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Scan of education news: Asia

Photo: Nguyen Thi Hoang Yen

Photo: Nguyen Thi Hoang Yen

As we return from hiatus and schools in the US open their doors again, our latest scan looks over the recent education news in East Asia. This quick scan reveals a of variety concerns with the extent and quality of education. Reports include those focusing on the long-standing need to ensure that all school-age students are enrolled in and attend schools in Pakistan and the Philippines. Reports also address continuing attacks on girls and girls’ education in Afghanistan. Other reports describe what some have called a “problematic” college admissions process in Vietnam, and, even in South Korea, often touted as a high-performing system, there are concerns about changing populations, particularly in rural villages, and related school closings. Several broad efforts to improve education systems are also in the news, including a “blueprint” in Malaysia focusing on the quality of graduates, a “radical” school reform in Taiwan, a new education programme from the education and training ministry in Vietnam, and a general drive to improve education in Pakistan and prepare students for the knowledge economy.

Why 25 million children are out of school in Pakistan – The Express Tribune http://buff.ly/1LSObpr

#AkoSiDaniel Campaign Aims to Empower Children in the Philippines Through Education The World Post http://buff.ly/1JwTZPx

Girls’ education under attack: Over 100 Afghan schoolgirls poisoned Daily Pakistan http://buff.ly/1Ulu8o1

Vietnam’s education minister takes responsibility for problematic college admission process, Tuoi Tre News  http://buff.ly/1L2P7BW

As South Korean Villages Empty, More Primary Schools Face Closings, New York Times http://buff.ly/1KpZ0iG

Malaysian Education Blueprint focuses on quality of graduates – Minister, Astro Awani http://buff.ly/1O6Ib9O

Education and training ministry unveils new education programme – VietNam News http://buff.ly/1KFGhy6

Pakistan launches drive to improve education system, The Daily Times http://buff.ly/1Ulu47P

Creative demand: Taiwan says radical school reform will set it apart, Christian Science Monitor http://buff.ly/1Kq0sBz

Taiwan: Progressive Education Reform Unrepresented Nations And Peoples Organization, UNPO http://buff.ly/1L2SOrb

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Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai: Pakistan observes day of prayer

BBC (October 12, 2012)

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, who wrote a diary for BBC Urdu about education under the Taliban, was accused by the Taliban of “promoting secularism,” and attacked by a gunman who shot her in the head and neck while on a school bus returning home from school. Using the pen-name Gul Makai, she wrote about the suffering caused by militants who had taken control of the Swat Valley in 2007 and ordered girls’ schools to close.

For more information:

Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl

Malala Yousafzai: Pakistan observes day of prayer

Pakistan: Quality Education Still a Long Way Off

IRIN (October 9, 2012)

Photo: Rebecca Conway/IRIN

Despite the fact that state-run primary schools do not charge fees and many provide free textbooks, other expenses mean that for many poor families, schools are unaffordable. As a result, unofficial schools have been providing an education to children who live on the streets, or work in markets and houses.

Education was made a fundamental constitutional right for the children of Pakistan in 2010; however the country has made limited progress in improving the quality and reach of its education system, and millions of children are missing out on schooling altogether in what the governments of Pakistan and the UK have termed an “education emergency.” As a result, Pakistan will not be able to meet its Millennium Development Goal of universal education by 2015.

For more information:

Protection of Street Children’s Rights Linked to Education

Boards For Action Against Teachers Refusing Exam Duties

Govt Has Taken New Initiatives on Education: Minister

The News International (October 7, 2012)

Punjab Minister for Education, Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman on Friday said that complete elimination of terrorism and extremism was must for peace and prosperity of the country.

The ILM Ideas Program, a three-year program funded by UKaid from the Department of International Development that is aimed at increasing access to quality education, held a launch to announce its second Request for Applications (RFA) to grant awards nationwide for increasing the access to quality education for children aged 5-16 years at a local hotel. The event included an Innovation Education Expo, which showcased ideas an innovation funded under the Ilm Ideas portfolio and demonstrated ideas such as radio learning, satellite enabled mobile vans, and digital whiteboards.

For more information:

World Bank gives $3 Million to Education

Elimination of terrorism must for peace: minister