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Universities criticised for ‘tokenistic’ support for Black Lives Matter

By: David Batty.  A Black Lives Matter protest at Oriel College, Oxford University, in June. Scholars say there is ‘no clear incentive for universities to take racial justice seriously’. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock More than 300 academics and students have criticised universities for their “tokenistic and superficial” support for the Black Lives Matter movement given their poor record on […]

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New Zealand: Sexual violence, racism and exploitation, the sad state of student housing

Oceania/ New Zealand/ 07.07.2020/ Source: www.stuff.co.nz. Sexual violence, racism and exploitation are all prevalent in the halls of residence at Victoria University, according to the university’s student association. Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) has released its submission to the inquiry into student accommodation with students detailing horror stories they have faced while living in halls […]

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Japan: Gov’t seeks more inclusive education for foreign children

Asia/ Japan/ 07.07:2020: Source: english.kyodonews.net.   The government aims to improve its outreach to foreign children in Japan to provide them with learning opportunities as part of strategies adopted Tuesday to promote Japanese-language education. A survey conducted last year by the education ministry yielded an estimate that more than 19,000 elementary or junior high school-age children […]

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Kenya: KETRACO scholarships to bridge engineering skills among vulnerable girls

Africa/Kenya/05/07/2020/Author: Claire Wanja/Source: www.kbc.co.ke The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited, KETRACO has partnered with Kenyatta University to offer scholarships to girls from vulnerable families across the country. The partnership will see KETRACO pump resources into the program dubbed KETRACO Scholarship for Orphans and Vulnerable Students (KSOVS). Over the next five years vulnerable female students in […]

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Josée Scalabrini: Les problèmes en éducation, le gouvernement ne peut s’en laver les mains

Par: lapresse. Les derniers mois n’ont pas été de tout repos pour l’ensemble des acteurs de notre système d’éducation public. JOSÉE SCALABRINI PRÉSIDENTE DE LA FÉDÉRATION DES SYNDICATS DE L’ENSEIGNEMENT, CENTRALE DES SYNDICATS DU QUÉBEC En mars dernier, alors que la pandémie de la maladie à coronavirus nous frappait de plein fouet, le premier ministre a […]

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EEUU: Texas education officials consider changing state’s sex education policy for first time in 23 years

North America/ EEUU/ 30.06.2020/ Source: www.texastribune.org. For the first time since 1997, Texas education officials will consider a new statewide sexual education policy, and it could include teaching middle schoolers about birth control options beyond abstinence. That proposed revision to the state’s health education standards is expected to draw crowds of people — albeit virtually — to […]

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United Kingdom: Teachers to film 10,000 lessons in case schools can’t fully open in September

Europe/ United Kingdom/ 30.06.2020/ Source: www.theguardian.com.   The online school set up by the government to support pupils in lockdown is preparing to record 10,000 lessons in July, as the government splashes out £4.3m on providing an online learning “backup” during the new academic year. Boris Johnson told the House of Commons last week that […]

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