Buba*, 12, Yobe, Nigeria

New report from Save the Children warns of ‘unprecedented global education emergency’.

    • World is facing a hidden education emergency.
    • COVID-19 leaves estimated $77 billion gap in education spending for world’s poorest children.
    • Children in 12 countries are at extremely high risk of dropping out of school forever.
    • In another 28 countries children are at moderate or high risk of not going back to school.
    • Girls are at increased exposure to gender-based violence and risk of child marriage and teen pregnancy during school closures.
    • Save the Children calls for increased funding of education, including conversion of debt liabilities into investment in children.


In Rural Tay Ninh, Teach For Vietnam Brings a Jolt of Change to English Teaching

saigoneer.comPublished on Thursday, 05 April 2018 15:39Written by Luca Powell. Photos courtesy of Teach For Vietnam.

Vu Thi Hang’s (not pictured above) teaching style is far from traditional.

In her class, it’s common to find students moving, dancing, acting and singing. In fact, she encourages it.

“I think it helps students to feel the language,” Hang, 25, tells Saigoneer. She describes herself as a theater hobbyist, while also holding a Masters in Asia Pacific Studies. “I like to encourage expression, so the students can try and use the language creatively.”

The kind of creativity and free-play her class fosters is relatively uncommon in most public school English programs in Vietnam. At every rung, from rural county classrooms to top-tier universities, traditional programs have long prioritized reading, writing and grammar as benchmarks for fluency.

Subjects like speaking and listening don’t get enough attention, Hang believes. “When we started teaching our kids, they were scared to speak English. We had to build their confidence.” Tiếp tục đọc “In Rural Tay Ninh, Teach For Vietnam Brings a Jolt of Change to English Teaching”

Unfolding various academic mobility experiences of Southeast Asian women

Pages 1-19 | Received 19 Dec 2016, Accepted 17 Aug 2017, Published online: 08 Nov 2017

This article draws on data from a qualitative research study undertaken with the main aim of investigating the issue of the gender dimension of the academic mobility of Southeast Asian women. Our research describes Southeast Asian women’s experiences of mobility, narrating why they choose to be mobile, how the experience of going abroad was responded to and/or rejected by their family, how they experienced life in a different country, and what evaluations they make about these experiences in personal, familial, and professional terms. The article stresses the need to improve the understanding of the factors that are still determining the chances of women to be mobile and obtain fruitful gains from these experiences. For this to be attained, the article follows through an intersectional approach to mobility, considering it is of much use as it allows to comprehend that the disadvantages associated with gender are cumulative, multi-layered, resulting from effects of several variables, including of the emotional, social, economic, and political contexts. Tiếp tục đọc “Unfolding various academic mobility experiences of Southeast Asian women”

Can education beat inequality?

weforum – This year’s World Economic Forum challenges participants to consider and assess the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” an era of sweeping and rapid technological advances that will disrupt industries and change the future in ways that none of us can predict. What is predictable, however, is that inequality will continue to cast a long shadow on humanity’s progress unless we choose to act.

What role does higher education have to play in ensuring that more individuals are prepared to reap the benefits of the coming age? Knowledge is — and will remain — the most powerful currency, and economic mobility continues to be contingent, in large part, on access to quality education.

Universities expand opportunity and prepare young people for meaningful engagement with their work and with the world. Students encounter points of view and ways of thinking that may be completely foreign to them—and learn to situate their own lives in a broader context as a result. They develop habits of mind that privilege flexibility and resilience, and they graduate with economic advantages that persist throughout their lifetimes.