Stepping up the pace towards gender equality in education

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. It also acts as a reminder that although much has been accomplished around the world, there is a long way to go to reach full equality. For this to happen, we must empower every girl and woman […]

via Stepping up the pace towards gender equality in education through stronger accountability — World Education Blog

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Edtech for Learning in Emergencies and Displaced Settings

Having some success with simple mobile phones for monitoring the work of volunteers in Tanzania -it is good to see the explosion of possibilities for using mobile technologies, particularly for isolated and rural contexts.

[REVIEW] Edtech for Learning in Emergencies and Displaced Settings
Michaelle Tauson and Luke Stannard, Save the Children

The purpose of this report is to build an understanding of ‘what works’ in educational technology (EdTech) to ensure that children can learn in crisis or displaced settings. The field of EdTech is vast, and has influenced almost every facet of modern educational delivery. This report will focus on ‘child facing’ EdTech, which refers to technology – both software and hardware – designed directly for use by the child or by a teacher, parent, or facilitator working with a child.

Overall, this report amasses evidence to develop a more nuanced understanding of what is required to implement effective and ethical EdTech programmes that lead to children learning, asking the research question: How can the utilisation of EdTech (at home or at school) for teaching and learning best facilitate the learning process of children in crisis-affected settings?

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2017/2018 GEM report -accountability

The 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring Report, Accountability in education: Meeting our commitments, fulfils its mandate to follow countries’ progress towards achieving the global education goal but also focuses on the theme of accountability in education. Why did we choose to write about accountability this year? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding […]

via Key takeaways from the 2017/8 GEM Report — World Education Blog

International Mother Language Day

Today, on International Mother Language Day, which is focused on the importance of linguistic diversity for sustainable development, it is important to remember what difference being taught in your mother tongue can make one one’s ability to learn. Choices over the language of instruction can have a huge impact on learning outcomes In most countries […]

via Children taught in their mother language are more likely to develop literacy skills — World Education Blog

The research is not new, that children taught in their mother tongue , in the early years, at least, are more likely to develop literacy skills but also to achieve in formal schooling, with its demands for literacy across the curriculum. What is also important is children’s cultural and linguistic roots and their feeling of self worth, knowing that teachers respect their families, home language and the cultural diversity.

Unfortunately, having worked in both Vietnam and Tanzania, political issues come before child rights and the national language is the only one that can be accepted. Some countries, such as Zambia, have recently heeded the call and have allowed children to learn in their mother language during the first three years of formal schooling, which at least gives them time to develop their literacy frameworks, so that learning in a second language is much easier.

What do we mean by literacy in a digital world?

Still hard to believe that so many parents and caregivers may not be able to read, let alone be digitally literate.

 

The meaning of the word literacy has developed continuously over the years. Today, the fact that International Literacy Day is on the theme of literacy in a digital world reminds us how the world has changed. At the end of the US Revolution in 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote from Paris that, “were it left to […]

via What do we mean by literacy in a digital world? — World Education Blog

GERM Policies in Early Childhood…..beware…

As part of the NORRAG Debates stream, NORRAG is starting a series of blog posts by bringing to the fore questions surrounding the realization of the right to education (RTE). As the global education community makes progress towards the realization of the ‘SDG 4 – Education 2030 Agenda’, questions related to ensuring the RTE of all children……

via GERM Policies in Early Childhood: Infecting our Youngest Citizens and Threatening the Right to Education by Helge Wasmuth and Elena Nitecki — NORRAG

Realising the Right to Education: Experiences and Insights by Archana Mehendale and Rahul Mukhopadhyay — NORRAG

This blog is part of the NORRAG Debates stream on the Right to Education, and follows on from the recent publication of NORRAG Special Issue 01, “The Right to Education Movements and Policies: Promises and Realities,” of which Archana Mehendale and Rahul Mukhopadhyay were guest editors. Archana Mehendale is a Professor at the Centre for……

via Realising the Right to Education: Experiences and Insights by Archana Mehendale and Rahul Mukhopadhyay — NORRAG

It seems our brains  have still not evolved -we still prefer to spend national finances on arms, conflict and wars than on education and health. It does not demand such effort discussing whether some children can access education or not -we have the means ,the technology -we just governments to act on behalf of all their citizens.