One summer's day, 25-year-old student Yulia Ignatyeva packed her bags and left Moscow for the countryside, on a mission to teach at a school in rural Russia. On her journey to the tiny village of Vorsino, where she would teach, Yulia passed a vast industrial site, before hitting the open countryside, with endless golden fields on either side of the road. Occasionally, she passed Soviet-era prefab homes, summer residences and family homes surrounded by green corrugated iron fences. The school in Vorsino is situated beside the overgrown ruins of a church. It was built in 1975. Outside, a Russian flag limply hangs off the building's facade. Children's voices echo though the hallways. Today, Yulia is teaching the kids English. Smiling, she addresses the class: "How are you feeling today?" Several eighth graders stare at their tables in silence, a few others a chuckle and bellow: "Goood!" Read more: Schoolkids' phones are targets for fake news Breathing new life into Russia's school … [Read more...] about Teachers for Russia program brings modern education to rural schools
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The Liberal Democrats have promised to extend the scope of free school meals, increase schools spending by more than £10bn a year within the next parliament, and recruit 20,000 more teachers as key pledges in the party’s manifesto. The investment plan comes as Jo Swinson attempts to inject new impetus into the party’s election campaign, which has seen it slip from close to 20% in the polls to about 15%, with a manifesto launch in London on Wednesday. The free school meals programme is particularly resonant for the Lib Dems, as making these universal for younger junior school students was a key party policy in the coalition government under David Cameron. The rules have been tightened since 2018, but under the Lib Dem plan all junior pupils and any secondary pupil whose family receives universal credit would get free meals, costing £1.1bn a year. The schools spending programme, which was welcomed by the main teaching union, would involve an immediate increase of … [Read more...] about Lib Dems pledge £10bn schools spending rise and 20,000 extra teachers
Africa south of the Sahara is home to around 2,000 different languages. They're spoken at home, on the street and perhaps on the local radio and TV stations, but very few have made it into the classroom. The languages taught and spoken at school are relics of the colonial era and many children, especially those in rural settings, enter the all-English, French or Portuguese language schools with little prior knowledge. It's counterproductive, say educational experts. "If you want to find a measure to prevent children from learning, you have already found that by teaching in a language that they don't hear around them," says Birgit Brock-Utne, a Norwegian education expert. She is currently based at Witwatersrand University in South Africa as a visiting professor. "Our research shows very clearly that it is better to start with the mother tongue or another language the children are familiar with." Read more: Ngugi wa Thiong'o: 'African languages need to talk to each other' … [Read more...] about Should African schools teach more local languages?
"Yellow belly custard, green snot pie. Mix it all together with a dead dog's eye. "Slap it in a bucket nice an' thick, and wash it all down with a cup of cold sick." So ran one of the politer songs in the playground at my school, back in the days when there was actually money to spend on giving every primary-age pupil a hot meal at lunchtime. The best that could be said of the food we were subjected to was that it was hot. Otherwise, it was vegetables with the goodness boiled out of them, meat sliced so thinly it looked ill, and strange experiments involving batter. The bowl of fresh fruit was dusted off optimistically each day by the dinner ladies and studiously ignored by everyone, and the lucky kids were the ones with a She-Ra lunchbox and a cheese sandwich made by their mum. The only dish I ever went back for seconds of was slabs of chocolate sponge, baked in an enormous 2ft tray, slathered in mint-flavoured green custard. I'd kill for a bowl of that even today. Nowadays there … [Read more...] about Hey, teacher! Leave that kid’s lunch alone
A teenager whose 15-year-old brother killed himself is calling on the government to make mental health first aid training compulsory for teachers.Ben West's brother Sam, who struggled with depression, died in January.It led Ben, 18, to launch the Save Our Students petition - which has had more than 143,000 signatures.The government says it's introducing "a new specialist workforce to help school staff recognise the signs of mental health problems much earlier".Sam was a talented artist and musician whose paintings are still up all over the family home in Kent."He composed this piece which just sounds so professional, it's amazing," Ben told Newsbeat.He was also sporty."We used to go skiing a lot and that's one of my best memories. He was about my level so we'd just go off together and ski together. "Yeah I'm gonna miss that, I think."'I want to help other people'The night Sam died isn't one Ben remembers much of - he says he's blocked out most of the details.But for half an hour, he … [Read more...] about Teen calls for compulsory mental health training for teachers