TOL/OSI Open Society Education News
TOL runs a program funded by the Open Society Institute (OSI) designed to train journalists to write on education topics and raise public awareness on education issues. As part of the project, we issue a bi-monthly newsletter on the program and other news provided by OSI's Education Support Program.

Kyrgyzstan: Minority Children Need More than State Language
In Kyrgyzstan, where memories of last June’s ethnic violence are still raw, children’s futures risk being entangled in a flourishing nationalist impulse. As the country attempts to move beyond the tragedy, some officials are increasingly calling for education solely in the state language, Kyrgyz. Such a move risks not only hurting the development of minority children, but Kyrgyz kids as well.

Armenia: Youth debate competition fosters critical thinking and flexible learning
On May 30, the Open Society Foundations – Armenia organized a youth debate competition in Yerevan as part of the Armenia Debate Program.

European Association of History Educators - From 22nd till 26th of June 2011 the second Regional Work Session in the EUROCLIO Project “History that Connects".

Strenghening education CSOs initiative
The relationship between the third and public sectors is undergoing fundamental changes, creating challenges and opportunities for education civil society organizations (CSOs) that were unimaginable a few decades ago.

China: State Power -  Zhou Yong, He Shanyun and their research group have been working hard in understanding Chinese educational NGOs from broad political and social perspectives.

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An Education in Deal-Making, Kosovo Style

A former official for the country’s international overlords cries foul over a deal that he says illustrates “what is wrong in Kosovo today.”
By Andrea Lorenzo Capussela
13 July 2011

Thwarting Separatism Through Language Lessons
Spreading the national language will be key for the peace and prosperity of Georgia’s ethnic Armenian and Azeri regions.
1 July 201

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