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· December, 2009

Stories about Education from December, 2009

Azerbaijan: Education, free thought and development

  19 December 2009

Following a previous post from Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines on European concerns with the situation of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan, and especially following the imprisonment of video blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, the blog comments on remarks made by the country's Minister of Education. The...

Japan: Peace picture books

  19 December 2009

The pacifist association called Peace Picture Books [ja, en] published online their last story titled Evil & Punishment: psychology of punishment [en]. On the same website it`s possible to read picture books by different illustrators.

Fiji: History syllabus that should be history

  17 December 2009

Wendy, from the blog Babasiga, hopes that the history syllabus taught in Fiji's schools is not really from 1960. “Sobosobo, that was colonial! Before Independence, before coup culture!,” she writes.

Tunisia: Student Jailed for Media Interview

  14 December 2009

Tunisian activists have started a Facebook group and a blog in support of Mohamed Soudani, 24, who disappeared on October 22, 2009, in Tunisia, after giving interviews to Radio Monte Carlo International and Radio France International. Friends have since learned he was detained and tortured.

China: Another elite's suicide – the story of Yang Yuanyuan

  14 December 2009

YANG Yuanyuan, a 30-year-old postgraduate at Shanghai Maritime University, hanged herself in her bathroom on November 25. She told her mother that knowledge cannot change destiny on the day before she committed suicide. Recent years have seen an increasing number of suicides committed by Chinese university students, in particular among postgraduates...

Russian Google Books Site Launched

RuNet Echo  11 December 2009

Google launched its “Books” project in Russian language [RUS], reports Russian radio “Mayak” [RUS]. The corporation will face serious competition from other 10 large Russian e-libraries with lib.ru [RUS] being the oldest and most popular.

Colombia: Critique and Rebuttal on Medellín Digital

  8 December 2009

Fernando Castro of Bitácora de viaje enlists the obstacles of ICT program Medellín digital [es], which implements technology in institutes and public places of Medellín, Colombia, to promote equality and education. Blogger suggest that using propietary software may not be the best way to reach the common user, and readers...

ICT4D for Women: Opportunities and Risks

  7 December 2009

Mobile phones present opportunities for development as well as risks for further abuse and marginalization of women. Gender awareness is crucial when it comes to using ICT for development.

Trinidad & Tobago: Small Farmers

  4 December 2009

“Hopefully after viewing this you will be inspired to plant your own organic garden (i.e. if you don't have one already)”: Now Is Wow Too posts a video she recorded of an initiative by the students of a Trinidadian primary school.

Bhutan: Grades vs Education

  2 December 2009

Tomlax says: “those people who score more in exams are not really more educated.” Read the post at Kuzu-Bhutan Weblog to learn why.

China: Draining the brain?

  2 December 2009

Both the blogosphere and the mainstream media in China have been alerting us to the country’s severe brain drain. According to the Global Times, around 1.4 million Chinese have gone abroad as students and scholars since 2007, with only a quarter returning after graduation. The Blue Book on Global Politics and...

Trinidad & Tobago: Gay Issues at CHOGM

  1 December 2009

gspottt says that “for the first time at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting…in Trinidad & Tobago, there was significant representation of GLBTQ (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer) activists among civil society participants, and a concerted effort to highlight issues of sexual citizenship and rights.”

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