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Newsmotion - Education http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/16/all en Access to education ‘minimal’ in Arakan camps: official http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/access-education-%E2%80%98minimal%E2%80%99-arakan-camps-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Access to education ‘minimal’ in Arakan camps: official </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 09/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Only eight percent of displaced Muslim children in western Burma’s Arakan State have access to secondary education, according to a senior education coordinator.</p> <p>While the figure is up slightly from seven percent earlier this year, education provided to internally displaced persons (IDPs) remains minimal and informal.</p> <p>“At the moment, the majority of children are receiving just two hours of emergency education a day, which is [Burmese] language and mathematics. The teachers are not certified or recognized,” said Arlo Kitchingman, who works for Save the Children and serves as Burma’s “education cluster coordinator”.</p> <p>As such, he oversees international organisations that implement emergency education programmes in Arakan and other conflict-affected areas.</p> <div class="related-box"><h3 class="widget-title fix"><span>Related Stories</span></h3><ul class="widget_wpb_tabs"><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/dvb-video/the-key-issue-for-us-is-citizenship-says-un-deputy-chief-burma-myanmar/44146"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> The key issue for us is citizenship, says UN deputy chief</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/better-infrastructure-institutions-and-human-capital-key-to-growth-adb-burma-myanmar/44072"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Better infrastructure, institutions and human capital &#8216;key&#8217; to growth: ADB</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/university-students-union-opposes-education-bill-burma-myanmar/44038"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> University Students Union opposes Education Bill</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> <p>A <em>Strategic Response Plan</em> produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in 2013 estimated that 17,500 out of 23,500 primary-aged Muslim IDPs could regularly access education, the new figures indicate that once they reach the 11-17 age bracket those numbers tend to nosedive.</p> <p>In contrast, access for non-Muslim children in the same age bracket is “much higher”, but remains “quite low” in comparison to other parts of Burma.The level of education reaching the camps is extremely basic, said Kitchingman, with few teachers who volunteer at temporary learning places set up inside the camps.</p> <p>Another shadow looming over the state’s education providers is whether the curriculum will be recognised by government schools in the event that IDPs can leave the camps and return home.</p> <p>“We’re still not sure whether &#8212; if the situation changed &#8212; whether the learning taking place, which is actually minimal… would be recognised in government schools,” said Kitchingman.</p> <p>Emergency education providers plan to expand the current curriculum to include subjects that mirror the government’s and to boost the quality of education.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/access-to-education-minimal-in-arakan-camps-official-burma-myanmar/44224" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/access-to-education-minimal-in-arakan-camps-official-burm...</a> </div> </div> </div> arakan Burma Citizen DVB Education emergency education internally displaced persons Lead Story Muslim students news Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:56:27 +0000 feed 331761 at http://newsmotion.org An Urgent Call for the Protection and Preservation of Tibetan Language http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/urgent-call-protection-and-preservation-tibetan-language <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Urgent Call for the Protection and Preservation of Tibetan Language </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Khenpo Tsultrim Lodoe is an influential Buddhist teacher at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in Tibet. His article which addresses the relation between language and identity and urges for the preservation of Tibetan language was posted on an official educational website for Tibetan middle schools on July 4, 2014. High Peaks Pure Earth <a href="http://highpeakspureearth.com/2014/an-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language-by-khenpo-tsultrim-lodoe/">translated</a> the reflective piece. </p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/oiwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Oiwan Lam'>Oiwan Lam</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/16/an-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F16%2Fan-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language%2F&#038;text=An+Urgent+Call+for+the+Protection+and+Preservation+of+Tibetan+Language&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F16%2Fan-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F16%2Fan-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language%2F&#038;title=An+Urgent+Call+for+the+Protection+and+Preservation+of+Tibetan+Language' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F16%2Fan-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/16/an-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/16/an-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-p...