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This page provides you with educational news and new publications from around the world.

A collection of English language resources concerning coronavirus and measures against a spread of the pandemic in Germany.

The School Education Gateway provides links to European national portals for online and distance learning during the school closures due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The School Education Gateway is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

A very extensive and informative page of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) on how to teach about refugees. On the one hand, there are general, cross-age information such as "Words matter", "Facts and figures", "Including refugees in your classroom". On the other hand, age-specific teaching materials are [...]

Special educational regulations and decrees in time of the coronavirus pandemic (worldwide)

Screenshots der Titel spezieller Verordnungen und Erlasse im Bereich Bildung während der Coronavirus-Pandemie (weltweit), in der Datenbank von Planipolis zu finden
Screenshots of the titles of special educational regulations and decrees in time of the coronavirus pandemic (worldwide) made available by the Planipolis database
Copyright: Cohen / Planipolis, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Planipolis portal collects and links special regulations and similar documents from all over the world that were necessary in connection with the coronavirus pandemic in the field of education. This mainly concerns day-care center and school closings, but also other measures in the area of budget, digital education, etc. Planipolis is a portal run by Unesco.

European Schoolnet and Covid-19: E-Teaching resources for teachers

Logo des European Schoolnets und Titel des Artikels:

The European Schoolnet offers links to resources related to digital education and teaching. You will find strategies for online teaching, platforms for sharing e-resources, the European Schoolnet Academy Blog, webinars and much more. The compilation of links originated in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, in which school closings around the world are forcing students to teach and learn digitally from home.

The Coronavirus gets explained in easy language

Man kann sich schnell mit dem Coronavirus anstecken. Bilder erklären, wie man sich verhalten muss.
The Coronavirus spreads quickly. Pictures explain how you should behave.
Copyright: Inclusion Europe

The organisation "Inclusion in Europe" explains the Coronavirus in easy language.

The Coronavirus spreads quickly. The Coronavirus is very contagious.

The organisation "Inclusion in Europe"  explains how you should behave. The organisation gives an easy explanation in many languages. For example in English, Italian, Spanish or French.

The links to the easy explanation are below the picture.

Vocational Education & Training Worldwide - Country Studies

Foto einiger Exemplare der Reihe
Picture of some of the books in the series "International Handbook of Vocational Education & Training (VET)" published by the German BIBB (Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training)

The German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has made available online all of its country studies, updates and specialist articles from the International Handbook of Vocational Education and Training (IHBB). New studies had already been freely accessible online since 2014 (Open Access). Meanwhile, all older studies since their first publication in 1995 have also been digitized and are now available online.

The chapters of the respective volumes have changed slightly over the years, but all in all provide a similar and comparable overview of the VET systems of different countries worldwide.

The most recent issues include the following chapters:
1. Country specific context
2. Typical VET trajectories or training courses
3. An overview of the education system
4. Vocational education and training
5. Important framework conditions and determinants of VET

The country studies are only avalable in German - with one exception made so far for the country study on India, which is available in German and English.

A report on the educational situation of people with disabilities during the current coronavirus pandemic. Amongst others, it highlightens the fact that the now increasingly popular alternative of digital education creates many problems for people with disabilities. The blog is run by the team of the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) of the Unesco. [Abstract: [...]

Screenshots der Veranstaltungsabsagen oder zeitlichen oder virtuellen Verschiebungen  auf den jeweiligen Veranstaltungswebseiten.
Screenshots of event websites with cancellations, postponments or changes to virtual meetings.
Copyright: The pictures' copyright lies with the respective events' organisers.

Dear users,

Due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, more and more events are currently being cancelled completely, postponed or are only taking place online.

As the situation is changing very quickly at the moment, please note that events announced on our website may have been cancelled or postponed meanwhile or will take place in the virtual space. Please check the respective event's website to make sure that your chosen event really takes place!

Please find a link on the issue of education during the corona pandemic below.

