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Improving education in Sindh: ‘Pakistan is the graveyard of education reform’

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KARACHI: Pakistan, according to Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-Saps) research fellow Ahmed Ali, is the graveyard of education reform. Although Article 25-A of the Constitution calls for free education for all children between the age of five and 16 years, it is hardly implemented.

He was hosting an all-parties conference to create better education opportunities in Sindh, organised by I-Saps in collaboration with Alif Ailaan on Thursday, with the aim of bringing everyone together on one platform to understand the importance of education and the role played by political...

3 Difficult-To-Swallow Truths About The History Of Education And The Future Of Technology

edOne part of the current education reform agenda argues that the internet has made the world bigger. Or, more accurately, the boundaries of our everyday experiences have expanded. Therefore, because we are more connected than ever before, the story goes, we need to think about education as the practice of cross-cultural tolerance and global awareness. Folks argue that humans have never before had to deal with so much difference.

I think this is just plain wrong. The truth is that we’ve never had to deal with so much similarity. That’s the big shift we face. All you have to do is read...

The dark side of online education

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A screenshot from a promotional video for "Newford University," one of the fake school's identified in the New York Times' investigation.

World seeks new vision for education

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, speaks during a press conference following the opening ceremony of the World Education Forum 2015 at the Songdo Convensia in Incheon, Tuesday. Sitting with him are UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, right, and Korea's Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
UNESCO chief affirms ‘unshakable commitment'

World seeks new vision for education

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, speaks during a press conference following the opening ceremony of the World Education Forum 2015 at the Songdo Convensia in Incheon, Tuesday. Sitting with him are UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, right, and Korea's Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
UNESCO chief affirms ‘unshakable commitment'

World Bank pledges $5 billion to improve education in poor nations

BY LESLIE GEVIRTZ

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank unveiled plans on Monday to double its investment in public education over the next five years with the main focus on improving the quality of education rather than concentrating on boosting enrollment numbers.

The bank said it would spend $5 billion by 2020 - double its spending of the previous five years - in an bid to reach more than 120 million children who are out of school and some 250 million more who cannot read or write despite attending school.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said the bank was...

Poverty ‘no excuse’ for Scots education failures

Angela Constance will say in a major speech tonight that poverty cannot be an excuse for failure in Scottish education. Picture: Ian Rutherford

POVERTY cannot be an excuse for failure in Scottish education, Angela Constance will say in a major speech tonight.

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The Education Secretary is set to address an audience at the University of Glasgow’s Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change later.

“We should celebrate the progress that we have made, but I am clear that there is - and there will always be - a need to do more” Angela Constance

She is expected to focus mainly on...

A portal to the future of the arts in education

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These activities reflect a climate of collaboration and co-operation between Ireland’s cultural and educational agencies Opinion: A joined-up approach is emerging as the work of the Arts in Education charter bears fruit

Exposure to, and participation in, the arts help to cultivate creativity, artistic appreciation, imaginative exploration, experimental initiative and empathic awareness, all of which are valuable for young people’s development. Exposure to the arts is part of their entitlement to a holistic education.

Through the Arts in Education charter, the Department of...

Education and terrorism in Pakistan

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Pakistani students attending class at a re-opened school that had been destroyed by militants in Lower Dir district, some 100km from the once Taleban-infested Swat Valley, on March 7. A war on education must be understood not as something incidental, some small offshoot of some other ideological agenda.

LATE last year, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism released a report that tabulated data from 1970 to 2013.

The purpose of the report was to study how, where and at what rate educational institutions are being targeted by terror...

Education and terrorism in Pakistan

LATE last year, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism released a report that tabulated data from 1970 to 2013.

The purpose of the report was to study how, where and at what rate educational institutions are being targeted by terror groups. Although the report's data collection stopped at the year 2013, Pakistan was still ranked first.

Out of 3,400 attacks spread over 110 countries in the time period studied, 724 took place in Pakistan, making up close to a quarter of the entire number. This was so even without including the grisly attack on...

Here’s Where You’re Going to Find the Best Schools in the World

Schools in Asia outperform those everywhere else

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Asian countries claimed the top five spots in a global math-and-science-education ranking administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) while the U.S. placed 28th, below much poorer countries such as the Czech Republic and Vietnam.

Singapore ranked best in the world, with Hong Kong placing second and South Korea, Japan and Taiwan rounding out top five, reports the BBC.

At sixth, Finland is the first non-Asian country to appear in the rankings; Ghana came in last place.

“The idea is to give more...

