“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

New Direction for Education: Online? Offline? Online to Offline?

Economic Development Board, one of departments of Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry announced on October 29th that they have participated in series C financing of the education technology giant, Coursera. In August, Coursera has raised almost half billion dollars financing which led by New Enterprise Associates, KPCN, International Finance Corporation and Times Internet Limited. Now investment from the government of Singapore has bringing the series C funding to US$61.1 million. The amount Singapore government has invested in Coursera has not been disclosed. Including this round, Coursera’s total funding so far is around US$146.1 million. Continue reading