TOL/OSF Open Society Education News - June 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).
Disability is no longer invisible in Mongolia

Advocacy groups and nongovernmental organizations in Mongolia have been working for many years to raise awareness about the challenges people with disabilities face participating in their communities.

Armenian NGO receives UNESCO prize for inclusive education work

Every two years, the Director-General of UNESCO awards the Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to two individuals or organizations that have contributed to the promotion of inclusive quality education for persons with intellectual disabilities.  

The government’s free textbook scheme will bring financial relief to many families, but publishers say the state is effectively monopolizing a profitable business.
Crimea: One for the history books
The Kremlin is moving fast to make sure Russian students learn the ‘correct’ version of the Crimean annexation. Russia has already added information about its annexation of Crimea to a school history textbook with the version presented just as doctored as the results of the “referendum” used to claim overwhelming support for the move.

Reforms in professional development and education for teachers have been a crucial part of Armenia’s general education reform. Upon the completion of the regulatory framework for general education, teachers from schools across Armenia participated in training courses, which introduced them to the national curriculum, subject standards, interactive and cooperative teaching methods, as well as new approaches to assessment.


In September 2013, the Jinishian Memorial Foundation launched the “Youth Engaged in Society 2013-2014” (YES) project, funded and supported by Open Society Foundations – Armenia.
Learning Mobility Scoreboard report: Member States must try harder

A new report by the Eurydice Network, Towards a Mobility Scoreboard: Conditions for Learning abroad in Europe, highlights unequal opportunities, uneven commitments and a complex range of obstacles to learner mobility across Member States.

Obstacles in education for Romani and Egyptian children

The famous poet, Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj stated, "From cradle to grave, the most beautiful (period) is the school age." This statement, however, could hardly be supported by those familiar with the education that children living in the Konik camps receive. 
Call for submissions for 2015 CIES conference

The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) seeks submissions for its 59th Annual Conference, taking place from March 8-13, 2015 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The 2015 CIES Planning Committee welcomes quality paper, panel, poster and workshop proposals relating to the conference theme. Proposals not directly related to this conference theme but addressing issues of relevance to comparative and international education may also be submitted for consideration.

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