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Jobs said it best

Published on 8.11pm on Wednesday, 16 August 2017.

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What Teachers should be Teaching

Published on 1.29pm on Monday, 14 August 2017.

By Alyssa Curtayne. Alyssa is a teacher from Perth, Australia. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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After 20 years in and out of the Australian education system, I have come to some conclusions about the role of education. I have taught in four Australian states, in Catholic, Islamic, State and small private schools and across many learning areas and from Kindergarten to Year 12, but what I have learned is that the most important things we should teach young people, are not preparing students for working life or even broadening their minds. But instead we shoul...

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Shadows of the Night

Published on 5.13pm on Wednesday, 9 August 2017.

By Gabby Traver. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

The fire flickers, casting long shadows on the ground. Eight hunched over figures are gathered around the warmth of the fire. We sit on ancient wooden benches with various blankets strewn across our legs.

“Charlotte, it's your turn to tell a ghost story,” Tim says in a monotonous manner. The light of the fire glints in our eyes. I shiver even though the midsummer night is warm and humid. I feel sixteen pairs of eyes fixed on me. I open my mouth to begin an improvised horror story. I pause for a moment to get my...

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All These Childish Stories... Are They Really Worth Picking Up?

Published on 5.28pm on Tuesday, 8 August 2017.

By Naomi Jones. Naomi, 27, is from Oxford, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.    

It seems to be an unspoken general rule that when you leave childhood behind, you stop reading, and sometimes even looking at, the books that you loved. As a child, I read many books by authors like Nick Butterworth, Beatrix Potter and Jacqueline Wilson, but I have to admit that after I entered my teens I fell into the trap of thinking that most of these books are babyish and hardly suitable for a more grown-up mind. And I thought that fairy tales, in particular, were the most ...

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Listen and Trust Your Inner Voice

Published on 8.07pm on Sunday, 6 August 2017.

By Joy Igbe. Joy, 17, is a student who likes writing, reading and singing. She lives in Agbor, Nigeria. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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 As a young boy, his teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything. As an employee, he was fired from his first two jobs on the basis of being "unproductive". As an inventor, he made one thousand unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When asked by a reporter how it felt to fail a thousand times he replied, "I did not fail a thousand times. The light bulb was an invention with a thousand steps." His name i...

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College is for Dummies: A Parent's Guide to Preparing Your Pockets for a Bachelor's Degree

Published on 8.13pm on Thursday, 27 July 2017.

By J. D Howse. J.D lives in Corona, USA. Please read the article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Dear Parents, Before you drop 250K on that overpriced college education, stop to consider this:

● Is college the right choice for my child? 

Does little Johnny even want to go to college or is this one of those times where the "everyone else is doing it" phase kicks in? College is not for everyone. Frankly, both you and your child would be better off accepting that than trying to force him to commit to another four years of school, if his heart and head simply aren't in it. 

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The Downside

Published on 7.48pm on Monday, 24 July 2017.

By Jeanice Logan. Jeanice, 17, is a student at Lakshmi Girls' Hindu College. She lives in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Steve Jobs, known for his internationally acclaimed technologically based Apple products, stated "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And more important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." Mr. Jobs was regarded as an innovative entrepreneur whose own inspirational journey to the top is reflected in his statement. I wish to explore how his previously ...

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Dear Mister Bill Gates

Published on 1.47pm on Thursday, 20 July 2017.

By Maarten Dierckx. Maarten, 35, is a stage technician who lives in Antwerp, Belgium. This is his second submission for the 2017 NUHA Blogging Prizes. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Dear Mister Bill Gates,

I write this letter to you in accordance with an essay I am attempting to write. I wish to stress the importance of this essay as the main price is, I believe, $2500. No token prize, I think you will agree. 

The subject matter of the essay is the following: does power corrupt? (It's not actually phrased like that. The essay is meant to be written as a...

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Expectation vs. Reality

Published on 7.55pm on Monday, 17 July 2017.

By Jeanice Logan. Jeanice, 17, is a student at Lakshmi Girls' Hindu College. She lives in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Formal education is an imperative factor of socialization and it equips individuals with the skills needed in preparation for the maintenance of a civil society. However, I strongly encourage the formal education system to widen its capacity for the implementation of informal socialization, inclusion and improvement of the performing arts as well as the practice of practical examinations. Fran Lebowitz's...

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The Pertinency of Broadening the Minds of Students through Education

Published on 2.33pm on Sunday, 16 July 2017.

By Adetayo Olaniyi Adeniran. Adetayo, 27, lives in Nigeria and is a student at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. Please read the article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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The word "education" was derived from the Latin word "educat or educare" which means to bring up, to develop, to educate fully all the potentialities of an individual. To educate means; to give intellectual, moral, and social instruction (Oxford dictionary, 2011). It is an action or process of giving instructions, either directly or indirectly so as to acquire knowledge, good attitudes, and values need...

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Eyes in the Wood

Published on 4.53pm on Tuesday, 11 July 2017.

By Kiran Bassi. Kiran is a writer from RIchmond, Canada. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Marley was jittery and nervous. Her stomach twisted and turned, and she flexed her sweaty fingers together anxiously. "Are you sure we should do this, Paige?" The taller blonde fingered a lighter between her red lacquered finger nails, and barely glanced back at her sister.

"It's the only option. You know this, M... It's only a matter of time before they find his body and fish us off to jail. Macgull is already onto us." Though Paige's voice didn't break, the trembl...

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Wonders of the Whale

Published on 9.05pm on Friday, 7 July 2017.

By Brecken Deal. Brecken, 10, is from Flagstaff, New York. Brecken studies at Mountain Charter School and wishes to be a marine biologist or an artist. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Look at this picture; can you see what I can see? If not, look deep so very, very deep at this photo. Tell me how the ocean waves make your feel? You should be feeling mellow right about now. Tell me how you see the very, very gracefulness of how the whale is coming out of the ocean for fresh air. Now it's time to close your eyes and imagine that you can feel the warmth o...

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Public Housing Escape

Published on 3.21pm on Thursday, 6 July 2017.

By Megan Deal. Megan is from Flagstaff, USA. She is a student, nanny and a mother. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Why is it 3 am? Why am I tired and yet awake? Why is everyone so different? Why don’t they like me? Every night my body wakes up yet my mind is so numb; since, my mind is numb all I do is sit and think. I think about what I’m going to say to my coworkers, and then I practice it in my mind the way I want it to go. Why have I worked over 40 jobs? Why do my coworkers hate me? What did I do? Maybe, I’m just a young soul who still does not know wha...

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The role of educators in society

Published on 8.37am on Thursday, 29 June 2017.

By Deliah Shellhouse. Deliah, 18, is studying education at the Pima Community College. She lives in Tucson, USA. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Should the role of education be to prepare students for working life, or to broaden their mind? On one note, it can be agreed upon that many educators have done their best at preparing students for working life. These days it is a lot easier to prepare oneself for a job than to actually find one, and while it is convenient t...

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Fulfilment Through Great Ideas

Published on 1.41pm on Wednesday, 28 June 2017.

By Azubike Eze. Azubike, 50, lives in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Most people are constant in their acknowledgement of education as a key factor for human development. The notion of education evokes images of classrooms and lecture halls, in the thoughts of many. But education should transcend the narrow confines of classrooms and lecture halls and embrace creative self-pursuits to enliven new ideas in our minds.

It is traditionally thought that education gives graduates greater financial independence and gears up society for ...

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What is this X?

Published on 7.19pm on Sunday, 25 June 2017.

By Favour Domino. Favour, 14, is a student at the Global School of Science. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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My youngest uncle is unemployed. He has been searching for a job since he graduated from the university in 2015, and I have heard my father complaining that the recruitment agencies and employers are wicked people. "They do not want the poor to see light at all", he had said three weeks ago. " How can someone who studied Mass Communication continue to be invited to job assessment tests where he will solve math questions? ...

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The Righteousness of Abnormal

Published on 9.03am on Sunday, 25 June 2017.

By Gad Odogwu. Gad, 30, is a songwriter, singer and rapper. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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I do not like anything about school. My primary and secondary school days were mildly excusable, mostly because when I was there, I had not been able to totally convince myself that finding the value of 'X' and battling with quadratic equations were the same as teaching me how to flush our pit toilet a-fter using it: a waste of time. Who flushes a p...

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Normality is an Illusion

Published on 1.38pm on Monday, 19 June 2017.

By Gunjan Sharma. Gunjan, 23, is a junior doctor. He lives in Belfast, UK. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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What does it mean to be normal? In this modern age, normality seems to be an illusion when one looks at the mass globalisation and the mixing pot of cultures, languages and religion.  

I work in healthcare and our sector is obsessed with normality. Your cholesterol level means nothing to me unless I can compare it to the average - the ‘normal.’ The size of your heart, the amount of oxygen in your lungs, the electricity sparking through your muscles ...

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Student: job holder or knowledge holder?

Published on 11.02am on Monday, 19 June 2017.

By Jayaram Injarapu. Jayaram, 20, is currently an undergraduate student at GMRIT college. He lives in Srikakulam, India. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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In my view, nowadays the role of education is useful only for getting marks in education and finding jobs but not for knowledge. Some students only want to get knowledge instead of marks. Hence why they are not ‘developed’. Students leave their technical knowledge behind after getting a job. This is due to today’s competition, students’ mindset and their parents’ mindset.  

In the past days, 15 years bac...

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Ink In My Veins

Published on 6.26pm on Sunday, 11 June 2017.

By Lean Rosendo. Lean, 14, is a Grade 9 student at Zambales National High School. He lives in Iba, Philippines. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Tattoos are becoming a popular phenomenon that is seen everywhere. Today’s youth are getting permanent tattoos to become cool and trendy but these are not just pretty pictures. For some, tattoos may be art but, for me, a tattoo is a mark that shows who you really are. 

Growing up, my parents always said that tattoos are bad - but I asked myself, “what if the face of God or any saint was tattooed on your skin, woul...

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The Broad Way is Safer

Published on 8.06pm on Friday, 9 June 2017.

By Opeyemi Ige. Opeyemi, 19, is a student at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Please read the article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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"Nobody realises that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." - Camus.

Nothing messes with the mind like filling some forms. You are having a swell time navigating from one column to the other, deftly putting your familiar details in the required areas until you reach the part marked 'Religion'. There are options for Christian, Muslim, Traditional Religion, Atheist, or others. It so happens that you are in an environment where...

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What Does it Mean to be Normal?

