“They Realized that we are Indeed Capable of Studying:” The SDGs and Educating People with Disabilities

Sustainable Development Goal Number 4 Source: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html

Sustainable Development Goal Number 4
Source: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html

The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated on Thursday, December 3rd, was “Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities.” This Day is aimed at creating awareness about disability issues aimed at developing an “inclusive and accessible society for all.” This year, the Day was also celebrated against the backdrop of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [discussed in an earlier post]. According to Charlotte Vuyiswa McClain-Nhlapothe Disability Advisor for the World Bank Group, one of the achievements of the SDGs is that they have at least 11 references to disability. Continue reading

Blending or Ending Learning?

“In ten minutes or less, students can enter someone else’s world, through a film or photo essay, and live their experience. That is a beautiful thing.” – Cleary Vaughan-Lee (Education Director, Global Oneness Project)

Technology is occupying an increasingly pervasive role in the world of education by expanding the immediacy and personalization of student contact with the rest of the world. Within the field of education, this has sparked huge debates pertaining to student experience in traditional and online classrooms. One of the most often discussed resolution to this problem is blended learning, which combines traditional face-to-face instruction with web-based online learning. Continue reading

Vloggers: Redefining Education in the Information Age?

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Saima Chowdury discusses her experience of university life as a Muslim woman. Click to view video.

Around the world people are increasingly utilizing the internet on a daily basis as a source and channel of information. As a result, many individuals’ voices are heard in ways that were not possible in the past. They are using technology to reach audiences in new and revolutionary ways, becoming “teachers” in their own areas of interest. In many ways these voices influence global education through the formation and introduction of new types of discourse and new ideas about what education can look like. One such individual who has found her voice in this way is Saima Chowdhury, a young Muslim fashion vlogger (video blogger) who has gained the attention of teens and young women across the UK.

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Connecting Farmers Around the World

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Woman farming in Peru (Bartosz Hadyniak via Getty Images)

 

The rise of the SMS, or short message services, has enabled people to instantaneously connect with each other. An astonishing 6 billion people worldwide now have access to cellphones—it’s safe to say that they have quickly become the global norm. We are now beginning to see the use of text messages rapidly expanding beyond casual conversations and evolving to become much more valuable. Continue reading

“Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”: A Critical Look at the Growing Demand for Study Abroad

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On October 1, 2015, University World News reported that the number of students studying abroad from the United States will increase by at least 77,000 students annually over the next five years as a result of the support provided to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad Initiative. By 2020, IIE hopes this number will increase to 600,000 students studying abroad each year.

As the number of students studying abroad increases, the institutions facilitating these programs must also increase their awareness of what effect study abroad programs may have, what potential exists for improvement of this growing educational option, and start asking harder questions about the experience, such as for whom this opportunity is really open. Particularly in an increasingly globalized world where the skills gained from studying abroad are increasingly marketable, is the study abroad experience becoming a status symbol contributing to the growing wealth distribution gap?

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Agency, Empowerment and A Revolutionary: A New Vision for Haitian Education Defined by and Made for Haiti

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As Haiti begins the 2015-2016 school year, recently appointed Minister of Education, Namsey Manigat, is resolved to make this year a defining year of change. He has declared, “The time has come…for us to create a new dynamic.” and he means business.

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