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Georgia - Guest of Honour of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

Offizielles Logo des Ehrengastes Georgien, Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018
Official logo of the Guest of Honour Georgia, Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

Georgia will be the country of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2018. On this occasion, Education Worldwide will take a closer look at the school system and general education system in Georgia. We offer you the most important websites concerning

  • the education system in Georgia
  • individual education sectors in Georgia
  • education statistics in Georgia
  • authorities & national centers in education in Georgia
  • literature on education in Georgia

And what does all this have to do with the singer Katie Melua? Find the answer here in our webdossier! ;-)

Full title: Ganzer Titel: Ensuring the right to equitable and inclusive quality education - Results of the Ninth Consultation of Member States on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education.

"Education at a Glance 2018" was published by OECD

Cover der OECD-Publikation
Copyright: W. Bertelsmann Verlag; OECD

The latest edition of "Education at a Glance" was published on 11 September 2018. Besides the general publication, you will again find many country notes with specific information on the respective countries.

 "OECD's annual Education at a Glance looks at who participates in education, what is spent on it, how education systems operate and the results achieved. The latter includes indicators on a wide range of outcomes, from comparisons of students’ performance in key subject areas to the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment. This book includes StatLinks, urls linking to Excel® spreadsheets containing the background data." [Abstract: Site editor’s information supplemented by editors of Education Worldwide]

 

New Publication: Early Childhood Workforce Profiles in 30 Countries with Key Contextual Data (2018)

Cover der Publikation
Copyright: Project SEEPRO-R

This editorial volume presents the results of  project SEEPRO-R ("Systems of early education and profession­alisation in Europe"). You will get information on 30 European countries concerning two sectors:

  • ECEC (early childhood education and care) Workforce Profile:  Country report on the current status quo regarding the qualification requirements for early childhood education and care professionals (pedagogues, teachers, educators), the composition of the workforce, the systems of initial professional education and continuing professional development, current reform initiatives and research projects and selected aspects of the working conditions of staff.

  • Key Contextual Data: A synopsis of the main features of the ECEC system and relevant demographic data

"Three weeks on, no resolution is in sight. - Professors claim that the salary raise of 15 percent they were offered by the government is far too low, (...). Meanwhile, the strikes ultimately mean that many students have not yet begun their second semester, which was scheduled to begin on August 6th after the winter break. This coming Thursday, August 30th, university [...]

"In 2017, the 14 universities [of the University Association of the Netherlands, VSNU] carried out a peer review around the theme of lecturer professionalisation on their own initiative. The review was centred on the UTQ [University Teaching Qualification] and on the professionalisation activities preceding it and following it. The goal of the review was to exchange [...]

Webcast that introduces the new ICT Checklist for Education in Crisis and Conflict. This tool is meant to help ensure that ICT interventions that support education in emergencies are conflict sensitive. The webcast takes place on Wednesday, 29 August 2018. It is organised by USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) and the INEE Technology and Education in Crises [...]


United Kingdom; Europe Information page of the Royal Society, which is the United Kingdom's National Academy of Sciences. You will find a lot of information and statements on Brexit and Science in the UK / EU - for example questions on access to research funding or working in the EU and UK as a scientist. You will also find factsheets, like for example "Factsheet: UK [...]

"Wie schaut die Welt auf Deutschland? Und wie sieht Deutschland seine fernen und nahen Nachbarn? Auswärtige Kultur- und Bildungspolitik, kurz AKBP, liefert Antworten auf beide Fragen zugleich. Denn spätestens seit den 1960er Jahren ist sie als dritte Säule der deutschen Außenpolitik neben Außenwirtschaftspolitik und klassischer Diplomatie anerkannt. AKBP kennzeichnet [...]

On average across OECD countries, 4.2% of 15-year-old students expect to work as teachers – a greater proportion than the share of teachers in the adult population.  In many countries, 15-year-old students who expect to work as teachers have lower mathematics and reading scores than students who expect to work in other professions that, like teaching, require at least a [...]

"After a decade of severe fiscal crisis also impacting education, Greece is looking ahead. Now is the time to invest effectively in education and define a forward-looking path for Greece. Building on the current reform agenda, this report offers an analysis of the context and underlying policy issues that once addressed, can contribute to raising the quality and equity of [...]

10 messages and 10 recommendations on disability and education

Die Cover der seit 2010 publizierten Berichte, Logo der Unesco und des GEM Reports.

