Weekly Global Education News | July 28, 2017

Update on issues affecting teachers, children, and schools around the world

A battle for education in Iraq

“The destruction was colossal… they destroyed our lives.” Lani, 15, dreams of becoming a journalist, to tell the world about the trauma Iraqi people are going through. But first, she must go back to school. As many as 1 in 5 children are living under the shadow of conflict in Iraq. They need water, vaccinations and safe places to play and learn. After years of war in Iraq — UNICEF is helping children like Lani return to the classroom by setting up schools.

Majority of children fleeing to Europe just want to get away, UNICEF reports

“What was striking in the new findings was that there were far more push factors, pushing children away from home — conflicts or violence at home — than there were pull factors [that lure them to Europe], and this went against the current narrative.”

More than 600,000 pupils in England taught by unqualified teachers

“Official government figures show that the number of unqualified teachers has increased by more than 60% to 24,000 since the government removed the requirement for teachers to gain qualifications.
Mike Kane, the shadow schools minister, said the government was relying on unqualified teachers to plug the gaps in schools brought about by chronic underfunding.”

Teaching under trees to give refugees an education despite all odds

“Over 70 per cent of refugee students in Tanzania’s three camps — Nduta, Nyarugusu and Mtendeli, have to study outdoors as there are only 193 permanent classrooms available for about 9,650 students […] The overwhelmingly high teacher to student ratio in most schools where one teacher can have up to 400 students in a classroom further complicates the challenging situation.
The impact of the lack of safe space to study is worsened during the rainy season when the average attendance rate drops significantly by about 70 per cent.”

In search of safety: South Sudanese children travel alone to reach refugee camps in Darfur

“Over 155,000 refugees from South Sudan have taken refuge in Sudan since the start of the year, including about 100,000 children. With the continued conflict in South Sudan and widespread food insecurity, Sudan expects to receive three times as many refugees in 2017 than what was expected at the beginning of the year.”

“The Time is Now” to Invest in Youth, Girls

“Investments are required in areas such as education and sexual and reproductive healthcare in order to provide youth with opportunities to prosper […]
The UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) new acting executive director Natalia Kanem, who assumed her new role after the unexpected death of former executive director Babatunde Osotimehin, sat down with IPS to discuss the issues, challenges, and goals towards achieving the demographic dividend and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).