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Reaching 130 Million Girls With No Access to School

In the time it takes to read this story, about eight girls under the age of 15 will have given birth—mostly in the world’s poorest countries— and many will never go back to school. Julia Gillard, former Australian prime minister, is campaigning for the right of girls to stay in education—and wants to stress the sense of urgency. There are 130 million girls who are completely missing out on school. These are “the most marginalised and hardest to reach”, says Ms Gillard. She chairs the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which raises funds in the developed world to support education in about 70 poorer countries. particular focus of the GPE has been to increase the number of girls in school—because in low-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, girls are much more likely to miss out. A report from the United Nations earlier this year warned that a third of the world’s poorest girls, aged between 10 and 18, have never been to school… Complete Article HERE

A Vision of AI for Joyful Education

A Vision of AI for Joyful Education

In a 2013 post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sketched out a “rough plan” to provide free, basic internet to the world and thus spread opportunity and interconnection. However, the United Nations Human Rights Council reported that, in Myanmar, Facebook’s efforts to follow through on such aspirations accelerated hate speech, fomented division, and incited offline violence in the Rohingya genocide. Free, basic internet now serves as a warning of the complexities of technological impact on society. For Chris, an AI researcher in education, and Lisa, a science educator and student of international cyber policy, this example gives pause: What unintended consequences could AI in education have? Many look to AI-powered tools to address the need to scale high-quality education and with good reason. A surge in educational content from online courses, expanded access to digital devices, and the contemporary renaissance in AI seem to provide the pieces necessary to deliver personalized learning at scale. However, technology has a poor track record for solving social issues without creating unintended harm. What negative effects can we predict, and how can we refine the objectives of AI researchers to account for such unintended consequences? Complete Article HERE

Cambridge University Report on Girls' Education

Global Coalition Needed to Transform Girls’ Education—Report

A ‘global coalition of parliamentarians’ needs to be set up to meet the urgent international challenge of delivering a quality education to millions of girls who are currently being denied access to any at all, a new report says. The study, written by academics in the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, urges politicians to collaborate ‘across geographical and political divides’, in a concerted drive to ensure that all girls gain access to education by an internationally-agreed target date of 2030. Complete Article HERE

UN Secy Gen Speaks at Global call to Action for Adolescent GirlsWomen-

Calling for Action to Meet the Unfulfilled Promise of Education for Girls

Celebrities, youth activists and world leaders gathered at the UN Headquarters to put a spotlight on adolescent girls’ education, in an event co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Ireland, together with UN Women, the One Campaign and the Global Partnership for Education. Education of adolescent girls has a catalytic impact for delivering on global commitments and advancing gender equality. Educating girls opens doors to decent job opportunities and access to financial resources, and provides them with vital information about their rights and confidence to make their voices heard. Yet, more than 130 million girls worldwide are not in school. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said: “The only way to reach gender equality is to start with gender parity in our educational systems. As a former teacher I am aware that this is a requirement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.” Complete Article HERE

Kurdish Iraqi Students

New Peace and Human Rights Study Program in Iraq Kurdistan Gives Young People Hope for Change

At the university of Duhok in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq, a new promising study program has been set up focused on peace and human rights. Next year, the first cohort of graduates in Peace and Human Rights Studies will go out into society to show what peace studies can do for the wider community. At the moment there are 242 students in the department following courses about multiculturalism, conflict resolution and human rights. Many young people have chosen the study program hoping to initiate change by creating a more inclusive society. The program is very popular, attracting almost three times the anticipated number of students in the first year. This initiative might contribute to more positive stances towards minorities and people from different ethnicities in Kurdistan, as well as the wider region. In doing so, it could help to create a new generation of people that are aware of human rights and the conditions that can lead to peace building and stability. Complete Article HERE

Israeli teens rally for LGBT

Thousands of Teens Protest Education Minister’s Remarks About LGBT Couples

Thousands of high school students held a demonstration Wednesday protesting remarks last week by Education Minister Rafi Peretz in which he appeared to call same-sex marriage unnatural. The students and teachers rallied in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square under the slogan “Demanding Change.” The demonstration was organized by student councils from several high schools, with buses bringing protesters to the event, Hebrew media reported. “We are not against Rafi Peretz, we are not against the ideas of anyone,” Hila Koren, 16, told told Channel 13 News, but rather against the way political leaders have expressed themselves. “When the education minister defines ‘normal’ as being heterosexual, it contradicts students’ education about tolerance and being considerate of others,” Koren explained… Complete Article HERE

City Montessori School (Lucknow) founder-manager Jagdish Gandhi with students

His Dream: World Peace Through Education

The numbers speak for themselves: 56,000 students, 18 campuses and a Guinness World Record. Year after year, students dominate academic lists, crack competitive examinations, take part in many international events, rub shoulders with foreign students and delegates on a daily basis and the list of co-curricular engagements continues. At 84, City Montessori School (Lucknow) founder-manager Jagdish Gandhi leads the largest chain of private English-speaking schools in the state capital. “My vision was to prepare not just literate adults but world citizens, who, apart from being adept at material knowledge, were endowed with the virtues of humankind (peace, unity and brotherhood) and who would act as agents of social transformation,” said Gandhi. The school that he established as City Montessori School in Lucknow with just five students, today, has over 56,000 students enrolled on 18 campuses and has found place in the Guinness World Records as the World’s Largest School by Pupils in a single city.  Complete Article HERE

Kurdish Children Study Underground in Turkey

In Turkey, Kurdish Educators Take Their Classrooms Underground Amid Repression

“When you open the Turkish school books, you learn about one nation, one language, and one history,” said Rana, a Kurdish educator in Diyarbakir who in fear of reprisal asked to use a pseudonym to protect her identity. “I don’t want future generations to experience this. I want the children to learn about themselves, their cultures and about various societies around the world,” she added. Rana is one of a few educators who are teaching Kurdish children in an underground, informal school system which shifts between the homes of students in Diyarbakir – keeping away from the eyes of Turkish authorities. “If the Turkish government discovers us, they can do whatever they want,” Rana said. “They could label us as terrorists and throw us in jail for years if they want to.” Complete Article HERE

ICRC-Humanitarian actors needed for education

Why Education Needs the Support of Humanitarian Actors in Conflict Zones

The past three years have been an exciting and thought-provoking journey for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on the question of education. Strong momentum and commitment have been built, without shying away from critical and legitimate questions and dilemmas around how neutral, impartial and independent actors can support education meaningfully and without jeopardizing humanitarian principles. The lack of a functioning education system should not paralyze humanitarian actors. On the contrary, it should spur them into action because they are uniquely placed to respond to the urgency of ensuring the continuity of education. For girls, in particular, seizing the window of opportunity for education is crucial, because they face more and more pressures and barriers as they reach adolescence. Complete Article HERE

Tunisian Students in Classroom

Tunisia Becomes First Arab Country to Introduce Sex Education in Schools

Tunisia will become the first country in the Arab world to introduce sex education at schools, according to Arzak Khaneetch, executive director of the Tunisian Association of Reproductive Health. Her organization partnered up with the United Nations Population Fund and the Arab Institute for Human Rights to start this initiative under the umbrella of Tunisia’s education ministry. Sex education will be embedded in different parts of the curriculum as opposed to having one subject that is fully dedicated to the discipline. “We will carry out the plan based on the ages of the children … throughout the whole time, we emphasize consent and safety,” says Khaneetch.  The curriculum will be appropriate to age, culturally and religiously sensitive and simplified for younger children, focusing on messages of awareness to protect them from harassment.  Complete Article HERE