One of the first things North Korean defector Ri Kwang-myong did after reaching the South was to go back to school -- 12 years after finishing his education. North Korea claims a 100 percent literacy rate and boasts that its free compulsory education demonstrates the superiority of its socialist system. But those who escape from the impoverished country often struggle in the South from a lack of basic knowledge. Lessons at North Korean schools are peppered with praise for the leadership, defectors say, and for many, education is also disrupted by grinding poverty or their long journey to freedom. Ri, 31, is among a handful of adult students at Wooridul School in Seoul, an educational haven for North Korean students too old, or lagging academically and so unable to go to appropriate state schools. "Although I studied in the North and graduated, I don't know much," said Ri, who went back to school last year, six months after arriving in South Korea. Much of what he was taught in the … [Read more...] about Lost lessons: N. Koreans get ‘re-education’ in South
Wales 22 June 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48720249 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel In September 1949, 19 pupils begun their first day in a single classroom at Ninian Park Boys' School.While the rest of the building was used for … [Read more...] about City marks 70 years of Welsh education
I have never been the greatest at maths. All the numbers on my page jumped around in no real logical order and I struggled to do basic sums nevermind a quadratic formula. Yet from age 14 onwards I was continuously offered opportunities to go on trips to mathematical research institutes and take part in extra maths tests to ‘help further my passion’. I always thought of it as odd but I was grateful for the opportunity, and the extra education despite my lack of ability. My lightbulb moment about why this was happening came when I realised I was being offered a three day science residential to talk about career prospects and university degrees in science fields for free, despite my target grades being three C’s. It then became very apparent this was happening because a STEM degree was what my teachers wanted my future to consist of- it was what they had been told to encourage. This was great for a little over 50% of my classmates all of whom loved these subjects, and … [Read more...] about Governments fixate on STEM education – so why won’t they listen to scientists on climate change?
The Government's plan to boost Te Reo teachers is being called a "pipe dream", as tertiary providers and schools struggle with dwindling numbers of students training to become teachers. This comes as a Māori education working group has looks to lift the numbers of Te Reo teachers even further. As the head of Te Wananga Takiura in Auckland, Tawhiri Williams specialises in training Kura Kaupapa teachers. But he's worried about how few students were entering teacher training - with only 18 students in his first-year class. "Six years ago we'd probably have 30-odd students there - so there certainly has been a drop-off." 'We've been desperate': Overseas teachers brought in New Zealand teaching couple ditch jobs for new life Chris Hipkins unveils plan to lure offshore teachers home The Government has ambitious plans for Te Reo in our classrooms, with a goal to have 3000 teachers being able to teach and speak in Te Reo by 2025. Williams believes it's good to dream … [Read more...] about Māori education experts sceptical of Government’s ambitious Te Reo strategy
When Chinese legislators recommended the abolition of "education" detention centres where prostitutes and clients can be held without charge for two years, activists hoped the facilities' days were numbered. They will have to wait longer. The rubber-stamp National People's Congress (NPC) passed only one new law when it ended its annual session on Friday -- and it had to do with opening up foreign investment. Under the nearly three-decade-old system, police have unilateral power to detain sex workers and their clients for up to two years in "shelter and education" centres. Critics say the centres have little to do with education. "There may be resistance inside the regime against abolition, perhaps by the police, as this would take away some of its arbitrary detention powers," said Wang Yaqiu, a researcher at Human Rights Watch. In 2013, testimonies of ex-detainees collected by Asia Catalyst -- an organisation that defends the health of marginalised groups in the region -- revealed the … [Read more...] about China keeps ‘education’ centres for prostitutes