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Uganda’s schooling system doesn’t politically empower young people

Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Simone Datzberger, UCL More than 20 years ago, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development stated that: The lack of education stops a great majority of Africans from being citizens in their own right. However, in the two following decades, there have been very mixed results on how education enhances political empowerment in …

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Universities enrich communities, as well as educating students – new research

Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock Elaine Unterhalter, UCL Education helps us share knowledge, develop understanding, and supports our connection with each other. As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, governments have been preoccupied with how to re-open schools. However, there has been more doubt about universities. Discussions about the rise in COVID-19 infections in student populations have often raised the question as to why students …

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How reading habits have changed during the COVID-19 lockdown

People have sought more security and safety in their reading. Andrii Kobryn/Shutterstock

People have sought more security and safety in their reading. Andrii Kobryn/Shutterstock Abigail Boucher, Aston University; Chloe Harrison, Aston University, and Marcello Giovanelli, Aston University During times of crisis, people find themselves faced with lifestyle changes. One of the earliest and most noticeable changes seen during the COVID-19 lockdown was how we consume media — and especially how we read. …

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Les systèmes éducatifs sont en crise partout sur la planète. Voici comment ils se relèveront

Education systems are in crisis around the world, affecting more than 1.5 billion learners in 188 countries. According to UNESCO, the consequences will be significant. Shutterstock

Education systems are in crisis around the world, affecting more than 1.5 billion learners in 188 countries. According to UNESCO, the consequences will be significant. Shutterstock Patrick Charland , University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) ; Olivier Arvisais , University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) , and Tegwen Gadais , University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) The current Covid-19 crisis, …

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The puzzle of home education in Hasidic communities

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While educating children at home is a big challenge for any parent, it is an achievement for most Hasidic parents. Fathers have not been able to develop their skills in this regard, not having received sufficient secular education themselves, and mothers, in charge of large families, often work outside the home. The issue is all the more important given that home education is …

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Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas

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The recent release of global university rankings and the way these are reported raises important questions about the role and reputation of our tertiary institutions. Are universities measured and ranked according to what we really value? Or are they ranked and valued only by what is measured? And are those measures authentic and trusted indicators of quality? There was a time when no one …

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Why the Gulf monarchies have survived

Saudi King Salman accompanies Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, left, during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi King Salman accompanies Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, left, during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) Edmund Adam, University of Toronto When the Arab Spring protests erupted in 2010, many political pundits predicted the uprisings would ripple through the entire region and ultimately reach the oil-rich …

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Can an Islamic education produce critical thinking?

Al-Madina free school governor Abdullah Shahjan was told his school was disfunctional. Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dennis Hayes, University of Derby The closure of the secondary section of the Al-Madinah free school in Derby will be celebrated by those who oppose free schools and what are euphemistically labelled “faith” schools. Whatever the stated objections to them it is left to bloggers to warn of indoctrination. The bloggers say what many people fear and fear to say …

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Sending international students home would sap US influence and hurt the economy

Some colleges may have to scramble to make plans to keep international students enrolled. Boston Globe/Getty Images

Some colleges may have to scramble to make plans to keep international students enrolled. Boston Globe/Getty Images David L. Di Maria, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on July 8 to explain a policy rule issued on July 6. The Trump administration announced on July 14 that the policy rule had been rescinded. U.S. …

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