Published on 11.08am on Wednesday, 31 May 2017.

By Meagan Cline. Meagan, 31, is a full time writer specializing in legal content. She has recently begun exploring the world of creative and fiction writing, and recently published her first book. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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What Does it Mean to Be Normal?

"Nobody realises that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." - Albert Camus.

What is "normal"? According to the Oxford Dictionary, normal is "conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected". In life, some things are undeniably normal - a tempera...

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Your Inner Voice

Published on 7.15pm on Saturday, 27 May 2017.

By Keely Ray. Keely, 16, is a student at Westwood College. She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And more important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." These words were spoken by someone who changed the future, someone who will forever be remembered for his wisdom and knowledge.

Steve Jobs. Steven Paul Jobs was an American entrepreneur and self-employed businessman, mostly known for founding Apple. I truly believe that Steve Job...

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Steve Jobs

Published on 7.10pm on Saturday, 27 May 2017.

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The Chocolate Cake

Published on 5.00pm on Tuesday, 23 May 2017.

By Maarten Dierckx. Maarten, 35, currently works as a stage technician and lives in Antwerp, Belgium. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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"Nearly all Men can stand adversity but if you want to test a Man's character, give him power" - Abraham Lincoln. Do you agree?

Speaking to the Fox Business network, President Trump described how he informed Chinese premier Xi Jinping of the missile strike. Seated in a beautiful studio, the president told his fatherly story, relaxed and confident. 

“When you were with the president of China, you're launching these military str...

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The Chocolate Cake

Published on 4.58pm on Tuesday, 23 May 2017.

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Man and Power

Published on 10.03am on Saturday, 20 May 2017.

By Chinemerem Ikeogu. Chinemerem, 26, is an article writer and poet with a BSc in Public Administration. He lives in Enugu, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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"Nearly all Men can stand adversity but if you want to test a Man's character, give him power" - Abraham Lincoln. Do you agree?

Without an iota of doubt, I totally subscribe to the assertion made by the great Abraham Lincoln in the above statement. Power has always been and would ultimately remain the most reliable test of every Man's character. Our ability or otherwise to effectively manage pow...

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The Role of the Great Equalizer

Published on 10.23am on Monday, 1 May 2017.

By Lauren Meredith. Lauren, 19, is a future student at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania and an aspiring writer. She lives in Denton Texas, USA. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Horace Mann, a man often regarded as “the Father of the Common School” and a major proponent of public education, back when it was a revolutionary concept, was the first person ever to cite education as “the great equalizer.” That this phrase has become a cliché both in and out of the classroom should be telling of how true it’s regarded to be by educators and lawmakers a...

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A glimpse of the world through artistic eyes

Published on 9.39am on Monday, 7 November 2016.

By Benjamin Musyoka. Benjamin, 26, is a teacher at a Bridge International Academy, Nairobi, Kenya. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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In my fantasy world lingers a question, an anxious question, pertaining the elements which affect a human being's existence. We are utterly compelled by and unquestionably embrace and accept with no argument whatsoever that science is the backbone behind and on which our very existence is mounted. My question, concern and argument is about the arts.

I have thought and seen deep within my own being that art defines our existen...

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Technological Art

Published on 6.22pm on Sunday, 6 November 2016.

By Thomas Smith. Thomas, 16, is a student from Waterbeach, England. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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No matter what we do, technology will always control our lives. It is like art to us because even the most traditional of us are obsessed with it and cannot live without it. If you're reading this article right now, it's because you have a computer, phone or tablet connected to the internet. If later this afternoon you want to meet up with friends, you will use a telephone to call them or a computer to send them a message on your favorite social media we...

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Is gender segregation in schools beneficial or detrimental?

Published on 5.39pm on Saturday, 5 November 2016.

By Adrole Yelstine. Adrole, 28, is a student at the International Institute of Business and Media in Kampala, UgandaPlease read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Gender by definition is the conception of tasks, functions and roles attributed to women and men in a society both in public and private life, and as such it has both good and bad parts.

First and foremost, it results in poor performance of a pupil in a class. This is where a child who feels segregated in class maybe by the teacher on gender basis will not be free to participate in class, for example, telli...

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Teaching social behavior in learning institutions

Published on 9.20pm on Friday, 4 November 2016.

By Ibrahim Mohammed. Ibrahim is a pre-unit teacher at Bridge International Academy, KenyaPlease read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Society is usually considered morally upright and successful when all of its members confine themselves to the acceptable social norms. It is for this reason most people coexist peacefully. In addition, social behaviors are not innate in nature; they are extrinsic factors that are instilled into individuals in many ways. However, the main bone of contention is to point out who should be responsible for instilling these behaviors int...

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Save the planet

Published on 9.12pm on Friday, 4 November 2016.

By Alicia Kharod. Alicia is a keen advocate for environmental issues from London, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted!*

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In a world fixated on fossil fuels and revised economic systems, there's no surprise that the individual comes first. However, is that truly more imperative than the world that mothers us? As humans we have a strong tendency to put our needs first; we always look for what benefits us. Ultimately this psychological mindset has blinded us from the more crucial matter at heart. What has happened to the world?

Year after year w...

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Neoliberalism to the Detriment of the World

Published on 2.42pm on Friday, 4 November 2016.

By Stephanie Webb. Stephanie, 36, is from Austin, United StatesPlease read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Privilege affords opportunities, which in turn creates opportunities for more privilege. Few are able to recognize this pattern, and those who have managed control have confused the rest of the world into alienating each other. There are countless clichés which worship one's individual ability to overcome exponential barriers, but these clichés allow followers a sense of moral high ground. Consequently, greater distance and differences exist among those who ...

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A broader education for a more well-rounded student

Published on 2.34pm on Friday, 4 November 2016.

By Lydia Sanyu Naggayi. Lydia is from Kampala, UgandaPlease read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted!*

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What most easily comes to mind when we think about education is the academic stuff. For me, it's a dark green board filled with equations; you know those long monstrous ones that look like they were invented specifically to torture non-genius minds? Those things give me the jitters. Yes, of course, academics are important and vital. Yes, they are the main reason why we go to school. But is that all we can get from a place where most people spend the vast...

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Do schools and universities have responsibilities to educate their students on social behavior alongside the academic?

Published on 2.27pm on Friday, 4 November 2016.

By Shem Kuria. Shem, 25, is a manager at Bridge International Academy in Nairobi, Kenya. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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In the society that we live in today the responsibility of raising children has shifted from parents to house girls, grandparents, relatives, family friends and teachers in the learning institutions. Are our children getting the best in terms of being raised morally right individuals? Well, with no doubt, the answer is absolutely NO. This is because the number of children getting involved in crime is increasing daily. What are the rea...

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Education: A powerful weapon to eradicate corruption and terrorism in the world

Published on 1.12pm on Friday, 4 November 2016.

By John Dairo. John, 20, is a civil engineering student at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Lagos, NigeriaPlease read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Nelson Mandela said that "education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world", which implies that the educated elite are entangled with a difficult onus of changing the world. But it is now antithetical, as graduates who are expected to be changing lives are found destroying them with their various attitudes. Since schools and universities are places where graduates are educated, then schools and ...

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The White World

Published on 12.19pm on Friday, 4 November 2016.

By Francis Maina. Francis lives in Nairobi, Kenya and is a pupil at Bridge International Academy. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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 For decades, ice has been there. Ice was used by our ancestors to refresh , like in playing games and cooling down during hot days.

Today, ice is used for many functions like; playing games and sports, refreshing and preserving food and drinks. Did you know that there are big ice blocks in the world? These are called glaciers.

The glaciers are found at the North and the South pole. They are found there because because of the ...

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The Colours in my Eye

Published on 12.05pm on Friday, 4 November 2016.

By Faith Nzau. Faith, 14, lives in Nairobi, Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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He lived in a small hut near a river. He had neither wife nor children. His name was Christopher. He used to go to Kobia forest to look for food every time he was hungry. He lived in a quiet and isolated place and was as dirty as a hog. His countenance exhibited neither colour nor cheerfulness.

On that fateful day, he was walking home from the forest. He was so much drawn in his mind to think of his life of gloom and doom until he found himself in an un...

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Snow in the World

Published on 11.56am on Friday, 4 November 2016.

By Esthher Muladeghu. Esther lives in Nairobi, Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Snow is a white soluble substance found on mountain peaks. It melts and turns into water when there is heat.

In some parts of the world, we find snow. Not all places have snow. At the North pole and the South pole, that's where lots of snow is found.

In places like North America, they experience winter. Winter is a cold season with very cold temperatures. During that time, snow fills the continent. Sometimes, the ocean freezes to become a big block of ice.

In as much a...

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Art and the Essence of Individuality

Published on 7.41am on Thursday, 3 November 2016.

By Jesus Dawal. Jesus, 26, lives in Legazpi City, Philippines. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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There have been a lot of studies conducted about the importance of art to education. Some of them sought to prove that those students who got involved in drama clubs, musicals, and other art clubs, scored better at their academics; other studies showed that it doesn't make a difference, but it doesn't matter because being part of these activities help the students mature emotionally, socially, and psychologi...

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Vision without Execution is but a Dream

Published on 3.33pm on Wednesday, 2 November 2016.

By Victor Juma. Victor is from Eldoret, Kenya. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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My grandparents back in the village have never failed to drum it into my head the one and only phrase that has seen them excel this much in life: Procrastination begets frustration. Well,for those who didn't utilize their school fees fully, to procrastinate is to put off doing something that you ought to do. The benefits of doing it now far much outweigh the harvest one reaps after doing it later, or perhaps never doing it.

Because every human being is born unique, this transl...

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The paradox of arts today

Published on 6.37pm on Tuesday, 1 November 2016.

By Al-Amin Kheraj. Al-Amin works with a Tanzanian online classifieds platform and is from Dar-Es-Salaam, TanzaniaPlease read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted!*

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Rajabu admired the Tuesday evening hustle at Posta. He was seated in the bus heading towards his university, and today he was glad he could sit by a window.

People were crossing the road amidst buses, private vehicles and motorcycles in a dizzying frenzy, many heading home after a busy day at work in town. Rajabu smiled at how many accidents looked like they were about to happen, yet never did.

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Are co-ed schools the best environment for students?

Published on 5.44pm on Tuesday, 1 November 2016.

