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Donna Goodman, Founding Director
Donna Goodman has been innovating participatory, values-based water and environmental education through the involvement and empowerment of children, adolescents, their families and teachers for over 25 years. Donna served as Programme Advisor, Climate Change and Environmental Education for UNICEF and as a consultant to different organizations within the United Nations system, including UN DPI, UNEP, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and World Health Organization. Before joining the United Nations, she was named as one of the top 100 women in global franchising for her work as co-founder of a company called: Little Scientists – A Hands-On Approach to teach science to young people. She is author of a number of United Nations and UNICEF publications, including Every Body Counts, Every Drop Matters: United Nations Classroom Resource Guide on Water and was coauthor of five titles geared to hands-on science education which were published by McGraw-Hill in 1999-2000. Donna is currently based in New York.
Joyce-Lynn (Lyly) Njinga, Co-Chair
Joyce-Lynn (Lyly) Njinga is a Climate Change Adaptation Specialist in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at International Resources Group (IRG) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining IRG she was Program Director at Earth Child Institute’s headquarters in New York. With a passion and interest to address challenges within the fields of environment, sustainable development, and education, she has been involved in various related research, fieldwork, and advocacy projects. She has worked with local and international organizations in Africa, South America, Europe, and the U.S. Lyly holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University College London in the UK and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on Global Environmental Policy from American University in Washington D.C.
Ann Smith, ECI Founding Director
“We, the two-leggeds, have finally realized we have made a mess of things and that now is the time to engage our children in finding solutions and actions that will bring lasting peace and prosperity for all creation. I pledge to work with people of all ages in waking them up to the problems and inspiring them to act both locally and globally. When we truly listen to the children and engage them in finding solutions and actions that make dreams a reality, we will succeed. Earth Child Institute is the heart and soul of bringing us together in harmony with the four-leggeds, winged, scaled, and leaves.”
Ann Smith is co-director of Circle Connections, Inc and Chair of International Connections for the Sophia Women’s World Conference, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 2010. She serves locally and globally as a community and global organizer, mentor, coach, facilitator, educator, consultant, professional speaker, director of worldwide transformational leadership programs, and author.
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