‘Millions missing out’: aid fails to make the grade on early years education

 A child at school in Lebanon. Researchers found donors are deterred from spending on pre-school learning because its benefits are less immediate. Photograph: Hussein Baydoun/Theirworld Just 1% of international aid dedicated to young children’s development is being targeted on pre-school education, according to a report that warns spending is imbalanced and short-sighted. While global funding for early childhood development has grown in recent years, almost all of this investment – 95% – has been channelled towards health and nutrition initiatives. Donors are deterred from spending on pre-school education, the report…

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Refugee education must be ‘top of the agenda’ says Muzoon

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan in Geneva, where she was speaking at a side event on the global compact on refugees.  © UNHCR/Susan Hopper GENEVA – When Muzoon Almellehan fled her home in Dara’a, Syria, five years ago, she did not know if she would be able to attend school at the refugee camp in Jordan. So, the then 14-year-old packed her school books among the handful of belongings she was allowed to carry to safety. “I was very worried about education. It is the greatest weapon that can help us…

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Home education compulsory registration?

The Department for Education is raising the prospect of a compulsory register for an estimated 45,500 home-educated children in England. Ministers have launched a “call for evidence” on ensuring children taught at home get a good quality education. There is also £3m to check against “harmful practices” in “out-of-school settings”, such as clubs and societies. Education minister Lord Agnew said all children needed to have a “suitable and safe education”. But the Education Otherwise home education group says there is “no evidence” that registration would be an improvement. ‘A different…

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Delhi Government Orders Unrecognised Schools To Stop Education Activities

The government also asked the parents to get their wards admitted in recognised schools. NEW DELHI:  The Delhi government has ordered several private schools which are working in violation of the Right Education Act in the national capital to discontinue its activities from the next academic session. An official order from Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP Government also notified all the societies/trusts/agencies/organisations or individuals running unrecognised schools to discontinue the educational activities from 2018-19 academic session. It also warned if the institutions fail to comply with  the order, action will be initiated against…

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Auxilo Finserve to disburse RS 350 crore education loans

HYDERABAD: Auxilo Finserve, a non-banking financial company that focuses on educational loans, plans to disburse RS 350 crore over the next two years. The NBFC, backed by Balrampur Chini Mills and investor Akash Bhansali, is aiming to chart a growth path in the educational loan segment where traditional banks lag. “Education loans of about Rs 20,000 crore were disbursed in India in FY17 registering a 17 per cent year-on-year growth. Nearly three lakh students availed education loans to study in India and four lakh students to study abroad. We aim…

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After Farm Loan Waivers, Will Education Loan Waivers Spoil Us? Not If We Mend Our Ways

A serpentine queue of students heading to the enquiry encounter to check on various courses offered and eligibility criteria. (Manoj Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) Snapshot In India, the debt numbers are getting bigger and bigger. In some years, we will have a major problem on our hands if we fail to address it today.India risks moving towards an era of education loan waivers. Given how farm loan waivers have worked out for farmers, course correction is crucial. Student debt in the United States (US) has reached gigantic levels, so…

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Should you prepay your education loan?

A wide variety of education loans have given wings to the dreams of students with aspirations for higher study. An education loan is the most cost-effective means to fund education. A wide spectrum of committed services and products of banks and NBFCs have enabled several deserving students across the nation to fulfil their dreams of higher education. Currently, education loans are easily available with the base criteria being an individual’s past academic performance, course and college opted, entrance exam score, co-applicants, CIBIL score, etc. Here are a few important aspects…

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Higher Education Bill Could Heat Up Competition for Adult Students

Jennifer Clay, a student at online school Western Governors University, takes a business course test under the view of a video camera at her apartment in Los Angeles. PHOTO: KATIE FALKENBERG/LA TIMES/GETTY IMAGES The Republican bid to overhaul higher education is likely to heat up competition in the fastest-growing segment of the college market: adults over the age of 24. When Congress passed the Higher Education Act in 1965, about one in four students were adults. Today, nearly 40% of college students are 25 or older. The bill proposed by Republicans earlier this month aims to better align…

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Church’s power in education system highlighted once again

The Department of Education intends to scrap provisions that allows the Catholic church to bypass employment laws The Department of Education intends to scrap provisions that allow the Catholic church to bypass employment laws and appoint nuns and priests of their choosing to State jobs in schools in Ireland. This is an extraordinary derogation. It is highly unlikely that any other group in Irish society has been granted such power to bypass employment and equality legislation when it comes to making important appointments. But the fact that these appointments are for public sector jobs, with…

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Gender Equality in the Education Sector – June 2017

A key element in Swedish development cooperation is ensuring that children living in poverty and in other vulnerable situations, particularly girls, complete quality education without discrimination.1 Gender equality in education strengthens quality, provides an appropriate learning environment for both girls and boys, and ensures that students leaving secondary school have an awareness of gender equality. This is in line with the global commitment to “leaving no one behind” as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs strongly encourage countries to focus on both achieving inclusive and quality…

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