By Maria Del Pilar Ruiz. Maria is a graduate of UCD Smurfit School, Dublin, but is from Asunción, Paraguay. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2016*

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When in 2010, the 107 senior students from the Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men in Chicago achieved 100% college acceptance, the situation caught the attention of many. Only four years before, just 4% of them were able to read at grade level. Since then, this outcome has been repeated every year. This success of a single-sex education system seems not to be a coi...

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What is an Artist and how to Remain one

Published on 4.21pm on Tuesday, 1 November 2016.

By Cookie. Cookie is from FrancePlease read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso. Discuss.

I felt very much inspired when I looked up this year's Nuha topics and my eyes fell on Picasso's quote. I have always believed that children are artists. They have that magic spark in them, whereas adults are polluted by worldly matters and lose that great gift God gave them.

On one hand, it is hardly surprising that adults forget how to be an artist because as they grow up they tak...

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Bring me the arts, please! We do need them so much!

Published on 1.05pm on Monday, 31 October 2016.

By Santiago Crespo-Martín. Santiago, 34, is a transport manager in London, from Oviedo, Spain. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, life expectancy on Earth was around 50 years. Today, the average has reached 71.4 years and in countries like Japan and Italy, it is even much higher: 83 years.

Fifty years ago, one in every eight children died at birth whilst today, twenty nine out of thirty children survive what is, according to the vast majority of the doctors, the most crucial moment in our lives: the first breath....

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What is the role of arts in education?

Published on 1.40pm on Sunday, 30 October 2016.

By Sarafadeen Bello. Sarafadeen, 28, lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Arts are deep-rooted in the core of who we are. They are part of our identity, culture, education, creative nature, social interaction, behaviour etc. Despite their tremendous contribution to humanity, they oftentimes remain underappreciated. Unlike the massive support for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, the arts are often neglected. For instance, in many countries, it is ...

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Academic studies do not take place in isolation

Published on 12.20am on Sunday, 30 October 2016.

By Jacqueline Saville. Jacqueline lives in Leeds, UK. She works in a support role at a UK university. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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All schools and universities operate within a society and within that society's behavioural norms and expectations. Consequently I would argue that schools and universities have a responsibility to educate their students on social behaviour alongside the academic, but to different extents and for different reasons.

Although schools ...

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Social Behaviour Education: The Responsibility of Schools & Universities

Published on 9.21pm on Saturday, 29 October 2016.

By Marian Otieno. Marian, 20, lives in Kisumu, Kenya. She is a student at CAP-YEI (CAP-Youth Empowerment Institute). Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Whether or not schools and universities have a responsibility to EDUCATE their students on social behavior alongside the academic is a debate that has both weight and depth to the extent that it divides the global citizenry right in the middle. For the proponents, all institutions of learning - right from pre-school to u...

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Implementation is Power

Published on 4.11pm on Thursday, 27 October 2016.

By Wilson Rumisha. Wilson is a marketing & production manager from Dar Es Salaam, TanzaniaPlease read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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My definition of vision is the aspirational description of a point and/or place where one, be it an individual or organization, hopes to see themselves in the long term future Vision gives us direction. It sets the path for us to follow with the intention of reaching our respective destinations, whilst achieving our goal. Without this, we would have no focal marker to aid in informing us that we are veering on or off the wanted pat...

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Schools as a Microcosm of Society: Bridging the Gap between Kin and Others

Published on 5.51pm on Tuesday, 25 October 2016.

By Maythe Han. Maythe has just finished a master's degree in Anthropology at UCL, London, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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It was one of those rare hot, sunny summer days in London, and I was comfortably lounging on my couch in my flat. It would’ve been a great day, and I might have even gone for a long walk, if I hadn’t stumbled across the statement from the victim in the Brock Turner rape case whilst scrolling through Facebook. News of the case was everywhere: articles upon articles popped up, mentioning how the judge only gave Turn...

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All about an apple

Published on 9.00pm on Monday, 24 October 2016.

By Namususwa Prosper. Namususwa is a student at Bridge International Academy, Uganda. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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An apple is a good fruit. Me and my friends Mary and Jack went in the forest to collect firewood. As we were collecting firewood we saw an apple tree. My friends ran towards the tree and saw some fruits. I asked my friends, "What is that?". "This is an apple", they answered. After telling me, they started to eat the apples. I did not know that we can eat apples. I told my friends that you will eat things that will kill you. They laughed ...

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How people in Africa started using roller/painter

Published on 8.47pm on Monday, 24 October 2016.

By Hope Linda Kageya. Hope Linda is a student at Wobulenzi Town Academy, Uganda. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Traditional African homesteads were made from grass, soil, fibres, and weak timber. The reason why it was so was due to a number of reasons.

Some cultures and tribes were mainly cattle keepers who could move from one place to another, looking for both water and pastures to feed their animals. Another reason was that Africans were still behind in technology, so our homesteads were still in a poor state where there was no need for a painter. Whi...

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The most loved fruit in the world

Published on 8.36pm on Monday, 24 October 2016.

By Zahara Lubwama. Zahara is a student at Wobulenzi Town Academy, Uganda. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Have you ever thought of the most loved fruit in the world? Have you ever thought of why an apple is loved in all continents of the world? The answer is this: indeed the most loved fruit in the world is an apple. Every part of the world where you go, people say apples are very delicious.

The origin of apples can be traced from Arabia. This is because the climatic conditions in Arabia favours its growth. They don't grow well in hard conditions under h...

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An apple

Published on 8.28pm on Monday, 24 October 2016.

By Esther Gift Nakulenge. Esther is a student at Bridge International Academy, Uganda. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Let us talk about apples. An apple is a good fruit. It's either green or red. If planted it grows in fertile soil. It can't give good yields if not planted in fertile soil. I call it a good fruit because it helps to boost somebody's health. It boosts somebody's health by providing somebody's body with vitamins. People eat apples because they are good for their health.

Besides being good for our health they are the sweetest foods in ...

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Sustaining the Inner Artist

Published on 7.05pm on Monday, 24 October 2016.

By Nur Afiqah Azizan. Nur, is from Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted!*

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Art is a subjective field. With that said, the world is a huge canvas. In whatever industry one is involved with, there is art within. We are all artists. We have always been right from our early years. In the words of the famous Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso, "Every child is an artist". However, he added that "The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up". The excruciating truth in the latter statement cannot be ignored.

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Vision without Execution is just Hallucination

Published on 8.20pm on Sunday, 23 October 2016.

By Mark Kwoma. Mark is from Kenya, Nairobi. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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In simpler terms, to have a vision is to dream or imagine something that you would like to do or to be. For example you can imagine yourself as a successful entrepreneur, say in the next five years. You visualize yourself sharing the same stage at the world's top investors' business conference. To execute, on the other hand is to implement or to act upon your vision or your dreams and the desires of your heart, in order to turn them into reality. For example in our case of havin...

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The arts are of incalculable worth in what it means to be a human being

Published on 4.03pm on Saturday, 22 October 2016.

By Elaine Awolaja. Elaine, 20, lives in Chicago, USA. She is studying anthropology at Northwestern University. She is on a year abroad from UCL in the UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Words spoken by Philip Pullman in rightfully annoyed response to a marked reduction in excursions to theatres and other art-centered outings in primary and secondary schools in favour of tests and in-class learning in; solely because they are considered to "take time away from [stude...

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How I knew the apple

Published on 10.17pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Kawuman Muggaga. Shaluwa, 13, is a student at Bridge International Academy, Uganda. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Once upon a time when I was still a young boy, my mother told me that we were going to the village. On the way, I saw a tree which was beautiful. I told her, "Mother can you stop," so that I could see the tree properly. She stopped the car and I went to see the tree.

That tree had fruits. Those fruits were green in colour and they were beautiful. They had a skin. It was my first time to see that fruit. I got one of them from the tre...

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Painting as an art

Published on 10.12pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Shaluwa Namuwaya. Shaluwa, 10, is a student at Bridge International Academy, Uganda. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted!*

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Art is the painting of the old masters that hang in museums. Many people would never think of visiting such museums.

A great number of people do not understand such old and new forms of painting. They do not understand that such old and new art forms are part of everyday life. It is all around us. Art and painting surround people in buildings they see everyday and objects they buy for their homes.

Painting is one of the mos...

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The apple – a wonder

Published on 10.06pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Regan Walusanga. Regan is a student at Bridge International Academy, Uganda. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Several reports have been made about the health benefits of incorporating fruit in a human diet. One of the most highly commended fruits with huge benefits to human health is the apple. The apple is a round fruit, the size of a human fist with a firm stalk. Some are green in colour and others are red. They however have the same nutrients.

According to experts in nutrition, apples contain high volumes of almost all kinds of vitamins necessary f...

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An apple – king of all fruits

Published on 8.44pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Darausi Gwakibe. Darausi is a student at Bridge International Academy, Uganda. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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The word apple begins with the letter A which makes the sound "a". An apple is a fleshy round-shaped fruit from the apple tree with a shiny and smooth skin. An apple is grown in orchards. It has a curve on the top where the stem is attached. The colours of the apple's skin can be red, green, yellow or a mixture of those colours and it has a white flesh inside. It is known as the king of all fruits because it has many good qualities, for exam...

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Apples are good for our health

Published on 8.40pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Shafik Mulondo. Shafik is a student at Bridge International Academy, Uganda. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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An apple is a delicious and fresh fruit which starts with a capital letter "A" and makes an "a" sound. It is one of the most popular and favourite fruits among the health conscious fibre lovers, who firmly believe in the concept of "health is wealth". This wonderful fruit is packed with rich phytonutrients and anti-oxidants that are indispensable for health. Certain anti-oxidents in an apple have several health promoting and disease preventing...

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Apple

Published on 8.36pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Paul Kevin Waswa. Paul, 10, is a student at Bridge International Academy, Uganda. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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I have always wondered what is this fruit called apple. People young and old enjoy eating it. It appears in green and red colours with a smooth and tender skin, big and small in size, juicy and sold in supermarkets, and on almost all streets of Kampala. People sell them with confidence and they always looking fresh with water sprinkled on them.

One time, I was walking with my dad around Kampala and I asked him, dad, have you ever tasted an...

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Rolling to paint

Published on 8.26pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Alexar Rebecca Nakatu. Alexar, 10, is a student at Bridge International Academy, Uganda. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Painting is an art activity that beautifies and makes things shine. Painting is fun and mostly when done with a roller.

I have learnt that painting is so easy when you master the direction of fibres as mummy calls it. She always shouts, 'stick to one direction when rolling'!

We do it at home every year towards x-mas, changing from one colour to another. This is the way we wash our walls, getting ready to receive visitors from the vil...

