Weekly Global Education News | October 15, 2017
Update on issues affecting teachers, children, and schools around the world
Missing roofs, broken windows, books and desks lie strewn all around the school compound. An estimated 90 per cent of buildings on the islands were damaged or destroyed — and the schools weren’t spared.
“Because of entrenched gender inequalities, disasters and conflict can make a bad situation even worse for girls,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, in a statement marking the International Day, which this year is on the theme, ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises.’
“They and their families, struggling to survive, are left with few choices, leaving girls even more vulnerable to child marriage, sexual- and gender-based violence, including trafficking, rape and sexual slavery,” she added.
See also: Girls fight for their education despite overwhelming odds, How African policies are promoting gender equality in education, and From Crisis to Empowerment: Promising Approaches & Policy Directions for Girls’ Education in Conflict-affected Contexts
Back-to-school season didn’t last long this year in Puerto Rico. First Hurricane Irma and then Maria forced schools to close and turned the lives of students and their families upside down.
Puerto Rico’s secretary of education, Julia Keleher, says that of the U.S. territory’s 1,113 public schools, 22 reopened last week and another 145 this week. They’re hoping that the majority will be open by Oct. 23. Some are still functioning as emergency shelters.
“I’ve often said that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. How, then, do teachers become really good at their jobs? One important way is by learning from one another — across classes, across schools, and yes, even across countries. That’s why the OECD is a knowledge partner of the 2017 Qudwa Global Teachers’ Forum, which is being held in Abu Dhabi on 7 and 8 October. The Forum is bringing together more than 900 teachers from 83 countries to discuss “Teaching for Tomorrow”.”
“Nine of the top 10 countries where girls fail to get life-changing, poverty-busting education are in Africa, and this is a global crisis that perpetuates poverty.
In addition to allocating 20% of their domestic budgets to education, as the Global Partnership for Education recommends, these countries will also need to implement policy reforms alongside the financing.”