Transnational education contributes £28bn to the economy

Department for Education publishes latest data on education-related exports

It is hard to listen to any current discussions involving universities without detecting a note of panic around falling numbers of international students. Data released yesterday by the Department for Education on the value of these students for the UK economy was therefore timely—if, for many higher education institutions, bittersweet.

In an analysis published last month, Universities UK said international enrollments to UK universities in January 2024 were down by 44 per cent on the previous year. It blamed uncertainty among applicants on post-study work opportunities, as well as the government’s decision to prevent international students—except those on postgraduate research courses—from bringing dependants with them.

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Defining the teachers we need for the education we want, and creating them

This year, World Teachers’ Day celebrations focused on the theme, “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage”.We appreciate Unesco in this respect for always driving the agenda of Education in all our societies and nations by designing yearly themes that resonate with the contemporary needs of Education.

In Kenya, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) led all education stakeholders in celebrating the Kenyan teachers on October 5 – the World Teachers’ Day.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has set a tradition of dedicating a whole day for Post-World Teachers’ Day celebration. This year, we hosted our event at the Kitui Teachers’ College in Kitui County.

Developing countries like Kenya are still on the light of trying to define the right teacher for the moment. Education is designed to undergo reviews that reflect the changing needs of the labor market. That is the reason in the history of our republic, we have had some changes in our national curriculum.

Most notably, in 1985, Kenya changed its education structure from a 7-4-2-3 to an 8-4-4 system. More recently in 2017, Kenya launched the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) to replace the

Closing of the regional workshop in support of the definition of the priority reform for the transformation of basic education in Madagascar, Burundi and Djibouti

Antananarivo, Friday, July 28, 2023 – As part of the improvement of basic education, the Malagasy government, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE/PME) and UNICEF organized, from 24 to 28 July 2023 in Antananarivo, a regional workshop bringing together education partners from Madagascar, Burundi and Djibouti. The working sessions were enhanced, in the last two days, by the presence of Mrs Marie Michelle SAHONDRARIMALALA, Minister of Education of Madagascar, and Professor François HAVYARIMANA, Minister of Education and Scientific Research of Burundi.

The workshop aimed to strengthen reflections, peer-to-peer experience sharing and the capacities of participating countries, in order to develop National Partnership Pacts based on the new model of (SME/GPE). The process of developing these Pacts was inclusive, with the participation of the various stakeholders of the sector for a priority educational reform, with a view to transforming the education system throughout the next five years. The workshop was based on the reflections and previous achievements resulting from the analysis of the factors favorable to the transformation of education systems, supervised by partner agents, such as UNESCO International Institute of Education Planning (IIEP) for the case of Madagascar. In addition, the presentation of Côte d’Ivoire’s successful experience on the Partnership

McCarthy Capitalizes on College of Public Health Education to Become Trailblazer in Arkansas

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Suzanne McCarthy is deeply connected to the evolution of public health in Arkansas. An alumna of the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, McCarthy is the school’s first-ever student.

McCarthy was the college’s first student when she took a course when it opened in fall 2001. Her decision to enroll in the upstart school was a matter of capitalizing on a prime opportunity.

“When the college officially launched, students were needed,” she said. “Some of the college’s organizers knew I wanted a public health education and encouraged me to enroll.”

In the early days of the college, most of its students were working professionals in health care. McCarthy was part of that trend as she was helping to establish the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI), which aims to facilitate access to high quality, cost-effective care for all Arkansans.

In the process of fulfilling her co-founder responsibilities for ACHI, McCarthy realized

Kindergarten to be made free for all Queensland families from 2024 in $645 million budget announcement

Kindergarten will be free in Queensland from next year as part of a budget measure the state government says will save some families about $4,600.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hopes it will “give every little Queenslander the best start in life” and support parents returning to the workforce.

It will cost the state budget $645 million in total, and bring the investment in kindergarten to $2 billion over four years.

About 14,000 Queensland families are currently eligible for free kindergarten.

The new scheme is expected to help another 50,000 children attend kindy for free, with costs for each student covered for up to 15 hours a week for government-approved educational programs.

The state government says free kindergarten would save eligible families more than $4,000 per year, with the total amount a family will save depending on where and how they attend kindy.

“There are currently around 8,000 children who are eligible to attend a kindy but don’t, and

We Asked Educators How They Define the ‘Science of Reading.’ Here’s What They Said

What, exactly, does the “science of reading” mean?

The phrase has become popular over the past several years, used as a shorthand for many of the instructional changes schools have adopted to bring reading instruction more in line with research on how kids actually learn to read.

