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19 October 2016
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Private schools in Singapore look beyond housing
Private schools in Singapore focus on housing
Private-school operators in Singapore are adopting college-style living for students that goes beyond traditional boarding. The hostels are designed to promote interaction and collaboration among students through classes, sports activities and cultural evenings.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (17 Oct.) 
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How does memorisation affect maths scores?
How does memorization affect math test scores?
Students who rely on memorisation to learn maths may not perform as well on difficult test problems as students who do not use memorisation, according to an analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Data also show girls may be more likely to use memorisation than boys.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11 Oct.) 
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English teachers honored in Singapore
Seven teachers in Singapore recently received the Inspiring Teacher of English Award. One teacher, Naznin Rehana Begum, says she has her students present information about their group discussions to help build their confidence.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (17 Oct.) 
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Leadership and Governance
In Africa, clock ticks as health workers vaccinate children against polio
The United Nations aims to vaccinate more than 41 million children in West Africa's Lake Chad area against polio after an outbreak in northeastern Nigeria. "The re-emergence of polio after two years with no recorded cases is a huge concern in an area already in crisis," said UNICEF Regional Director Manuel Fontaine.
Reuters (11 Oct.) 
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Germany plans edtech investments in schools
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The German Education Minister recently proposed an investment of more than £4 billion over the next five years on digital infrastructure in schools, including faster internet and wireless access points. A recent survey revealed that fewer than 2% of Germany's students have access to a school computer each day.
Reuters (12 Oct.) 
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Social media spurs youths' civic involvement
About 100 people age 30 and younger participated recently in Amnesty International Saskatchewan's Youth Activist Conference. The focus was on helping young people get involved in human rights activism, and participants say social media is a big part of that effort.
The Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan) (16 Oct.) 
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