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Mississippi’s youngest students pile on the absences, lose learning time
[…] two months since the school year began, 29 percent of the 298 kindergarten students at Neshoba Central have missed at least one day. Eight have missed five days or more.
Statewide, kindergarteners have the lowest average daily attendance rate of any K-8 grade; just 94.5 percent during the 2012-13 school year, according to a Hechinger Report analysis of state education data. That means, on any given day, more than 2,300 Mississippi kindergarteners are out of school.
(via Mississippi’s youngest students pile on the absences, lose learning time | The Hechinger Report)

Mississippi’s youngest students pile on the absences, lose learning time

[…] two months since the school year began, 29 percent of the 298 kindergarten students at Neshoba Central have missed at least one day. Eight have missed five days or more.

Statewide, kindergarteners have the lowest average daily attendance rate of any K-8 grade; just 94.5 percent during the 2012-13 school year, according to a Hechinger Report analysis of state education data. That means, on any given day, more than 2,300 Mississippi kindergarteners are out of school.

(via Mississippi’s youngest students pile on the absences, lose learning time | The Hechinger Report)

Some schools are canceling recess. But this North Carolina grade school is going in the opposite direction: Kids ride bikes as they read.
(via This School Has Bikes Instead Of Desks—And It Turns Out That’s A Better Way To Learn | Co.Exist | ideas impact)

Some schools are canceling recess. But this North Carolina grade school is going in the opposite direction: Kids ride bikes as they read.

(via This School Has Bikes Instead Of Desks—And It Turns Out That’s A Better Way To Learn | Co.Exist | ideas impact)

Lattakia/Damascus, 7 October 2014 – As part of the ‘Back to Learning’ campaign underway in Syria, hundreds of displaced children at a Lattakia shelter school have received UNICEF school bags filled with stationery supplies.
Each of the blue school bags contain basic stationery supplies that facilitate children’s learning including coloured pencils, notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, protractors and a pencil case.
9-year old Nooran, who was displaced from Aleppo and missed two years of school, proudly shows her new school bag: “I am happy to be back at school. I am happy that my dad enrolled me back in school. I’ve been coming every day and now I am so happy to have all these pens and notebooks because I love to learn.”
(via “I am so happy to have these pens and bags – I love to learn” | #ChildrenofSyria)

Lattakia/Damascus, 7 October 2014 – As part of the ‘Back to Learning’ campaign underway in Syria, hundreds of displaced children at a Lattakia shelter school have received UNICEF school bags filled with stationery supplies.

Each of the blue school bags contain basic stationery supplies that facilitate children’s learning including coloured pencils, notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, protractors and a pencil case.

9-year old Nooran, who was displaced from Aleppo and missed two years of school, proudly shows her new school bag: “I am happy to be back at school. I am happy that my dad enrolled me back in school. I’ve been coming every day and now I am so happy to have all these pens and notebooks because I love to learn.”

(via “I am so happy to have these pens and bags – I love to learn” | #ChildrenofSyria)

Before the current onslaught of Israeli airstrikes, the UN had estimated that Gaza needed an additional 250 schools to meet demand. Now, more than 200 schools have been destroyed.
Tomorrow, the children of the Gaza Strip are due back to class, but the danger of attending school in the current conflict means that term has been delayed. Tens of thousands of children are now living inside their schools, their homes destroyed.
… almost half a million school children living in Gaza will not be able to start the new term this Sunday, which could “have a devastating long-term impact on children’s education and mental health”.
(via Gaza Children Are Meant To Go Back To School Tomorrow (But They Won’t))

Before the current onslaught of Israeli airstrikes, the UN had estimated that Gaza needed an additional 250 schools to meet demand. Now, more than 200 schools have been destroyed.

Tomorrow, the children of the Gaza Strip are due back to class, but the danger of attending school in the current conflict means that term has been delayed. Tens of thousands of children are now living inside their schools, their homes destroyed.

almost half a million school children living in Gaza will not be able to start the new term this Sunday, which could “have a devastating long-term impact on children’s education and mental health”.

