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Friday, July 30, 2021

Urgent Action Required To Curb Learning Disruption


Since its outbreak in late December 2019, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the world, and like any critical sector, education has been hit hard. Students, schools, colleges, and universities have been deeply impacted. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), over 800 million learners from around the world have been affected, 1 in 5 learners cannot attend school, 1 in 4 cannot attend higher education classes, and over 102 countries have ordered nationwide school closures while 11 have implemented localized school closure.

Globally, over 200,000 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in more than 160 countries, which have resulted in more than 8,000 deaths and left several States dealing with severe outbreaks. The COVID-19 pandemic will adversely impact the progress some governments were making around increasing the education budget. Therefore, this is a crisis that requires urgent attention and collective action by all Governments, stakeholders, and communities.


  • To prioritize education in the first phase of all emergency responses with immediate effect, and to Include education in their COVID-19 response policies.
  • To dedicate appropriate resources, financial and technical, to ensure the right to free, quality public education for all is maintained during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • To increase funding and support to education in crises to a minimum of 4.2% of emergency assistance in line with its needs.
  • To minimize the pressure on teachers, schools, and school systems that remain open or volunteer to offer extra support.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

GIRL APP DEVELOPER RAISES AWARENESS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

 


By developing apps to raise awareness on issues that matter most to her, 11-year-old Samantha, from Nicaragua, is proving that girls are capable of creating technology and positive change.

Eleven-year-old Samantha, from Nicaragua, develops software apps. So far, she has won 3 technology contests, the first of which she won when she was in first grade.

Samantha is part of our Smart Schools project, a 2-year program with Samsung Electronics that aims to reduce the digital gender gap. 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Providing Primary Education

 

In 2007, we built and established Hunar Ghar School. We work closely with our local operational partner Rajasthan Bal Kalyan Samiti (RBKS) to provide inclusive and holistic education for over 400 children aged between four and fourteen through Hunar Ghar. Most of these children are the first in their families to attend school. Our approach at Hunar Ghar ensures that all students are supported to learn and develop a range of academic and life skills that will enable them to make choices about their futures. 

We believe that good health and good learning go hand in hand. Our team has been trained to keep an eye on students’ health. We monitor their growth and development, ensure they are up to date with all their vaccines, and make sure each student has an annual health check by a pediatrician. An annual eye camp and an annual dental camp also take place at the school. There are high levels of malnutrition in Bachelor. To tackle this, all students receive two nutritious meals a day, breakfast and lunch.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sustaining a Principal Pipeline

 

Six urban school districts set out in 2011 to develop and support a cadre of principals whose leadership would positively affect school outcomes. The districts were Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina; Denver Public Schools, Colorado; Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia; Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida; New York City Department of Education, New York; and Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland. Leaders in these districts believed that they could improve on their recent experiences in hiring novice principals, some of whom had struggled to meet the demands of instructional leadership. Each district pursued a “principal pipeline” strategy with four interrelated components, aimed at cultivating a steady supply of well-prepared and well-supported new principals:  Adopting standards of practice and performance that would guide principal preparation, hiring, evaluation, and support.  Delivering high-quality preservice preparation to high-potential candidates, typically through a combination of in-district programs and partnerships with university preparation programs.  Using selective hiring and placement, informed by data on candidates’ demonstrated skills, to match principal candidates to schools.  Aligning on-the-job evaluation and support for novice principals, with an enlarged role .


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Coaches at school.

 




Hockey Dreams believes that all youth should have an education. This is what the foundation was built on. With our reach, we can send 30 coaches to school so they can 
finish their journeys in the Hockey Dreams program at secondary and tertiary levels. We provide them with the support to do so by paying for the school fees and ensuring they fulfill their personal and professional ambitions. Our goal is to raise €7,500 so we can send all of our coaches to school in 2021 and 2022. We need your help to do so.



Tuesday, July 6, 2021

LEARNING TO LEAD

 


School is a space in which girls exercise their agency, make their voice heard, and access their first leadership opportunities.

Being out of school doesn’t just have devastating consequences for girls’ life opportunities – it places them at risk of teen pregnancy, child marriage, female genital mutilation and other forms of gender-based violence.
 
Education is critical in tackling harmful gender norms, and empowering girls to drive change. It gives girls the skills to become leaders, innovators and change makers, and to tackle future crises.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

As schools move toward reopening,


 Many school leaders around the world are currently tasked with the difficult challenge of reopening their schools safely, and CE International is now expanding our support by offering advisory services and professional development opportunities to those addressing this challenge.