Your Education Worldwide team

New webdossier on "Learning Analytics" compiled by the German Eduserver

Graphische Darstellung eines Vortrags über Learning Analytics
Visualisation of a keynote by George Siemens about Learning Analytics (Apereo Conference 2014)
Copyright: Giulia Forsythe, "Sensemaking with Learning Analytics @gsiemens #apereo14 keynote", CC0

The 10th Learning Analytics Conference (LAK20) took place from March 25-27, 2020. Due to the current corona pandemic, the anniversary edition took place entirely online for the first time in LAK history. It was organised by our colleagues in the "Educational Technology" department of the DIPF. 

On this occasion, we want to take a look at this still relatively new field of activity in educational research. Our dossier deals with the application of Learning Analytics (LA) in schools and Higher Education in Germany (in German) as well as with the international development of LA (Engl+Ger).

In our dossier you will find definitions, basics, literature tips, and further information on research projects, specialist societies, application areas, journals, conferences as well as critical thoughts related to the field of "Learning Analytics".

Worldwide effects on education caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Vier Weltkarten, die die Entwicklung der weltweiten Schulschließungen aufgrund des Coronavirus zwischen dem 11. und 18.03.2020 zeigen.
Four world maps that show the development of school closures worldwide (11 to 18 March 2020) due to the Corona virus (Covid-19).
Copyright: 2019 Unesco / Denis Pitzalis, based on data from United Nations

The coronavirus epidemic of 2020 has an impact on education worldwide, as Unesco reports.

Meanwhile, 850 million students (as of March 18th, 2020) cannot go to school due to school closures due to the corona virus. On its website, Unesco provides a world map showing in which countries schools are closed either nationwide or at a regional level.

In order to remedy this situation, Unesco recommends the use of distance learning and digital learning programmes and platforms. For this purpose, an extra page with lists of e-learning platforms, apps and more is provided.

The links to the Unesco pages can be found here:

Super Tuesday in the USA - The candidates' statements on education

Wahlzettel für Vorwahlen der Demokraten in Sacramento County im Jahr 2020.
Ballot of the Democratic Primary in Sacramento County in March 2020.

Super Tuesday is the colloquial appellation for a specific Tuesday in March in the United States on which presidential primaries are held in most states. Scoring well on Super Tuesday increases a candidate's chances of later being nominated as a presidential candidate by their party.

In principle, the parties and the states can set their election dates independently. In practice, however, Democrats and Republicans as well as many states generally vote on the same day. This is especially the case on Super Tuesday. However, it is not always the same states that hold their elections on Super Tuesday. As of March 2020, these are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

Please follow the two links provided here to find out what the candidates of the different parties have to say about education:

Two surveys concerning researchers at risk at European higher education and researchs institutions

Der Text:
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As part of the “Initiative to Support, Promote and Integrate Researchers at Risk in Europe -  InSPIREurope ” , The European University Association (EUA) is conducting two surveys.

One survey addresses higher education and research institutions and the practices and challenges  they face when hosting researchers at risk in Europe.

The other survey addresses researchers at risk and their awareness of European and national research funding and other support mechanisms, and the challenges they meet in accessing them. 

InSPIREurope is a project by the "Scholars at Risk" network.

Fact-checking: Has Finland abolished subject teaching in schools?

Eine gezeichnete
A picture summary of the presentations of leading educationalists from Finland on a conference in South Africa in 2017 ((bigger version of the picture)

"Finland has abolished subject teaching!" - This claim has often been made by the media worldwide since about 2015. Is this really true? We checked this for you.

[Available only in German] "It is difficult to predict what the EU exit on January 31, 2020 will mean for scientists and universities in Great Britain. Brexit will have an impact - whether it will be "hard" or "soft". And maybe even a more positive one than many prophecies declare." German broadcasting, Deutschlandfunk, Wissenschaft im Brennpunkt, 26.01.20, moderation Uli [...]

