Over the last decade, Latin America has seen solid economic growth combined with decreasing (but still very high) income inequality – lifting millions of people out of poverty and fueling the rise of a not-poor-but-not-rich “middle” class.
That’s a good thing. But in Chile, the most “middle class” of all countries in Latin America by population and income share, thousands of young people have been taking to the streets to protest the low quality and high cost of schooling there.
In any Indian city or village, schoolchildren can be seen hunched under heavy backpacks in matching uniforms, dodging traffic as they walk to or from school or a bus stop. India’s school enrollment has exploded as the country’s economy has taken off, with elementary schools alone adding about 34 million children in the past eight years. But the number of vehicles tearing through India’s roads has increased even more sharply, doubling to 74 million vehicles in the same period. More than 14 million were added last year alone.
This combination of more students and more cars has resulted in far more accidents. No statistics are available on school bus accidents or deaths, but overall traffic fatalities have markedly risen during the past decade. Nearly 134,000 Indians were killed in traffic accidents in 2010, the most recent year for which government figures are available.
The daily trip to high school was expensive, long and eventually, too much for Indian teenager Nahid Farzana, who decided she was going to drop out. Then, the state government gave her a bicycle.
Two years later, she is about to graduate from high school and wants to be a teacher.
The eastern state of Bihar has been so successful at keeping teenage girls in school, the bike giveaways have spread to neighboring states. Now the Indian government wants to expand it across the country in hopes it might help improve female literacy.
This is a poignant way to convey some of the gender issues that are present in the developing world. This is NOT a pick me up, and most classes would need some preparation before showing this video clip since it requires a high maturity level.
Indonésie : conférence internationale de l'UNESCO-APEIDCourrier du VietnamLa 15e conférence internationale du Programme pour les innovations éducatives au service du développement en Asie-Pacifique (APEID), un programme de l'UNESCO, s'est ouverte...
Bhutan's new approach to education incorporates the principles of its index to measure prosperity through Gross National Happiness into the curriculum. Its green schools initiative aims to teach children about environmental conservation and sustainable living, although reaching schools in more remote regions takes more time
Developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report is an authoritative reference that aims to inform, influence and sustain genuine commitment towards Education for All.
In 1982, when she was just 17 years old, Houda al-Habash opened the doors to her Koran school for women and girls at the Al-Zahra Mosque in Damascus, Syria. Houda is representative of a pioneering generation of women in the Middle East who have begun to study Islam within the mosque like their fathers, uncles and brothers — a trend that is reshaping the region. We made the film because despite the influence of schools like Houda’s, stories about them are still rare.
In the film, inside her organized and lively school, Houda teaches her students about women’s rights within Islam and encourages them to take their secular education seriously. She and her students are engaged in a debate about women’s roles in the modern world, similar to the debates we find in our own culture. In the end, we were more compelled by the similarities than the differences in that debate.
Quelle forme prennent les échanges internationaux dans le champ éducatif? C'est la question à laquelle tenteront de répondre, dans une perspective historique, les participants de l’International Standing Conference for the History of Education, organisée avec la collaboration de la Society for the History of Children and Youth et de la Disability History Association.
ZINDER, Niger — Wars keep children out of school. So does sickness. But in Niger, a sun-baked land where drought occurs with alarming frequency, a major impediment to education is thirst and the long trek required to quench it.
Education officials in Malawi have attacked Madonna for unveiling plans to build 10 schools in the country, a year after she was forced to scrap a project to build a girls' academy.
Madonna, who has adopted two children from the impoverished African country, announced last month that her Raising Malawi charity was teaming up with the non-profit group buildOn to create the 10 schools instead.