But not all educators share the same definition, an EdWeek Research Center Survey found, a potential challenge to better align research and practice nationwide.

In June and July of this year, we asked a nationally representative sample of about 1,300 educators the open-ended question: “What does ‘the science of reading’ mean to you?” More than 950 of them responded.

The results range from the very general—“What works in reading”—to paragraphs of detailed text about specific instructional practices.

Many responses focused on the process of kids learning to make speech-to-print connections, learning how spoken words are represented by written letters. Others took a broader view; one wrote: “whole child instruction. Rather than focusing on one area of ​​reading, it encourages us to incorporate all aspects involved.”

The array of responses demonstrates that even as states have passed laws mandating schools use the science of reading, and curriculum companies tout their materials as aligned with

Preparing for the Future: PVAMU expands health education with new school

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PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (May 10, 2023) – Prairie View A&M University is no stranger to the field of health. Just in the past year, the University celebrated the 100thth anniversary of the first class to graduate from its College of Nursing.

For nearly a decade, the Undergraduate Medical Academy has demonstrated the integration of leadership development and pre-medical science with great success.

Wellness in Houston, launched during the pandemic, delivers educational workshops, programs and other events focusing on health, wellness, finance, nutrition and agriculture to residents in the Greater Houston Area.

And just last spring, PVAMU made history by becoming the first Historically Black College/University to launch not one but two degrees in public health.

PVAMU will add to its long list of “firsts” in the health care field this fall by opening a new school. Following recent approval by The Texas A&M University System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the University will establish a School of Public and Allied Health.

The new School will house growing programs in the current Department of Health and Kinesiology and the new degrees in Public Health.

“Degree programs in the Department of Health and Kinesiology have grown over the

Kano to Canada’s partners on health, education, agriculture | The Guardian Nigeria News

Kano State Government has stated its commitment to partner with Canada in the areas of health, education, agriculture, and other spheres of human endeavors for the benefit of the two entities.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf made this known when he received the Canadian Ambassador to Nigeria, James Christoff, who called on him at his office in Government House, Kano today.

The governor noted with appreciation the cordial relationship existing between Kano and the Canadian government in the sectors of education, agriculture, science and technology among others.

In a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the spokesperson to the governor, the bilateral relationship is aimed at mutual benefits and Kano will continue to provide all the necessary enabling environment for the partnership to work.

The governor also sought assistance in the areas of climate change, modern irrigation and reactivation of the scholarship scheme for Kano indigenous people that was in existence in the early 80s.

He used the opportunity to enumerate some of the achievements achieved by his government in health development that included free maternal and child health services, provision of medical equipment and rejuvenation of health facilities across the 44 local government areas for effective and efficient services

Defining, Teaching and Fostering Inclusive Mindsets

The following is an excerpt from the article, “Defining, Teaching and Fostering Inclusive Mindsets,” published by Global Partnership for Education and written by Special Olympics’ Chief of Global Youth and Education, Jacqueline Jodl, Ph.D.

Realizing an inclusive future where stigma and isolation no longer plague the marginalized depends on fostering empathy, inclusive mindsets, willing to accept and embrace those who are different.

Within schools, many students with disabilities still experience social isolation and rejection and even victimization in the form of bullying. In some cultures, young people with disabilities are educated separately from peers without disabilities or do not attend school at all.

Policies and practices often focus solely on physical inclusion without recognizing the need to teach students how to learn and live together. The need to support youth participation in creating inclusive schools, communities and societies is recognized around the world echoed by the United Nations’ (UN) call to “Leave No One Behind.”

At Special Olympics we understand physical inclusion is not enough. Full inclusion in education requires a commitment to social inclusion—where young people of differing beliefs, backgrounds, creeds and ability levels come together to become teammates, partners, allies and friends.

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The 4 Education Trends That Will Define 2024

Beyond100K, the organization I lead, spent hundreds of hours this past year listening to educators, advocates, and activists and poring over news and research to better understand the opportunities and challenges that are defining STEM and education. We identified four trends that are changing the narrative and will continue to impact education long after 2024 is over.

1. The Flexible Office Has Evaded Teachers. They Want In.

In an era when flexibility is a touchstone for most white-collar workers, and people are willing to take a pay cut for the opportunity to work remotely, teachers continue to find themselves tethered to their classrooms, needing to ask another adult to cover their classroom to pee (case in point: this viral video) and often unable to take time during the school day even for their own professional development.

Lack of flexibility for professional development during the workday is one of the keystone challenges to teacher retention, negatively impacting teachers’ decisions to remain in the profession.

One silver lining is increased attention to the need to reimagine the structure of the teaching