"Former students who benefited from the EU’s Erasmus+ scheme have voiced dismay following the defeat of a parliamentary bid to force the government to keep it open to UK students after Brexit. (...)". Andrew Woodcock, Political Editor, article for The Independent (newspaper), Thursday 9 January 2020

Joybrato Mukherjee has replaced Margret Wintermantel as President of the German Academic Exchange Service. The change comes at a time when political conflicts make years abroad difficult. The exchange with people from non-democratic countries is enormously important, emphasize old and new leaders. (DLF Radio Report, Campus and Career Show from 02.01.2020)

Professor Joshua Alabi is Vice Chancellor of the Laweh Open University in Accra, Ghana. This is an edited extract from a speech he gave at the 29th Annual General Meeting of the convening of the Open University of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on 26 November on the topic "Agenda 2030 and Open and Distance Learning - Enabling Change". He gave insights into the hurdles of [...]

The NORRAG Special Issue 3 (NSI), published on 3 October 2019, is entitled "Global Monitoring of National Educational Development: Compulsive or Constructive? The report aims to analyse the impact of global monitoring reports on education and training policies worldwide. 23 articles examine how education reports are perceived, announced and received internationally, but [...]

Almost all schools in Denmark are digitised. The German school in Sonderborg also teaches on tablets and screens. However, the school is particularly keen to protect the data of its pupils. Johannes Kulms reports on how this works in the German radio report on the show "Campus and Career" from 04 December 2019.

UNESCO adopts first global convention on higher education and recommendation on Open Educational Resource

Studenten, die gemeinsam auf ein Tablet schauen und miteinander sprechen, überlagert von der Grafik eines virtuellen Netzes
Copyright: alphaspirit/

On 25 November 2019, UNESCO's General Conference adopted the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education and a Recommendation on Open Educational Resources, two international normative instruments for education. They are the first international agreement of the United Nations in the field of higher education.

A recent study by the British Council compares the framework conditions and results of higher education internationalisation in 20 countries. The Federal Republic of Germany achieved very good ratings in all the points analysed and ranked second behind the Netherlands. The study examined national education systems in Europe, America, Australia, China and India. (summary: DAAD, [...]

Today is the second World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED). Dr Graeme Atherton, director of the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) in the United Kingdom, resumes that the evidence suggests that, while there is a growing community of institutions and individuals taking forward innovative approaches to widening access to higher education across the world, [...]

Dozens of mainland Chinese and foreign students studying in Hong Kong have left the city as Hong Kong universities suspended classes in the wake of major battles on campuses between students and police. A number of Asian and Western governments have urged their students to leave Hong Kong university campuses amid fears that universities will be a new battleground of protests [...]

The report provides a comprehensive picture with data from 159 higher education institutions from 36 European education systems. It shows different strategies and measures and analyses success factors, challenges and needs to support institutional capacity building to promote integration, diversity and equal treatment in universities. This has become a strategic issue for [...]

Reading Promotion 2.0 - New York's public libraries have launched a reading campaign on Instagram to encourage young people to read offline again. Learn more about these "Insta-Novels" in the German radio report on Deutschlandfunk (November 15th 2019).

The Fernuni Hagen is trying out how artificial intelligence can help students in their studies. A radio report of the programme Campus und Karriere, Deutschlandfunk from November 15th 2019.

University cooperation in science is currently facing major challenges due to great-scale political changes. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is expanding its advisory services for universities in the successful establishment and expansion of scientific cooperation worldwide: The new "DAAD Competence Centre for International Science Cooperation" is [...]

This report provides information on the structure of mainstream European education systems, from pre-primary to tertiary level for the 2019/20 school and academic year. The information is available for 43 European education systems covering 38 countries participating in the EU's Erasmus+ programme. It includes national schematic diagrams and a guide to reading the [...]

The Eurydice report contains more than 35 updated structural indicators on education policies for the 2018/19 school/academic year in six policy areas: early childhood education and care (ECEC), achievement in basic skills, early leaving from education and training (ELET), higher education, graduate employability and learning mobility. It additionally provides a short [...]

"As societies become more complex – economically, socially, technologically and otherwise – so must their educational systems. (...) Thus, we must now move from a diverse educational system to a more inclusive and equitable educational system based on democratic and rights-based principles, which is illustrated by the following rights-based educational [...]

The Eurydice report about digital education in schools in Europe sheds light on two different but complementary perspectives of digital education: the development of digital competences relevant to learners and teachers on the one hand, and the pedagogical use of technologies to support, improve and transform learning and teaching on the other. The report covers different [...]

