TOL/OSF Open Society Education News - October 2013

TOL runs a program funded by the Open Society Foundations (OSF) designed to train journalists and to write on education topics with the aim to raise public awareness on education issues around the world. As part of the project, we issue a bi-monthly newsletter including news provided by the Education Support Program (ESP) of the Open Society Foundations and by partners from the Open Society Education Network (OSEN).
Testing the Teachers 
Are Georgia’s educators really as bad as their shockingly high exam-failure rate suggests? For three years Georgian teachers have failed to make the grade in state certification tests. 

National vision for education Education is critical to human development, enlightenment and emancipation. It is a powerful vehicle for securing social justice.
Absurd espionage charges against an academic and two young men would be funny if the stakes weren’t so high.
A Better Start in Slovakia
The question of how to promote equal access to education for Romani children in Slovakia is a difficult one. One solution that has seen some success is the Roma Education Fund’s ongoing program on early childhood education and care.

Kazakh NGOs develops expertise for professional training programs for working for children with disabilities.
Around the world, local organisations use football as a tool to address social challenges in areas such as health, peace building, children’s rights and education, social integration and gender equality.
Literacy and Math for Intellectual Growth of Early Grade Students in Macedonia
On September 12 2013, the Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives “Step by Step” - Macedonia officially launched the USAID Readers are Leaders Project for the general public in Macedonia.

Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict’s (PEIC) inaugural two-year legal research project will culminate on October 31st.
Can the Post-2015 Education Framework Deliver Meaningful Change?
A special issue of the journal Current Issues in Comparative Education features case studies of critical praxis.

The Empty Schoolhouse 
A shortage of teachers in the countryside is one of the trends reshaping Moldova’s educational landscape.

In urban areas of Honduras, over 40% of youth ages 13-15 do not attend grades 7 to 9 and 60% of youth ages 16-18 do not attend grades 10 to 12.
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