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Role of arts in education

Published on 7.10pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Duncan Malachy Maina. Duncan is from Mombasa, Kenya. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Definitely, the arts are of incalculable worth in what it means to become human beings. This means the molding and shaping nature of it has to start at an early stage for effective performance, therefore art is the creativity being executed. Art in education has been valued and recognized as an essential component of the curriculum. It consists of performance variation that comes in different forms such as dancing, drawing, painting, performance art and sculpturing. 

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Importance of teaching social behaviour in schools and universities

Published on 6.58pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Winnerose Wairimu Kariuki. Winnerose is a teacher at Bridge International Academy in Chaka Nyeri, Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Research conducted by National AIDS Control shows that the majority of the Kenyan population contracting AIDS and STIs are young adults of ages 10-25. This shows that many young people are at risk of extinction if these numbers increase higher than they are currently.

Students encounter other different challenges in their daily life that are hard to resolve on their own. It's confirmed that scholars lack the knowledg...

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How schools and universities have shown their responsibility to teach their students on social behaviours alongside academics

Published on 6.38pm on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Erima Aaron Faleo. Erima Aaron is from Kampala, Uganda. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Social behaviour is the general conduct exhibited by an individual in society. A society can simply mean a collection of many people from different families, clans or tribes living together, thus schools and universities can be considered to be societies.

Schools and universities are societies of movement. Many people in schools and universities change and finish school or university with a transformed lifestyle.

Just as it is known to us that a society is made up ...

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The Key to Unlocking Visions

Published on 11.30am on Friday, 21 October 2016.

By Michael Abba. Michael, 23, is from Abakaliki, Nigeria. He studies at the federal college of argriculture in Ishiagu, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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What is life without purpose? If all men lived just for the sake of living, without visions, dreams, aspirations and goals, why should I, for instance, task myself to write this essay in the first place? Imagine great minds whose lives were driven by a vision such as Leonardo Da Vinci drew no paintings nor designed any models; Thomas Edison didn't invent the light bulb, the Wright brothers hadn...

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A United World

Published on 2.07pm on Thursday, 20 October 2016.

By Vicky Bryan. Vicky is based in Pangbourne, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Imagine living in an entirely, homogenised world, where you belonged to the one and only species alive on the face of the planet. If you only knew about yourself and others like you, how could you ever broaden your horizons?

In my opinion, school is one of the most important places, where students can be brought up to be well-adapted, thoughtful, intelligent and caring adults. Teachers are trained to make sure the children in their care receive the most beneficial educatio...

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Why Expressing the Indescribable is of Primary Importance for Young People

Published on 1.55pm on Thursday, 20 October 2016.

By Catherine Skellern. Catherine, 22, is a junior copywriter based in Nottingham, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Arts and sciences; it seems that educational representatives, and indeed, politics has aided in the drawing of battle lines between the two, trying to measure the importance of each to both education and our lives in general. The ‘core' academic subjects, such as maths and the sciences, have always been viewed as the holy grail of essential education for young people. And it is unquestionable that these subjects have advanced humanity in...

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Living Your Vision

Published on 11.20am on Wednesday, 19 October 2016.

By Victor Odhiambo. Victor is the Academy Manager at Bridge International Academies, Kenya. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Everyone is trying to construct and make their lives right yet it is not enough. The question is, where is your target? Focus? Is it truly in line with what you want to achieve? Some of us are like constructors who want to put up a building without a blue print. This can only result to frustrations, disappointments and dissatisfaction in life.

To have a vision, is the first ste...

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The Igniting Power of Imagination: Education Through the Arts

Published on 9.21am on Wednesday, 19 October 2016.

By Valentina Acava Mmaka. Valentina, 45, is a writer, educator and activist from Nairobi, Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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By envisioning the school of the future, I sense that the traditional educational system might not be enough to prepare the youth to handle the future, if it doesn’t contemplate the Arts as an integrated part of the school curriculum. The reason is simple: the more the world progresses, diversified, well technologically connected and fast, the more education needs to respond to the need of creating community ...

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Love Is Like An Apple Tree

Published on 8.05pm on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

 By Janneke Vos. Janneke, 10, from Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, is home educated, loves art, writing, cats and the outdoors.  Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Young Writers Blogging Prize 2016*

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Tim lives at the end of a very long road, at the foot the Bluff, and a long way up the valley. His garden is overflowing with life - purple potatoes, green beans, and many apple trees. A rippling stream runs between the cottage and the weaver’s house. 

Everything Tim eats comes from his garden. But Tim has one small problem … he has no teeth!

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Buy me a pen!

Published on 8.01pm on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

By Gibson Gisore. Gibson is from Nairobi, Kenya. Please read his story and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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My name is Ade Wak, I come from a remote place in the famous Kenya plains. I am in standard eight. I am a girl.

The name confuses many. I am currently gazing at the sun set with tears rolling down my cheeks and hand across my bosom. Tomorrow I shall write my KCPE exams and I don't have the required materials. That's the geometry set, a pen and pencil.

My uncle whom I stay with, is actually very supportive. The only venom in his veins is the wife. My Aunty. From school today, ...

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A Teacher's Letter To Her Former Student

Published on 7.57pm on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

 By Bronagh Vos. Bronagh, 39, is a home educating mother and writer from Rostrevor, Northern Ireland. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Dear Mr. Green Machine,

The instructions were both concise and clear: a line drawing of a bridge, one large sheet of white paper, charcoal. We discussed and explored line, depth, structure, colour, features and shapes. You nodded enthusiastically in agreement when I asked if everyone understood the task. We looked at the enlarged photographs of the Forth Road Bridge. You even told me you liked it. You l...

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Let's Reclaim the ''Defunct Artist"

Published on 4.45pm on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

By Sana Ali Qambrani. Sana, 15, is from Matli, Pakistan. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. - Pablo Picasso

I'm 15 years old and this expression tends to fade as I'm getting older, maybe this is due to some sort of insecurity or a hectic lifestyle. Granted, I've seen many individuals around me who made ART their lives, though some can't make a living off of it, they love what they do. We've became so caught up in wanting to make money or a high status for ourselves, in some...

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Let's Reclaim the ''Defunct Artist"

Published on 4.44pm on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

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Let's Reclaim the ''Defunct Artist"

Published on 4.35pm on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

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A Dilemma that Must be Solved

Published on 1.40pm on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

By Kingsley Anyata. Kingsley, 24, is based in Abakaliki, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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It was about 9:10 am or so on that Monday morning and I was hurrying to catch up with my 10:00 am statistics lecture. Along the corridor of Hall-2, very close to Hall-3, the venue for the lecture, I heard a shattering noise that jolted me to a halt. Looking around, I saw a group of students gathered around where the noise had come from. So I moved closer. There, lying scattered all over the floor, was the remains of a very nice smart phone which I bet cost a...

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Moulding the social behaviour of students: the role of schools as agents of socialization and institutions of learning

Published on 12.55pm on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

By Kenneth Okpomo. Kenneth is a researcher from Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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At the convocation ceremony of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, it is typical to hear the Vice Chancellor use the phrase "having been found worthy in character and learning" when conferring degrees and diplomas on the graduating students. While this is true of many other institutions of higher learning as well, it hugely underscores the importance with which this highly reputable citadel of academic excellence whose motto is "to restore the dignity of man" p...

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When I grow up

Published on 12.44pm on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

By Hannah Burgess. Hannah, 18, is a student from Guildford, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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It is easy for children to be the artists that Picasso believed them to be; especially now, when encouragement is promoted far more than deterrence, regardless of the activity in question.

It is also, however, easy to see his claim that grown-ups are not expected to be artists; those who pursue a career in the Arts are often frowned upon, and are called unrealistic and lazy. As children grow, they are encouraged to look into ‘proper jobs', to put their effort...

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Winnowing Society's Moral Fabric

Published on 10.20pm on Monday, 17 October 2016.

By Esther Olewe. Esther, 30, is an academy manager based in Kakamega, Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Parents the world over send their children to schools and universities to get an education. In the minds of all these parents is a dream, to bring up all round children that will eventually grow into self-reliant adults. This mission can only be achieved if the child is able to acquire knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits that will enable the said child fit in the modern day competitive society. Teachers in learning institutions are taske...

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Winnowing the Society's Moral Fabric

Published on 10.20pm on Monday, 17 October 2016.

By Esther Olewe. Esther is an academy manager at Bridge International Academy, Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Parents, the world over send their children to schools and universities to get an education. In the minds of all these parents is a dream, to bring up all round children that will eventually grow into self-reliant adults. This mission can only be achieved if the child is able to acquire knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits that will enable the said child to fit in the modern day competitive society. Teachers in learning institu...

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Can You Really Outgrow Creativity?

Published on 2.00pm on Monday, 17 October 2016.

 

 By Jasmine Ayoubi. Jasmine, 18, is from Cardiff, Wales. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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When they’re splashing red paint around the house, scrawling on the walls and snapping crayons in half, it’s pretty hard to see children as budding artists. However, it isn’t necessarily what they do so much as what they think that makes children so refreshing, and occasionally puzzling, to adults. You could say that a child is born as a blank canvas. Over time, their persistent (and admittedly exasperating) questions of “why?” start to paint a vi...

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My visions; worth more than hallucinations

Published on 7.05pm on Sunday, 16 October 2016.

By Godwin Uwadilachi. Godwin lives in Mubi, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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If I were to write down all my visions, it would make a book. Since I was a child, I have always had visions. As a nursery pupil, I had visions of being, or maybe I wanted to be in the same class as my older siblings, I cannot even tell why. As a primary pupil, I had visions of being a student in one of the top secondary schools in the town, which made me study hard to pass my Common Entrance Examination with flying colors and lots more of such visions a child is expect...

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What Role does Technology Play in Art?

Published on 1.28pm on Sunday, 16 October 2016.

By Rebecca Searle.  Rebecca, 15, lives in London, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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In order to answer this question, we need to define art. Art takes many forms: paintings, media and film to name a few, and as the internet has become an increasingly embedded part of modern life, these forms of art have developed, and to a certain extent, prospered.

We also need to establish the context. I write this as a teenager, living in a first world country, in the twenty-first century. In the society in which I have been raised, technology an...

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What Role does Technology Play in Art?

Published on 1.16pm on Sunday, 16 October 2016.

By Rebecca Searle. Rebecca, 15, lives in London, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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In order to answer this question, we need to define art. Art takes many forms: paintings, media and film to name a few, and as the internet has become an increasingly embedded part of modern life, these forms of art have developed, and to a certain extent, prospered.