Der UNESCO-Bericht bietet einen Überblick über die aktuellsten Erkenntnisse zu Gewalt und Mobbing in der Schule einschließlich Einschätzungen zur weltweiten und regionalen Verbreitung. Der Bericht enthält qualitative Daten zu nationalen Maßnahmen der Bekämpfung von Gewalt und Mobbing an der Schule, die auf einer Reihe von [...]

As part of the Erasmus Plus project, the project partners conducted four workshops with 70 Arabic-speaking tutors and trainers in Germany, Italy, Turkey and Sweden. Together they have developed a training concept and a training tool for teachers, educators and volunteers, which supports newly immigrated children with innovative [...]

This book presents a structured yet flexible methodology for developing intercultural competence in a variety of contexts, both formal and informal. Piloted around the world by UNESCO, the methodology of modern narratives and storytelling in so-called “story circles” has proven to be effective in a range of different contexts.  It,  therefore,  [...]

More than three-quarters of United Kingdom universities are ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ concerned about the negative impact a no-deal Brexit will have on their institution and most are already feeling the potential effects, according to a new survey by Universities UK.

[available in German only] Wolfgang-Uwe Friedrich,President of the University of Hildesheim and Chairman of the Lower Saxony State University Conference, has signed a paper together with the Association of Scottish Universities. In this paper strategic goals are agreed to promote scientific exchange and prevent negative consequences of Brexit. A report by Benedikt Schulz for [...]

Almost two million children in West and Central Africa are denied their human right to education. The violence and attacks are increasing in the region and more and more children are staying away from school, therefore. There are no schools in the refugee camps. A report by Manfred Götzke (from August 30 for the German radioshow "Campus und Karriere",DLF).

The eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education presents a wide range of sex-disaggregated data produced by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) for all levels of education. Updated with the latest available data, the eAtlas lets readers explore the educational pathways of girls and boys in more than 200 countries and territories. The maps and ranking tables, which can be [...]

The publication “Wissenschaft weltoffen“ is an annual study and information service on the international mobility of students and researchers from DAAD and DZHW. The focus topic 2019 is dedicated to the study motives and study experiences of international students in Germany. The study shows that the attractiveness of studying in Germany depends, among other [...]

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instructed the Department of the Interior and the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in cooperation with academia, to develop new programs to help top-level researchers from overseas to work in the UK. Johnson proposes a series of measures.

An FAQ about consequences of a No-Deal-Brexit for education and science, compiled by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, available only in German.

The Dutch brothers Luuk and Erik Ex, journalist and teacher, have made a trip around the world to find innovations and good examples of school education. A contribution by Andrea Lueg for the German program "Campus und Karriere", 25.07.2019.

German Radio Report from Heike Wipperfürth, Deutschlandfunk 23/07/2019.

"I've seldom seen a university document like this in my life, because we do not ask for funding, nor legal support. With our resolution we offer something to the politicians of the G7 summit. We want to join forces to find solutions to the pressing problems for all of us," said Mario Bocconi, president of the Bocconi University, about the adopted resolution of the 48 [...]

Currently, some EU member states are facing an acute shortage of teachers. ‘A New Way for New Talents in Teaching’ (NEWTT) is a project funded by the European Commission in five European countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Spanish Basque Country, Latvia and Romania). The funding was provided in view of educational policy challenges and in order to support innovations that show [...]

First 17 “European Universities” selected: Building towards a European Education Area

Blick von oben auf junge Leute, die auf einem gepflasterten Platz in Grüppchen zusammenstehen
Copyright: Sebastian Bernhard / pixelio

The European Commission has announced the higher education institutions from all over Europe that will be part of the first 'European Universities' alliances. European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the EU that share a long-term strategy and promote European values and identity. The initiative is designed to significantly strengthen mobility of students and staff, and foster the quality, inclusiveness and competitiveness of European higher education.  Out of 54 applications received, 17 European Universities involving 114 higher education institutions from 24 Member States were selected, based on an evaluation carried out by 26 independent external experts, including rectors, professors and researchers. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: "I am pleased to see the ambition of the first 17 European Universities, which will act as role models for others across the EU.”

