· August, 2008

Stories about Education from August, 2008

Cuba: Is it worth it?

  12 August 2008

Yoani Sanchez examines Cuba's new proposal for higher pensions and uses the case of a soon-to-be-retired schoolteacher to show how inequitable the system is: “To put it as crudely as it deserves, this woman will now work five years longer and in return, when she finally leaves the workforce, she...

Barbados: Pure Rubbish

  12 August 2008

“The image building that has been part of Barbados’ development has not had enough honest ‘look in the mirror and tell me what you see’ efforts. If it had, then Bajans would perhaps be appalled to see how dirty their country is”: Living in Barbados blogs about garbage creation and...

AIDS Conference youth: A force to be reckoned with

  11 August 2008

One of the most active zones at the Global Village in the AIDS conference was certainly the Youth Action Zone, where youth from many different parts of the world got together to talk about their experiences, their hopes, their dreams and how change should come about taking their participation seriously. Their YouTube Channel has a series of videos from the AIDS conference, interviews and commentary about their role in taking control of the AIDS epidemic.

Arabeyes: Female, single, and away from home?

For many single Arab women, to live and work or study away from their family is not a choice made easily, because of fear of 'what people will say'. A number of bloggers from around the Arab world have voiced their frustration recently at the obstacles single women face.

Kazakhstan: Rumors and Crises

  11 August 2008

The Kazakhstani bloggers always closely keep an eye on the economic developments, justifyably linking the problems in development with shortcomings of the political system, poor governance and weak investments into human capital. What still causes sincere amazement in Kazakhstan is a Stoic serenity of the higher officials, responsible for the...

Iran:Did Minister of Interior fake his PhD

Several Iranian sites and bloggers included Alireza Rezaeei wrote[Fa] that Ali Kordan‘s, Minister of Interior,PhD from Oxford is a fake document. Conservative Alef site has publsihed Kordan's so called certificate from Oxford where you can find many mistakes in English!

MENA: Visas of Fulbright scholars revoked

Earlier this week three Palestinians, recipients of prestigious Fulbright scholarships to study in the United States, had their visas revoked by the US, preventing them from taking up the scholarships. A fourth, a high-school student on a separate programme, was also stopped. Yet two and a half months ago, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had personally intervened to make sure that the grant winners would be able to go. Why the last-minute change of heart? Bloggers from around the Middle East have a number of theories.

Haiti: Child Labour

  8 August 2008

“Child slavery in Haiti may be the ultimate symbol of a state that has failed its most vulnerable members”: jmc strategies says that “key to ending child slavery in Haiti is creating long-term economic options for parents and access to quality education for children.”

Bahamas: Domestic Violence

  8 August 2008

“According to the radio news the death of my friend Bloneva Bethel was the ‘result of a domestic dispute’. Why was it not ‘€œan unnecessary death due to the failure of the Police to respond to a serious call for help in a timely manner?'” Weblog Bahamas draws attention to...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Stupid is as Stupid Does

  8 August 2008

“It’s the glorification of ignorance, the association of dimness with your degree of blackness that troubles me”: Jamaican Marlon James is troubled by the pressure put on black people to “dumb things down”.

Barbados, Jamaica: Nice Is as Nice Does

  7 August 2008

Living in Barbados maintains that the Smile Barbados campaign, aimed at “encouraging people to show greater respect for each other” is a failure – and goes on to relate his experiences at the airport, “which is the first and last port of call for many visitors. It's where…good and bad...

iSummit2008: The Japanese-English divide

  6 August 2008

The 2008 iSummit in Sapporo, Japan ended last week after three days of keynotes and lab sessions on open content and open culture. Blogger Shinya Ichinohe (shinyai), who attended the event, reflected on his experiences, noting that while grateful for all that he learned, he also regrets the division which emerged between Japanese-language and English-language tracks.

Azerbaijan: Corruption

  6 August 2008

Thoughts on the Road says that it raised the issue of corruption with a group of Azerbaijani students who determined that both the government and citizens were responsible for fighting against the phenomenon. However, the blog notes, such a reality is first of all dependent on their being the political...

Armenia: Minority Education

  6 August 2008

Armenia: Higher Education & Sciences comments on a program to develop leadership skills among the country's ethnic minorities. Although not a specific area of focus of the specialist blog, it then goes on to discuss the various issues relating to minority education in Armenia.

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