Tag: Education around the world

Azerbaijan invests in education infrastructure

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Azerbaijan invests in education infrastructure

A former Soviet Republic nestled in the Caucasus Mountains, Azerbaijan is growing at breakneck speed thanks to profits from a recently completed oil pipeline. The country’s GDP is one of the fastest-growing in the world, having doubled in the last seven years.

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Latin America focuses on early learning

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Latin America focuses on early learning

Chile is attracting attention because of its early childhood development programmes. Many credit former President Michelle Bachelet, a paediatrician by training, who made universal access to early childhood development her emblematic project. Under her rule, Chile increased the number of statebuilt preschools from 781 to 4 300.

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In Hungary, segregation begins at school

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
In Hungary, segregation begins at school

Roma people, often called gypsies, have been persecuted for centuries. Today, in Hungary, say civil rights activists, segregation still exists. Two hundred primary schools across the country serve only Roma families. Non-profit organisation Chance for Children reported last year that non-Roma families can afford to enrol their children in more affluent schools. Roma families are more likely to end up in economically disadvantaged communities – the collapse of communism hit this sector of the population the hardest.

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Syria’s education crisis

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Syria’s education crisis

According to a Syrian education consultant, speaking recently on a major news network, this country’s education system is one of the “most stressed in the world”.
The most pressing problem in Syria, say researchers, is the increasing number of students: 60% of Syria’s population is under 25, and facilities cannot match demand. At Damascus University, where over 120 000 students are enrolled, lectures are so packed that latecomers lose out and tests take the form of multiple choice.

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Universities in England to raise tuition fees; students pledge to oppose them

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Universities in England to raise tuition fees; students pledge to oppose them

In December 2010, television stations and newspapers showed footage of a frightened Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, caught in the midst of an angry student protest against the ‘tuition vote’ – proposed increases in university fees. It is predicted that fees will rise in 2012 as high as £9 000.

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Turkey’s education system fails students

| November 3, 2010
Turkey’s education system fails students

Turkey may be across the globe from us, but the country faces many similar education challenges to South Africa, such as large classes, lack of administrative cohesion and repeated alterations to policy.

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Wellington in China

| November 3, 2010
Wellington in China

One of the most famous schools in the world has been replicated in China, and was recently inaugurated by the Duke of York.

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School outsources teaching to India

| November 3, 2010
School outsources teaching to India

Back in Britain, Ashmount Primary School in Islington, north London, has taken outsourcing to new heights. It has decided to use call-centre staff based in India to deliver extra Mathematics tuition to struggling students.

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Children of the trains

| November 3, 2010
Children of the trains

In 1999, a Bangkok railway policeman thought of a way to help the thousands of destitute, despondent and impoverished children left to fend for themselves on the streets.

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Education – not knowledge – will stop the spread of HIV

| November 3, 2010
Education – not knowledge – will stop the spread of HIV

The cognitive abilities that people develop as a result of formal education are the most effective protection against the spread of HIV.

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9/11 – a teachable moment

| November 3, 2010
9/11 – a teachable moment

While incidents fuelled by anger flared on the ninth anniversary of the collapse of the World Trade Centre towers, teachers across America spent time teaching tolerance.

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