The ultimate aim of this handbook is to facilitate the realization and universal enjoyment of the right to education. Its objective is not to present the right to education as an abstract, conceptual, or purely legal concept, but rather to be action-oriented. Where possible, practical guidance is given on how to implement and monitor the right to education along with [...]

2019 U-Multirank ranking: European universities performing well

U-Multirank Logo mit Bildunterschrift
Copyright: U-Multirank

U-Multirank published its sixth annual and largest-ever edition of world ranking of universities – scoring more than 1,700 universities from 96 countries. Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, U-Multirank compares higher education institutions’ performance in areas that matter most to students and are not covered by traditional university rankings such as knowledge transfer, research impact and open access. Among the top universities are European higher education institutions that performed especially well in the category of international openness due to their extensive network of international relations and liberal policies. An interactive map showing the universities with top overall performance is a new feature U-Multirank has added in this year’s edition.

Das Heft 34 der Online-Fachzeitschrift MedienPädagogik herausgegeben von Markus Deimann beleuchtet das Thema Open Educational Resources (OER) unter verschiedenen Aspekten wie z.B. Bildungspolitik, Open Education oder auch im praktischen Selbstversuch. Durch die einzelnen Beiträge, angesiedelt auf nationaler und europäischer Ebene, entsteht ein Einblick in den [...]

Ziel der Leitlinien ist es, Staaten und andere relevante Akteure bei ihren Bemühungen zu unterstützen, einen umfassenden, strategischen Ansatz bei der Gestaltung und der Eingrenzung der oft komplexen digitalen Welt zu verfolgen. Dabei ist es von höchster Bedeutung, die Interaktion und Sicherheit von Kindern in dieser Umgebung zu gewährleisten. Zu den [...]

The Global Gender Gap Index was first introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006 as a framework for capturing the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress over time. This year's edition of the report benchmarks 149 countries on their progress towards gender parity on a scale from 0 (disparity) to 1 (parity) across four thematic dimensions-the [...]

"On Wednesday, the Parliament voted on measures to continue financing all current Erasmus+ learning mobility activities, in the event of a no-deal Brexit." Press release of the European Parliament, Liaison Office in the United Kingdom, as of 13.03.19

German radio broadcast as of 05.02.19. Available only in German. The broadcast is based on the report "The State of Science in the Trump Era" (2019) by the Union of Concerned Scientists:

"Dieser EUA-CDE-Bericht (European University Association - Council for Doctoral Education) präsentiert die Ergebnisse einer umfangreichen... Studie zum Stand der Doktorandenausbildung in Europa. Sie bietet Erkenntnisse aus über 300 Institutionen in ganz Europa und gibt einen Überblick über den tiefgreifenden Wandel, den die Doktorandenausbildung in den letzten zehn Jahren [...]

"Die Afrikanische Normen und Richtlinien zur Qualitätssicherung (African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance - ASG-QA) bieten einen übergreifenden Rahmen für die Qualitätssicherung in der Hochschulbildung. Sie wurden von einer technischen Arbeitsgruppe afrikanischer Experten mit Unterstützung europäischer Partner entwickelt und sind das Ergebnis umfangreicher [...]

Chapter 3 of the Treaty of Aachen is about Culture, Education, Research, and Mobility. It is meant to intensify the relationships between Germany and France in terms of these fields. "The German-French future is young. Mobility and exchange programs between young people are therefore enshrined in the Treaty. The German-French Youth Office, integrated cultural institutes and a [...]

German radio broadcast as of 16 January 2019, available in German only. - "The hard Brexit would be a bitter blow to science, said Ulrike Tillmann, mathematician and professor at the University of Oxford, on DLF. The funding from the European Research Council could be dropped. In addition, many scientists are unsure how to proceed with their right of residence. Ulrike Tillmann [...]

"Dieser Jahresbericht zeigt, wie Gebühren- und Unterstützungssysteme (einschließlich Zuschüsse und Darlehen) in der Hochschulbildung in Europa zusammenwirken. Es bietet sowohl eine vergleichende Übersicht als auch einzelne Länderberichte, in denen die wichtigsten Merkmale der nationalen Systeme dargestellt werden. In der Publikation wird insbesondere die Bandbreite der [...]

