UNE Young Distinguished Alumni a global Star

Published 20 July 2017

Main image: Jennifer with some of her students and, above, in the classroom.

UNE Young Distinguished Alumni awardee, Jennifer Star, has been selected as a ‘global talent’ to participate in the UN supported UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Denmark in August.

Ms Star will join 900 social entrepreneurs from across the globe, to share ideas and develop strategies to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

During the nine-day UNLEASH Innovation Lab, global talents will go through a facilitated process of innovation, tailored by UNLEASH, in which they will form teams to explore real-life challenges within the SDG themes, before defining specific problems and coming up with preliminary solutions.

These solutions will be tested with leading experts and company partners, then refined, and ultimately presented to peers and panels of judges and mentors.

The winning projects will be provided with seed funding.

Ms Star is no stranger to social entrepreneurship, having founded her own education charity, Tara.Ed (www.taraed.org) at the age of 21.

Tara.Ed aims to promote sustainable, quality education in rural and remote areas of Asia through teacher training and capacity building, infrastructure development and resource mobalisation.

In the eight years of operation, Tara.Ed has impacted the lives of over 10,000 children in India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

At the UNLEASH Innovation Lab, Ms Star will be part of the ‘Education and ICT’ team.

In the lead up to the event she is collaborating with other UNLEASH global talents on her project pitch, which involves using ICT to mobilise, train and support teachers in refugee and crisis contexts.

Ms Star undertook her Graduate Diploma of Education at UNE in 2010, before relocating to India to launch Tara.Ed. She is still based in New Delhi, where she juggles Tara.Ed, a PhD and research and consultancy work with the Australian Council for Educational Research.

She received her Young Distinguished Alumni award in 2015.