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The Courageous Duo Battling to Educat...
Dubai
By Lola García-Ajofrín
27 Mar 2015

“Neither the government of Cambodia nor its families care about blind children”
 
"No – absolutely not." This is what the Cambodian Minister of Education said to Benoit Duchateau-Arminjon in 1993 when he proposed to open the country’s first school for blind children. "If you want, take the money and invest it in normal schools,” he remembers being told.

“No,” other families said to Phalla Neang, a cambodian teacher, when she drove her small motorcycle from house-to-house, asking if there were blind children there. “Some people shut the door in my face,” she recalls. Now she laughs about it. At the time, blindness was considered a curse in Cambodia. But Benoît had promised a blind child, Wanna, that he would go to school. With that promise he convinced Phalla to join his organization, the Krousar Thmey Foundation.

"It was crazy," he admits. "I looked for her and I told her: I know you can help me but I’m only able to pay you $100." And she agreed. Phalla Neang, one of ten finalists under consideration for the “Nobel” of teaching at the 2015 Global Teacher Prize event held in Dubai, became the first teacher of Braille in the history of her country. Wanna, their first student, is now a professor of music.

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Education Changes Under Syrian Opposi...
Aleppo
By mohammed alhadi
02 Dec 2014

November 2014
Taqad, Aleppo Province, Syria

Students in the rebel-controlled village of Taqad to the west of Aleppo no longer have to pay tribute to the Syrian regime.
In this village with a population of 11,000, public schools follow books issued by the interim government appointed by the opposition Syrian National Coalition.
The director of one the local schools says that the new curriculum “shifted from glorifying the regime to glorifying the homeland.”
References to Bath party’s ideology or the “achievements” of Presidents Bashar al-Assad and his father the late President Hafez al-Assad were omitted from the new books, which are printed in Turkey and opposition-held areas in Syria.
Schools in this little town, however, have other pressing needs to deal with. Teachers work in overcrowded classrooms and students sometimes ditch school when they hear the sound of warplane

Interviews

00:45 – 00:55
Interview with Abdel Karim Subhi, a second-grade student (Boy, Arabic)
"I am eight years old. Whenever the airplanes are flying, my brothers and I do not come. We wait for them to end their raids so we come to school.

01:02 – 01:30
Interview with Ahmad al-Deek, a pro-opposition education official in Aleppo province (Man, Arabic)
“Books did not undergo a radical change in their content, but some of their content was modified, especially the parts where the regime is sanctified. Only national educational was totally removed from the curriculum. The Syrian National Coalition is working on printing new books and distributing them in the liberated areas. We also stress on the importance of education as a basic necessity in life, whether under bombardment or not. Education is a weapon to confront the regime, and the answer towards a better Syria in the future.”

01:31 – 01:44
Interview with Rama Humaida, a seven-grade student (Girl, Arabic)
“My siblings and I come from a middle class family, and we come to school every day to learn. My favorite class is the one related to Religion, and I wish to be a religious studies instructor in the future.”

02:50 – 03:13
Interview with Ahmad Jumaa, the director of Qaddour al-Sayyed school (Man, Arabic)
“This is Qaddour al-Sayyed School for Girls. The school has five sections classes; there are 12 teachers, some of whom are volunteers. We were able to get the necessary supplies such as books and notebooks with the help of some organizations.”

03:14 – 03:31
Interview with Nour Qassem, a grade-seven student (Girl, Arabic)
“My siblings and I come from a poor family, and we come to school every day to learn. My favorite class is Arabic, and I wish to be an Arabic instructor in the future.”

03:33 – 03:48
Interview with Raed Abdu, a primary school teacher (Man, Arabic)
“Despite our difficult circumstances and continuous airstrikes, we started the new academic year. This year was different in terms of taught subjects, especially national education and history.”

04:32 – 04:42
Interview with Ahmad Jumaa, principal of Qaddour al-Sayyed school
“I am the director of the Qaddour al-Sayyed School. The Syrian National Coalition distributed new books to the schools but we had to print some of the missing books in the local print houses.”

04:49 – 05:16
Interview with Abdullah Jumaa, a local teacher (Man, Arabic)
“The books were modified according to the situation we are living in now. All the parts where Bashar al-Assad and his gang are sanctified were removed. The new books shifted from the glorification of the regime to the glorification of the entire homeland, and new parts were added that reflect the actual situation.”

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EGYPT PRESENTS DRAFT OF CONSTITUTION;...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
10 Oct 2012

Egypt’s Constituent Assembly, the panel responsible for writing the country’s post-revolution constitution, released the first draft of the new constitution for debate and feedback by the public on Wednesday, October 10.

Hundreds of Lebanese teachers protested on Wednesday, October 10, outside the cabinet headquarters in Beirut, demanding that the government to implement a long-awaited salary increase.

On the first anniversary of the Maspero massacre, the relatives of the victims who were either shot or crushed to death by Armored Personnel Carriers, are still waiting for justice after a year of legal proceedings stemming from two cases, one of which witnessed the victims’ lawyers withdraw from the case and the other which saw protesters being put on trial.

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Teachers' Protest in Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
26 Sep 2012

Public school teachers in Barcelona protest against austerity measures following the mobilization of public school teachers in Catalonia. Today was the first day of the two-day strike called for by teachers in Catalonia. The protest, held in front of the Palace of the Generalitat, the seat of the regional government of Catalonia, had a festive tone. They protest against layoffs of more than 3000 teachers, budget cuts in public schools, increased student-teacher ratio, rising prices and taxes and for the decrease in grants and financial assistance to families.

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Teachers Protest in Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
26 Sep 2012

Public school teachers in Barcelona protest against austerity measures following the mobilization of public school teachers in Catalonia. Today was the first day of the two-day strike called for by teachers in Catalonia. The protest, held in front of the Palace of the Generalitat, the seat of the regional government of Catalonia, had a festive tone. They protest against layoffs of more than 3000 teachers, budget cuts in public schools, increased student-teacher ratio, rising prices and taxes and for the decrease in grants and financial assistance to families.

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TEACHERS PROTEST IN BARCELONA
Barcelona, Spain
By Editor's Picks
24 Sep 2012

Public school teachers in Barcelona protest against austerity measures following the mobilization of public school teachers in Catalonia. Today, September 26, 2012, was the first day of the two-day strike called for by teachers in Catalonia. The protest, held in front of the Palace of the Generalitat, the seat of the regional government of Catalonia, had a festive tone. They protested against layoffs of more than 3000 teachers, budget cuts in public schools, increased student-teacher ratio, rising prices and taxes and for the decrease in grants and financial assistance to families.

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Tunisia: teachers are rising up to de...
Tunisia
By jamel
12 Sep 2012

After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.

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Tunisia: teachers are rising up to de...
Tunisia
By jamel
12 Sep 2012

After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.

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Tunisia: teachers are rising up to de...
Tunisa
By jamel
12 Sep 2012

After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.

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Tunisia: teachers are rising up to de...
Tunisia
By jamel
12 Sep 2012

After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.

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Tunisia: teachers are rising up to de...
Tunisia
By Editor's Picks
11 Sep 2012

After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.

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Education in Rural Uganda (3 of 14)
Bombo, Uganda
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jul 2012

A primary teacher reviews a math lesson prior to a test the following day. Students take their lessons in English, but often have teachers who are unqualified for the subjects being taught or lack the needed textbooks. Many qualified teachers remain in urban areas in order to have running water and electricity.

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Early Childhood Education In Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
By ric francis
20 Jul 2012

This story is about a private pre-school in Nairobi, Kenya. It documents the spirit of the children and the challenges they and their teachers face.