George teaches in a double-shift school in a refugee camp in Kenya to increase access to education – Education Article

This content comes from our newly released interactive youth version of the 2019 GEM Report. Low and middle income countries hosted about 89% of all refugees in 2017. About 52% of all refugees are under the age of 18. About 40% live in managed camps or collective centres, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Displacement intensifies the usual pressures on teacher management systems. Coordination of teacher recruitment, compensation and development is often further compromised in fragile contexts where multiple humanitarian and development…

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Betsy DeVos’s Right Wing School Indoctrination Program – Education Article

 What do you do when thinking people reject your political ideology?  You get rid of thinking people.  That’s Betsy DeVos’ plan to rejuvenate and renew the Republican Party.  The billionaire heiress who bought her position as Donald Trump’s Education Secretary plans to spend $5 billion of your tax dollars on private, religious and parochial schools.  This would be federal tax credits to fund scholarships to private and religious institutions – school vouchers in all but name.     It’s a…

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‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Has Never Been More Important Than It is Today – Education Article

It’s not.     Anne Frank is not dead.     Not in 1945. Not in 2019.     Anne was a Dutch Jew hiding from the Nazis with her family and four others in a loft above her father’s former factory in Amsterdam.     The teenager is the most famous victim of the Holocaust, but her story doesn’t end when she succumbed to typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the closing days of WWII.     Because…

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Displaced children with disabilities face overlapping barriers – Education Article

The 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report launched two weeks ago, focuses on migration and displacement. In discussing displaced people with disabilities, it begins with a premise established by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that having an impairment does not in itself create disability; rather, it’s society’s failure to accommodate and assist that ‘disables’. For refugee children living with a disability torn from their homes, the lack of assistance in their new environments is particularly stark. A…

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Providing education for migrants and refugees requires common action and shared responsibility – Education Article

The global relevance and timeliness of the 2019 GEM Report Migration, displacement and education: Building bridges, not walls was fully evident at this week’s Global Education Meeting in Brussels. Credit: UNESCO Brussels This is a key moment in the SDG 4 follow up and review calendar. Scheduled to take place every 3 to 4 years, the main purpose of this event was to rally the international community behind a set of consensus-based key messages to be advocated for in the…

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What a waste: Ensure migrants and refugees’ qualifications and prior learning are recognized – Education Article

Presented at the Global Education Meeting in Brussels, a new paper produced by our Report in collaboration with Education Above All and UNHCR shows that over a third of highly educated immigrants were overqualified for their jobs, compared to a quarter of non-migrants. It shows the extent to which this is an important issue for those concerned: new analysis from Europe shows that one in eight immigrants said that not having qualifications recognized is the biggest challenge they face, placed…

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The Global Compact on Migration: looking on the bright side – Education Article

Last week, 163 countries signed the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Most of the media coverage and commentary has been about those not signing or those threatening not to sign. The prime ministers of Belgium and Denmark took part in the opening debate at the Inter-governmental Conference in Marrakech on December 10, but it was the political upheavals in their countries that grabbed the attention. In Belgium, the government has been on the verge of collapsing. In…

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A new Qualifications Passport has global potential for recognising refugees’ qualifications – Education Article

By Terje Mørland, Director General in the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and Stig Arne Skjerven, Director of Foreign Education / Norwegian ENIC-NARIC in NOKUT and elected president of the European Network of Information Centres in the European Region (ENIC). Worldwide, forced migrants face major obstacles in getting their qualifications recognised. It is time to have a fresh look at our current procedures for granting recognition. The Qualifications Passports for refugees are now being rolled out in…

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