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'China-watching' is a lucrative business. But whose language do the experts speak? | Yangyang Cheng

The question of whether one needs to be able to speak Chinese to understand China has never been so fraughtI remember the muted pain in my classmate’s voice when he raised his hand to speak. He wanted to know why, as a Chinese person studying science in China, he was required to take English and pass proficiency tests in order to graduate. “Leave English to the English majors,” he said.The teacher explained that English is the global language of science: the best journals are published in Englis...
Tags: Education, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Yangyang Cheng


If you want to truly understand China, do you need to be able to speak Chinese? | Yangyang Cheng

As a student, I learned English was the language of opportunity – a belief that keeps most Chinese invisible to the global eliteI remember the muted pain in my classmate’s voice when he raised his hand to speak. He wanted to know why, as a Chinese person studying science in China, he was required to take English and pass proficiency tests in order to graduate. “Leave English to the English majors,” he said.The teacher explained that English is the global language of science: the best journals ar...
Tags: Education, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Yangyang Cheng


England to enter toughest Covid lockdown since March

Boris Johnson says restrictions will last at least six weeks with schools closed until February half-termCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland will enter its toughest nationwide lockdown since March, with schools closed and people allowed to leave home once a day for exercise for at least six weeks, Boris Johnson has announced as the numbers of people in hospital reach new highs.All pupils will switch to remote learning until the February half-term, the prime minist...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Education, UK News, World news, Schools, Primary schools, Secondary Schools, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Colleges, Further Education, Coronavirus


I was an early Erasmus scholar, and I grieve for what British students have lost | Julian Baggini

My time in Europe transformed my outlook; those who think Brexit is all about trade deals ignore what else was at stakeThe prime minister offered the country a “feast” this Christmas but many of us still haven’t been able to digest it. The truth is it was never very appetising, not so much an oven-ready treat as a cheap ready meal. Boris Johnson’s trade deal does not bring “glad tidings of great joy” but final confirmation that a special relationship has been turned into a purely transactional o...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Students, Education, European Union, UK News, World news, Higher Education, Education policy, Philosophy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Erasmus, Julian Baggini, Higher education policy


Cutting foreign aid will put girls at risk

Now, mid-pandemic, would be the worst time to abandon our commitment to the world’s poorest countriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“The great strategic prize of the 21st century is the full economic, political and social empowerment of women,” said William Hague, when he was foreign secretary. “There are still large parts of the world who are undervaluing, under-utilising, under-developing half their population.” That was five years ago, and there is still a long wa...
Tags: Politics, Education, Africa, Women, Conservatives, Society, World news, South Africa, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Parliament, William Hague, Inequality, Coronavirus


Un Film Dramatique review – French youngsters get their say

Pupils from a rough Paris neighbourhood capture their lives, including debate on everything from philosophy to racism in Eric Baudelaire’s invigorating doc“Do you have as good a chance of becoming president as someone from a fancy neighbourhood?” A teenage girl is interviewing a boy in her class. They’re pupils at a middle school in a banlieue on the outskirts of Paris known by its official department number, “the 93”. It’s the poorest place in mainland France. Her classmate replies: “If I said ...
Tags: Europe, Education, Film, France, World news, Culture, Paris, Schools, Baudelaire, Documentary films, Eric Baudelaire, Guy Yanis


‘It’s been tumultuous’: Covid-19 stress takes toll on teachers in England

As the school term comes to an end, teachers tell of how they have been left feeling exhausted, anxious and demoralisedTeachers in England have described a nightmarish term in schools in which Covid has triggered soaring anxiety levels, exhaustion and fear, driving many to consider quitting and even self-harm.As schools limp towards Christmas with flagging attendances and rising cases in some areas, teachers said they lived in constant fear of catching the virus in school, and were overstretched...
Tags: Health, England, Education, UK News, World news, Teaching, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Teacher Network, Coronavirus, COVID, Long Covid


‘It’s been tumultuous’: Covid stress takes toll on teachers in England

As the school term comes to an end, teachers tell of how they have been left feeling exhausted, anxious and demoralisedTeachers in England have described a nightmarish term in schools in which Covid has triggered soaring anxiety levels, exhaustion and fear, driving many to consider quitting and even self-harm.As schools limp towards Christmas with flagging attendances and rising cases in some areas, teachers said they lived in constant fear of catching the virus in school, and were overstretched...
Tags: Health, England, Education, UK News, World news, Teaching, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Teacher Network, Coronavirus, COVID, Long Covid