A summary of 8 years of Unesco Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Reports

A recent article by the "World Education Blog" provides a summary of content related to disability and education from the Unesco Global Education Monitoring (GEM) reports since 2010. The reason for this is the new GEM Report 2020 that will focus on inclusion.

"The United Kingdom government has announced its intention to facilitate mobility of students and research talent and “explore” continued participation in European Union science programmes post-Brexit in its White Paper setting out its position on the UK’s future relationship with the EU." by Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 13.07.18

Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday

Eine bemalte Mauer mit einem Portrait von Nelson Mandela
Copyright: Ben_Kerckx / Pixabay, CC0

Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old on 18th July 2018. He was regarded as charismatic freedom fighter and later became the president of South Africa. Throughout Africa and beyond, he became a symbol for the fight against Apartheid and for equal rights and democracy.

On the occasion of his 100th birthday,  we present to you our webdossiers on Mandela and South Africa. You will find a lot of teaching material and information on education in South Africa.

"A quality education in Brazil is often only available to rich families. A businessman wants to change that with a digital learning platform. At minimal cost pupils can access teaching materials online that are not available at state schools." By Manuela Kasper-Claridge for Deutsche Welle, 25.06.18.

EPALE focus in July 2018: Learning in prisons

Maschendrahtzaun vor blauem Hintergrund
Copyright: pixabay, CC0

The European expert network EPALE (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe) has a thematic focus on "Learning in prisons" in July 2018. You will find news, blog articles, events, publikations, and teaching and learning materials for this topic.

All you need to know about refugee education worldwide

Wortlaut des Zitats auf Deutsch: 'Nur jedes zweite Flüchtlingskind geht in die Grundschule, jedes vierte in die Sekundarstufe. Dies ist eine Tragödie. Bildung ist das wichtigste, was ein Flüchtlingskind über Grenzen hinweg mitnehmen kann, und es ist ihre größte Hoffnung auf eine bessere Zukunft.'
Quote by António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Source
Copyright: N. Cohen, CC0

The World Refugee Day is celebrated annually on June 20th. On this occasion, we remind you of our webdossier on "Refugee Education in an International Perspective". It provides informationon:

  • International Refugee Aid and Policy
  • the Educational Situtation of Refugees Worldwide
  • Research on Refugees and Forced Migration

"This post introduces a new blog series by NORRAG [Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training] and INEE [Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies ] to promote discussion of and explore the linkages between financing and evidence for education in emergencies (EiE). The strikingly low share of international humanitarian funding [...]

The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation (EBLIDA) provides an overview of activities and materials (flyer, poster, ...) that public libraries in different European countries have compiled for refugees. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

With the law on "Ori­en­ta­ti­on et réus­si­te des étu­di­ants" (orientation and academic success) a higher education reform was initiated in France in 2018. One of its key aspects was the reform of the system of allocation of study places / universities ("clearing"). Almost exactly 50 years after May '68, this has given rise to considerable student protests [...]

"(...) [L]ike his predecessors Macron, who was elected in May 2017, promised priority for higher education and research, and increased the budget. (...) Fréderique Vidal, minister for higher education, research and innovation(...), has already launched her new plan for students, which aims to cut the high first-year failure rate and increase the number of places for [...]

Having published their first report on the years 2015/16, the European University Association now publishes a second report on Open Access policies and publications in European universities during the years 2016/17. For the second report, 338 universities took part in the survey. For the first report it were only 107 (see [...]

"The European University Association (EUA), therefore, calls on the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament to ensure that such a comprehensive agreement covering academic cooperation as a whole is included in the negotiation guidelines for Phase 2 to be adopted in March." EUA News, March 2018

In our webdossier you will find a multilingual glossary with terms from the field of educational and vocational guidance as well as the following information on Career Guidance and Educational Counselling Worldwide: Associations, Networks & Centres - Research - Policy - Training, Models & Standards - Literature.

10 years of "Born to Read" project in Switzerland [courtesy translation]

Screenshot der Webseite

Our portal "Education in Germany" has published a small report on 10 years of the "Born To Read" project in Switzerland. The project aims at improving language development and the love for books in early education. Our report is available in German only. The website of the Swiss reading project is available in german, French and Italian.

#englisch#In this book, a multicultural, international team of authors examine the global rise of scholarly research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health (STEM+) fields. This insightful text provides historical and sociological understandings of the ways that higher education has become an institution that, more than ever before, shapes science and [...]

