encourage governments to priortize education, so that the 75M children currently out of school can be reached. It does not go as far to say how exactly each government should achieve the goal of quality education for all, but seeks to elevate the issue on the international agenda. Please check it out at Thanks!

  16. Carrie says:

    Julie, thanks for sharing this important, exciting news with all of us. Keep up the great work.

  17. Paige J says:

    Andy and Ron- Intel education has a “Yes-AND” strategy—YES- We agree that US schools are important. AND -as Julie highlighted- we offer help to schools in Africa. We live in a global world- with inter-connected economies, environments and cultures- so improving education around the world makes the US a better place to live (e.g. raising the global health and economies benefits everyone). The education initiatives that Intel supports ( are designed to scale globally. The projects that Julie describes are small components of a holistic approach.
    In the US we support schools in our sites with equipment donations, employee volunteer time, teacher professional development and other resources. In schools around the US we offer professional development to thousands of teacher on effective use of technology and lots of great free resources online. We are also engaged in supporting US policy work on student standards, assessment and curriculum that will have systemic impact on education in our country.
    I think we should be proud of the fact that we work for a US company that supports educational systems around the world- we take special care of the schools that are closest to home, but realize that all kids should have access to quality schools and resources.

  18. Steve says:

    Thanks Paige, Intel really does have a “Yes-AND” strategy with many contributions to US education. Intel® Teach professional development shifts how students are engaged with technology in classrooms of 350,000 US educators who have completed the program in all 50 states, including teachers from the most challenged districts in the nation. Independent research chronicles stories of impact in the US and around the world .
    Thousands of US teachers and students access and use our online tools and resources for for higher order thinking, collaboration and problem solving with technology . Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is known as America’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition . All this in addition to equipment donations and employee volunteer time in schools.

  19. Greg says:

    Julie – I am working on putting a computer lab into a school in a very poor, rural area in the US. Intel’s donation of used laptops has allowed us to provide more computers for the kids than if we purchased new systems off the shelf. I appreciate Intel’s commitment to education around the world!

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