UNESCO | Education - February 2010
Education Sector Newsletter
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Interview of the month

“The ‘E’ in e-learning really can stand for exciting!”

Interview with Alastair Clark, Senior Programme Director at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) in the UK, winner of the 2010 UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT's in Education. It works for and celebrates the achievements of all adult learners. EduInfo spoke to him at the prizegiving ceremony. More


50 years of combating discrimination in education
Half a century ago, on 14 December 1960, UNESCO’s General Conference adopted the Convention against Discrimination in Education. It was, and is, the first international instrument with binding force in international law which develops the right to education in all its dimensions.

ICTs in Education projects rewarded at prizegiving ceremony, UNESCO Headquarters on 12 January
The Director-General of UNESCO presented the 2010 UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education at a ceremony on 12 January, 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters.

UNESCO’s “philosophers with boots” help rebuild education after Benin flooding
The education of over 100,000 children in Benin was severely disrupted due to heavy flooding in September 2010 which affected over 450 schools (about 7.5 percent of the total).

Launch of Economic Crisis and Education web portal
UNESCO launched a new UN-wide portal on the globa economic crisis and its implications for education. Based on knowledge-sharing, it highlights major ongoing research on the impact of the crisis.

WISE words at Doha
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Qian Tang, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, called for innovative solutions in their speeches at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), which took place from 7-9 December in Doha, Qatar.

Coming up

Holocaust memorial day (27 January)
Why, what and how can educators teach about the Holocaust, and how can understandings about the Holocaust relate to understandings about other genocides, mass atrocities, and human rights violations?

Launch of The 2011 Global Monitoring Report (1 March)
'The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education' examines the damaging consequences of conflict for the Education for All goals. The Report will also explore the role of violent conflict.

20 years on, Jomtien hosts High-Level Group on Education for All (22 - 24 March)
Some 40 global leaders will attend the Tenth Meeting of the High-Level Group (HLG) on Education for All (EFA) from 22 to 24 March in Jomtien, Thailand.

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