Samuel Paty: French security services failed to act over incendiary social media campaign

Headteacher raised concerns before beheading of teacher who discussed Charlie Hebdo cartoons, inspectors findFrench security services failed to appreciate the gravity of the defamatory campaign on social media against the teacher Samuel Paty before his murder, an inspectors’ report has found.Despite the school’s headteacher reporting concerns about increasingly incendiary posts targeting the history and geography teacher on Facebook and Twitter, intelligence officials underestimated the risk. Co...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Education, France, Social Media, World news, Schools, Charlie Hebdo, Samuel Paty


Different age groups may get different Covid vaccines, experts say

Oxford/AstraZeneca planning new trial of lower-dose jab to see how well it works in older peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageConcerns around the efficacy of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus jab in older people could lead to different age groups being given different vaccines, experts have said.The partners announced last week that the vaccine had a 70% efficacy overall. For most trial participants – given two full doses, spaced a month apart – the effi...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Education, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Higher Education, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Coronavirus, Oxford University AstraZeneca, Oxford AstraZeneca


Climate ‘apocalypse’ fears stopping people having children – study

Survey of 600 people finds some parents regret having offspring for same reasonPeople worried about the climate crisis are deciding not to have children because of fears that their offspring would have to struggle through a climate apocalypse, according to the first academic study of the issue.The researchers surveyed 600 people aged 27 to 45 who were already factoring climate concerns into their reproductive choices and found 96% were very or extremely concerned about the wellbeing of their pot...
Tags: Family, Education, Children, Climate Change, Environment, Research, Life and style, Society, World news, Health & wellbeing, Higher Education, Parents and parenting, Childbirth


First-year EU students face £800 Brexit bill if not in UK before 2021

Visa and health fees likely to be levied on those who started UK courses overseas due to CovidFirst-year EU students who enrolled in UK universities this autumn but have been unable to move to the country due to the pandemic face an £800 Brexit bill shock if they don’t set foot on British soil before 31 December, campaigners have warned.The Home Office said they will not qualify for EU pre-settled status if they arrive after the end of the transition period, even though they have been unable to ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Students, Education, Scotland, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, NHS, Higher Education, Lithuania, University of Edinburgh, Brexit


The Indian school where students pay for lessons with plastic waste

Villagers once burned the toxic waste as fuel, but a pioneering couple’s radical education model uses it much more creativelyEvery morning, students in Assam’s Pamohi village go to school clutching a bag of plastic waste, in exchange for which they will get their day’s lessons.Akshar School, founded by Mazin Mukhtar, 32, and his wife Parmita Sarma, 30, has turned its pupils into ecowarriors by waiving school fees and helping to stop local people burning used plastic. Continue reading...
Tags: Education, Children, India, Environment, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Global development, Plastics, Assam, Pamohi, Akshar School, Mazin Mukhtar, Parmita Sarma


Respect and value girls – they can transform Africa's security and prosperity | Graça Machel

Investment in girls brings socioeconomic benefits, but too many countries lack the political will to bring about equality of opportunityBy 2050, Africa will be home to around half a billion girls and young women. If respected and treated as equals, they have the potential to transform the continent’s security and prosperity. This matters because every penny invested in girls’ education, healthcare and social protection benefits society many times over, while failure to invest in girls results in...
Tags: Gender, Education, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Global development, Child marriage, Graca Machel


More than 250,000 Americans have died from coronavirus as US cases soar - as it happened

States implement stricter guidelines to mitigate virus’ spreadNew York City public schools to close again on ThursdayPresident-elect Biden peaks virtually with healthcare workersTrump campaign to request recounts in two Wisconsin countiesHouse Democrats reelect Pelosi as nominee for speakerSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 1.11am GMT From me and Joan E Greve: Related: US passes 250,000 deaths from coronavirus 12.39am GMT Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota has a...
Tags: New York, Minnesota, Education, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Schools, Wisconsin, Biden, Donald Trump, Pelosi, Tim Walz, US elections 2020, Joan E Greve