</a> </div> </div> </div> China Citizen East Asia Education English Ethnicity & Race Language Oiwan Lam Quick Reads Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:54:36 +0000 feed 331558 at http://newsmotion.org An Urgent Call for the Protection and Preservation of Tibetan Language http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/urgent-call-protection-and-preservation-tibetan-language-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Urgent Call for the Protection and Preservation of Tibetan Language </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Khenpo Tsultrim Lodoe is an influential Buddhist teacher at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in Tibet. His article which addresses the relation between language and identity and urges for the preservation of Tibetan language was posted on an official educational website for Tibetan middle schools on July 4, 2014. High Peaks Pure Earth <a href="http://highpeakspureearth.com/2014/an-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language-by-khenpo-tsultrim-lodoe/">translated</a> the reflective piece. </p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/oiwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Oiwan Lam'>Oiwan Lam</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/16/an-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F16%2Fan-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language%2F&#038;text=An+Urgent+Call+for+the+Protection+and+Preservation+of+Tibetan+Language&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F16%2Fan-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F16%2Fan-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language%2F&#038;title=An+Urgent+Call+for+the+Protection+and+Preservation+of+Tibetan+Language' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F16%2Fan-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/16/an-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-preservation-of-tibetan-language/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/16/an-urgent-call-for-the-protection-and-p...</a> </div> </div> </div> China Citizen East Asia Education English Ethnicity & Race Language Oiwan Lam Quick Reads Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:54:36 +0000 feed 331582 at http://newsmotion.org Togolese Bloggers Poke Fun at President for Over the Top BillBoard http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/togolese-bloggers-poke-fun-president-over-top-billboard <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Togolese Bloggers Poke Fun at President for Over the Top BillBoard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 09/15/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Someone sure wanted people to know that he was thankful for Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé generosity. This week, a giant billboard was raised in Lomé, Togo&nbsp;that praised the president&#39;s action in favor of providing lunch for school children. The billboard seen below reads in french :&#8221; <a href="http://salaudlumineux.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/lere-de-la-papa-presidence-est-arrivee/">Thanks Daddy Faure for the children&#39;s school lunch</a>&#8220;. Togolese citizens were taken aback by the message and its exuberance. They took to twitter to poke fun at the Billboard and create the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MerciPapaFaure?src=hash">#merciPapaFaure</a>&nbsp;(Thank you Daddy Faure).&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bon, et si on lançait le hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MerciPapaFaure?src=hash">#MerciPapaFaure</a> pour rire un peu? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gnadoe?src=hash">#gnadoe</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Nounfoh">@Nounfoh</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AphtalC">@AphtalC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/teteenyon">@teteenyon</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/liebeBAT">@liebeBAT</a> <a href="http://t.co/gjq030YkRw">pic.twitter.com/gjq030YkRw</a></p> <p>— Kelly Adediha (@KellyGeek) <a href="https://twitter.com/KellyGeek/status/510077517018177536">September 11, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>OK, how about some fun with the hashtag #mercipapaFaure ?&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>The photo above has been shared widely on twitter. Adzima provides some background on the <a href="http://salaudlumineux.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/lere-de-la-papa-presidence-est-arrivee/">state of the affair for the Togolese children </a>at school. </p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/lova-rakotomalala/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rakotomalala'>Rakotomalala</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/15/togolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F15%2Ftogolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard%2F&#038;text=Togolese+Bloggers+Poke+Fun+at+President+for+Over+the+Top+BillBoard&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F15%2Ftogolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F15%2Ftogolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard%2F&#038;title=Togolese+Bloggers+Poke+Fun+at+President+for+Over+the+Top+BillBoard' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F15%2Ftogolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/15/togolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/15/togolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Citizen Media Education French Good News Governance Humor Ideas Photography Photos Politics Quick Reads Rakotomalala sub-Saharan Africa Togo youth Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:33 +0000 feed 331001 at http://newsmotion.org Togolese Bloggers Poke Fun at President for Over the Top BillBoard http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/togolese-bloggers-poke-fun-president-over-top-billboard-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Togolese Bloggers Poke Fun at President for Over the Top BillBoard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 09/15/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Someone sure wanted people to know that he was thankful for Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé generosity. This week, a giant billboard was raised in Lomé, Togo&nbsp;that praised the president&#39;s action in favor of providing lunch for school children. The billboard seen below reads in french :&#8221; <a href="http://salaudlumineux.