We also need to establish the context. I write this as a teenager, living in a first world country, in the twenty-first century. In the society in which I have been raised, technology and art are becoming m...

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We Should Move to Space

Published on 12.58pm on Sunday, 16 October 2016.

By Adrian Hartford. Adrian, 16, lives in Fayence, France. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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My question is this: why would personal living standards be more important than saving the planet? I can’t find any argument to support saving our individual selves instead of the entire world, because that would be selfish and irresponsible.

 

Our personal living needs are important, but not as important as the needs of the planet: it is our home and gives us life. In return, we are supposed to allow it to do so, which is not what we are doing c...

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Be an Inspiration for Good Behaviour

Published on 10.07am on Sunday, 16 October 2016.

By Nabisath Musiriya. Nabisath, is from Tamilnadu, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Looking at the title we may think: what is the need for teaching social behavior? First of all, what is social behavior? ‘Social behavior is a term used to describe the general conduct exhibited by an individual within the society’. This type of behavior determines how individuals interact with one another within society. Lack of attention to social behavior leads to anti-social behavior like aggression, group bullying, teasing women or old peopl...

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The Importance of the Art of Education

Published on 2.05pm on Saturday, 15 October 2016.

By Godfrey Omondi. Godrey is a 22 - year - old teacher and lives in Mombasa, Kenya. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"The arts are of incalculable worth in what it means to be a human being." Philip Pullman

 

Education can be understood as the art of imparting knowledge, ideas, skills and judgment of facts that have been learnt either formally or informally. This art is of incalculable worth in what it means to be a human being. The one main object of education, is to leave a man or woman in the condition of continually asking questions, which have led ...

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The Art (or the science) of Perfect Balance

Published on 1.32pm on Saturday, 15 October 2016.

By Ashleigh Coleman. Ashleigh is a 32 year old mother and writer from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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The Split: separation of artist and scientist

My proudest memory of primary school was the day the headmaster came to our classroom to read the class a story that I had written. He particularly liked my use of the words ‘murky’ and ‘blushed’; interesting vocabulary makes good stories, he said. If he’d been more familiar with the classics of children’s literature, he might have instead taken me to task for my thinly-veiled plagia...

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The Role of Arts in Education

Published on 10.31am on Wednesday, 12 October 2016.

By Bhavya Jain. Bhavya is a student from Punjab, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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The lines of Philip Pullman are so very true that "Arts are of incalculable worth in what it means to be a human being". Art is of paramount importance according to my personal view. Art is the only reason behind the evolution of man. Art has played an integral role in making a human being what it is today in this 21st century.

Ancient man used to converse through art, because there was no other medium of conversation apart from art, language developed much later. The...

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The Lifeblood of Society

Published on 2.42pm on Tuesday, 11 October 2016.

By Jonathan Machin. Jonathan is a student from Reading, UK. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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The Lord of the Rings. Van Gogh's Sunflowers. Pride and Prejudice. The Taj Mahal. All have the power to touch us, shake us and stir us. Each one, and every other piece of art, whether formalised as that or unrecognised, has the power to reach out to us and form a connection. To tie an umbilical cord between the creator and the observer through which flows understanding, spanning the time and distance between the people involved and establishing a relationship bet...

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Vision Without Execution is Just Hallucination

Published on 2.17pm on Monday, 10 October 2016.

By Maureen Omondi. Maureen is based in Kitale, Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted!*

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It's so amazing, an initiative that most parents take their children to school with the sole aim of making their future bright. What majority fail to understand is that the fact that they have send their children to school and paid fees, alongside providing their sons and daughters with basic needs is not just enough.

Parents must live to bear in mind that these children whether in primary schools, colleges and even universities have visions and besides ge...

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The Dilemma of Gender Segregation in Schools

Published on 5.55pm on Sunday, 9 October 2016.

By Evalyne Justus. Evalyne, 25, is based in Nyeri, Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Gender segregation in schools has been a question in the minds of many, especially those caught in between the choice to take their children to gender mixed schools or to the single gender ones. Before the fight for equality between men and women began gender segregation was not much of an issue as each party was comfortable at its place or maybe caught up in it. Equality between men and women has been the main reason this has become an issue, seeing that much as we...

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Art and Technology are Important

Published on 5.01pm on Sunday, 9 October 2016.

By Ryan Harsmok. Ryan, 17, is a student from Outwell, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Today I would like to talk to you all about the role technology plays in art and why. I am going to list all the reasons why it plays an important role in art today.

1. Technology allows us to take pictures of art and share it with our friends, like in this photograph for example. The person who took a picture of this graffiti artist's work can show their friends and they can talk about it.

2. Technology and notably social networks provide spaces where people can tal...

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Our World

Published on 4.55pm on Sunday, 9 October 2016.

By Molly Pattinson. Molly, 17, is a student from Cambridgeshire, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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I love the world I live in. There's something magical about stepping out of your door, turning on your iPod to listen to music, sending messages via electromagnetic waves to your friends so that you can meet up, eating at a classy restaurant in order to have a lovely meal of slaughtered animal and soda drinks made from chemicals toxic enough to kill an entire river of fish, and then going to the movies, buying some make-up that was most likely tested on...

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Technology + Art

Published on 4.46pm on Sunday, 9 October 2016.

By Elizabeth Adine. Elizabeth, 17, is a student from Malaga, Spain. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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I think technology plays a very important role in art, because it is our way of spreading art throughout the world. We can see in this photograph that someone is taking a picture of art and this is how other people will see the art. This may seem like nothing, but it is fascinating. Without technology, like mobile phones and computers, we might not be able to be able to share our creativity with the world. I love to draw and I always take pictures of my a...

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Without birthing ideas the world would remain stagnant

Published on 12.06pm on Sunday, 9 October 2016.

By Charles Udensi. Charles is a social entrepreneur from Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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An idea is when a thing is conceived in someone's mind with a drive toward a particular purpose or goal. Ideas are great. Anybody can have an idea. Everybody can say what they feel about something. But not everybody has the capacity or will to implement it. "The world is going globalized and only the globalized are beneficiaries." It is easy to talk and think. But it is not easy to do. We need to change our mindset from "what do you think" to "what c...

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A wonderful fruit

Published on 11.15pm on Saturday, 8 October 2016.

By Erone Katushabe. Erone lives in Busia, Uganda. She is a pupil at Bridge International Academy (Sofia). Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted!*

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It's written biblically about the forbidden fruit that our ancestors [Adam and Eve] ate. It's always beating the religious leaders' minds and even threatened to create public judgment on them, but it all comes to be cool when one says that the husband and wife enjoyed an apple.

Apples are class s pupil-fist sized sweet succulent fruits that maintain the...

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The Art of Being a Child

Published on 10.36pm on Saturday, 8 October 2016.

By Emma Jones. Emma, 18, lives in Leek, UK. She is a student at the Open University and a blogger. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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What is art? From galleries to concert halls, theatres to books, we engulf ourselves in a sea of it, relishing every stroke and every note whilst never questioning what it truly is.

Of course, sneaking closely behind this question is another, far more pressing debate: what is an artist? What marks the difference between a man wielding a paintbrush and a true master of the s...

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Save us

Published on 10.01pm on Saturday, 8 October 2016.

By Hattie Truman. Hattie, 17, lives in Anlaby, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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I felt the wind blowing in my face as soon as I woke up. It was still dark, and the night had become a cold one during the hours through which I slept. Now, as I sat up, tired, head spinning like it always did, I felt as if I had somehow slipped into another world, far away and hidden in the clouds' darkness, menaced by the icy breeze.

There was an explosion a little ways away, but I was still blind to the world around me, so I closed m...

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We are Humans

Published on 11.10am on Wednesday, 5 October 2016.

By Chukwunonso Daniel OgbeChukwunonso, 31, is from Enugu, Nigeria. He is a lawyer and a wildlife conservation advocate. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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The policy on gender segregation in a school arises in a situation whereby the authorities of a school allows the enrolment of male and female students into its fold, but such students permitted to relate only with fellow students who are of the same sex as them. This practice of gender segregation in schools is fuelled basically by religious, cultural and social factors, anchored primarily on the pr...

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Technology and Art are complimentary

Published on 8.21pm on Tuesday, 4 October 2016.

By Cassandra McKeith. Cassandra lives in Elm, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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If technology plays an important role in art, art also plays an important role in technology. Every time something technological is created, art is involved because designers have to design exactly what they want the phone or computer to look like and some designs are really incredible, such as the Samsung S7 Edge, whose design really is remarkable. I find it wonderful how companies manage to make such things; it is true art. Also, the buildings used for large companies s...

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How schools can be better potters

Published on 10.41am on Tuesday, 4 October 2016.

By Baleng Wutor Mahama. Baleng, 24, is in his fifth year as a student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Runner up of the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2016*

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There may be as many varied definitions of the term "education" as there were varieties of sports at the 2016 Olympic Games. Summarising the key words in those definitions however, one can describe education as a systematic process of facilitating learning and honing skills, beliefs and values to cause individuals to develop personally, so that...

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Issues in implementing vision and policy in the developing countries: emphasis on economic policy

Published on 10.28am on Tuesday, 4 October 2016.

By Adetayo Olaniyi Adeniran. Adetayo, 26, is a masters student at the Department of Transport Management Technology in Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Ideally, it is the dream of every young child to become great and fulfilled in life; enterprises or businesses are targeted towards maximizing profits and minimizing costs to the lowest level; large scale businesses are established with the belief of existing into the unforeseeable future; every family dreams of giving birth and raising fruitf...

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The Future

Published on 6.24pm on Monday, 26 September 2016.

By Alex Sudlander. Alex, 17, lives in Hull, UK. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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There is no reason to destroy the planet. Would you destroy your own personal living space by throwing toxins all over the floor? I don't think so. So why do that to our communal living space? If you do that, you are just like the people who let their dogs go to the toilet in parks; it is disrespectful for the other people who have to come by and use that space also. In the case of the planet we live on, billions of people suffer from what careless people do. Big companies p...

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The Death of Universal Education

Published on 5.30pm on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.

By Rory Ellwood. Rory, 24, lives in Cambridge, UK. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted!*

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Everyone knows the vast majority of what you learn over the course of your education isn't particularly useful afterwards. History grads and Chemistry grads go for the same graduate jobs, in spite of there being little overlap in what they have learned. Students cheer when classes are cancelled, despite paying for those very classes to happen. At a typical university, it would be almost comically easy to attend every lecture without ever paying a penny in tu...

