Germany and Refugees: The Challenges Ahead

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Willkommensklasse in Berlin / Westfälische Nachrichten

It is now projected that over 1 million refugees will make their way to Germany by the end of this year. What will the future look like for those who manage to stay?

So far, German language learning has been a keystone to integration programs. The requirement to enroll in schools varies across German states, but usually comes into effect 3 months after asylum applications are submitted.  Students of all levels join Willkomensklassen, where language acquisition is the main focus. The expectation is that these separate courses will enable refugee children to later join standard classes the next year.

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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

The Fulbright Experience: What International Education Week means to an International Student*

Two weeks ago, I attended the Fulbright Pakistan Fall Seminar 2015, at the University of Kentucky. The seminar began with the organiser saying, “2:15 means 2:15, this is the U.S., not Pakistan.” We were told during numerous sessions that our primary goal was to make American friends and to not be “disruptive” in classrooms. Continue reading

From Girl’s Literacy to Women Leadership: a Leap Forward?

Recently, the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, spoke at the event regarding women’s education. In her speech, she thought highly of an international women’s college called “The Asian University for Women” (AUW), located in Bangladesh. Continue reading

We Don’t Need no Global Education: Should we bother with the Sustainable Development Goals?

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Source: UN in collaboration with Project Everyone

How are [children] going to negotiate and navigate conflict? How are they going to reconcile differences? How are they going to look at equality? How will they think about empathy? These are the things that are missing in our curriculum around the world,” – Gowri Ishwaran Continue reading