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12 April 2022
Nº 492

Latest news, research, and reports, on key markers of the Education 2030 Agenda, with a special focus on curriculum and related matters.

Published bi-weekly.

Curriculum, learning, and assessment


Education ministers endorse new Australian curriculum

Australia. The Educator Online, 1 April

Govt reviews primary, secondary curriculum

Zimbabwe. NewsDay, 5 April

Inside the vast national experiment in test-optional college admissions

USA. NBC, 10 April

Teachers urged to tailor national standards curriculum to students needs

Jamaica. Jamaica Information Services, 2 April

Basic numeracy skills have stagnated among Africa’s poorest for decades

Africa. UNESCO, 22 March

Can curriculum design address the learning gap of Covid 19?

India. Times of India, 28 March

Inclusive, equitable, and quality education


Ukraine: UNESCO’s response to children’s education needs

Ukraine. UN, 30 March

Schools White Paper delivers real action to level up education

UK. Gov.UK, 28 March

Afghanistan: Taliban’s backtrack on school re-opening for girls irreversibly impacts their future

Afghanistan. Amnesty International, 28 March

Africa’s collective future: Intentional education for girls (Video)

Africa. CNBC, 29 March

Promotion of inclusion, equality and quality education for all: Donated equipment for digital learning in 40 schools

Montenegro. Council of Europe, 5 April

First gender-neutral institute in India soon

India. Times of India, 27 March

System for identifying, locating learners with disabilities urgently needed — senator

Philippines. Business World, 6 April

Research: What does inclusion mean to those who experience it?

UK.  Schools Week, 4 April

Government sets out plans to overhaul special educational needs system

UK. The Guardian, 29 March

DepEd lauds signing of law that protects learners with disability

Philippines. Manila Times, 31 March

A quest for inclusion in higher education: Strengthening the UGC guidelines on accessibility

India. Times of India, 29 March

Dialogue sessions held for greater inclusion, diversity in education

Jordan. Jordan Times, 29 March

3D printing key to inclusive learning for students with blindness or low vision

Australia. National Tribune, 28 March

Commissioner questions plans to change special school enrolments

New Zealand. Stuff, 30 March

Education Above All foundation partners with Asia Development Bank to enrol nearly 1 million children into primary education in Pakistan by 2025

Pakistan. Relief Web, 27 March

World Bank suspends projects after Taliban reversal on girls’ education

Afghanistan. The Diplomat, 30 March

Education systems need to develop crisis sensitive policies: UNESCO

International. CSR Journal, 28 March

‘Decisive steps’ needed to keep boys in school: UNESCO

International. UN, 8 April

Reports and publications

Ethnicity on top of social class? Inclusion and diversity in access to higher education degrees in Europe (1950–2010)

Europe. European Journal of Education, 6 April

Education in time of crisis (Online toolkit)

Ukraine, Europe. Council of Europe, 8 April

Special education staff well-being and the effectiveness of remote services during the COVID-19 pandemic

USA. Psychology in the Schools, 7 April

Reforming learning disorder diagnosis following COVID-19 educational disruption

USA. Nature, 7 April

A change of plans: How the pandemic affected students of color and their plans for higher education

USA. Latino Policy & Politics Initiative, 2022

Events and webinars

SDG 4: Quality education and lifelong learning - Regional Forum 2022 (On-demand video)

International. UN, 6 April

Inclusive quality education for all - World Autism Awareness Day

International. UN, 2 April

Every learner matters: Sharing experiences from the World Bank’s programs on disability-inclusive education (On-demand recording)

International. World Bank, 17 February

Inclusive education: Making it happen (On-demand recording)

International. GLAD Network, 2022

COVID-19 impact on education and learning


Here’s how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping the next generation

USA. Psychiatric Times, 8 April

Addressing learning loss in disadvantaged kids

USA. US News and World Report, 8 April

How do the world’s leading education experts recommend the education sector should respond to Covid-19?