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Saving the Planet

Published on 12.45pm on Monday, 19 September 2016.

By Olivia Baker. Olivia, 16, lives in Cambridge, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Our future will be awful if we don't start saving the planet. We have been being ridiculous for too long now, which is why we need to hurry up and start looking after our natural habitat before it is completely destroyed. Who could possibly care about their personal and individual living standards in a world which is going to explode before the end of the century? We all headed towards certain and tragic death, along with our families and everyone we k...

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Just for the ears of the human race

Published on 4.50pm on Sunday, 18 September 2016.

By Morayo Olumodeji. Morayo is a student at the University of Benin, Nigera. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Dear People of Earth,

Yes, I'm talking to all seven billion of you, and I hope this letter reaches you all in a good state of mind, if so, doxology. I don't think we've ever formally met, but I guess images from your mainstream media have made you all to know a great deal about me; please pardon my manners for not introducing myself straight away. My name is Mother Earth; some of you call me nature, while others fondly call me Mother Nature. Loo...

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Saving the Planet

Published on 8.38pm on Saturday, 17 September 2016.

By Melissa Hardy. Melissa is a young writer from Pocklington, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Our individual lives dont mean anything in the large scale of things, because the world is where we all live. Everybody (about seven billion people or more) live on the earth, but we are the only ones benefiting from our own lives, so in order to not be selfish, we should think about the majority and not just about ourselves. If we just think about ourselves, the planet will die, because we are not taking care of it. We are using a lot of electricity, thro...

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Saving the Planet

Published on 8.37pm on Saturday, 17 September 2016.

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Save the Planet

Published on 8.30pm on Saturday, 17 September 2016.

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By Lukas Ujike. Lukas, 16, is a student based in Anlaby, UK. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Today, saving the planet is the most important action anyone can do. We can no longer keep pretending that we will be fine whatever happens, because it is not the case. Sea levels are rising, icebergs are melting, forests are being cut down and animals are being slaughtered. None of this shows that we will be fine and this horrible truth we must accept. If we refuse to accept that we are the reason for the death of our home and the destruction of everything we k...

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What have we become?

Published on 8.23pm on Saturday, 17 September 2016.

By Izzy Collins. Izzy, 14, is a student based in Wisbech, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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We absolutely must save the world before it's too late. If we don't start saving it now, we will die before knowing what the planet really has in store for us. The earth is a beautiful place to live - we must take care of it because we will never have another one like it. Our personal lives don't mean a thing compared to that of the world, because the world is made up of billions of individual lives, meaning that it is more important than just one person. One pe...

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Move to space

Published on 4.01pm on Saturday, 17 September 2016.

By Macey Harland. Macey, 16, lives in Hull, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Saving the planet means making the effort to not do whatever we want. When we came onto earth it is like we made a deal with the planet so that it would give us a home in exchange for respecting it, but we didn't hold up our part of the deal. Now we need to do lots of things to make all this better, because we are not treating the planet the way we should and this is consequently not re...

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The evils of single gender schools

Published on 4.17pm on Thursday, 15 September 2016.

By Alan Williams. Alan is a retired teacher who lives in France. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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As a child, I attended ‘boys only' schools and it screwed up my life. No prizes for deciding which side of this divisive, educational see-saw I'll be jumping on. However, since it is an aspect of life that will affect thousands of impressionable students, let us assume a more pragmatic overview of the situation. 

Obviously there is no correct or incorrect answer to this question as both school systems exist, content in the cosy belief that their system is th...

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The Role of Technology

Published on 8.09pm on Wednesday, 14 September 2016.

By Joseph Smith. Joseph, 16, is a student from Waterbeach, England. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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The most important thing about art is how many people get to see it, which is why technology is so important. With technology, people can take pictures of art (like in the picture we can see) and also talk about the art they saw, which brings it even more publicity. It is talking about something that makes it famous, like Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, for example. It is just the portrait of a woman, well painted but no more than any other artist's painti...

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Technological Art

Published on 7.54pm on Wednesday, 14 September 2016.

By Thomas Smith. Thomas, 16, is a student from Waterbeach, England. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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No matter what we do, technology will always control our lives. It is like art to us because even the most traditional of us are obsessed with it and cannot live without it. If you're reading this article right now, it's because you have a computer, phone or tablet connected to the internet. If later this afternoon you want to meet up with friends, you will use a telephone to call them or a computer to send them a message on your favorite social media web...

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We Must Make An Effort

Published on 7.11pm on Wednesday, 14 September 2016.

By Harper Jones. Harper, 16, lives in Los Angeles, United States. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Hello, everyone.

Today I want to talk you about saving the planet, because this is the most important problem in the world. We all think that our little problems, such as break-ups or fights with friends are tragic, but actually they are not, because at least we are alive. It is good to be alive, even though we don't realize it. What is good is protecting the planet so that we and our future children can stay alive for a very long time. Nothing else matters...

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Arts and the Timelessness of Human Experience

Published on 11.46am on Wednesday, 14 September 2016.

By Pinchas Kahtan. Pinchas lives in London, UK. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"The arts are of incalculable worth in what it means to be a human being." - Philip Pullman. What is the role of arts in education?

Philip Pullman is right. But he could go further: the arts are not just of incalculable worth in what it means to be a human being, they are, simply, what it means to be a human being - to be conscious and conscious of being conscious; to have the yearning ...

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Too late

Published on 4.00pm on Tuesday, 13 September 2016.

By Bethany Thompson. Bethany, 16, is from Anlaby, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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It is extremely important to save the planet instead of improving individual life, because the planet is so much more significant than any of us. Even the most important people are not as important to our lives as the planet, because the planet is our physical home.

We spend so much time thinking about art and education, but we forget about our physical needs. I don't think we realize that ambition an...

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Technology, a world of its own

Published on 6.51pm on Monday, 12 September 2016.

By Ethan Benedict. Ethan, 16, lives in Elm, UK. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Personally, I think technology makes art look much better. We can take pictures of the art and then use applications such as Photoshop to make it better. Art has been revolutionized by technology because of all the new ways we can develop basic art. Thanks to technology, art has been taken to a whole new level, which is great because now art is more appealing to young people.

Before, onl...

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Save the planet or face the consequences

Published on 9.37am on Sunday, 11 September 2016.

By Emmanuel Ogamodey. Emmanuel, 18, is a student and young writer from Lagos, Nigeria. He enjoys inspiring and helping people to live positively. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2016*

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Our planet is made up of seven continents - Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America and South America. It is comprised of 196 countries. Logically I do not think improving the life of an individual is more important than the whole seven billion people on th...

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Art and Time

Published on 2.43pm on Friday, 9 September 2016.

By Julie Pabelick. Julie, 16, is a young writer from Dublin, Ireland. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Every child is an artist. Haven't you ever noticed them scribbling on walls and everything they see? I don't know many adults who have that kind of creativity, which is funny because we always think adults are much more intelligent than their children. Actually, I think Picasso is right in saying that artistic talent comes naturally to young people, while adults think too much about what they're doing. It is also not easy for grown ups to find the time...

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Technology in Art

Published on 5.59pm on Wednesday, 7 September 2016.

By Ray Burnes. Ray, 15, is a writer from London. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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What role does technology play in art? An amazing one, because technology is art.

Look at all the Apple and Samsung products we have today; they are beautiful, like art. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is incredible because the edge is curved and you can see newsflashes on the side of your phone. People in the olden days had never seen anything like this, but today people keep creating new technology to astound us. It isn't easy to invent telephones, especially ones that can do ...

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Save The Planet!

Published on 4.19pm on Thursday, 4 August 2016.

By Kara Tiberi. Kara is a home-schooled student from Mandelieu, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Turn off lights. Own one phone instead of three. Throw your rubbish in a recycling bin and not a normal one. Come on, people-if we all made the slightest bit of effort, our planet would survive for centuries more into the future, whereas the way we're going, the world as we know it will be unrecognizable in just a matter of decades. I can hardly believe taking an extra few steps to a recycling bin is so exhausting for young people of today. I don't t...

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The Earth, Our Home, Our Future

Published on 4.10pm on Thursday, 4 August 2016.

By Julian Roye. Julian, 17, is a student based in Fayence, France. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Imagine going home only to find out that where you once found shelter, there is now nothing, looking to quench your thirst only to realize it is now impossible and that you're looking for food-food that can no longer be found in this destructive world. How can this be possible? ‘Saving the planet is more important than improving individual life;' this is one of the most quintessential debates in our society. What must we do? Between us and the Earth, which ...

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See Why Gender-based School Is A Hoax

Published on 7.13pm on Monday, 1 August 2016.

By Odimegwu Onwumere. Odimegwu is a journalist based in Portharcourt-Rivers, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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It is ridiculous to me when I see people or country promoting gender-based school and I will tell you my reason.

On September 22, 2011, Pennsylvania State University news informed that sex segregation in schools is detrimental to equality.

Research added that same-sex education does not earn one healthier educational success compared to coeducation.

Some leading voice on education like Jen Saunders, an entrepreneur and veteran journalist ...

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The Child Within

Published on 2.04pm on Monday, 25 July 2016.

By Marisa Orton. Marisa, 17, is a young writer from Fayence, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Imagine diving into an epitome of colourful creativity, dwelling in the refreshing sensation of liberty which fills your body with a hope that many people abandon in this world of monotony and reaching out your arms to swim further into the bejewelled depths; you lose yourself in what could have been, only to find that the beauty of your artistic imagination may be the key to it all becoming real. In my opinion, being a true artist is about more than ju...

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The Child Within

Published on 2.02pm on Monday, 25 July 2016.

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Kant would be appalled

Published on 1.27pm on Tuesday, 12 July 2016.

By Reza Ghahremanzadeh. Reza, 26, graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 2011. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Let me begin by saying that schools and universities – and more specifically, the teachers within these institutions – have the potential to mould and shape the students that they will encounter over the course of their teaching careers. With that being said, I think that when it comes to social behaviour, it is ultimately the responsibility of the individual to conduct themselves – both in and out of school – in a respectful and courte...

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Turning visions into reality: overcoming the inertia to act

Published on 8.46am on Wednesday, 6 July 2016.

By Silas Igbe. Silas, 19, is a medical student at Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Henry Ford, the founder of the popular Ford Motor Company, is indubitably one of the greatest industrialists in American history. His quote, "vision without execution is just hallucination", which shows how much he did not only value a great vision, but the implementation of that vision as well, is the focus of this essay write-up. From Henry Ford's quote, we can pinpoint three important words; vision, execution and hallucination.

