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The heartwrenching story of six million Chinese children left alone


Four children were found dead last week in Guizhou province in southern China. The police said the children had been living alone for six months and killed themselves by ingesting pesticides. Their tragic deaths lay bare the tough ordeal facing a third of kids in the Chinese countryside, forced to fend for themselves when their parents leave to work in the cities. Read more...
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Video: Mexico police throw rocks at students

Protesters throwing rocks at police is not uncommon in many parts of the world. But in Mexico, it’s the police that’s throwing rocks at protesters. A video has emerged showing local police hurling rocks at a bus transporting students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, a teachers’ college which has long been a hotbed of protest. Read more...

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Kenyan children tear-gassed while trying to reclaim playground

Police in the Kenyan capital Nairobi fired tear gas at a crowd of primary school students on Monday as they tried to take back their playground, which was claimed by a private developer last month. Several children had to be taken to a nearby clinic for treatment. Read more…

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Turkish parents say 'no' to religious schools


Is your child struggling academically in school? If you lived in Turkey, the state would likely place your child in an Islamic religious school for their secondary education. Turkey introduced this new measure this semester and many parents are furious. Some families view this as forced religious education that frequently differs from their own values, and are vocally protesting against this new law. Read more... 
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The state of African schools seen through the eyes of our Observers


We asked several of our observers across Africa to tell us about the state of schools in their countries. They came back to us with stories of rundown classrooms and overcrowded facilities. Read more...

Power blackouts force young Guineans to study in gas stations

 
How do you study for your exams if you don’t have any electricity at home? Every evening, students in the Guinean capital Conakry try to find a solution to this problem. Faced with power cuts that plunge the city into darkness after nightfall, the students take to the streets to study in the few public places where there are streetlamps that remain lit. Read more...

Tribal tensions lead to bloodbath at a Jordanian university

 
Bloody clashes took place on the campus of Maan University, in southern Jordan, on Monday. Our Observer is worried about the increase in armed attacks on campuses to settle scores, mostly due to tribal tensions. Read more...
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Protests against 'brainwashing' course continue in Hong Kong

 
It would be fair to say that the school year in Hong Kong has gotten off to a rocky start. Outraged over the city’s plan to require schools to introduce a controversial national history course, thousands of students, parents and teachers have taken to the streets outside Hong Kong's education headquarters, criticising the new plan as “brainwashing”. Read more…
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Education inequality for migrants’ children: “This problem has taken over my life”

 
In China, one’s hukou, or permanent residence status, can be perceived as either a birthright or an insurmountable obstacle. It dictates everything, from where you can live to what kind of social services you have access to. In a country whose economy is in part built on the shoulders of its more than 200 million migrant workers, many in the capital Beijing are fed up with the system they say stands in the way of their children’s education. Read more…
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