Education

Russia is cracking down on minority languages – but a resistance movement is growing

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Russia has spent the last several years aggressively advocating for the rights of Russian minorities abroad, and in particular for the “protection” of the Russian language. Guzel Yusupova The Conversation Whenever a country takes any step that can be construed as suppressing or marginalising Russian speakers, the Kremlin is quick to respond in the most strident of tones. In October 2017, when Latvia’s government made Latvian the default language of education, Sergey Zheleznyak, the member of Russia’s State Duma Committee ... Read More »

Young and resilient

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The first study of young refugees settling in Australia suggests they are adapting well to their new country By Dr Winnie Lau and Professor Meaghan O’Donnell, University of Melbourne Pursuit For people fleeing war and persecution, forced migration is an arduous and risky journey. But even for those who find new hope in a different country, adapting to a new culture is a… And of the 68.5 million people around the globe displaced by war and political conflict, over half ... Read More »

Helping the Burundian People Cope with the Economic Crisis

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Burundi’s worsening economy threatens to incite further violence in an already unstable country. ICG The European Union and its member states, who have suspended direct aid to the government, must redouble efforts to ensure that their support benefits the Burundian people. What’s happening?  In the wake of the political and security crisis ongoing in Burundi since 2015, the economy has suffered a sharp decline. The economic and social progress achieved since the end of the civil war in the 2000s ... Read More »

You don’t have to look far to find human trafficking victims

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Many people think that human trafficking means kidnapping and moving victims across state or national borders. Laurie Charles The Conversation After working with human trafficking victims as a forensic nurse and now while teaching at Texas A&M University’s College of Nursing, I know that this often is not the case. I have found that many perpetrators find, entice and sell their victims right in their own backyards. Victims are often hidden in plain sight, leading everyone from police to health ... Read More »

A-level results: should universities lower entry grades for disadvantaged students?

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Students from less advantaged backgrounds are grossly underrepresented in Britain’s top universities. Authors: The Conversation This underrepresentation of certain groups is particularly pronounced in highly competitive courses such as medicine. In England, for example, 80% of medical students come from just 20% of the country’s secondary schools. This leads to a profession dominated by certain demographic groups. This imbalance isn’t just an issue of “fairness” or social equality. It is well established that UK trained doctors from affluent backgrounds are ... Read More »

Tokyo university apologises after women deliberately marked down to limit numbers

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A major score-rigging scandal has engulfed one of Tokyo’s medical schools, with an investigation revealing the university deliberately marked down all female applicants to limit the number of… By North Asia correspondent Jake Sturmer in Tokyo ABC It is understood the senior officials at Tokyo Medical University wanted to keep the number of women at about 30 per cent, so they altered the computerised marking system. The practice had reportedly been going on for more than a decade. The report ... Read More »

Why fewer kids work the kind of summer jobs that their parents used to have

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Back in the day, most teens had some sort of job lined up for the summer. For some, it was an extension of an after-school job they held during the year. Elliot Lasson The Conversation For others, it was a seasonal type of job such as working at a drugstore or as a lifeguard in a pool. Recently, however, that seems to be no longer the case. While the presence of teenagers in the summer workforce in July 1978 was ... Read More »

Mentorship key to encouraging Indigenous students into higher degrees

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It took the encouragement of two mentors for Indigenous university student Graham Akhurst to even consider the possibility of enrolling in a higher degree by research. Lucy Stone Brisbane Times Now a master of philosophy student at the University of Queensland, Mr Akhurst said without that encouragement, it would never have crossed his mind to keep studying – it just wasn’t an option. Mr Akhurst’s story is representative of what a new report says is needed to boost the small ... Read More »

Pennsylvania teacher slammed for Nazi wrestler persona

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A US school teacher has been censured for his extracurricular hobby: masquerading as a German Nazi as a part of his amateur wrestling persona. BBC Kevin Bean, 36, teaches fifth and sixth grade students in Pennsylvania, local media say. He also wrestles under the name “Blitzkreig, the German Juggernaut”. Video of Mr Bean doing a Nazi salute during his entrance into the ring caused an uproar on social media. Mr Bean himself has not replied to requests for comment from US ... Read More »

University students aren’t reporting sexual assault, and new guidelines don’t address why

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Guidelines for how universities should respond to student sexual assault and sexual harassment released late last week fail to address the reason so many students don’t actually report their experiences. Andrea Durbach The Conversation Nor do the guidelines, released by Universities Australia, address prevention of student sexual assault and harassment. Among the guidelines’ aims to encourage students to report, and to help universities to respond “with care and compassion” are recommendations for universities to: create a standalone policy to address ... Read More »

India scraps tax on sanitary pads in boost for girls’ education

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India has scrapped a controversial tax on sanitary pads, in a move hailed by campaigners who say it will help more girls to go to school during their periods and boost their job prospects. ABC Reuters Activists said removing the tax on pads tackled one of the biggest barriers to education for girls, who were often forced to stay at home due to a lack of access to clean hygiene products, while also facing stigma and a… Periods were among ... Read More »

Burundi: African Union Shouldn’t Tolerate Banning Pregnant Girls from School

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In June, Burundi joined a small group of African countries that ban pregnant girls from continuing with formal education in government schools. Agnes Odhiambo and Elin Martinez allAfrica Burundi’s Education Ministry banned the boys who get the girls pregnant as well as the girls themselves from going to public or private school. Burundi’s ban is contrary to the country’s constitution and many domestic laws , and undermines the state’s education goals . Indeed, Burundi’s law against gender discrimination protects girls’ ... Read More »

The rescued Thai boys are considering becoming monks — here’s why

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After their dramatic rescue from Nang Non cave, 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach are mourning the loss of a Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, who died during the rescue efforts. Andrew Alan Johnson The Conversation The father of one of the boys said that in order to pay tribute to the Navy SEAL, many boys are considering temporarily becoming monks. Ordaining as a full monk – known as “bhikkhu” in Pali, the religious language of the Theravada Buddhism ... Read More »

Reflections on how far ATSI women in law have come

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With NAIDOC Week kicking off this week, Lawyers Weekly spoke with two trailblazing women lawyers about their experiences, what issues are still being faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in law, and… Jerome Doraisamy The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is “Because of her, we can”, and Kate George — who was the first Aboriginal person to study law at The University of Western Australia and was WA’s… “When I commenced my tertiary studies, there were very ... Read More »

Monash student, Hazara refugee and human rights advocate wins prestigious Scholarship to Oxford University

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Sitarah Mohammadi was eight years old when she first learnt to read and write. Born in Afghanistan, she was told that girls and women were second-class, they had no rights and that they didn’t need an education. Monash University It was only when she escaped to Australia that she was given the chance to go to school, and to realise just how lucky she was. Growing up as a Hazara refugee in Australia has taught this Monash international relations and ... Read More »

Labour is responsible for rise of ‘softcore Holocaust denial’, Dr Deborah Lipstadt says

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The Labour Party is responsible for the rise of “softcore Holocaust denial”, Dr Deborah Lipstadt has said. Camilla Turner The Telegraph The American academic won a high-profile legal battle against the British historian David Irving in 2000 after he sued her for libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. She said that anti-Semitism that has become “embedded” in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, adding that it has become more socially acceptable to “make a crack” at a ... Read More »