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Education, Social Behaviour and the Inconvenient Truths

Published on 1.06pm on Saturday, 25 June 2016.

 By Vijayshree Kurumilla. Vijayshree is a writer from Hyderabad, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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What if, I belonged to a forest dwelling tribe and the only thing I believe and trust in, are the elements of Nature - the wind, the sun, the earth and the rain. I worship them and believe only in what Nature had taught me. We are very closely bonded with our land, our rivers, our trees and birds; just as we are with our own kin. Precious mineral resources were found in my home, and the Government had labelled us extremists, just for having the cour...

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Saving the planet is more important than improving individual life

Published on 7.22pm on Tuesday, 21 June 2016.

By Emily Jones. Emily, is a young writer from Middlesbrough, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted!*

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There are over seven billion people living on the planet- and, yes, we all need this planet. It has the materials we need to build and develop, the gasses we need to breath, the ground that we need to grow food in and environments that provide uncountable amounts of goods and services. Even if there were better planets out there- which I’m sure somewhere in the universe there are- we don’t have the technology to reach them. I suppose w...

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Remodelling the modern education system: the need for creativity

Published on 1.10pm on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Silas Igbe. Silas, 18, lives in Agbor, Nigeria. He is a student at Ambrose Alli University. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2015*

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"Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not"- Robert Francis Kennedy.

Robert Francis Kennedy, popularly called RFK, was a great man, a down-to-earth American politician, an unbiased Attorney General and a major supporter of the civil right mov...

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Why or why not?

Published on 12.49pm on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Nur Afiqah Azizan. Nur Afiqah lives in Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2015*

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He was an introverted boy who experienced delayed speech development. One day, when he was ill, his father brought a compass for him. He was amazed at how the needle was constantly pointing north. That was the stepping stone that led him to his true passion. He started to become wary of his surroundings and started to a...

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The blackboard

Published on 12.32pm on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Chloe Lenne. Chloe lives in Rully, France. She is a student at the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur school in Senlis, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The blackboard make me think about school. Sadness! The happiness of seeing my teacher. Going to school and seeing my friends. Having fun! Doing geometry. English. Sharing. Fear! Reading. Making the most of school and my friends. Homework.

It's magnetic. It's white on the back. It's a board in space! We need chalk...

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The blackboard

Published on 11.37am on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Perrine Cottereau. Perrine lives in Senlis, France. She is a student at the NDSC school. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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School. Homework! The happiness of seeing my teacher . The pleasure of working. The pleasure of writing . Going to School and seeing my friends. Having fun! Doing geometry. Doing grammar. Doing history. To learn our lesson.

It's magnetic. It's white on the back. We need chalk and an eraser. It's big. It's very big! 3 or 4 meters long and 1 m...

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The blackboard

Published on 11.13am on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Fabiola de Laromiguiere. Fabiola lives in Senlis, France. She is a student at the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur school in Senlis, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The blackboard make me think of French and Maths! The happiness of seeing my teacher. The pleasure of working. Doing geometry. Doing grammar. Doing history. To learn our lessons. English. Sharing. Learning lots of things. Working with a world map. Reading. Making the most of school and m...

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The black blackboard?

Published on 10.53am on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Travis Reczinski. Travis lives in Mont l'Eveque, France. He is a student at the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur school in Senlis, France. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The blackboard makes me think of: school. French and Maths! Homework! Writing. A huge whiteboard. The happiness of seeing my teacher. The pleasure of working. The pleasure of writing. Having fun! Doing exercises. Doing geometry. Doing grammar. Doing history. Doing English. Reading. Working with a wor...

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Children don't know best!

Published on 10.41am on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Annie Fan. Annie lives in Rugby, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Reality isn't composed of straight lines.

When I was younger, with child-like reasoning, I attempted to draw my entire city on a piece of paper. It was for my scrapbook; I stopped halfway. I couldn't capture the different barks of the park, the iron railings circling our house, the shop that sold sandwiches and all of the city-centre in one side of A4! Despite the imaginative power ...

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The Moon and the Mud

Published on 10.11am on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Bethany Perkin. Bethany, 20, lives in London, United Kingdom. She is currently a student at University College London. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2015*

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So, there's this Isaac Asimov story, "Nightfall", about a planet where the stars are visible only once in a thousand years. It's a sight so extraordinary to behold that it drives the inhabitants insane. Yet we earthlings, for whom the begrudging galaxy makes a ni...

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Take that leap

Published on 9.58am on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Nur Shafiqah Mohd Safuan. Nur Shafiqah, 18, is from Subang Jaya, Malaysia. She is currently a student. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Am I doing it right? Is there something I'm doing wrong? Am I making all the right decisions? These questions never fail to penetrate through my fragile, vulnerable soul. "Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason"; this is a quote I believe profoundly influences myself in a way to motivate myself to reach...

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The magnitude of choice

Published on 9.45am on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

By Godwin Uwadilachi. Godwin lives in Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria. He studies accounting at Adamawa State University. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Choice is the centre around which life revolve: life is full of choices and choices are inevitable regularities of life. They tend to surface in every facet of life, but then, it is in the power of people to make them. Whether or not someone is willing to make a choice, choice is always there, but some humans have f...

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The blackboard

Published on 6.48pm on Saturday, 31 October 2015.

By Alexandre Moreau. Alexandre, 9, lives in Courteuil, France. He studies at the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur school in Senlis, France. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The blackboard makes me think of: the night! Sadness! A huge whiteboard! A blackboard unlike others to learn our lesson!

It's magnetic! It's white on the back! It's a board in space! We need chalk and an eraser! It's for writing! It's big! It's very big, 3 or 4 meters long and 1 meter high! It's sometime...

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Is the blackboard black?

Published on 6.30pm on Saturday, 31 October 2015.

By Emily Zambetti. Emily, 9, lives in Senlis, France. She studies at the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur school in Senlis. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The black board makes me think of: the school, the happiness of seeing my teacher. Going to school and seeing my friends. Having fun. Doing geometry. English. Learning lots of things. Sharing, a huge whiteboard. The pleasure of learning. The pleasure of reading. Sadness. Homework, grammar.

What is a blackboard?

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The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows

Published on 2.08pm on Saturday, 31 October 2015.

By Agnes Aluoch. Agnes lives in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a student at Shaurimoyo Secondary School. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Not all school going kids grow up in the warm care of family surrounded by adoring parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. If the parents become over protective the kids can become spoilt or feel that he or she is the special one. On the other hand if parents are very harsh, the kid reacts negatively. When a kid is enrolled in ...

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Up the road of success

Published on 1.51pm on Saturday, 31 October 2015.

By Blessing Chukwuma. Blessing is from Lagos, Nigeria. She studies at the International School University of Lagos. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never where and say why not". This quote reminds me of a little boy who loved school so much, he would hurry to school every morning and fix everything that didn't look right. Things ranging from electronics to wood works and the rest. One morning on ...

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Lethargy of choicelessness

Published on 9.28pm on Thursday, 29 October 2015.

By Adetayo Adeniran. Adetayo lives in Ilesa, Nigeria. He is a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). He is a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology where he studied Transport Management Technology. He enjoys writing, editing and research work, especially in the fields of social sciences and transportation. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Examining the sentence "[They] all understood fleeing from war, from the kind of poverty that crushed ...

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Siempre estoy listo para aprender

Published on 9.35pm on Thursday, 22 October 2015.

Por: Vanesa Rodríguez Salvatierra. Vanesa, profesora boliviana, comparte con nosotros su punto de vista sobre el sistema educativo tradicional inspirándose en la cita de Sir Winston Churchill. Por favor, lee el artículo de Vanesa y deja tus comentarios en la casilla "Deja un comentario" situada al final de la página.

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El hecho de ser seres pensantes nos lleva a analizar lo que es el sistema educativo en la actualidad.

El decir "siempre estoy listo para aprender, aunque no siempre me gusta que me enseñen" me viene como anillo al dedo, pues como sociedad estamos en constantes cambios ya sean...

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Education as a paradise of opportunity; the validity of Sydney J. Harris’s pro-education dictum.

Published on 9.54am on Wednesday, 21 October 2015.

By Sizwe Sidaza. Sizwe, 22, lives in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He is a student at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The exposure to the arena of learning and enquiry expands our ambitions of careers and life to new horizons. This enlightening landmark derives from an understanding that the end is not the career itself, but a wealth of opportunities, a bonanza of possibilities and an abundance of rewards for hard work in the fashion of change-making. History attests to the fact that even the historical development o...

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Are you there yet?

Published on 9.43am on Wednesday, 21 October 2015.

By Ruth Adelaja. Ruth lives in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a student at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"They all understood the fleeing from war, from the kind of poverty that crushed human souls, but they would not understand the need to escape from the oppressive lethargy of choicelessness" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

"Survival". A word that aptly describes man's need to live, to have life, to have breath, to be alive. Man strives fitfully against anything that will take life from them. Situations like war, fa...

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Innovemos la educación para cambiar el mundo

Published on 9.49pm on Monday, 19 October 2015.

Por: Dimar Ortiz Romero. Dimar, profesional en Ciencias de la eduación de 25 años de edad, oriudo de Tarija, Bolivia, trabaja ejecutando proyectos educativos y de desarrollo social en diferentes escuelas del Gobierno Municipal de Caraparí, de la ciudad de Taria, Bolivia. Por favor, lee el artículo de Dimar y deja tus comentarios en la casilla "Deja un comentario" situada al final de la página.

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Se dice que la educación es el timón que guía el desarrollo económico social y cultural de los pueblos, y que dicho desarrollo se logra a través de un conjunto de patrones (cosmovisión, sabiduría, co...

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What the eye can't see, the ear can hear

Published on 9.03pm on Monday, 19 October 2015.

By Jasmine Ayoubi. Jasmine, 17, is from Wokingham, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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What colour is a blade of grass?

You would say that it is green, of course. But would it surprise you to know that a blade of grass actually holds every colour except green? The science behind this is that green is one colour of the spectrum that the blade of grass cannot absorb and so reflects it instead, sending the reflected green light to our sharp eyes. Thus, that blade of grass is technically not green and your...

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The role of competition in education

Published on 8.49pm on Monday, 19 October 2015.