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/lere-de-la-papa-presidence-est-arrivee/">Thanks Daddy Faure for the children&#39;s school lunch</a>&#8220;. Togolese citizens were taken aback by the message and its exuberance. They took to twitter to poke fun at the Billboard and create the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MerciPapaFaure?src=hash">#merciPapaFaure</a>&nbsp;(Thank you Daddy Faure).&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bon, et si on lançait le hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MerciPapaFaure?src=hash">#MerciPapaFaure</a> pour rire un peu? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gnadoe?src=hash">#gnadoe</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Nounfoh">@Nounfoh</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AphtalC">@AphtalC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/teteenyon">@teteenyon</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/liebeBAT">@liebeBAT</a> <a href="http://t.co/gjq030YkRw">pic.twitter.com/gjq030YkRw</a></p> <p>— Kelly Adediha (@KellyGeek) <a href="https://twitter.com/KellyGeek/status/510077517018177536">September 11, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>OK, how about some fun with the hashtag #mercipapaFaure ?&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>The photo above has been shared widely on twitter. Adzima provides some background on the <a href="http://salaudlumineux.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/lere-de-la-papa-presidence-est-arrivee/">state of the affair for the Togolese children </a>at school. </p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/lova-rakotomalala/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rakotomalala'>Rakotomalala</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/15/togolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F15%2Ftogolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard%2F&#038;text=Togolese+Bloggers+Poke+Fun+at+President+for+Over+the+Top+BillBoard&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F15%2Ftogolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F15%2Ftogolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard%2F&#038;title=Togolese+Bloggers+Poke+Fun+at+President+for+Over+the+Top+BillBoard' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F15%2Ftogolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/15/togolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president-for-over-the-top-billboard/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/15/togolese-bloggers-poke-fun-at-president...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Citizen Media Education French Good News Governance Humor Ideas Photography Photos Politics Quick Reads Rakotomalala sub-Saharan Africa Togo youth Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:33 +0000 feed 331048 at http://newsmotion.org Burma’s teachers chime in on education reform http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/burma%E2%80%99s-teachers-chime-education-reform <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Burma’s teachers chime in on education reform </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 09/15/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Opposition to Burma’s National Education Bill continues to grow as the draft moves closer to approval. The Myanmar Teachers Federation (MTF) has joined the long list of students and educators that oppose the legislation. “We would like to announce to the people that we strongly believe the National Education Law affects not only the education sector but the entire country and the people,” the MTF said in a statement released <span data-term="goog_32238325">on Monday</span>. “Therefore, the Myanmar Teachers Federation will fully cooperate with student unions across the country who are pushing for education reform that will truly benefit the country.” <div class="related-box"><h3 class="widget-title fix"><span>Related Stories</span></h3><ul class="widget_wpb_tabs"><li><img width="326" height="231" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/student-pics-326x231.jpg" class="attachment-226x160 wp-post-image" alt="Students denounce the National Education Bill in front of the University for Computer Studies, 25km north of Rangoon, on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. (PHOTO: DVB)." /><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/university-students-union-opposes-education-bill-burma-myanmar/44038"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> University Students Union opposes Education Bill</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/sagaing-students-protest-controversial-education-bill/43759"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Sagaing students protest controversial Education Bill</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/bullet-points-news-burma-myanmar-11/42623"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Bullet Points</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> The bill, drafted by the government’s Education Promotion Implementation Committee (EPIC) and submitted to parliament in March 2014, was recently passed by both houses of parliament and now awaits the president’s signature. Controversial from the outset, the bill has sparked heated demonstrations in <strong><a href="https://www.dvb.no/news/mandalay-students-protest-education-bill-burma-myanmar/43612">Mandalay</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.dvb.no/news/sagaing-students-protest-controversial-education-bill/43759">Sagaing</a></strong> and Rangoon divisions. The <strong><a href="https://www.dvb.no/uncategorized/burmas-education-policy-under-fire-from-academics/38775">bill’s detractors claim</a></strong> that the education reform process lacks transparency and could ultimately serve to centralise education, granting too much power to the government. History has shown a tendency to marginalise minorities through the education system, which is in poor shape after decades of fiscal and administrative neglect. MTF pointed out that the national Network for Education Reform (NNER), an independent body of academics and educators that was formed to oversee the school reform process, is also critical of the legislation. The group also denounced the government’s response to peaceful opposition to the bill, claiming that “authorities have investigated, threatened, arrested, pressured and tried to control students who have protested peacefully against the education bill.” Burma has a high literacy rate – 93 percent, according to World Bank data released in 2012. However, the country’s education system was stymied under decades of military rule, and remains sorely short of highly-skilled instructors. The budget allocated for education in Burma is <strong><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/health-education-spending-to-increase-in-2014-burma-myanmar/35887">under six percent of national spending</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/burmas-teachers-chime-in-on-education-reform-burma-myanmar/44176" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/burmas-teachers-chime-in-on-education-reform-burma-myanma...