UNESCO | Education - February 2010
Education Sector Newsletter
April 2011
Profile of the month

“Social networking helped me realize my right to education.”

Ayman Qwaider, a 24-year-old Palestinian student from Gaza, has led several parallel lives: student, teacher, humanitarian worker and blogger. Ayman is currently an intern in UNESCO’s Education Sector, working with and learning about post-conflict and post-disaster education as part of a Master’s degree in peace studies.



EFA Global Monitoring Report 2011: The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education
Armed conflict is robbing 28 million children of an education by exposing them to widespread sexual violence, targeted attacks on schools and other abuses, the 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report warns.

Teachers talking about the Transatlantic Slave Trade
On the occasion of the UN International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (25 March), UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet) participated in a global videoconference for teachers and educators.

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

Educating for disasters
Images of the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on 11 March 2011 and the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 shocked people everywhere. The impact of such events on education include the injury and loss of life of teachers and learners and the destruction of school buildings.

UNESCO launches new Web portal on Education for Sustainable Development
From climate change to new green technologies, UNESCO's new Web portal on Education for Sustainable Development demonstrates how education helps societies and individuals to achieve sustainability.

International Women’s Day (8 March) - a chance to tackle gender disparities in education
International Women’s Day 2011 was inspired by the theme of “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.

Coming up

Pan-African Conference on Teachers in Togo (13-15 April)
Despite a great number of teacher development initiatives in Africa (such as UNESCO’s Teacher Training Initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa), the shortage of motivated, qualified teachers in the region remains a formidable challenge.

Get ready for Global Action Week! (2 - 8 May)
The 2011 Global Action Week (GAW) on Education for All (EFA) will take place from 2 to 8 May. This year, the campaign will focus on the theme of "Girls' and Women's Education", a UNESCO priority. The core campaign activity will be "The Big Story" around which many other activities will be organized. GAW is an opportunity to galvanize strong political support to achieve gender-related goals in education.

UNESCO Global Forum on the use and misuse of university rankings (16-17 May)
There has been an explosion in rankings of universities in the last two decades. Originally a consumer tool, rankings now create intense competition and influence everyone from policy-makers to employers and students.

Selected Publications

Current challenges in basic science education

On the road to resilience: capacity development with the Ministry of Education in Afghanistan

Constructing an indicator system or scorecard for higher education: a practical guide

Trends in diversification of post-secondary education


Educational panorama 2010: remaining challenges

Education for sustainable development: an expert review of processes and learning

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