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05 October 2016
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Uganda launches Mandarin pilot programme
Uganda launches Mandarin pilot programme
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Uganda is launching a pilot programme in 20 schools to teach Mandarin Chinese. The programme is aiming to partner with China to help train teachers.
CCTV International (China) (02 Oct.) 
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US first lady to talk education with girls via Skype
US first lady Michelle Obama will Skype with girls worldwide as part of International Day of the Girl on 11 Oct. Students from the District of Columbia, Jordan, Peru, Tanzania and the UK are expected to participate and discuss education challenges.
CBS News/The Associated Press (03 Oct.) 
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Professional Development
Bilingual educators needed in US, Mexico
The demand for a dual-language education in the US and Mexico has bilingual educators in both countries seeking opportunities across the border. US schools increasingly are seeking educators who can teach Spanish, while schools in Mexico are seeking English-language teachers.
Fox News Latino (03 Oct.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Group: Better data needed on why girls leave school
Existing data count when girls enter school but not when they leave, says Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. "We also don't have any data on why they leave school -- whether they were forced into marriage, whether they became pregnant or were sexually assaulted at school," she says.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (03 Oct.) 
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Technology
Research: 14 traits of effective STEM programmes
Researchers from George Washington University, George Mason University and SRI International have compiled a list of 14 essential components of science, technology, engineering and maths education. Components include partnerships with business and industry and integrated technology use.
eSchool News (free registration) (03 Oct.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Female students in Afghanistan learn to code
Women and girls in Afghanistan are receiving a free education in technology and computer coding through Code to Inspire. The programme teaches females, ages 14 to 25, how to develop mobile apps, including one to help tourists visiting in Afghanistan.
PBS (29 Sep.) 
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