</a> </div> </div> </div> Burma Citizen DVB Education education reform. Lead Story Mandalay Myanmar Teachers Federation National Education Bill news Rangoon Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:57:00 +0000 feed 331162 at http://newsmotion.org How the United States H4 Visa Traps Foreign Workers’ Family Members in a ‘Golden Cage’ http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/how-united-states-h4-visa-traps-foreign-workers%E2%80%99-family-members-%E2%80%98golden-cage%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How the United States H4 Visa Traps Foreign Workers’ Family Members in a ‘Golden Cage’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 09/12/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_489711" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephthegeek/421872168"><img class="size-large wp-image-489711" alt="Stack of paperwork for US immigration. Image from Flickr by Stephanie Pakrul. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/421872168_517df200cb_b-800x533.jpg" width="800" height="533" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Stack of paperwork for US immigration. Image from Flickr by Stephanie Pakrul. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0</p></div> <p>It has been dubbed the &#8220;golden cage&#8221;, &#8220;depression visa&#8221; and &#8220;prisoner visa&#8221; in various reports and comments. The United States&#8217; <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-4_visa">H4 visa</a> allows immediate family members of those awarded an &#8220;H&#8221; visa for temporary work to reside in the US, but not much else.&nbsp;</p> <p>Holders of this visa cannot obtain a&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_number">Social Security number</a>, the de facto national identification number for taxation, job applications and other tracking purposes. By contrast, dependents of another temporary work visa, the L1, are allowed to work in the US after obtaining employment authorization from the United States Immigration Service.</p> <p>Many of the spouses of &#8220;H&#8221; visa holders are mostly women and are professionals with valuable skills to contribute to the workforce. But they cannot get a job in the US, work remotely for a company back home or even freelance, <a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/mind-the-gap/2012/10/09/so-youre-on-a-spouse-visa-things-to-know/">according to the terms of the H4 visa</a>. So&nbsp;H4 visa holders resort to continuing education, limited volunteering or illegal freelance work, a minimal use of their skills.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.change.org/p/give-more-rights-to-h4-visa-holders">recent petition </a>started by Shah Peerally,&nbsp;a lawyer in California, demands that the US government allow them more rights.</p> <p>A Facebook page titled “<a href="https://www.facebook.com/H4visaacurse">H4 visa, a curse</a>” has close to 5,000 likes. An associated<a href="http://h4-visa-a-curse.blogspot.com/p/view-stories.html"> blog</a> details experiences of H4 visa holders and highlights the depression, frustration and sometimes familial abuse attached to a visa that restricts employment, especially for immigrants who have no social support system in a new country. For instance,&nbsp;<a href="http://h4-visa-a-curse.blogspot.com/p/view-stories.html">Shilpa – Future entrepreneur writes</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p dir="ltr">I have masters degree and 3 year of work experience from my home country, all in waste. By the time I will get my work permit I will be 45 year old and there will be more than 10 year of career gap in my resume. Which employer will like to hire with this huge career gap. 2) To live in America and afford the daily expense with kids is very hard and that is why we are not able to buy a house. 3) H4 visa woman are abused, one of my friends Mother was abused very badly. All because she did not have any identity card, no money, nowhere to go. These abuse cases go unreported because h4 dependents don’t have an identity.</p> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Elsewhere on the Internet, Jaspreet, in an<a href="http://lettertobarackobama.com/comment/76039#comment-76039"> open letter to President Obama</a>, writes:</p> <blockquote> <p dir="ltr">We were both from top institutes back in India, there was a time when I had a great career , making more money than my husband, but I came to the US to support my husband&#39;s career</p> <p dir="ltr">…</p> <p dir="ltr">ppl who have been here since there education and paid taxes for yrs are the ones most affected. The sad part is, even if you grant us a small favor and authorize work, what will the wives do after a gap of 7 yrs in their career?</p> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Geetha Krishnan, a chemical engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area, tweets:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/ImmPolitic">@ImmPolitic</a> There ought to be some equality and rights for qualified well educated h4 visa spouses who are wasting their talents</p> <p>— Geetha Krishnan (@KoolGeets) <a href="https://twitter.com/KoolGeets/status/502912888705925120">August 22, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">A<a href="http://www.nvca.org/index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=984">&nbsp;study of immigrant entrepreneurs</a>&nbsp;in the US, commissioned by the National Venture Capital Association,&nbsp;found that in recent years immigrants started one-third of US venture-backed companies that became publicly traded.