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In war-torn Syria, digital learning battles power cuts

Idlib - Staring into a smartphone camera in an empty classroom in rebel-held northwest Syria, geography teacher Danielle Dbeis addresses students confined at home away from the novel coronavirus."Even if we are now doing distance learning...

Chinese students fleeing virus face uneasy reception back home

Bejing - Chinese students flying home from overseas to escape the coronavirus pandemic face a frosty reception from sections of the public who view them as wealthy, spoiled -- and potentially contaminated.

The young Brazilians fighting for the Amazon

Carauari - Maria dreams of being the next Greta Thunberg. Kelita is studying in the first-ever university program in the Amazon. Fabio is helping his family do its part to fight climate change through sustainable agriculture.

Q&A: Expert tips for online school courses due to coronavirus Special

Attending classes online used to be an infrequent but it's become the norm for colleges as well as K-12 schools across the country and around the world due to coronavirus. Zach Sims of Codecademy looks into the issue.

Q&A: Vulnerabilities in education apps and coronavirus Special

There has been an increase in school apps (to tell parents what to teach their kids at home) and video conferencing tools, since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic began. How many apps are vulnerable, according to Kelli Vanderlee.

Q&A: How K-12 school districts are rapidly adopting technology Special

K-12 school districts are rapidly adopting technology to improve student experiences. However, at the same time, districts are increasingly experiencing cybersecurity incidents that put student and staff at a great risk, explains Charlie Sander.

Parents get crash course in 'distance learning' dilemmas

Paris - As millions of families hunker down amid the coronavirus crisis, the sudden reality of schooling from home risks widening the education gap between those with the means and support to keep up with lessons, and those who risk falling behind.

With school out, minding grandkids risky for Madrid's elderly

Madrid - With Madrid schools shut over coronavirus fears, 74-year-old Ramon Millan will cross the city by metro every day to mind his grandson, despite heightened risks to the elderly posed by the deadly epidemic.

With school out, minding grandkids risky for Madrid's elderly

Madrid - With Madrid schools shut over coronavirus fears, 74-year-old Ramon Millan will cross the city by metro every day to mind his grandson, despite heightened risks to the elderly posed by the deadly epidemic.

E-learning and Nintendo: coping with virus school shutdowns

Apo - When Mayumi Iijima heard that schools across Japan would close over the new coronavirus outbreak, leaving her to juggle her job and two small children, her first reaction was horror."I just said 'no, no, no, no... what are we supposed to do?

International Education Institute involved in major data breach Special

The Institute of International Education, an educational organization that operates 200 leading international scholarship programs, left sections of its database unprotected and open to public search. Vinay Sridhara of Balbix looks into the issue.

Researchers become prime targets in Mideast power plays

Paris - Authoritarian governments in the Middle East are increasingly willing to seize researchers and academics, who are seen as valuable bargaining chips in their joustings with Western nations, analysts warn.

Sexual assaults rise at US military academies: Pentagon

Washington - Incidence of sexual assault in US military academies rose again last year, the Pentagon said Thursday, despite efforts to combat the problem.

Soros pledges $1bn to battle 'would-be and actual dictators'

Davos - US financier and philanthropist George Soros on Thursday pledged one billion dollars for a new university network project to battle the erosion of civil society in a world increasingly ruled by "would-be and actual dictators" and beset by climate chang...

Austria's 'ghetto' language classes stir segregation fears

Vienna - Every morning Abulrahman leaves his normal primary school lessons in Vienna and joins about 20 other children for three hours to learn to read, write and speak German.

Hong Kong teachers living in fear over protest support

Fpo - Hong Kong's teachers say they are living in fear as the city's democracy protests rumble on, with some not daring to discuss the movement and others anxious they could even lose their jobs if they are caught supporting it.

Brazil's education minister mocked for Twitter spelling error

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's education minister has been ridiculed on social media for making a spelling mistake on Twitter.

Iran drops spy charge for detained French academic: lawyer

Tehran - Iran has dropped espionage charges that had been laid against an Iranian-French academic detained in the Islamic republic since last year, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

Italian coalition hit as minister quits

Rome - Italian Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti said Thursday that he had resigned, dealing a sharp blow to the country's embattled four-month-old coalition government.

Russia extends detention of Napoleon expert awaiting trial for lover's murder

Moscow - A Moscow court on Tuesday extended until April the pre-trial detention of a historian who confessed to murdering and dismembering his ex-student lover, a grisly crime that sent shock waves across Russia.

Fraught exchange: Hong Kong global students' fear and rebellion

Fpo - Malaysian student Celia Cheng's first semester in Hong Kong began with being tear-gassed outside parliament and ended with her evacuation from campus as protesters hurled petrol bombs at police.

Q&A: Better education starts with better Internet Special

There is a direct correlation between children underperforming in school and their access to reliable broadband Internet, explains Alan DiCicco, Solutions Marketing Senior Director at Calix.

Should climate change be taught in U.S. schools?

In the Greta Thunberg era, do U.S. citizens now think climate change should be taught in schools? The subject has remained controversial in some parts of the country, despite the overwhelming scientific consensus.

China outclasses West in key education survey

Paris - Teenagers from four big Chinese regions outshone their contemporaries in Western nations in a keenly watched survey of education capabilities published Tuesday, which also showed no improvement trend in developed countries over the past two decades.

China outclasses West in key education survey

Paris - Teenagers from four big Chinese regions outshone Western contemporaries nations in a keenly watched survey of education capabilities published Tuesday, which also showed no improvement trend in developed countries over two decades.

With schools shuttered, Haiti children also endure crisis

Port-au-prince - In the middle of the deadly political unrest that has rocked Haiti for more than two months, another crisis is unfolding -- most schools are closed, leaving Haitian children with nothing to do and their parents flailing to cope.

How Russia's foster children are saving dying villages

Sanktpeterburg - In a small room with a blackboard and lace curtains, first-grader Danya listens as his teacher explains the concept of vowels and consonants. In this village school with 36 pupils, he is one of 13 foster children.

Australian universities adopt foreign interference guidelines

Sydney - Australia announced measures to combat foreign interference at its universities Thursday, setting new guidelines around the key areas of research collaboration, cybersecurity, and international partnerships.

Why did one Ohio school district decide to arm its teachers?

Sidney - At the entrance to Sidney High School in small-town Ohio, there is a poster which reads: "Inside this building, our children are protected by an armed and trained response team.

World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession

Beirut - The World Bank urged protest-hit Lebanon on Wednesday to form a new government quickly, warning of the threat of an economic downturn that would deepen poverty and worsen unemployment.
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