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SUCs in Mindanao now offer disaster, climate-change courses

Business Mirror 8 June 2014

At least three Mindanao government-run schools have included subjects and special courses on disaster-preparedness and climate-change adaptation measures, and more have indicated willingness to follow suit. These three schools—Southern Philippines Agri-business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (Spamast), the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) and the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University—are located in areas long exposed to unpredictable episodes of earthquakes and typhoons.

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Include disaster preparedness in school curriculum, Bing says

The Visayan Daily Star 13 May 2014

Negros Island, Philippines: Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia has filed House Bill 3664 calling for a Basic Disaster Preparedness Education that can be incorporated in the school curricula. Given the natural calamities and disasters that the country had experienced recently, we need basic disaster preparedness, Leonardia said. “The number of casualties from disasters is aggravated due to ignorance of the nature and characteristics of calamities,” Leonardia said.

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Education ministry revises teaching materials to focus more on Fukushima disaster

The Asahi Shimbun AJW 8 March 2014

THREE YEARS AFTER: Supplementary school textbooks have been revised to provide more detailed and neutral explanations of radiation fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture that unfolded three years ago.

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UNICEF launches peace-building education initiative preparing Myanmar children to say no to violence

UNICEF 15 October 2013

11 October 2013 - In response to on-going waves of inter-communal violence across Myanmar, UNICEF this week launched ground-breaking peace and reconciliation initiatives for Myanmar’s children with a 5 day workshop on peace-building through education. The workshop – conducted with the Ministry of Education – recognises peace and reconciliation is the most important issue facing Myanmar today and will lead to the dissemination of literature nurturing children’s ability as peace agents.

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Innovating for girls’ education

UN Population Fund 14 October 2013

12 October 2013 - More girls are in school today than ever before. However, too many girls, especially the most marginalized, have never seen the inside of a classroom, or they go to school only sporadically, never getting the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to reach their full potential. For those in school, challenges like teacher shortages abound, making learning difficult even for the most motivated student. While the gender gap in primary school enrolment has narrowed, girls are still more likely to be out of school than boys among primary- and lower-secondary-age groups. Girls are also less likely to complete primary and enrol in secondary schools, and have lower literacy rates than boys.

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Somalia Takes Teaching to the Extreme

Inter Press Service 8 October 2013

4 October 2013 -  Mukhatar Jama has been teaching at a secondary school in Mogadishu for the past decade. Religious education is part and parcel of the curriculum of all schools in Somalia, but he says most parents are unaware of exactly what their children are being taught – a radical form of Islam. “The Islamic studies curriculum you hear is the pure Wahhabism, exported from Saudi Arabia, that teaches children that all those who are not Wahhabi are non-believers, including the children’s parents, and that it is ok to kill non-Muslims,” Jama told IPS.

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Angola: Ministério da Educação prevê expandir ensino das línguas nacionais na primária

Angola Press 24 September 2013

24 set 2013. “O Ministério da Educação prevê expandir o ensino das línguas nacionais em todo ensino primário, contribuindo assim para o desenvolvimento do país, fez saber o técnico da instituição António Chamuhongo.”

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Preventing a lost generation – children attend remedial classes in Jordan

World Vision 23 August 2013

22 August 2013 - Yeman, 9, and Shamaa, 10, are next door neighbours. They sit on the floor of Yeman’s home in the afternoon, homework sprawled across the sunlit floor. “I’m going to be a teacher when I’m bigger,” says Shamaa. She rarely stops smiling. “I like maths, so I will teach maths to all the children. But I’m not going to teach it here. I’m going to teach it in Syria.” She and Yeman are home from school for the day. They’re drinking juice, playing with their siblings. It’s a scene replicated in homes all over the world. Yet this seemingly normal situation has not come easily to these two children, nor to their families. One year ago, they were living in war. Eight months ago, they fled with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

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Developing the first deafblind curriculum in Kenya

The Guardian 6 August 2013

5 August 2013 - Over the next few months a new curriculum will be rolled out in Kenya’s 10 deafblind education units in specialist schools. This is a result of a partnership between Sense International Kenya and the Kenyan Institute for Education (KIE) that we hope will result in a much improved standard of education for deafblind children in the country. Many specialist teachers were struggling without a curriculum. The classrooms could be chaotic, lacking in direction and teachers were asking us what they could do to ensure the correct ground was being covered and how they should measure children’s progress.

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UNRWA launches new framework to improve and enrich education for Palestine refugees

UNRWA 2 July 2013

2 July 2013 - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has begun the implementation of a comprehensive Curriculum Framework, which will help the Agency continue to improve teaching and learning in its schools and better serve the needs of its students.

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Podcast: Is the right of indiginious people to education appropriate to their culture realised?

UNICEF 12 June 2013

10 June 2013 - The right of indigenous people to education that is appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning has been recognized and protected since the adoption of UNDRIP in 2007. Almost seven years later, to what degree is this right realized? In this Beyond School Books episode, podcast moderator Rachel Bonham Carter talked to Grand Chief Edward John, North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; Gabriele Papa, a senior high school student and secretary of the Salamanca High School Model United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; and Krysta Williams, Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.

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Launch of Iraq’s First Anti-Corruption Curricula for Primary and Secondary Schools

UN Development Programme 28 May 2013

27 May 2013 - The Ministry of Education has today launched new curricula for both primary and secondary schools in Iraq. The aim is to raise awareness and understanding of the concepts of integrity, transparency, human rights and honesty. The new curricula were designed by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). This innovative new initiative is the first of its kind to be introduced in Iraq. “With these curricula, important values will be instilled into Iraq’s next generation,” said Jacqueline Badcock, UNDP’s Resident Representative. “Corruption is a problem that continues to plague the country,” she added. Iraq was ranked the 8th most corrupt country in the world in 2012 according to Transparency International, and corruption continues to halt Iraq’s development prospects despite an abundance of resources.

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A By-the-E-Book Education, for $5 a Month

New York Times 23 May 2013

22 May 2013 - Dennis Abudho and his family of five children live in a one-bedroom house without electricity in Bandani, an informal settlement in Kisumu, Kenya. Abudho is active in the PTA at Bridge International Academy in Bandani, where his four oldest children (three boys and a girl) are in baby level, first, third and fifth grade. You might not expect someone like Abudho — who said he is a casual laborer, operating a bread machine at a local mill and bakery — to have four children in private school. But he can afford it — the cost of school for each child at Bridge, including books and materials, is the equivalent of $5.16 a month.

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How to write a stereotype-free textbook

UNESCO 6 May 2013

6 May 2013 - “A good textbook must engage students and relate to their reality,” declares Jean Bernard of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. A producer of learning materials and advisor on textbook quality, Bernard believes that all textbooks and learning materials should reflect the principles of education for citizenship and peace

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UNESCO and Nokia to Use Mobile Technology to Improve Education in Nigeria

UNESCO 30 April 2013

30 April 2013 - Mobile phones can soon be used to help teachers improve English language literacy skills among primary school students in Nigeria. The project is being launched by UNESCO and Nokia, with support from the British Council and the National Teachers’ Institute of Nigeria.

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