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Recognizing the value that immigrants bring to the culture and economy,&nbsp;President Barack Obama&#39;s administration<a href="http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2014/05/07/many-h4-visa-holders-will-get-work-permits-year/">&nbsp;announced</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;on May 7, 2014,&nbsp;proposals to allow a<a href="http://www.happyschools.com/qualification-h4-visa-spouses-ead/"> subset of H4 visa holders</a> to work in the US. The number of qualified candidates is around 100,000 at the current time.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The rationale for this was <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/06/usa-immigration-regulations-idUSL2N0NS0MG20140506">explained</a> by Commerce Secretary Penny&nbsp;Pritzker:&nbsp;“These individuals are American families in waiting. Many tire of waiting for green cards and leave the country to work for our competition. The fact is we have to do more to retain and attract world-class talent to the United States, and these regulations put us on a path to do that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">As with any immigration reform, the proposal has been greeted by a mixture of fear and triumph. Interested individuals have posted positive and negative comments on Regulations.gov,&nbsp;a website that allows the public to track and comment on federal rulemaking. It received&nbsp;12,922 comments before the commenting period was closed on July 11.</p> <p dir="ltr">Cecilia Curtis <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2010-0017-1181">vocalizes the worry of many Americans</a> vis a vis immigration reform:</p> <blockquote> <p dir="ltr">This proposed rule change does NOT help American workers who are indeed skilled and unable to find work. Why does this Administration continue to put up roadblocks to hurt the American worker? Further, why does this Administration continue to bypass congress when it comes to immigration? There are way too many immigrants (legal and illegal) here in the US now. Our country cannot continue to absorb these excess workers/people. This is such a bad idea.</p> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Vivek Pandey, however<a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2010-0017-8100">, disagrees that the law will divert jobs from citizens</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p dir="ltr">My wife has years of very high quality work experience and can easily find employment were this rule in effect. Please bear in mind that this rule does not in any way promote the &#8216;low cost&#8217; worker rhetoric that has become rampant. The kind of job that my wife and many other spouses on H4 visa compete for require a very high level of expertise and experience.</p> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, the production company of an immigration attorney in California, Shah&nbsp;Peerally Productions, is working on a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shahpeerallyproductions.com/executive-summary-of-the-movie-h4-visa-the-curse/">movie</a>&nbsp;to educate the general public about the trauma associated with the H4 visa:</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z70aQqWqzUo?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">It remains to be seen how long it takes for the work permits to be issued to dependent visa holders. This proposal is a step toward in fixing a system which handicaps qualified spouses of qualified workers, hailed with relief by many prisoners of the “golden cage”.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/tejasviniprasad/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Tejasvini Prasad'>Tejasvini Prasad</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/12/how-the-united-states-h4-visa-traps-foreign-workers-family-members-in-a-golden-cage/#comments" title="comments">comments (3) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F12%2Fhow-the-united-states-h4-visa-traps-foreign-workers-family-members-in-a-golden-cage%2F&#038;text=How+the+United+States+H4+Visa+Traps+Foreign+Workers%27+Family+Members+in+a+%27Golden+Cage%27&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F12%2Fhow-the-united-states-h4-visa-traps-foreign-workers-family-members-in-a-golden-cage%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F12%2Fhow-the-united-states-h4-visa-traps-foreign-workers-family-members-in-a-golden-cage%2F&#038;title=How+the+United+States+H4+Visa+Traps+Foreign+Workers%27+Family+Members+in+a+%27Golden+Cage%27' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F12%2Fhow-the-united-states-h4-visa-traps-foreign-workers-family-members-in-a-golden-cage%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/12/how-the-united-states-h4-visa-traps-foreign-workers-family-members-in-a-golden-cage/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/12/how-the-united-states-h4-visa-traps-for...</a> </div> </div> </div> California Citizen Citizen Media Economics & Business Education English Feature Governance India India International Relations Labor Law North America San Francisco South Asia Tejasvini Prasad U.S.A. United States Weblog Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:02:36 +0000 feed 330300 at http://newsmotion.org Of the People: Live from the National Archives http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/people-live-national-archives <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Of the People: Live from the National Archives </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 09/12/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.discoveryeducation.com/Live/of-the-people-constitution-day-2014.cfm"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/screen_shot_2013-12-16_at_11.11.39_am.png" /></a></p> <p>Last year we <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/12/16/announcing-people-live-white-house-discovery-education">launched</a> &ldquo;Of the People: Live from the White House,&rdquo; a virtual field trip series with Discovery Education to give middle and high school students unique access to the White House and Obama Administration officials.