• Education

    Girls’ Education Progresses in Afghanistan, but Will It Last?

    by  • March 30, 2014 • Education, Women's Issues • 

    New school in Helmand Province in Afghanistan

    Since the United States-led coalition toppled the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, education for girls has become more accessible in some parts of the country, but many factors continue to stymie its progress. Panelists discussed girls’ education in Afghanistan during a recent event held for the Commission on the Status of Women’s 2014 session at [...]

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    Schoolgirls Forced to Take ‘Pregnancy Tests’ in Tanzania

    by  • October 6, 2013 • Africa, Education, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 

    Chika, Tanzanian schoolgirl

    As reports of the scale and brutality of rape in India emerged in the last year, a secondary practice was also exposed: the high incidence of “virginity tests” by police investigators that doubled the abuse of victims seeking redress. Now, a new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights has directed attention to another, not [...]

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    The Glory of Self-Learning, Discovered by Children in India

    by  • February 6, 2013 • Asia, Education • 2 Comments

    An Indian student in front of a Hole in the Wall education kiosk.

    Imagine a new world of innovative, inexpensive and successful learning, where dusty streets in rural towns in developing countries are lined with self-powered computer kiosks and children from poor neighborhoods have the same ability to work with new technology as children in richer areas do. That dynamic is the goal of new education policies put [...]

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    With Public Schools Out of Reach, Burmese Monks Teach the Poor

    by  • September 23, 2012 • Asia, Development, Education • 2 Comments

    Burmese boys at a monastery

    RANGOON — One of the most surprising statistics about the Burmese people is not that they are the poorest in Southeast Asia. It is well known that decades of military dictatorship destroyed the national economy and set human development back at least a generation. What is unexpected is that throughout the worst of times, the [...]

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    Schools Fail the Youngest Where Population Grows the Fastest

    by  • June 20, 2012 • Africa, Education, Millennium Goals • 10 Comments

    Congolese children in an unfinished classroom at a primary school near the Kahe refugee camp in Goma, North Kivu Province.

    Optimists in many developing countries are convinced that their expanding youth populations will be engines of economic growth in coming decades. They call this the “demographic dividend.” Social scientists and demographers in those same nations, however, are usually more wary of the future, as they focus on how those children, on whom so much hope [...]

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