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2016 Global Education Monitoring Report: Education Is Essential To All SDGs

2016 Global Education Monitoring Report: Education Is Essential To All SDGs

In May 2015, the World Education Forum  in Incheon mandated UNESCO to retool its annual Global Monitoring Report to document education progress against the goals and objectives of the new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on education. The newly named Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report brilliantly and comprehensively provides this stocktaking, and it evaluates with empirical […]

Why Are Kenya’s Students Torching Their Own Dormitories?

Why Are Kenya’s Students Torching Their Own Dormitories?

Set in the picturesque rolling hills of the Kerio Valley, St Patrick’s Iten is one of Kenya’s best known schools, as noted for the academic pedigree of its students as for its production line of elite athletes. Its alumni include David Rudisha, the double Olympic 800-metre champion, Wilson Kipketer, a three-time world champion over the […]

Bridging The Language Divide In Thailand’s Strife-Torn Deep South

Bridging The Language Divide In Thailand’s Strife-Torn Deep South

    For Ismail Jamaat, a science teacher at Tanjung primary school, going to work can feel like entering a war zone. During the past decade, his government school has endured three firebomb attacks. In 2013, Ismail, along with scores of schoolchildren, witnessed the murder of his friend and colleague Cholathee Charoenchol by masked gunmen […]

Delhi Schools Offer Safe Space For Children To Speak Up About Sexual Abuse

Delhi Schools Offer Safe Space For Children To Speak Up About Sexual Abuse

In the cavernous assembly hall at Victor public school in the Delhi suburb of Shahdara, hundreds of pupils sit cross-legged on the floor to watch a story about seven-year-old Komal. Komal’s parents become friendly with a new neighbour. He treats her affectionately and her parents tell her to call him Bakshi Uncle. He gives her […]

‘My Job Is To Make Children Hopeful’: Inside Liberia’s Deaf School

‘My Job Is To Make Children Hopeful’: Inside Liberia’s Deaf School

Wearing smart uniforms, rows of pupils stand in line at morning assembly as they prepare to perform the national anthem. A little boy raises the Liberian flag with a great deal of solemnity as the children enthusiastically sign their anthem. This is Oscar Romero school for deaf children, one of a handful of specialist privately […]

UK Not Doing Enough For Conflict-Stricken Northern Nigeria, MPs Warn

UK Not Doing Enough For Conflict-Stricken Northern Nigeria, MPs Warn

Britain is not doing enough to help northern Nigeria, where millions of people have had their lives ruined by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. The gap between Nigeria’s poor and conflict-stricken north and more prosperous south could widen, a report by the international development committee said (pdf). Nigeria went through its first democratic transfer […]