How education took me from a village in Tanzania to Switzerland

As a small child, growing up in a low-income family in Tanzania, my parents implanted in me the belief that education was most important. I’ve never forgotten that lesson, and it has guided me through life. This quest for education has also taken me halfway around the globe, from Tanzania to India, to Japan and now to Switzerland. Just a couple of weeks ago, I started my PhD at the University of Basel. Let me tell you my story. point of view point of view My name is Ashery Mbilinyi,…

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Millennials And Their Kids: Why They’re Choosing DIY Education

For millennials the conversation around raising kids is not too far off in the distant future. For many that reality is already here with over 50% already becoming parents. Unlike our parents’ generation where the procedure was get married, buy a house, and then have kids, millennials are doing things a little bit differently. Take it from Jared Angaza who became the guardian of a 10-year-old Rwandan boy at the age of 27. He’d been studying in Africa for most of his life, and when he noticed a young boy selling peanuts outside of his office,…

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How to fix accountability in school education

For some time now, accountability has become the buzzword in school education. Everyone seems to have suggestions about “fixing” education by holding teachers accountable for student test scores. But we should ask ourselves whether test scores are the only way to assess how well education systems are performing; whether teachers are the only ones to blame for low-performing systems; and whether ‘blame’ itself is the right approach at all. UNESCO’s new Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18 is a comprehensive and nuanced look at the role of accountability in global education systems in…

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NGO Pratham raises 4 million USD to encourage Child Education in India

One of India’s largest non-governmental education organisations, Pratham, has raised more than USD 4 million for providing quality education to underprivileged children in the country. India’s largest NGO raises 4 million USD to encourage Child Education One of India’s largest non-governmental education organisations, Pratham, has raised more than USD 4 million for providing quality education to underprivileged children in the country. Pratham is an innovative learning organisation created to improve the quality of education in India. Here’s what Mangala Mehar, one of the beneficiaries of the organisation’s educational programmes, said:…

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Are MOOCs, Bootcamps and Other Alternative Education Options Effective?

The House has passed one bill, and is likely to pass another, that would provide funding for people to enroll in certificate programs, apprenticeships, bootcamps and other technical education programs. But a new study questions the quality of these programs, as well as the evidence that demonstrates their efficacy. The courses, many of them online, have been called the perfect solution for education seekers put off by the time and expense of traditional college degree programs. Praised as shorter, cheaper and more tailored to practical skills than four-year degree programs,…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s dream for education is for kids to learn mostly without teachers

  Microsoft peddles laptops. Google touts services such as collaborative calendars and spreadsheet-making software. After building their businesses on products that students use, it’s not surprising that tech giants—from actual computer companies to other Silicon Valley darlings like Salesforce and Netflix—are wedging their way into education itself, especially as the US market for education technology is predicted to bloom to $21 billion by 2020. Most tech leaders are getting in by making learning apps, donating to policy campaigns, or partnering with individual schools. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has a slightly different,…

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Trump’s Education Budget Takes Aim at the Working Class

Many of the spending goals outlined in Donald Trump’s proposed education budget reflect his campaign rhetoric. The president, who has long called for reducing the federal government’s role in schools and universities, wants to cut the Education Department’s funding by $9.2 billion, or 13.6 percent of the budget approved by Congress last month. The few areas that would see a boost pertain to school choice, an idea that Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have repeatedly touted as a top priority. In the White House’s spending proposal, hundreds of millions…

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Education Department unaware hundreds child sex offenders

The Department of Education has been unaware of a large number of child sex offenders attending schools in Western Australia. ‘Hundreds’ of children aged between 10 and 17 years have slipped under the radar of ministers, who called an urgent meeting to discuss the risk in March. According to documents obtained by WA Today, it is ‘likely there are offenders in schools unknown to the school or department administration and therefore no risk management or support is in place.’ Department of Education are reportedly unaware of ‘hundreds’ of child sex…

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The Broken Promise of Higher Education

May is always an important month in the college calendar. Many high-school seniors across the nation make the decision where to attend college; millions of college students graduate and enter the workforce. It is the circle of life for colleges and universities in the United States—young students deciding what courses to take and what to major in, accumulating credits and knowledge, and, upon graduation, taking that experience into the workforce. Having been a professor and dean for many years, I have looked across the sea of cap and gowns and…

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20 Education Franchises That Could Be Smart Business Opportunities

If you’re an entrepreneur with a passion for education, you’re in luck. There are numerous franchise opportunities that you can use to help educate people of all ages and in a variety of different subjects. Here are 20 franchise opportunities within the education sector. Education Franchises to Consider Sylvan Learning A nationwide franchise business, Sylvan Learning currently has the highest market share of all paid tutoring brands. There’s an initial franchise fee of $24,000 and minimum net worth of $150,000 to get started. Mathnasium Learning Centers If you’d like to…

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