China predicts near-universal youth literacy this year | Report: Australian students should not shy away from STEM | UK schools play catch up to prepare students for computer science careers
13 May 2015
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Learning and Teaching
China predicts near-universal youth literacy this year
China is expected to reach near-universal youth literacy this year. This article features the history of the country's efforts to promote literacy and why its literacy success is being described as "perhaps the single greatest educational effort in human history". Language Magazine online (09 May.)
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Report: Australian students should not shy away from STEM
Students should take harder subjects in high school to better prepare for jobs -- particularly in science, technology, engineering and math fields -- according to a recent report from the Australian Industry Group. Data show that the fastest-growing jobs require STEM skills. Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) (tiered subscription model) (08 May.)
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Professional Development
Report supports mixing of English, Maltese in preparing teachers
Code-switching -- the practice of mixing English and Maltese -- is common in education and in society, according to a recent report by the Council of Europe. While the report finds the practice can be successful, others question whether it should be part of teachers' training. The Times of Malta (12 May.)
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Leadership and Governance
UNESCO assessment provides guidance for education SDG
Less than one-half of countries have achieved universal primary education under the Education for All 2000-2015 initiative, says a UNESCO Global Monitoring Report. The report can guide the writing of the Sustainable Development Goal on education and includes five points to be addressed by global leaders, communications consultant and educator Bill Hinchberger writes. (free registration) (08 May.)
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Rwanda schools participate in Scratch Day
Schools in Rwanda recently participated in Scratch Day -- a global celebration of coding. During the event, students showcased their creations on devices provided via the One Laptop Per Child programme. "Through partnerships with international organisations and events such as Scratch Day, Rwandan students are truly becoming global citizens at an early age," said Eric Kimenyi, national coordinator of OLPC. The New Times (Rwanda) (10 May.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Making students feel safe to share sensitive information
Rather than avoiding controversial topics in school, Yvonne Powell, headteacher of Walworth Academy in south London, suggests that schools create an environment where students feel comfortable sharing sensitive information. In this article, she describes how her school has done this, in part, by offering "Tell Us" boxes, where students can report incidents discreetly. The Guardian (London) (10 May.)
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