#englisch#"This is the final report of MOOCs4inclusion project, which was designed and financed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The report summarises the research conducted between July-December 2016 on the efficiency and efficacy of free digital learning (FDL) for the integration, inclusion and further learning of migrants and refugees in Europe and [...]

#deutsch#Diese Ausgabe 2016 der NORRAG News hat zum Thema "Flüchtlinge, Vertriebene und Bildung: Neue Herausforderungen für Entwicklung und Politik". Die einzelnen Beiträge sind in folgende Kapitel unterteilt: Editorials - New Challenges For Development And Humanitarian Aid - Education, Skills And Forced Migration: Thematic Priorities (Quality Education And Resilience - [...]

New dossier: "Education in Catalonia in the Context of the Conflict over Independence"

Ein Aquarell der Anti-Unabhängigkeits-Proteste am 08.10.2017 in Barcelona. Man sieht Menschen mit Flaggen Spaniens (mit und ohne Wappen), Kataloniens sowie der EU.
A water colour painting showing the anti independence protests in Barcelona, 08.10.17. The water colour shows people with Spanish flags (with and without emblem), Catalan ("Senyera") and EU flags. Pro independence supporters will use another version of the Catalan flag, the socalled Estelada.
Copyright: Roberto Plà Aragonés alias Fotero, La Manifestación, CC BY-NC 2.0
Education has always been a key issue when it comes to national, cultural or regional identities. The case of Catalonia exemplified this once more.  Identities are developped at an early age and school plays an important role in doing this. The question of what is taught there and in which language it is taught creates the potential for a lot of conflicts. The Catalan referendum for independence on 1 October 2017 had a low turnout, but a majority voted for independence. The referendum was considered illicit by the Spanish government, which reacted by dissolving the regional Catalan government. On Thursday, 21 December 2017, a new Catalan parlament is therefore to be elected. On this occasion, Education Worldwide provides a small insight into education in Catalonia.


Europe The project seepro-r provides reviews and analyses of the professional education and training, occupational profiles and work settings of early childhood personnel in the context of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems in the states of the European Union. You will find two documents for each country:

>> a workforce profile [...]

German radio broadcast as of 21.11.17. Available only in German.

The European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens, also known as DigComp, offers a tool to improve citizen's digital competence for work and employability, learning, leisure, consumption and participation in society. The DigComp framework describes what digital competence is and groups the competences in five areas: Information and data literacy, Communication and [...]

#deutsch#"In den letzten Jahren hat die Bedeutung von Citizenship Education, also Staatsbürgerlicher Erziehung, zugenommen. Werte wie Frieden, Menschrechte und Gleichheit wurden unter anderem durch Terroranschläge bedroht. Diese Werte müssen wieder mehr ins Bewusstsein gerückt werden und vor allem jungen Menschen vermittelt werden. Doch wie kann man Citizenship Education [...]

100 years of Russian Revolution

Der Bolschewik, Gemälde von Boris Michailowitsch Kustodijew, 1920
Der Bolschewik, Gemälde von Boris Michailowitsch Kustodijew, 1920
Copyright: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons, CC0

100 years ago, the Russian February and October Revolution resulted in the overthrow of the tsar and the creation of the Soviet State (later USSR). The revolution turned into a civil war involving numerous victims. It ended with the creation of the communist Soviet Union.

The dossier linked here provides teaching material, links to interesting websites and more (only in German).

    #deutsch#Die vorliegende Studie von 2017 untersucht den Einfluss des politischen Diskurses unter US-Präsident Trump auf sogenannte "public high schools" (öffentliche Schulen im Sekundarbereich). Sie kommt zu dem Ergebnis, dass das vorherrschende politische Klima in den USA einige negative Einflüsse auf schulisches Miteinander hat. Die Autoren der Studie geben außerdem [...]

    #deutsch#"Der UNESCO-Weltbildungsbericht 2017/2018 trägt den Titel 'Verantwortung für Bildung' und macht darauf aufmerksam, dass die ehrgeizigen Ziele der globalen Bildungsagenda nur durch das Zusammenwirken einer Vielzahl von Akteuren erreicht werden können. Er diskutiert, welche Beiträge u.a. Regierungen, Schulen, Lehrkräfte, Eltern und internationale Organisationen [...]


    Jordan For a long time now, Jordan has been hosting refugees from other countries. The Syrian refugees have become the biggest refugee community during the last years. Among them, there are many school-aged children. This website documents challenges and solutions about how to organise the schooling of these children. One major solution was the introduction of the socalled [...]


