education

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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UK students: 'We’re being priced out of education'

 
Thousands of students from across Britain marched through the streets of London Wednesday to protest the government’s overhaul of the higher education system. Read more…

Irish debt crisis: “It’s either emigration or the dole queue”

 
As Ireland comes under intense pressure from the EU to request a bailout over its debt crisis, Irish students are facing rising university fees and gloomy job prospects. Many choose to leave the country, prompting fears of a brain drain that could cripple the economy further. Read more…

Wrath of Syrian Web users puts abusive teachers in the spotlight

An amateur video showing the physical abuse suffered by pupils at the hands of their teachers caused such a stir on the Syrian web that the Minister of Justice was forced to order an investigation. Read more...

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“Sex bracelets”, a harmless craze or a dangerous game?

"Sex bracelets" are the latest craze amongst Brazilian teenagers. A successor to friendship bracelets, each of these cheap coloured wristbands relates to a type of sexual activity. While it was initially supposed to be a bit of fun, for one teenage girl, the game turned into a nightmare. Read more...

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