Reforming Education: Youth-in-view

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The year 2011 will be remembered almost like 1968; student revolts on campuses across continents in 1968 brought in the recognition that educational institutions were not fulfilling the aspirations of the youth. Protests of students on campuses then focused on many aspects of their lives—from freedoms to education. In contrast, youth protest movements in 2011 […]

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Economic Crisis and Lifelong Education

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It is perhaps a season of economic gloom around the world. Eurozone crisis continues unabated; severe austerity measures and cuts in public spending in Ireland, UK, Greece, Spain and Italy—just to name a few—are affecting access to livelihood and basic social services to millions of Europeans today. Economic forecasts for America do not look much […]

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Beacons for Change: Education for Life

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Several recent events seem to have re-focused global attention on educational challenges of our times. President Obama has been presenting science and technology innovations awards to students and scholars in America; he has been noticing that nearly half of the recipients are born outside the country. Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh has recently asked the research […]

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Re-affirming Civic Engagement of Education

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Around the world, two phenomena have suddenly gained attention of political, economic and social leaders of our times. The first, of course, is the intensified, vocal, visible and powerful citizens’ movement—from Senegal, Thailand, India, Tunisia, Egypt, UK, Chile—everywhere. At the base of these movements are youth—young people from all strata and spaces of society. The […]

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Freedom from Corruption!

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Citizenship Education in Social Movement Yesterday was August 15, 2011; it is the 65th anniversary of India’s freedom from the colonial rule. The whole country is celebrating, in angst—angst about the growing malaise of political and official corruption and complete lack of democratic governance. Over the past year, a major social movement is afoot in […]

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Freedom from Corruption!

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Citizenship Education in Social Movement Yesterday was August 15, 2011; it is the 65th anniversary of India’s freedom from the colonial rule. The whole country is celebrating, in angst—angst about the growing malaise of political and official corruption and complete lack of democratic governance. Over the past year, a major social movement is afoot in […]

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Right to Education starts from Right to Literacy

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As 2015 deadline for achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, governments and international donors would be counting their progress around the world. Of all the MDGs, the easiest to achieve seemed to be the one related to literacy—at least, that was the hope in 2000. The progress on literacy has been slowest in South […]

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Adult Education is Public Responsibility

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While inaugurating the 13th Adult Education Conference of Germany on May 12, 2011, the German Federal President Hon’ble Christian Wuff called upon the policy-makers in the country, and the European Union, to provide greater visibility, centrality and resources to adult education within the framework of lifelong learning. Calling Adult Education as a public responsibility, the […]

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Expositions of Community-University Partnerships

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CUExpo2011 is around the corner now—May 10-14, 2011 in the Waterloo region of Ontario, Canada. Its theme is ‘Community University Partnerships—Bringing Global Knowledge to Local Action’. CUExpos have now become a global platform to share innovations in community-university partnerships in knowledge production, mobilization, education and social transformation. Started out as Canadian events at the beginning […]

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Guns & Laptops: Future of Education in Conflict Zones?

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You may wonder about the post_title of this reflection; what does it imply? I have recently been to Afghanistan and Laos, two present/past conflict zones in the Asian region. I am comparing these with the context of eastern India—the tribal ‘war’ zones of Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and the surrounding districts. I notice one common pattern […]

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