"Dieses Dokument enthält mehr als 35 strukturelle Indikatoren für die Bildungspolitik in sechs Bereichen: Bildung und Erziehung in der frühen Kindheit, grundlegende Fertigkeiten, frühzeitiger Schulabbruch, Hochschulbildung, Beschäftigungsfähigkeit der Absolventen und Lernmobilität. Es handelt sich um eine Aktualisierung des Berichts von 2016. Die Indikatoren liefern [...]

German radio broadcast as of 08.01.19, available only in German. "Deprived of a passport, pension lost - and above all, no more work: Many academics in Turkey are in a difficult situation and thousands were dismissed after the coup attempt in 2016. Denounced as enemies of the state, it is difficult for scientists concerned to find new work." by Susanne Güsten for Campus & [...]

"Mit steigenden Schülerzahlen, Mangel an Auszubildenden und einem zunehmenden Anteil von Lehrern, die aus dem Beruf ausscheiden, ist es für die Verwaltung des gegenwärtigen und künftigen Lehrerangebots von entscheidender Bedeutung, die bereits im Beruf befindlichen Lehrer zu halten. In diesem Bericht werden einige Schlüsselfaktoren herausgearbeitet, die sich auf die [...]

"The four UK National Academy Presidents have written to The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary, as his department prepares to publish a White Paper on immigration. They highlight the importance of international mobility for research and innovation in the UK and ask for the opportunity to meet with him to discuss this further." [Abstract: Site editor’s information]

50 Years of Educational Science and Research in France

Detail eines Hauses in den französischen Nationalfarben Blau, Weiß, Rot

New webdossier by Education Worldwide

In 2017, France celebrated 50 years of educational science and research. Two major conferences took place to recall the beginnings of educational science as a university subject in 1967, and to look back on its development during the last 50 years.

In December 2018, a special issue of the journal Éducation et socialisation. Les cahiers du CERFEE will be published. It will include contributions from the two anniversary conferences mentioned above on 50 years of educational science in France.

On this occasion, Education Worldwide compiled a webdossier on educational research in France. It offers an insight into professional societies & associations, research institutes & centers, research history, themes & trends, as well as conferences and journals of French educational research.

German radio broadcast,26.11.18, available only in German.

UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report 2019 was published: Focus on migration & displacement

Cover des UNESCO-Weltbildungsberichts 2019 zu Flucht und Migration
Cover of the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2019 on migration & displacement.
Copyright: Unesco

The new Unesco Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2019 has been published. This year, the report's focus is on migration, displacement & education.

The UNESCO GEM Report has been published since 2002. From 2002 to 2015, it was published under the name "Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report". Its aim was to frame the Unesco "Education for All" action program  and to examine its implementation. The action program was replaced in 2016 by the "Education Agenda 2030", which has similar goals. Along with this, the report was renamed and is now called the "Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report".

Midterm elections in the USA on 6 Nov 2018: the issue of education

Die Nationalflagge der USA mit dem Schriftzug
Copyright: Becky McCray, "Voting", CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

On November 6, 2018, the so-called midterm elections take place in the USA. New representatives will be elected for the US congress, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate . Many federal states also elect their governors and their parliaments.

In our dossier, we have put together links to articles dealing with the role of education and education policy in the 2018 midterm elections.

What positions do the various candidates have on education? Why did so many teachers register as a candidate in these 2018 elections?

Answers to these questions can be found in the media reports listed here and in one Bachelor thesis on this topic.

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

"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 [...]

"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
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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 [...]

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]

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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.

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 society. Case [...]

"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 in [...]

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 - Skills [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

"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 am Besten [...]

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).

    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 einige [...]

    "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 leisten [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    "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 framework [...]

    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: (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.

    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]

    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 [...]

    This website presents dossiers on the education system of the respective Guest of Honour country of the Frankfurt Book Fair each year.

    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.

    "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]

    Beginning 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

    "...[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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    Last Update: 13.05.2020  -  N. Cohen ;

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