Human development backslides, education at global levels ‘not seen since the 1980s’

Human Development Perspectives COVID-19: Assessing the impact, envisioning the recovery, estimates the percentage of primary school-age children who are not getting any schooling, adjusted to reflect those without Internet access, is now at “global levels not seen since the 1980s”. With

When is Eid al-Fitr 2020: Everything you need to know

As Muslims around the world bid farewell to the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, they also prepare for the festival of Eid al-Fitr. Depending on the sighting of the moon, Eid celebrations will begin either in the evening of Saturday, May 23, or Sunday, May 24. The occasion will be affected this ye

In Asia, children are going back to school. But education in the time of coronavirus is not without difficulties

For the first time in three months, South Korean high school students are back in the classroom. But in many ways, it's not schooling as usual.As high school seniors returned to school Wednesday, they had their temperatures checked, wore masks on campus, and sat at desks that were spaced apart, in

The best live lessons to help homeschool kids during lockdown

If you’re a parent or caregiver, one of the hardest things about the lockdown can be that the schools have closed. While you try to adjust to a new working from home routine, you’re also now homeschooling your children, which is no easy feat. There’s a number of resources availabl

Gaza girl, 13, teaches neighborhood children during school closure

In a wooden shack in the Gaza Strip, a 13-year-old girl holds classes for neighborhood children who have missed out on their studies since schools were closed in March due to the novel coronavirus crisis.Only 20 people have tested positive for the virus in the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, where cr

.Scientists only have ‘low confidence’ school children will spread virus

The government’s scientific advisory group only has a “low degree of confidence” that children may spread coronavirus less effectively than adults, MPs have ben told, as ministers move to reopen schools as part of easing lockdown. Osama Rahman, chief scientific adviser at the Depa

COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago education's digital divide

On March 16, 2020, a week before the country went into its version of lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Trinidad and Tobago government ordered the closure of all educational institutions. For the most part, universities and other tertiary educational institutions have been able to transi

How to Handle a Team that Does Not Want You as Team Leader?

Most team leaders consider the task of establishing and maintaining a productive and collaborative team as the first and most important step in the journey towards achieving the company’s goals. This task, however, can prove to be challenging when a team leader is having a hard time winning th

Homeschooled Authors: France’s Lecayes on ‘Motivating Each Other’

‘In the End, We Haven’t Done So Badly’Temporarily handling their children’s educational needs at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is something parents in many countries feel unprepared to do—especially while trying to keep their own careers on track in lockdown and wit

IPA and Dubai Cares Announce Aid for African Remote Learning Efforts

In an unusually fast display of philanthropic determination, the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the agile educational funding program Dubai Cares committed just under a year ago on May 20 to a major four-year allocation of some 2.9 million dirhams (US$789,523) in support of literacy,

Federal Appeals Court Declares Literacy a Constitutional Right

In a potential landmark ruling, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held this week that access to a basic minimum education “that can plausibly impart literacy” is a fundamental, Constitutionally protected right. In a 2-1 ruling released on April 23, the court held that basic litera

Which face masks are most effective?

Face masks have become an emblem in the fight against the coronavirus, with officials across the world recommending – and in some cases requiring – that people wear them to help slow the spread of the deadly outbreak. Figuring out what to wear is not so easy. N95 and medical masks, whic

How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables to Protect Against Coronavirus

People are changing their hand washing, laundry, and eating habits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the fear of getting sick by eating contaminated food has led to some questionable cleaning practices, such as washing produce with soap or diluted chlorine. Some people even spray their food

Building an Ergonomic Home Office: How to Fix Your WFH Posture

There's plenty to love about working from home. You can cook something during your lunch break, instead of shelling out for a salad. You can ditch the repeat trips to the water fountain. The din of the open plan gives way to blessed silence. (Or, uh, construction.) But what WFH life giveth, it also

Out of school, Arab pupils turn to internet and TV

Either on television as in Libya or on tablets in the IT-savvy Gulf monarchies, in the time of novel coronavirus millions of schoolchildren around the Arab world are now learning lessons at home. Governments across the region have shuttered schools forcing pupils to stay away in a bid to combat the

How Med Students Can Stay Safe From Coronavirus

MEDICAL SCHOOL IS demanding regardless of the circumstances, but now is an especially challenging time to be studying medicine. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has sparked public fear, and it's understandable for a medical student to feel anxiety – especially if he or she is in clinical rota

Educate children in their mother tongue, urges UN rights expert

According to Fernand de Varennes, this is not only necessary for inclusive, quality education but also to respect the human rights of all children. The Special Rapporteur said that: “Education in a minority’s mother tongue, combined with quality teaching of the official language, is mor

Grammar schools hit with complaints over plans to prioritise poorer children, watchdog says

Grammar schools are facing complaints over their plans to give greater priority to poorer children, the school admissions watchdog has said. More than two in five of all new complaints to the schools adjudicator in the last year were about grammar schools, according to the regulator’s annual

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