</p> <p>On September 17, the &ldquo;Of the People&rdquo; series continues with a Constitution Day celebration at the National Archives with Archivist of the United States&nbsp;<a href="http://www.archives.gov/about/archivist/archivist-biography-ferriero.html">David Ferriero</a> to learn about the document and the Archives.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/of-the-people-constitution-day-2014-with-david-s-ferriero-archivist-of-the-united-states-registration-13003571031">Register now to watch the event</a> live on Wednesday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/12/people-live-national-archives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/12/people-live-national-archives" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/12/people-live-national-archives</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Arne Duncan Cameron Brenchley China David Ferriero Education Michelle Obama Official United States White House William Allman Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:17:59 +0000 feed 330291 at http://newsmotion.org Chart of the Week: More Students Are Graduating High School than Ever Before http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/chart-week-more-students-are-graduating-high-school-ever <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chart of the Week: More Students Are Graduating High School than Ever Before </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 09/12/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As students head back to school, Secretary Arne Duncan <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/08/day-life-back-school-bus-tour-secretary-duncan">hit&nbsp;the road</a> this week on the Department of Education&rsquo;s annual back-to-school bus tour to discuss how we can help every student receive a complete and competitive education in order to reach their full potential.</p> <p>After all, a high-quality education is a pre-requisite to success in today&rsquo;s economy. It&#39;s a national imperative that every student graduate from high school prepared for college and for a career. And thanks to the dedication of our teachers and educators and the hard work of our students, more young people are graduating and earning their high school diplomas than ever before.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out the chart below to see how our high school graduation rate is the highest it has ever been -- then share it with everyone who needs to know.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/hsgraduationchart.png" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/12/chart-week-more-students-are-graduating-high-school-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/12/chart-week-more-students-are-graduating-high-school-ever" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/12/chart-week-more-students-are-graduatin...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Arne Duncan Education Higher Education Michelle Obama Official Reach Higher Tanya Somanader White House Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:58:06 +0000 feed 330292 at http://newsmotion.org Building Sustainable Peace in The Central African Republic http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/building-sustainable-peace-central-african-republic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Building Sustainable Peace in The Central African Republic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 09/12/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the UN launchs its peace keeping mission with <a href="http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/africa/68822-un-peacekeepers-central-african-republic">the arrival of 1,500 troops</a> in the Central African Republic (CAR), a few observers were wondering <a href="https://twitter.com/astroehlein/status/510297140300906496">why it took so long</a> given the extent of the casualties. Les&nbsp;Cercles nationaux de Réflexion sur la Jeunesse (CNRJ) is an&nbsp;NGO in Bangui, CAR that strives to <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140908152611-85878995--centrafrique-passer-de-l-%25C3%25A9tat-de-guerre-%25C3%25A0-l-%25C3%25A9tat-de-paix">build the foundation for sustainable peace</a> in the country in partnership with the University of Bangui. Here is a video that illustrates the work in process : &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="375" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/O9sFemvzP4M?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/lova-rakotomalala/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rakotomalala'>Rakotomalala</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/12/building-sustainable-peace-in-the-central-african-republic/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F12%2Fbuilding-sustainable-peace-in-the-central-african-republic%2F&#038;text=Building+Sustainable+Peace+in+The++Central+African+Republic&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F12%2Fbuilding-sustainable-peace-in-the-central-african-republic%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F12%2Fbuilding-sustainable-peace-in-the-central-african-republic%2F&#038;title=Building+Sustainable+Peace+in+The++Central+African+Republic' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F12%2Fbuilding-sustainable-peace-in-the-central-african-republic%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/12/building-sustainable-peace-in-the-central-african-republic/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/12/building-sustainable-peace-in-the-centr...</a> </div> </div> </div> Bangui Central African Republic Central African Republic Citizen Citizen Media Digital Activism Education English Ethnicity & Race French Good News Governance Humanitarian Response International Relations Quick Reads Rakotomalala Religion sub-Saharan Africa Video War & Conflict Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:59:26 +0000 feed 329745 at http://newsmotion.org