Meixi Ng (BS11) Blogs from Schools in Mexico

Meixi Ng (BS11) Blogs from Schools in Mexico

Meixi Ng
Recent graduate Meixi Ng, a Princeton in Latin America fellow, has a blog called "Beat of the World" that tells of her interesting experiences working with teachers and schools in rural communities of Mexico through Conviviencia Educativa. Ng continues her quest to improve education in marginalized communities of the world that are changing education.

In a recent "Beat of the World" blog post, Ng writes about a new kind of "party time" in Mexico: a "pedagogical party" to celebrate education. At an indigenous school called Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in Barrio las Palomas, the celebration is for the opening of the first classroom for tutoring.

In another post, she reports on giving a presentation to a teacher’s training school, called Normal de Santiago Tianguistenco. As part of her presentation she recalls her work at NorthLight School in Singapore, working with students who were having academic difficulties. “The darker the night, the brighter you shine” was the principal’s philosophy.

The Princeton in Latin America Fellowship is a fitting follow-up to Ng’s research last summer when she traveled the globe studying education. She won the Circumnavigators Club Foundation Around-the-World Travel-Study Grant in 2010 for her project "Education as Transformation: The Power of Schools." As part of this project, she visited schools in countries including Guatemala, Peru, Singapore, Ghana, Thailand and France.

As an undergraduate learning and organizational change major at SESP, Ng also was the first recipient of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Prize for Community Service. The prize honors a student who exemplifies leadership and service through participation in University and community activities.

In the summer of 2009, Ng served as the first undergraduate intern of the United Nations Interagency on Human Trafficking in Bangkok, Thailand, where she proposed a new counter-trafficking framework for Cambodia. She is the co-founder of the Amber Initiative, an international humanitarian organization that benefits children in Southeast Asia. This youth-led organization is dedicated to fighting human trafficking by building the capacity of educational spaces.

On campus, Ng co-founded several organizations at Northwestern, including the Northwestern Engagement Coalition, the International Students Association and the Northwestern World Cup, which she also directed. In addition, she served as a community consultant for Evanston Township High School.

Ng's blog is at http://meixi.wordpress.com/.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 9/12/12