More than 250,000 Americans have died from coronavirus as US cases soar - live

States implement stricter guidelines to mitigate virus’ spreadNew York City public schools to close again on ThursdayPresident-elect Biden peaks virtually with healthcare workersTrump campaign to request recounts in two Wisconsin countiesHouse Democrats reelect Pelosi as nominee for speakerSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.04pm GMT California’s governor Gavin Newsom, who came under fire for attending a fancy dinner with lobbyists at the French Laundry in Napa, w...
Tags: New York, Education, California, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Schools, Wisconsin, Napa, Biden, Norman, Donald Trump, Cma, Johns Hopkins


New York schools to close again as US approaches 250,000 Covid deaths – live

New York City public schools to close again on ThursdayPresident-elect Biden peaks virtually with healthcare workersTrump campaign to request recounts in two Wisconsin countiesHouse Democrats reelect Pelosi as nominee for speakerSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 8.27pm GMT Arizona’s secretary of state released a statement condemning the escalating threats of violence against her family and her office.Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said the attacks were not surprising and...
Tags: Dane, New York, Education, Milwaukee, New York City, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Arizona, Schools, Wisconsin, Kenya, Biden, Donald Trump


Lessons via loudspeaker: the students studying across India's digital divide

How do you learn from home without a laptop? Teachers are getting creative, but the pandemic remains a vast challengeVemula Deena lives in one of the tin huts strung along a narrow lane in the heart of Vijayawada, the business capital of Andhra Pradesh, in the south-east of India. Her parents are construction labourers. Vemula is 13 and wants to be a politician, enamoured of the spotless white kurta-pyjamas they wear and their public speaking.But her school has closed its doors in the face of th...
Tags: Education, Children, India, Society, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Schools, Global development, Andhra Pradesh, Vemula, Deena, Vijayawada, Coronavirus


French secularism goes only one way: letters

Seen from the UK, France’s non-religious approach to teaching often seems to translate into anti-Muslim feelings and actionsI am only a little older than Agnès Poirier, but my recollection of history teaching while I was growing up in France and my understanding of the concept of secularism are very different (“We French love our history teachers. Samuel Paty made us remember why”, Comment). I don’t remember being particularly inspired by any of my history teachers or their lessons encouraging m...
Tags: Europe, UK, Education, France, Religion, UK News, World news, History, Virgin, Algeria, UK France, Agnès Poirier, Samuel Paty, Isabelle CandyExmouth Devon Continue


Lessons from Estonia: why it excels at digital learning during Covid

Studies in the Baltic state moved seamlessly online thanks to its early adoption of education technology Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs hundreds of thousands of children in England found themselves shut out of education during lockdown, without access to a laptop or internet, pupils in Estonia reaped the rewards of the Baltic country’s long-term investment in digital learning.Long before coronavirus began to wreak havoc on the world, Estonia made the development o...
Tags: Europe, England, Education, World news, Teaching, Schools, Estonia, Coronavirus


‘I feel free here’: how a miracle girls' school was built in India's 'golden city'

A strikingly-designed centre reminiscent of Rajasthan’s famous forts will soon be opening its doors in conservative Jaisalmer“Don’t even try,” friends told Michael Daube, when he said he wanted to coax women in Jaisalmer to embroider yoga bags to help them earn some income.For the most part, at least in rural areas, this is Federico García Lorca territory, where marriage for a woman, as a character in the Spanish poet’s play Blood Wedding describes it, is “a man, children, and as for the rest a ...
Tags: Education, India, Women, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Global development, Federico García Lorca, Literacy, Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, Michael Daube


France orders children aged six and over to wear masks in school

National Assembly votes to extend rule to primary schools as national lockdown startsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren in France aged six and over will have to wear face masks in the classroom to keep schools open, the prime minister, Jean Castex, said on the eve of a second national lockdown.Speaking before the National Assembly backed the new restrictions by 399 votes to 27, Castex said the mandatory use of masks was being extended to primary school pupils on...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Education, France, Germany, World news, Schools, National Assembly, Coronavirus, Jean Castex, Castex