(via Gaza Children Are Meant To Go Back To School Tomorrow (But They Won’t))

Canada Helping Children in Remote Regions of Kenya Access Quality Education

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August 21, 2014: Canada’s support to UNICEF will help provide more children with specialized teachers, safe schools, and more effective delivery of education in remote communities.

The project aims to increase the number of children, especially girls, attending school in Garissa and Turkana counties, two remote and arid regions of Kenya with high poverty rates, recurrent droughts, and large refugee populations. In these counties, access to governmental services is low, especially for nomadic communities. The project also aims to improve children’s education through activities that include training teachers, renovating classrooms, setting up mobile schools and upgrading the national curriculum.

Source: ReliefWeb

Sierra Leone: Teachers fall victim to Ebola (22 August 2014)
The Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union (SLTU), Education International’s (EI) national affiliate, has disclosed that 18 teachers have died since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country […]
“The union has so far recorded some 17 deaths occurred in Kailahun and one in the Kenema Districts, according to official medical reports,” said SLTU Senior Assistant Secretary, Augustine G. Karim.
[…]
“SLTU has been fully involved in the fight against the Ebola epidemic since the virus broke out in the country,” he added. “The union recently donated twenty five million leones (ca. 4,300 euros) to show its commitment in the fight against the Ebola virus and as a way of complementing the governmental efforts.”
SLTU has expressed deep concern about the abrupt halt of all academic activities in the country and everything possible must be made to contain this unfortunate menace in our country, Karim went on to stress.
(via Education International - Sierra Leone: Teachers fall victim to Ebola)

Sierra Leone: Teachers fall victim to Ebola (22 August 2014)

The Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union (SLTU), Education International’s (EI) national affiliate, has disclosed that 18 teachers have died since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country […]

“The union has so far recorded some 17 deaths occurred in Kailahun and one in the Kenema Districts, according to official medical reports,” said SLTU Senior Assistant Secretary, Augustine G. Karim.

[…]

“SLTU has been fully involved in the fight against the Ebola epidemic since the virus broke out in the country,” he added. “The union recently donated twenty five million leones (ca. 4,300 euros) to show its commitment in the fight against the Ebola virus and as a way of complementing the governmental efforts.”

SLTU has expressed deep concern about the abrupt halt of all academic activities in the country and everything possible must be made to contain this unfortunate menace in our country, Karim went on to stress.

(via Education International - Sierra Leone: Teachers fall victim to Ebola)

Playfulness masks pain and trauma of Iraq’s children
Schools swamped
Unicef has set up centres for displaced people at schools like the one we went to across Dohuk province. Activities are run to keep the children occupied, including drawing exercises from which samples are taken and sent to experts to assess levels of trauma.
(via BBC News - Playfulness masks pain and trauma of Iraq’s children)

Playfulness masks pain and trauma of Iraq’s children

Schools swamped

Unicef has set up centres for displaced people at schools like the one we went to across Dohuk province. Activities are run to keep the children occupied, including drawing exercises from which samples are taken and sent to experts to assess levels of trauma.

(via BBC News - Playfulness masks pain and trauma of Iraq’s children)

Singapore has one of the best educational systems in the world, according to international assessments, and its teacher training program has been cited as one reason why. As the country increases the use of digital devices in schools, it’s making a parallel effort to train teachers not just in the latest tech trends – like how to work a SmartBoard or what app to use to practice fractions – but in how to determine when and why to use technology.
But the broader goal of the Classroom of the Future is to get Singapore’s future teaching force and visitors to consider how new technologies could change education. Could 4D –where actual sounds and smells join with 3D models – increase student learning? What are new ways for students to share information and ideas? Would video conferencing with foreign peers make students more globally conscious?
(via In Singapore, training teachers for the ‘Classroom of the Future’ | Hechinger Report)

Singapore has one of the best educational systems in the world, according to international assessments, and its teacher training program has been cited as one reason why. As the country increases the use of digital devices in schools, it’s making a parallel effort to train teachers not just in the latest tech trends – like how to work a SmartBoard or what app to use to practice fractions – but in how to determine when and why to use technology.

