TOL/OSI Open Society Education News - November 2012
 
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 globally. 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).

 

 Equal Education in South Africa secures a victory in its campaign for school infrastructure
Equal Education (EE) an organization advocating for quality and equality in the South African education system, represented by the Legal Resources Centre, secured a crucial victory in the campaign for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure in South Africa.
 
Drama Schools
A Slovak teachers strike calls attention to problems hitting the profession across the region.

Macedonian Schools Face the Shock of the New
Five years into an education revolution, teachers hang on to old ways to keep from drowning in a sea of innovations.
 
All children from Makiš Roma settlement regularly attend school!
A joint project of the Roma Education Fund, the Belgrade Education Department, and Little Prince Children’s Center continues this year through activities aimed at providing learning support, preparing children for preschool education, and empowering mothers to take charge of their children’s early development in Roma settlements in and around Belgrade, Serbia.
 
Grassroots Europe awarded EACEA best practice project title
The Grassroots Europe for Local Wellbeing Initiative of the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations (OSF-ESP) has been awarded the title of Best Practice Project by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union (EACEA) in October 2012.
 
When Does Free Education Have to be Paid for?
Parents in Russia begin to speak out about constant ‘voluntary’ donations to their children’s schools. From openDemocracy.
 
At what age: Early marriage and the right to education
The Right to Education Project (RTE) launched a new advocacy factsheet, At what Age?…Early marriage and the right to education, on the International Day of the Girl. 
 
OECD launched new Fellowship Program for supporting education research
The OECD has launched the Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship Programme to support individuals in conducting quantitative, evidence-based research on education, particularly in emerging economies.

New Publication: Special Schools as a Resource for Inclusive Education
The Open Society Education Support Program is pleased to announce the release of a new publication reviewing an innovative model to support the transition to inclusive education in Armenia.
 
Equal Education sways Western Cape Minister of Education to support, not close, two poor performing schools
When a school is closed, it is not just the end of an institution but of a history, heritage and a community. Schools are more than places of learning. They offer a range of support structures, especially to poor learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Kyrgyzstan’s Disappearing Kindergartens
Preschool attendance is the basis for a successful education, but it’s a luxury many in this Central Asian country can no longer afford.
 
Teachers in Double Jeopardy
A new law to purge Russian schools of criminal offenders is destroying the careers of many valued educators.
 
In Albania, Madrasas Even the Secular Love
A Turkish-based Islamic movement committed to interfaith dialogue, globalization, and making money is changing the face of the country’s school system.
 
New Interactive Manual for teacher headmasters is good help in introducing Critical Thinking methods in Russia’s North Caucasus region
On September 20 – October 10, 2012 Dialogue International Association organized a series of master classes for more than 250 teachers of North Caucasus schools to introduce a new publication for headmasters entitled 35 Classes by Teacher-Headmaster .
 
Macedonia’s Cooling-Off Period
The country tries again to devise a single history curriculum for its different ethnicities, but one subject remains too hot to handle.
 
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