​Art in a Suitcase

Children Learning about One Another through Art and Global Citizenship

UBINIG is a policy and action research organization in Bangladesh, formed in 1984 by a group of activists to support the peoples' movement for  social, economic, political, and cultural transformation.  It started as study circles searching for alternatives to mainstream development intervention.  The objective was to make policy-making oriented towards people and the process more transparent and inclusive, serving the interest of the majority of the people.  UBINIG conducts its research through its central sites in Dhaka, Tangail, Ishwardi, Kushtia, and Chakaria.

Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) was established in 1878 as a free kindergarten called the Workingman's School, by the Ethical Culture Society, a non‐secular organization, under its founder and leader Felix Adler. Two years later, from its initial enrollment of eight students, the school had two grades, 51 students and a small teacher‐training unit. One hundred and thirty  years later it continues its commitment to excellence in education as it seeks to develop the intellectual, artistic and moral potential of its students.  ECFS serves approximately 1,700 New York City students and 325 faculty and staff in four divisions: Ethical Culture, Fieldston Lower, Fieldston Middle, and Fieldston Upper.  Ethical Culture is located in midtown Manhattan on Central Park West, in a six-story, turn-of-the-century school building; the other divisions share an 18-acre campus in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.     

Sharaf's Pathshala a concern of “Sharaf Memorial Trust” run by “Mohammadi Group” was founded on April 18, 2005 to provide free primary education for the children of workers of MG factory in Khilkhet, Dhaka.  In 2015, Sharaf's Pathshala started a second unit in Gazipur, Dhaka with 70 students for MG Shirtex Ltd and MG Knit Flair Ltd.  At the Gazipur school, primary level students are taught in two ways.  One ‘Kajoli’ method and another regular teaching method.  The Kajoli method is adopted to attract more children and to minimize absence.  This method helps student learning.  Both schools are personally supervised and patronized by Mrs. Rubana Huq, Managing Director of Mohammadi Group. 

Goddard School (Vernon Hills)  is under the auspices of the Goddard Systems, Inc. founded in 1988, provides the optimal environment for children's social and academic development through the F.L.E.X Learning Program.  This program is based on academic research that states children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun.  The program focuses on academic, social, creative, and child-centered development to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure children become confident, joyful, and fully prepared students.  In addition, with a strong focus on 21st century learning, Goddard integrates technology and global learning in a purposeful way through STEAM activities.  


Marvin D. Cabrera

Marvin has over 20 years experience creating and directing education programs that have helped youth change their life trajectories. As an educator, he specifically has supported low income and immigrant youth fulfill their college aspirations. In addition, he has worked with various constituencies that include university administrators, school teachers, fellow parents, and board members. Most importantly, Marvin has managed teams to implement enrichment programming, academic tutoring, college preparation, and summer academies to ensure the youth's success. He is an alumnus and board member of the DOME Project, Inc. and the parent of two primary school children. Marvin holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Wesleyan University.