Here’s Where You’re Going to Find the Best Schools in the World

Schools in Asia outperform those everywhere else

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Asian countries claimed the top five spots in a global math-and-science-education ranking administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) while the U.S. placed 28th, below much poorer countries such as the Czech Republic and Vietnam.

Singapore ranked best in the world, with Hong Kong placing second and South Korea, Japan and Taiwan rounding out top five, reports the BBC.

At sixth, Finland is the first non-Asian country to appear in the rankings; Ghana came in last place.

“The idea is to give more...

Need for making education an electoral priority stressed

islamabad - Members of the civil society, academia, government functionaries, and political party representatives, who banded together to demand free and quality education, advocate reforms called for making education an electoral priority and give greater media coverage to matters related to education in Pakistan.A one-day national conference on education reforms took place in the capital on Tuesday. The conference aimed to unpack various issues effecting education in Pakistan on Tuesday. The conference was organised by the Pakistan Coalition for Education in collaboration with Ilm Ideas...

Common Sense Media Evaluating Privacy Policies of Ed-Tech Products

Cross-posted from the Marketplace K-12 blog. By Michele Molnar.

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More than 20 school districts are working with Common Sense Media to establish a system that will rate the privacy policies on ed-tech products used by schools, according to Omar Khan, the nonprofit's chief product and technology officer.

Khan told an audience at the Education Industry Summit here that the "Common Sense Privacy Ratings Initiative" will be announced formally to educators at the International Society for Technology in Education, or ISTE, conference in June, but it won't be ready for use then. In the...

Microsoft launches Edu-Cloud for digital education

Microsoft has launched Edu-Cloud, a cloud computing based offering to provide digital learning and teaching in schools and higher educational institutions.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Tuesday, Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said Edu-Cloud will enhance the productivity of teachers and students with applications for teaching, learning, and administrative processes. The students will have to use a tablet or any computing device to use the service.

 

On the financial aspects of the service, he said: ``It will be purely a commercial...

Senior educationist Dr Bernadette leaves Pakistan after receiving death threats

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KARACHI: A senior educationist and member of the government-appointed advisory committee for curriculum and textbooks reforms has left the country ‘fearing for life’ after receiving threatening calls and facing a ‘hate propaganda campaign’, it emerged on Monday.

Dr Bernadette L. Dean, director of VM Institute for Education and former principal of St Joseph’s College for Women and Kinnaird College, in an email sent to her friends and colleagues first said ‘sorry’ that she had not been able to contact them in recent days and then described reasons for that. She said she had...

Education report card

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THE state of public education in Pakistan has been abysmal for years. But instead of just bemoaning the sorry condition of this critical sector, it is more constructive to spot the many weaknesses of the system and work towards rectifying these inadequacies.

And reports such as Alif Ailaan’s District Education Rankings help identify the weak spots. The advocacy group recently launched the 2015 edition of the rankings, examining the state of education in the country’s 148 districts and agencies.

This effort is important as it gives a district-wise picture. The overall prognosis is...

Meet Pakistan’s junior Scrabble geniuses

In a country traditionally obsessed with cricket, the wordy board game is fast becoming a major competitive sport.

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‘Oxyphenbutazone.” Hasham Hadi Khan spells it out. “I think it’s a drug.”

It’s also one of the highest-scoring possible plays in a game of Scrabble, a subject the 10-year-old player knows a lot about. Last year, Hasham racked up a whopping 878 points at a Scrabble championship in Sri Lanka – a higher score than the official world record.

Hasham is part of a new generation of Pakistani schoolchildren who are establishing the country as a Scrabble powerhouse....

Mamnoon wants Urdu as medium of instruction for higher education

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President Mamnoon Hussain has urged scholars and literary figures to help revive Urdu as a medium of instruction at higher education and research centres.

Addressing a ceremony held here on Saturday night to mark the foundation-laying ceremony of “Urdu Bagh”, a dedicated facility of Anjuman-e-Tarraqi-e-Urdu, Pakistan, he said nations strongly rooted in their culture and language were witnessed to be achieving heights in terms of social, economic and technological development.

“We had a strong treasure and precedent set through Usmania University Hyderabad (India) where degree...

Filling the Gender Gap: Cultural Restraints on Female Education in Pakistan

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The educational policies in Pakistan aim to reduce the gender gap in the educational system by striving towards equality in education between girls and boys. However on the other hand, the same policies seem to encourage girls, mainly in rural areas of Pakistan, to acquire basic home management skills and even prefer it over full-scale primary education. In order words, to classically condition these girls and tell them that home is where they belong and that they could excel at one job, “home management”.

The general attitude towards women in Pakistani culture makes the fight for...