Category Archives: Teachers

Speaking a minority language should not mean being disadvantaged 

International Mother Language Day, observed since 1999 on 21 February, honours the world’s abundant cultural and linguistic diversity. The celebration draws attention to the significance of pluri-lingualism and the need for language preservation. For example, UNESCO’s Interactive Atlas of the World’s … Continue reading

Posted in Equality, Language, Latin America, Learning, Literacy, Marginalization, Post-2015 development framework, Rural areas, Teachers, Training | 5 Comments

2014 – a year of reflection

2014 was a year spent reflecting on past achievements in education and their implications for international policy commitments in 2015 and beyond. Our blog remained a popular online hub and the year’s most frequently read posts reflect key topics of … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Developed countries, Developing countries, Donors, Economic growth, Equality, Equity, Finance, Literacy, Millennium Development Goals, Out-of-school children, Post-2015 development framework, Poverty, Primary school, Quality of education, Skills, Teachers | 1 Comment

Pakistan: Children in primary schools should be taught in their mother tongue

By Bushra Rahim, PhD student. “If we start speaking other languages and forget our own, we would not be we, we would be clones of an alien people; we would be aliens to ourselves” (UNESCO, The Use of Vernacular Languages … Continue reading

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Malawi: Why it’s important children learn to read in their mother-tongue

By Helen Abadzi, Radhika Iyengar, Alia Karim and Florie Chagwira – education specialists from the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, reading levels of students are far below grade level, and Malawi is no exception. … Continue reading

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We owe all our children the benefits of quality education

By Mariam Khalique, a teacher from the Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan and previous teacher of  Malala Yousafzai. There is a saying in our national language: a teacher is like an architect who builds the soul and character of … Continue reading

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Wanted urgently: adequately trained teachers so all children can go to school by 2030

By Aaron Benavot, director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report and Albert Motivans, head of Education Statistics at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.  A new paper jointly released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Education for All Global … Continue reading

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New: Advocacy Toolkit for Teachers

Today is World Teachers Day. It is a day for teachers to speak their minds and describe the challenges and joys of their daily experiences in the classroom. It is also a day for policy makers to listen carefully to … Continue reading

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