    Arab States; Europe; Germany The dictionary provides children and youths with explanations about political terms, institutions, and mechanisms in Arabic. It aims at giving children an insight into "democratic life in our society". The dictionary is also accessible in German and English (with more entries than in the Arabic version). It was compiled by the German [...]

    #englisch#"In view of Education 2030 - Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the large movements of refugees, UNESCO seeks to draw attention to the fact that, in order to guarantee the right to education to everyone, it is critical that all refugees enjoy equal access to an education of good quality. -- This Working Paper aims to provide an overview of the international legal [...]

    "Globally, enrolment in secondary education has expanded dramatically over the past decades. This expansion is also reflected in PISA data, particularly for low- and middle-income countries. (...) This welcome expansion in education opportunities makes it more difficult to interpret how mean scores in PISA have changed over time. Indeed, increases in coverage can lead to an [...]

    The bulletin "Better Internet for Kids" has a focus on fake news in its June 2017 edition. The bulletin provides 11 articles, including examples from Greece and Norway, a parent and educator guide to media literacy and fake news, as well as studies and statistics on this topic. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

    This is an article abut a study published in July 2017 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences on the use of English in Higher Education. The study can be downloaded under: https://www.knaw.nl/en/news/publications/nederlands-en-of-engels (in Dutch with an English summary). You can also find a further English article in the Academy's news section: [...]

    German radio broadcast, available only in German.


    Europe In 2017, the Erasmus programme is celebrating is 30th anniversary. The jubilee website provides insights into the history of Erasmus, reports of participants in the programme, a platform to discuss its future and much more. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

    "On 21 February this year, the name of Emmanuel Macron, the unexpected victor in the French presidential elections, began to resonate in UK higher education circles. This young man of 39, was being received by Prime Minister Theresa May as a serious candidate for the presidency. Stepping out of 10 Downing Street to say the customary word of thanks, he made a pitch for [...]

    "At a time when issues related to refugees and the integration of immigrants are becoming key policy questions across different countries and regions, the international community needs to focus on establishing guidelines and support for refugee and immigrant education." Article published in University World News on 14 April 2017 by Roger Chao Jr and Stig Arne Skjerven

    German radio broadcast, available in German only.

    "Media reports that a German school in Turkey has banned Christmas celebrations are causing political furore in Germany, despite a partial denial from the school administration." BBC News 19 December 2016

    "This year nationalist political events, such as the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union, Donald Trump’s election as US president and the Indian visa issues in the UK, seem to indicate a fall in some traditional leading countries’ appetite for international student exchange. This new scenario creates new opportunities for others." by Bruno Morche, University [...]

    "How Ataturk rescued the Jews: Highlighting a chapter of German-Turkish history that has largely been forgotten, Eren Onsoz′ ″Haymatloz″ tells the stories of five German Jewish academics who emigrated to Turkey in the 1930s, to be welcomed with open arms." By Heike Mund, Deutsche Welle / Qantara 31.10.16 [Abstract: Site editor’s information]

    "What is at stake for higher education in the United States presidential elections? The divisions are huge and, although higher education has featured very little, the general campaign rhetoric could have significant implications for universities. If Trump is elected, we must prepare for dire consequences for international higher education." by Hans de Wit and Philip G Altbach [...]

    Den 5. Oktober hat die UNESCO 1994 zum Welttag der Lehrerin und des Lehrers ausgerufen. Er erinnert an die ILO/UNESCO-Empfehlung über die Stellung der Lehrer (1966) und die bedeutende Rolle der Lehrer für qualitativ hochwertige Bildung. Ziel des Welttags ist es, auf die verantwortungsvolle Aufgabe von Lehrern aufmerksam zu machen und das Ansehen der Lehrer [...]

    Article by the German online magazine "Der Spiegel" about a worksheet for schools that invites to discuss a caricature of Turkish president Erdogan. After the Turkish consulate in Germany criticized the worksheet, the educational publisher withdrew it. Article by Swantje Unterberg, Spiegel Online, 14.09.16

    Die Website verzeichnet nach Orten sortiert deutsche Kindergärten im Ausland. Außerdem gibt es einen Newsletter für pädagogische Fachkräfte und einen Stellenmarkt für deutsche Auslandskitas.

    On September 92016, the European Universities Association published a fact sheet on the impact of the UK's exit from the European Union focusing on possible participation in the EU programmes for research and education.