Nine insect-eating bird species in Amazon in sharp decline, scientists find

Paper suggests climate crisis reducing insects in lowlands and central jungle, as fruit-eaters not affectedBird species are in decline even in the remote parts of the Amazon, far from human interference, a study shows.Scientists have found a sharp decline in nine insect-eating bird species in the lowlands of the central jungle in the space of a few decades. No equivalent decline was found among fruit-eating birds. This, they said, indicated that the climate crisis and its effect on insect popula...
Tags: Amazon, Education, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Americas, Research, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Insects


Revealed: chaining, beatings and torture inside Sudan's Islamic schools

Two-year BBC News Arabic investigation uncovers horrific conditions, with boys as young as five facing violence and sexual abuseAn April evening in the suburbs of Khartoum. After months of undercover work, I had learned to time my visits to khalwas, Sudan’s Islamic schools, to coincide with evening prayers. I entered while the sheikhs (teachers) and 50-odd boys dressed in their white djellabas were busy praying. As they knelt, I heard the clanking of chains on the boys’ shackled legs. I sat down...
Tags: Education, Children, Africa, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Islam, Child protection, Global development, Sudan, Khartoum, BBC News Arabic, Khalwas


'My ticket out': the Indian village where every family has an engineer

Students from a small community traditionally known for weaving are beating the odds to gain coveted university placesHe had tossed and turned all night. When he finally got out of bed at 4am, Anand Kumar realised his parents had too.The 17-year-old was confident he had worked hard for his exam – the joint entrance exam (JEE), which is the ticket to India’s finest engineering institutions – but the anxiety was undeniable. Huddled together in their living room last week, the family sat refreshing...
Tags: Education, India, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Engineering, Higher Education, Global development, Universities, Anand Kumar, Global Education


Academics warn of ‘chilling effect’ of Hong Kong security law

Exclusive: global scholars on China call for agreement to resist interference in researchSome of the world’s leading scholars on China have called for a united international front in defence of university freedoms, amid claims of an increased Chinese threat to academic inquiry since the passing of Hong Kong’s national security law.Individual universities will be picked off unless there is a common agreement to resist Chinese state interference in academic research and teaching on China, a group ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Education, China, Germany, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Higher Education, Universities, US UK Australia


West and central Africa's closed schools putting children at risk, Unicef warns

Only seven out of 24 countries have reopened classrooms with Covid-safe measures, leaving millions unable to access educationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly one in three countries in west and central Africa have reopened their schools, leaving children at risk of child marriage, early pregnancy and recruitment by local armed groups, Unicef has warned.Six months after schools across the region closed under lockdown measures, just seven out of 24 countries – Benin,...
Tags: Education, Africa, World news, Sierra Leone, United Nations, Global development, Unicef, Global Education, Coronavirus outbreak


Hong Kong primary teacher deregistered 'for talking about independence'

Teacher accused of violating legislation, reportedly discussing freedom of speech with pupilsA Hong Kong primary school teacher has been deregistered after being accused of using pro-independence materials in class, reportedly to teach students about the concepts of freedom of speech and independence.The education bureau accused the teacher of a premeditated act in violation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, its de facto constitution, by having “spread a message about Hong Kong independence”. Continue r...
Tags: Hong Kong, Education, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Freedom Of Speech


Zimbabwe teachers refuse to return to work over low pay and lack of sanitation

An acute shortage of sanitiser, PPE and clean water is putting pupils and school staff at risk of Covid-19, say unionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTeachers in Zimbabwe are refusing to return to work after the resumption of some classes this week, accusing the government of failing to adequately prepare for the opening of schools.Schools reopened last week for pupils due to sit exams in early December, six months after they were closed because of a rise in Covid-19 ...
Tags: Education, Africa, World news, Teaching, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Global development, Zimbabwe, Coronavirus outbreak


Dutch corporate governance expert loses posts over links to fraudster

University and government watchdog drop academic and pundit Jaap KoelewijnA Dutch academic and media pundit specialising in corporate governance and integrity has lost his university and government watchdog roles after it emerged that he had knowingly gone into business with a convicted fraudster.Jaap Koelewijn, who wrote a column in a Dutch newspaper and regularly appeared on TV and radio, had hired a man named only as Michel G, who served a 10-month prison sentence for financial fraud, to work...
Tags: Europe, Business, Education, World news, Financial Sector, Higher Education, Netherlands, Corporate Governance, Jaap, Jaap Koelewijn, Michel G



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