· July, 2007

Stories about Education from July, 2007

Africa: save the dirty little African children

  18 July 2007

A UNICEF Germany campaign that will definitely anger many Africans and friends of Africa: This is an actual ad-campaign by UNICEF Germany! This campaign is “blackfacing“ white children with mud to pose as “uneducated africans“. The headline translates “This Ad-campaign developped pro bono by the agency Jung von Matt/Alster shows...

Bahamas: Creativity and Education

  18 July 2007

“One question that keeps nagging at me is; why do we keep blaming dysfunctional families for the failure of education?” Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com links to a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson to make a point about education in the Bahamas.

Ghana: secondary school programming competition

  16 July 2007

Ramblings of an African Geek writes about secondary school programming competition in Ghana: “For those of you unfamiliar with I2CAP, it is a secondary school level programming competition. We train the teachers who go back and train the students. Then we have regional competitions and finally the nationals. At the...

Japan: The psychology of right-wing nationalist intellectuals

  15 July 2007

Blogger Niphonese writes about the phenomenon of Japanese going to study in Europe, then returning to Japan and joining right-wing nationalist groups [Ja]: “After experiencing discrimination in Europe, these Japanese people think to themselves: ‘Westerners talk about these things like human rights and so on, pretending like they don't know....

Iran:Brain drain!

Lord Kavi says “brain drain costs $50 billion or more yearly for Iran.”He explains a lot more about the “roots” of this problem that Iran has faced since Islamic Revolution.

Korea: Bogus-degree and Success

  14 July 2007

A young female professor who was appointed as a director of one of the biggest festivals in Korea this month was revealed to be a bogus-degree holding intellectual. An art professor and supposed Yale University degree holder, she has brought a positive influence to the field of art by making...

Serbia's One and Only Science Blog: Help Save It!

Blogs would have been a great medium for interaction, publishing, communication and collaboration in science, a good place for showcasing Serbian scientific achievement, which has been in the shade lately, after years of sanctions, war and political disturbances. There is only one institutional science blog in Serbia, however - and it looks like it may soon disappear altogether. Please get involved and help save it!

Iran:More Student Activists were Arrested

City Boy reports that the July 9, 1999 Tehran student rebellion was the single most important movement against the Islamic Republic government.The 8th anniversary of this event in Iran started by attack on the Advar-e Tahkim Vahdat (High Council of the Office for the Strengthening Unity) who had gathered outside...

Cuba: Blogging for Cuban Liberty

  12 July 2007

Uncommon Sense is proud to be part of Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty and hopes that the campaign will influence The Police to speak out for the cause of political prisoners in Cuba: “But I am not sure whether it really matters if we do. Already, success is ours —...

Qatar : It's Educational

The academic year has come to an end in Qatar so it's a good time to look at what bloggers have been saying about education in the country. Qatar is trying to build a "knowledge economy" in order to diversify its economy away from oil and gas. It has placed a strong focus on education and learning through Qatar Foundation. Mohamed Nanabhay reports what bloggers in Qatar have to say about education there.

Jordanian Blogosphere | Celebrating Petra The World Wonder

It's been an interesting few days on the Jordanian blogosphere and Naseem Tarawnah brings us the latest in this review. Jordanians are celebrating the inclusion of Petra among the Seven World Wonders, discussing the archaic (and outlawed) tradition of shooting guns during traditions and pondering on the effectiveness of traditional marriages.

Barbados: HIV Testing for Clergy?

  9 July 2007

The president of the Barbados Evangelical Association‘s call for all members of the clergy to be tested openly for HIV/AIDS has caused quite a stir. Gallimaufry says, “If you’ve been keeping your zip up, then you should have no worries about your HIV status…as a leader of a spiritual community...

Uzbekistan: Academic Exiles

On Registan.net, Kayumars Turkistan ponders the implications of Uzbekistan's isolation for the academic exchange with the country and finds that international researchers rather locate in the countries bordering Uzbekistan. Readers from Tashkent reply in the comments, however, that not all is really as bad as it seems.

China: University or Concentration Camp?

  9 July 2007

Kaie noticed that the Education Department in China has recently imposed a prohibition on university student from renting apartment outside campus. He laughed at the Department for managing university like concentration camp where there is no freedom for the matured students (zh).