    "More than 15,000 education staff in Turkey have been suspended after last week's failed coup, as a purge of state officials widens still further." BBC article 19 July 2016

    Education Worldwide was restructured slightly. The focus is now on browsing for countries and topics. [Abstract: Site editor’s information supplemented by editors of Education Worldwide]

    Germany
    Beginning/Deadline for CfP to 20.06.2016

    Die UN-Vollversammlung hat den 20. Juni zum zentralen internationalen Gedenktag für Flüchtlinge ausgerufen. An diesem Tag wird auf die besondere Situation und die Not von über 50 Millionen Flüchtlingen aufmerksam gemacht.

    This website provides video recordings and text documents of the workshop "Vocational Skills Development in the context of Violent Extremism". This workshop was organised by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in March 2016 in Geneva. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

    German radio broadcast ("Deutschlandfunk" 27.04.16), available only in German.

    German radiobroadcast ("Deutschlandfunk" 27.04.16), available only in German


    international "...[T]he LeaCoMM-Project aims to offer tools for teachers, teacher educators and members of school administration [with regard to] professionalization in the area of migration, minorities and school. (...) LeaCoMM is mainly concerned with:

    * language education and use of multilingualism, * design of school and lessons with a [...]

    Anlass zu dieser Unterrichtssequenz waren die Terroranschläge in Paris am 13.11.2015. Diese Materialien sollen Sie dabei unterstützen, die Anschläge gemeinsam mit Ihren Schülerinnen und Schülern im Französisch-Unterricht zu besprechen und aufzuarbeiten.

    Launched by the Varkey Foundation, the Global Teacher Prize was awarded for the first time in 2016. The awardee was Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub. The prize gets support from the dynasty of the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis, Prince William of Britain, US Vice President Joe Biden, or Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon. You can find the original [...]


    international The Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) was founded in 1999 at the University of Chicago. Meanwhile, the network has more than 300 institutional members in about 40 countries. SAR aims at providing refuge for scholars who face discrimination, censorship, intimidation, or violence in their home countries. The website provides information for scholars who seek support [...]

    The ERASMUS+ Programme Guide 2015, in its second version, provides information on funding actions and submission dates for proposals.

    Secure the EU research budget for a future-oriented Europe

    An online petition that calls upon the EU Heads of State or Governments to secure the EU research and innovation budget. Since the petition`s beginning on 23rd October 2012, more than 130,000 people signed the petition online.

    "The fact based story of a class of schoolchildren, teenagers, in a, from the look of it, mixed ethnic district of Paris, who's teacher decides to enter them in a competition to examine the holocaust from the point of view of its impact on young people." French movie, original title: Les Héritiers. [Abstract: International Movie Database supplemented by editors of Education [...]


    international The platform Radicalisation Research "was created and funded by the Religion and Society Research Programme in 2011, itself funded by Britain’s two main grant-giving bodies for the social sciences, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council." Radicalisation Research provides information on research done [...]

    "With their recent horrific attacks, it may seem that there is little understanding of ISIS. But universities are working with intelligence agencies to share their research on radicalisation and violent extremist groups, which is helping to inform the fight against ISIS." [Abstract: Site editor’s information]

    German radio broadcast, 09.11.2015. Available only in German

    German radio broadcast, 09.11.2015. Available only in German.

    Short interview with Professor Sandy Taut, German researcher in education who comes from Chemnitz (town in Germany) and has worked in the U.S.A. and in Chile. Interview only available in German.

    German radio broadcast as of 14.08.15. Available only in German.

    In the Netherlands, students and lecturers at universities protest against the general orientation of universities. They call for a different kind of science and research, a change of the neoliberal system. To achieve this, they created two platforms: "Hervorming Nederlandse Universiteiten" (Reforming Dutch Universities) and "Science in Transition" [...]

    "The latest victims of Greece’s crisis have been students and academics who have lost access to electronic journals, a vital source to continue their research and studies, due to non-payment, writes Anastasios Papapostolou for the Greek Reporter." Greek Reporter via University World News, 10.07.15

    German radio broadcast (08.07.15), available only in German.

    German radio braodcast (09.07.15), available only in German.

    German radio broadcast as of 06 July 2015, available only in German.

    "Over 40 delegations came together in Riga on 22 June at the meeting of Ministers in charge of Vocational Education and Training (VET), the European social partners and the European Commission to address workforce challenges. The first part of the meeting concluded with the endorsement of the Riga Conclusions, a declaration that sets medium-term deliverables in VET until [...]

    German radio broadcast about German-Greek cooperation in research and higher education, 26.06.15. Available only in German

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