TOL/OSF Open Society Education News - September 2014

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).
In Serbia, a textbook case of identity politics

The president’s gift to schoolchildren in a northern city sparks howls of outrage across the border in Croatia. In early September, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic made a magnanimous gesture to a minority group in his country’s northern Vojvodina region. He gave – as a private citizen, he stressed – 200 textbooks and 260 grammars...
Kyrgyzstan approves standards for secondary education

Since 2006, the Educational Program of the Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan has provided technical and methodological support to the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic in the development of educational tools to promote a competence-based approach, and the establishment of the Framework National Curriculum of Secondary Education.
The Kyrgyzstan preschool lottery

A serious shortage of kindergartens has driven the few who can afford it into private schools of debatable quality. First in an occasional series. Gulbara T. tried hard to get her 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter into preschool. â€œI went to several kindergartens, but everywhere I heard the same answer..."
Lithuania: The incredible shrinking university degree

The allure of a university diploma gives way to the security of vocational training in the post-2008 economy. Alfredas Pumpulis dabbled in writing before applying to the journalism school at prestigious Vilnius University after graduating from high school last year.
What have we learned about the universe of innovation and what’s ahead?

One year ago, the Center for Education Innovations (CEI) set out to increase our understanding of the universe of education innovations serving the poor around the world. We wanted to capture the scale, scope, and impact of promising programs, policies and practices, and share our findings as a public good, so that new ideas, good practices, and shared learnings could be widely available to those who can act on them for the benefit of the world’s poor. 
School-less in Kyiv

Years of sprawl, along with developers’ empty pledges to build private schools, are creating a crisis in the city’s suburbs. Second in an occasional series. Oksana and Ludmila are plotting a covert operation. â€œDon’t show your real address when you talk to the teacher and to the principal. Give them mine...”
Literacy Cubed – Focus on Roma families
In July and August 2014, a family literacy programme (FLP) called Literacy Cubed, developed in a European partnership project implemented by five organizations – RWCT International Consortium and Asociatia Learn&Vision (Romania), the Institute of Education (UK), Orava Association for Democratic Education (Slovakia) and...
Regional Conference of Educators „Learning Through Inquiry“

“I explore, discover, wonder, question… the world around me.” How to organize scientific research with children? How to take teaching process out of the classrooms – in the forest, city squares, among people, in the community? How to ask good questions and think critically about the world around you? 

Education Monitoring Report 2013 on Turkey has been published

Education Reform Initiative (ERI) continues to present a consistent, comprehensive, and critical evaluation of education policies and their implementation through its annual Education Monitoring Reports.  In Education Monitoring Report 2013, the seventh of these reports...
The role and impact of private schools in developing countries

This research has been conducted by the Department for International Development as a part of DFID Education Rigorous Literature Review. The research question driving the review is: can private schools improve education for children in developing countries? The conceptual framework set out a number of hypotheses and assumptions that underpin the polarised debate about the potential and real contribution of private schools. 
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