CE International is committed to finding innovative solutions to global education challenges. Our unique ability to connect education leaders from around the world allows us to create opportunities for exchange and insight into the most pressing challenges educators are facing. The reopening of schools is currently in many different phases around the world, and we are primed to connect those who have advanced further in this process with their colleagues in the earlier phases.

Given the unique nature of every school and education center, our advisory services are tailored to address each leader’s respective concerns and questions. With our international connections and expertise in topics such as trauma-informed practice, child welfare, and inclusion policy and practices, CE International is able to provide custom advice and guidance for all who inquire.

Furthermore, CE International has taken steps to encourage continued professional development through a previously released mini-course designed to aid school leaders in their reopening process. On May 5, 2020, we launched a mini-course titled Emerging From Crisis: Covid-19 Guide for Reopening Primary Schools and ECD Programs. Over 1,000 education leaders took this course upon release, and it has now been certified for continuing education units (CEUs).

For more information about our advisory services, please contact Sarah Nadiv at

For more information about receiving CEUs for the course, or if you are interested in taking the Emerging from Crisis mini-course,

Important Updates Regarding Evaluation Criteria


The following should be monitored:-

effectiveness of symptoms-reporting, monitoring, rapid testing, and tracing of suspected cases the effects of policies and measures on educational objectives and learning outcomes the effects of policies and measures on the health and well-being of children, siblings, staff, parents, and other family members the trend in school dropouts after lifting the restrictions the number of cases in children and staff in the school, and frequency of school-based outbreaks in the local administrative area and the country.Assessment of the impact of remote teaching on learning outcomes.

Based on what is learned from this monitoring, further modifications should be made to continue to provide children and staff with the safest environment possible.


Friday, July 2, 2021

Teachers' Body Holds Classes For Students


Association has come forward to educate the students of Hemtabad Primary School of Kolkata. The teachers belonging to the association on Tuesday held a teaching program in which about 25 students of the Thakurbari area in the Hematabad block participated. The students expressed happiness while meeting their peers after a long time. Parents of the children also expressed happiness over the teaching program. The schools in the rural areas of West Bengal have been physically shut due to restrictions imposed by the state government to control the spread of COVID-19.

As the schools have been physically closed since March 2020 due to coronavirus, students have forgotten the lessons given by their school teachers due to lack of practice. Now, the teachers from Nikhil Banga Primary Teachers Association have come forward to teach these students.

The teaching program was conducted for the students while adhering to coronavirus guidelines and rules.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Hot Topics in Education for 2021

 

Now that the second half of the school year is underway, let’s take a look at the hot topics in education for 2021. Although COVID-19 has put added pressure on the education system, many of this year’s topics are the same ones that the community has dealt with for ages. The pandemic has increased the spotlight on these issues and, in many instances, presented potential ways to finally face and resolve them. The following six topics and more will likely permeate our national discourse on education in 2021 and beyond.

Digital Divide. The U.S. Department of Commerce published its first look at the digital divide in 199526 years ago. At that time, they found stark racial, economic, and geographic gaps between those who had online access and those who did not. In 2020, the National Education Association* reported that one-quarter of households with children ages 5 to 17 didn’t have either high-speed Wi-Fi, a computer, or both. For families near the poverty line, the number was close to half.

A positive outcome from the pandemic has been the brighter light highlighting the digital divide and its impact on educational and socio-economic opportunities for families. In many communities, telecommunications companies have stepped up to provide families with free Wi-Fi. Cities and philanthropies have contributed as well. In Chicago, a $50 million plan to provide free high-speed internet service to 100,000 Chicago Public School students was philanthropically funded during the summer of 2020. In addition, some school districts have used their federal stimulus funds to ensure that all students have home access to Wi-Fi for learning.

Learning Loss. Ensuring that all students achieve their full potential has been an education hot topic for decades. The No Child Left Behind Act was launched in 2001 to try to close the learning gap, building on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was voted into law nearly 40 years before, in 1965. In 2021, educators are faced with the historical challenges of ensuring educational equity while also tackling the gaps in learning that resulted from last year’s unpredicted switch to remote learning.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has only deepened that gap for many students. School districts around the country have reported a higher level of failing grades and a report from McKinsey & Company** estimated that students were three months behind in math when they started the school year. Because the number of students it impacts has recently been accelerated, more people are weighing in on the problem and a need for a solution.


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