But the broader goal of the Classroom of the Future is to get Singapore’s future teaching force and visitors to consider how new technologies could change education. Could 4D –where actual sounds and smells join with 3D models – increase student learning? What are new ways for students to share information and ideas? Would video conferencing with foreign peers make students more globally conscious?

(via In Singapore, training teachers for the ‘Classroom of the Future’ | Hechinger Report)

DAKAR / NEW YORK, 6 May 2014 – “The abduction of eight more girls in Nigeria is an outrage and a worsening nightmare for the girls themselves and for the families of the more than 200 girls who have been stolen from their communities in the last several weeks.
“That the girls are alleged to have been abducted to prevent them from attending school is especially abhorrent.
“UNICEF calls on the abductors to immediately return these girls unharmed to their communities, and we implore all those with influence on the perpetrators to do everything they can to secure the safe return of the girls - and to bring their abductors to justice.
“Our hearts go out to the families of these girls. UNICEF continues to monitor the situation and expresses its solidarity with the people of Nigeria.” (via UNICEF statement on second abduction of Nigerian school girls | UNICEF Canada : No Child too Far)

DAKAR / NEW YORK, 6 May 2014 – “The abduction of eight more girls in Nigeria is an outrage and a worsening nightmare for the girls themselves and for the families of the more than 200 girls who have been stolen from their communities in the last several weeks.

“That the girls are alleged to have been abducted to prevent them from attending school is especially abhorrent.

“UNICEF calls on the abductors to immediately return these girls unharmed to their communities, and we implore all those with influence on the perpetrators to do everything they can to secure the safe return of the girls - and to bring their abductors to justice.

“Our hearts go out to the families of these girls. UNICEF continues to monitor the situation and expresses its solidarity with the people of Nigeria.” (via UNICEF statement on second abduction of Nigerian school girls | UNICEF Canada : No Child too Far)

Girls brave violence for their education in northern Nigeria.The kidnapping of 234 girls from a physics exam by Boko Haram grabbed the world’s attention. But this isn’t isolated – fear of school has become ingrained in northern Nigeria
Halimatu Usman, 14, spends her days doing house chores in her home of Marte, near Lake Chad in Borno state, Nigeria. Her school has been shut to pre-empt attacks from members of the Jama’atul Alhul Sunnah Lidda’wati wal Jihad or Boko Haram (meaning western education is forbidden) a group waging an insurgency to establish an Islamic government in Nigeria. As she fills the earthenware pot, she counts herself lucky not to be in a refugee camp in neighbouring Niger Republic or among the 234 girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from a physics exam in GGSS Chibok and taken to the Sambisa Forest reserve, leaving their parents and an entire country distraught. (via Girls brave violence for their education in northern Nigeria | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional)

Girls brave violence for their education in northern Nigeria.

The kidnapping of 234 girls from a physics exam by Boko Haram grabbed the world’s attention. But this isn’t isolated – fear of school has become ingrained in northern Nigeria

Halimatu Usman, 14, spends her days doing house chores in her home of Marte, near Lake Chad in Borno state, Nigeria. Her school has been shut to pre-empt attacks from members of the Jama’atul Alhul Sunnah Lidda’wati wal Jihad or Boko Haram (meaning western education is forbidden) a group waging an insurgency to establish an Islamic government in Nigeria. As she fills the earthenware pot, she counts herself lucky not to be in a refugee camp in neighbouring Niger Republic or among the 234 girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from a physics exam in GGSS Chibok and taken to the Sambisa Forest reserve, leaving their parents and an entire country distraught. (via Girls brave violence for their education in northern Nigeria | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional)