Weekly Global Education News | April 29, 2017

Update on issues affecting teachers and schools around the world

The Children of Fukushima Return, Six Years After the Nuclear Disaster

“Every morning, cafeteria workers measure the radiation in fresh ingredients used in lunches. In some grades, as few as six students take their lessons in classrooms built to accommodate as many as 30. There are not enough junior high students to field a baseball team on the new field next to the school.
Yet the return of the schoolchildren, the youngest of whom were born the year of the disaster, has been a powerful sign of renewal in this town, which is in the original 12-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant.”

UNESCO launches first-ever policy guide on Holocaust education and genocide prevention

“The United Nations educational and cultural agency has launched a first-ever policy guide for education on the Holocaust and, more broadly, genocide and mass atrocities […]
Education about the Holocaust and preventing genocide is designed to be a resource for policy-makers, curriculum developers and textbook writers to engage in or reinforce education about the Holocaust and the prevention of genocide.”

OECD: Most Teenagers Happy with their Lives but Schoolwork Anxiety and Bullying an Issue

“PISA 2015 Results analyses for the first time students’ motivation to perform well in school, their relationships with peers and teachers, their home life, and how they spend their time outside of school. The findings are based on a survey of 540,000 students in 72 participating countries and economies who also completed the main OECD PISA 2015 test on science, mathematics and reading.”

See also: Headlines around the world: PISA (2015) Well-Being Report

Preventing Violent Extremism through Education (PDF)

“Security responses are important, but not sufficient, and will not tackle the many underlying conditions that breed violent extremism and drive youth to join violent extremist groups. We need soft power, such as education. In particular, we need relevant, inclusive and equitable quality education.”

The Immigrant (Dis)advantage

“The integration of immigrant students within the education system is essential for their future academic success and economic prosperity. While PISA tracking reveals that immigrant students typically underachieve relative to their non-migrant counterparts, this disadvantage is less pronounced in Canada than in European jurisdictions. Yet significant disparity continues to exist in some provinces and in some subject areas. Ultimately, it is up to provincial governments to study and reduce these achievement gaps.”

See also: 10 Best Practices for Welcoming Newcomer Students (PDF)

#EmergencyLessons: In crisis, Education is Vital

Support, friendship, stability, hope. In times of crisis, education is as important as food and medicine. Thank you for supporting the #EmergencyLessons campaign and helping us shine a light on the importance of education for children in emergencies. School means more than a classroom and homework for many of these children. It’s about the moments, the teachers and the friends you make. Tell us: What does school mean to you?
Please visit to learn more: www.emergencylessons.eu

Girls worst affected as conflict keeps more than 25 million children out of school

“Conflict and violence has driven more than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old — about 22 per cent of children in that age group — from schools in warzones across 22 countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.
“At no time is education more important than in times of war,” Josephine Bourne, the Chief of Education at UNICEF, said in a news release issued today.”

Norway has a historic role to play in helping educate the world’s children

“Financing every girl’s and boy’s right to an education will require the international community — with continued leadership from the Norwegian government — to turn the trend in aid to education, as well as to seize at least three big opportunities this year.
First, we must help the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the only global fund dedicated to basic education in the poorest countries, to replenish its fund successfully later this year. Norway is one of the top three funders of GPE and is well positioned to use that champion role to mobilize others to support GPE.”

On ‘Girls in ICT Day,’ UN agencies encourage girls, women to seek technology careers

“27 April 2017 — United Nations agencies today introduced thousands of girls and women to careers in coding and robotics as part of its annual ‘International Girls in ICT Day’ celebrations around the world, meant to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in the field of information and communications technology.”