International. ReliefWeb, 31 March

Isolation during Covid pandemic has delayed kids’ social skills, new study says

UK. CNBC, 4 April

Less than half of countries are implementing learning recovery strategies at scale to help children catch up

International. UNICEF, 29 March

COVID-19: Education risks becoming ‘greatest divider’

Africa. The Guardian, 30 March

Ed Department: Students with disabilities must be considered as schools go mask optional

USA. Disability Scoop, 28 March

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children and families in Senegal

Senegal, Canada. ReliefWeb, 25 March

Cambodian children experience extensive “learning loss” during pandemic

Cambodia. Khmer Times, 6 April

A call to action on learning loss

Latin America and Caribbean. Institute for the Future of Education, 5 April

Study sheds light on huge learning gap in schoolkids

India. Times of India, 31 March

Reports and publications

An estimated 1.1 million teachers nationwide had at least one student who never showed up for class in the 2020-21 school year (Podcast and report)

USA. GAO, 23 March

How COVID-19 caused a global learning crisis

International. McKinsey, 4 April

Screening and vaccination against COVID-19 to minimise school closure: a modelling study

Europe. The Lancet, 1 April

Education recovery in schools: spring 2022

UK. Gov.UK, 4 April

Are children really learning? Exploring foundational skills in the midst of a learning crisis


International. UNICEF, March 2022

Events and webinars

Deputy Secretary-General's video message on UNICEF report on learning loss (Video address)

International. UN, 30 March

Early childhood care and education (ECCE)


Pandemic kids need early language support. Here’s how teachers can help.

USA. Education Week, 8 April

Lively minds and early education in Africa

Africa. Borgen Project, 9 April

Daytime naps can be beneficial for preschoolers' literacy skills: Study

Australia. Hindustan, 29 March

Concerns arise after CDC lowers childhood speech standards

USA. 12 News, 28 March

Future of education, learning, and work


The future of education – A shift towards blended and lifelong learning

International. EuroMonitor, 30 March

Towards a future-ready world

India. The Hindu, 9 April

Education giants battle for the future of learning

International. Newsroom, 6 April

Anticipating higher education’s near future(s) (Podcast)

USA. Inside HigherEd, 1 April

Towards a creative future: Rethinking schools for the 21st century (Audio)

International. Forbes, 30 March

How to address the widening youth skills gap (Audio)

International. World Economic Forum, 31 March

Citing Ukraine war, UNESCO says education system of countries should have crisis-sensitive policies

Ukraine. Economic Times, 27 March

Reports and publications

The future of education research at IES: Advancing an equity-oriented science

USA. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2022

Higher education’s role in upholding democracy

International. Times Higher Education, 2022

Science of learning


Students have different thinking speeds. inclusive teaching means realizing that. (Podcast)

International. EdSurge, 5 April

Literacy advocates challenge Minister Of Education — Will you acknowledge how the brain learns to read?

New Zealand. Scoop, 3 April

STEM education


Study shows gaps in how STEM organizations collect demographic information

USA. Phys.Org, 31 March

Emerging technologies and education


Universities expand HyFlex learning to meet student demands

USA. Government Technology, 5 April

Prioritising digital technology in education

Indonesia. OpenGovAsia, 23 March

Understanding Education 4.0: The machine learning-driven future of learning (Audio)

International. Forbes, 31 March

Technology quality affects online learning (Audio)

International. EdTech, 29 March

World Bank, T4 Education and over 11,000 teachers call on governments and tech companies to provide good internet access and equipment for every school in the world following Teacher Tech Summit 2022

International. ReliefWeb, 7 April

Reports and publications

The online learning experience and reported headaches associated with screen exposure time among Saudi health sciences students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Saudi Arabia. BMC Medical Education, 1 April

The promises and perils of new technologies to improve education and employment opportunities

International. Brookings Institution, 28 March

UNESCO-IBE publications and events

UNESCO Prospects

Finnish UNESCO school educators’ understanding of global citizenship education: Analysis through typologies, ecosocial understanding, and human rights

Tuija Kasa, Laura Karilainen, Antti Rajala, Hannele Cantell & Arto Kallioniemi
Finland. Prospects, 11 April

Becoming future-proof STEM teachers for enhancing sustainable development: A proposed general framework for capacity-building programs in future studies

Hanaa Ouda Khadri
International. Prospects, 29 March

Global citizenship education in practice: A transformative approach to global learning in Zanzibar

Cathryn MacCallum, Safia Mkubwa, Rosie Maslin & Nicola Shone
Tanzania. Prospects, 16 March

Postpandemic futures of Global Citizenship Education for preservice teachers: Challenges and possibilities

Allison Witt
International. Prospects, 28 February

Transforming education through innovation: the Global Education Coalition leading in action

International. UNESCO, 2022

Events and webinars

ECOSOC Youth Forum SDG4 breakout session: Youth engagement in transforming education

International. UNESCO, 19 April

Towards a shared vision of inclusion in education: fostering stakeholder dialogue on legislation and policy

International. UNESCO, 28 April

Launch of the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030

International. UNESCO, 28 April

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