Their World-from Ebola to Coronavirus, children and education still paying the price

From Ebola to Coronavirus: Education Must Not Be Forgotten in a Health Crisis

The challenge faced during the 2014 epidemic in West Africa of ensuring that children don’t fall between the cracks now confronts the whole world. The global coronavirus pandemic and the more concentrated Ebola virus epidemic – which killed more than 11,000 people – are very different situations. But there are similarities in the way in which education and the safety of children is affected. In both health crises—as in many humanitarian emergencies—education was hit quickly and hit hard. Ebola forced five million children out of school for up to nine months in the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Many never went back. The current pandemic has disrupted the education of ninety per cent of the world’s students, from pre-primary to university. There are fears that—as with the West Africa crisis—many young people will fall through the cracks, disappear from the school systems and become long-term victims of the emergency. “While we hope that children and students will soon be able to go back to school, let’s make sure that global education is not forgotten during the crisis or in its aftermath,” said Theirworld President Justin van Fleet… Complete Article HERE

Faculty Focus-The World Needs Educational Leadership Through Corona Crisis

Leading Our Classes Through Times of Crisis with Engagement and PEACE

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has caused a fast and radical shift across colleges and universities to remote and online teaching models. As such, our face-to-face courses have been taken out of the physical classroom and thrust into virtual domains. While many instructors are fluent and may prefer online teaching practices, others are struggling to rapidly expand their skill sets and become fluent in technologies they have never, or perhaps only briefly, explored. Although this transition to a remote teaching and learning format is uncomfortable for many of us, it has been inspirational to witness the collaborations that have emerged as a result of this pandemic. More specifically, in order to support these hasty efforts to move teaching online, a variety of communities of instructors have emerged to provide guidance, advice, tutorials, and other resources to help themselves and their colleagues achieve “good enough-ness” (teaching excellence is not the goal right now) in continuing to teach their students…. Complete Article HERE

BBC-Image of girls sharing textbook-130M girls without education

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