By Anselm Ugwuja. Anselm, 22, studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2015*

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Competition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is the act or process of trying to get or win something (such as prize or a higher level of success) that someone else is also trying to get or win. Academically, competition is seen as a scenario where students strive to win by being the smartest or fastest on an academic task. Education on the other hand, is the knowledge, skill and under...

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A flawed perfection

Published on 10.08pm on Sunday, 18 October 2015.

By Naomi Finapiri. Naomi, 13, goes to St. Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The invisible barrier is apparent. I'm separated from the others, silently excluded from their interactions and conversations, their voices akin to the silence of white noise fading into the background. I am judged by the angles of my face and the scars on my skin. Their faces morphing into ones of grotesque disgust, as they share their opinions based entirely on their fast perusal of me. I am isolated quickly as I do not speak of the i...

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No canceles tus sueños

Published on 9.17pm on Sunday, 18 October 2015.

Por: Milenka Pérez Pino. Milenka tiene 15 años y es estudiante en el colegio Don Bosco, en Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Por favor, lee el artículo de Milenka y deja tus comentarios en la casilla "Deja un comentario" situada al final de la página.

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El graffiti de Banksy representa dos ideas. Primeramente dice: "Follow your dreams". Que nos indica que sigamos nuestros sueños.

Un sueño es una meta que cada uno quiere alcanzar, es una esperanza o también una ilusión que anhelas. Al soñar nos encontramos en un mundo diferente, nos sumergimos en un lugar donde la imaginación vuela y donde se encuentran tu...

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Chalk and the blackboard

Published on 2.14pm on Sunday, 18 October 2015.

By Marie G. Marie goes to Notre Dame du Sacré Coeur school in Senlis, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The blackboard makes me think of: the night. Sadness! Homework! A huge whiteboard. The happiness of seeing my teacher. Going to school and seeing my friends. Having fun! Doing exercises. Doing geometry. Doing grammar. Doing history. Learning our lessons. English! Sharing and learning lots of things. Working with a world map. Reading. Making the most of school and my friends.

What is a blackboard?

It's magnetic. It's white on the back. It's a boa...

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Geometría de la educación

Published on 10.23am on Sunday, 18 October 2015.

Por: Santiago Crespo Martín. Santiago, de 33 años de edad, oriundo de Oviedo, España, vive en Londres, Reino Unido, donde trabaja en la recepción de un restaurante. Por favor, lee el artículo de Santiago y deja tus comentarios en la casilla "Deja un comentario" situada al final de la página.

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Aristóteles sostenía que nuestra mente nace tam quam tabula rasa, y que son las experiencias las que, poco a poco, van coloreando el lienzo de nuestra vida. Dicho de otra forma: nuestro carácter, nuestros valores y nuestra forma de ser vendrán definidos por nuestro aprendizaje; es decir, seremos lo que...

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Becoming a Better Student in Nigeria

Published on 12.54pm on Saturday, 17 October 2015.

By Kingsley Anyata. Kingsley lives in Abakaliki, Nigeria. He is a microbiologist by profession and graduated from Ebonyi State University. 

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Being a successful student in Nigeria is neither tough nor simple, but depends greatly on your efforts, environment and commitment. It is appropriate to note that a student's failure stems from the effort/commitment put in or the environment that influences this effort.

Since 2011, there has been a common trend in most institutions of higher learning in Nigeria. Each academic session seems to have...

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The Mirrored Window: Education Beyond The Looking Glass

Published on 1.00pm on Friday, 16 October 2015.

By Carol Homer. Carol, 27, lives in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. She is a support worker for disadvantaged clients. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The process of education is one that facilitates learning, and through learning we naturally grow. It is my belief that this expansion cannot happen without windows, through which we reciprocally interact with the world and allow ourselves the space in which to grow, but I would argue also that one needs mirrors in order to self-reflect, to filter and integrate what is being learned, and to act upon it. One...

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Hollow Victory: My Competitive Education Revisited

Published on 10.03am on Friday, 16 October 2015.

By Ashleigh Coleman. Ashleigh, 31, lives in Truro, United Kingdom. She is a mother of two, writer and women's group facilitatorPlease read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2015*

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I'm 7. Twinkly crinkly Mrs McClintock calls me to her desk at the front of the classroom. I enter the cloud of her distinctive aroma (eau de lavender, cats and chalk).

"You came first", she says. Seeing the blank look on my face, she smiles and explains, "You came top of the class. In the summer tests."

That was the day I learned about competition...

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To compete is to create, innovate and win

Published on 8.03am on Monday, 12 October 2015.

By Joselito Narciso Capariño. Joselito is a state worker from the Philippines. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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In a world of harsh globalization, companies strive hard to develop new methods and technologies by way of continuous research and development. Businessmen work harder to establish their competitive edge on products and services over other competitors. And individuals try the hardest to find their own niche in order to survive and eventually succeed in a very challenging environment.

One word then comes to mind: competition. This is also true of ...

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Has Sydney J. Harris gone out of the window instead?

Published on 10.59am on Wednesday, 7 October 2015.

By K. Klenam Ledi. Klenam, 22, is a student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Please, who has the carpenter's telephone number? I want to hire a carpenter to construct a twelve-foot, 75x75mm timber cupboard for me to keep my certificates: my basic education certificate, senior high school certificate, HND in accountancy, first degree in Business Administration, second degree in Law, short course in tropical agriculture (animal husbandry), Ghana Stock Exchange License, Computerize accounting, ...

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Education without limitation but innovation and imagination

Published on 8.55pm on Sunday, 4 October 2015.

By Winnie Emeh. Winnie, 17, is an undergraduate pharmacy student at the University of Uyo, Nigeria. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2015*

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The beauty of childhood is in the power of imagination. The ability to dream and see things and believe in the possibility of the impossible. I explored this special power of mine when I was a child. I believed I could do anything I wanted to do like when...

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What is the role of competition in education?

Published on 11.43am on Sunday, 4 October 2015.

By Muhammad Aliyu. Muhammad is a teacher at Decs College in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. He lives in Bida, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Since time immemorial, man has transformed his society from living in peasant luxury to living in sophisticated and fabulous luxury, which was brought about with the aid of developmental tools (crude to sophisticated). The reality of such developments was attained with little (informal) and developed (formal) means of ...

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Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason

Published on 7.35pm on Saturday, 26 September 2015.

By Cookie. Cookie is 15 years old. She goes to school in France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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In all of our lives, we have had to take decisions or have had to do things and often our instinct has helped us to take the right decision most of the time contrary to what we would have done without it.So in this article, we will analyze how education fits into this quote and if it's better to trust one's instinct even though we can't render any reason.

First of all, w...

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Reality permanence? I don't think so

Published on 7.13pm on Saturday, 26 September 2015.

By Sylvia Gachuhi. Sylvia, 18, lives in Nairobi, Kenya. She writes poems and notes, and has her own blog that deals with current affairs. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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It is only natural for a human being to view things as they are at the current moment, call it reality and fix in some type of permanence to the situation. Truth is that it is wise to familiarize yourself with reality from time to time but stop formulating permanence from the vision you choose to view yourself in, so...

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What is the role of competition in education?

Published on 1.49pm on Sunday, 20 September 2015.

By Oluseyi Bolarinwa. Oluseyi, 29, is a teacher at Peace International College, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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From time immemorial, competition has been a recurring decimal in this world. It has permeated through virtually all aspects of human life, be it sports, economy, politics or technology. Even among other living beings, competition is present. It means different things to different people as some see it as a mere contest, rivalry, a do-or-die affair, or an attempt to exhibit a survival of the fittest situation. Comp...

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The role of competition in education

Published on 10.50am on Sunday, 13 September 2015.

By Ikhuoria Robert. Ikhuoria studies at Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma Edo state, Nigeria. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2015*

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One of the most thrilling facts about life on earth is that competition is inevitable. Competition encourages individuals to discover their abilities to succeed and get the best life has to offer, while the rest are left with little or nothing.

Competition is a s...

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The Challenges Of Turning Education From Mirrors Into Windows

Published on 5.42pm on Saturday, 12 September 2015.

By Caroline Hurley. Caroline lives in Dublin, Ireland. She is self-employed and enjoys creative and stimulating inquiry. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The training a feral wolf child gets in the wilderness largely differs from the educational experience of a middle-class student progressing through school in the Western world.

The influence of animal traits is evident in the wild child, who displays dexterity, alertness, and an immediate focus on bodily needs. T...

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What is the role of competition?

Published on 2.08pm on Saturday, 5 September 2015.

By John Bello. John, 26, is a graduate who lives in Lokoja, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Before I begin, permit me to state that education is not all about the school system. It is going beyond it and acquiring knowledge wherever possible. Also, it will not be illogical to assert that it is what one finds passion in, that he or she will probably be ready to compete in, to win.

By and large, competition's role in education is indispensable. Reason being t...

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Choicelessness of a free being

Published on 12.58pm on Saturday, 5 September 2015.

By Ayesha Sareen. Ayesha, 21, lives in Delhi, India. She is pursuing an economics degree at Indraprastha College for Women at the University of Delhi. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2015*

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"[They] all understood the fleeing from war, from the kind of poverty that crushed human souls, but they would not understand the need to escape from the oppressive lethargy of choicelessness." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

From centuri...

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A house without books is like a room without windows

Published on 12.06pm on Monday, 31 August 2015.

By Arushi Sharma. Arushi, 20, lives in Delhi, India. She studies commerce at the University of Delhi. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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'The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.' - Sydney J. Harris

'A house without books is like a room without windows.' - Horace Mann

Education enables a person to break free from dyed-­in­-the-­wool opinions, and to think critically and independently. It urges the mind to look outside of the sameness, for opportunities.

The first step of the process is developing the basic reading and writing proficie...

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What is the Role of Competition in Education?

Published on 9.08pm on Friday, 28 August 2015.

By Alemnew Gebeyehu. Alemnew, 25, lives in Debre Markos, Ethiopia. He is a fourth year student at Debre Markos University, school of Law. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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If we want to bring about abrupt changes positively impacting our life, it is mandatory that we talk about competition. It is a catalyst that fastens our endeavor to economic or human power growth and development. When we see competition in different perspectives whether in individual, group, comm...

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Through the looking-glass

Published on 12.20am on Wednesday, 19 August 2015.

By Reza Ghahremanzadeh. Reza, 25, is a student at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I believe that education can offer you freedom, a heightened sense of awareness, the opportunity to elevate yourself, and the opportunity to reflect. Connections between these positive ramifications and the symbol of the window could certainly be made. And this seems to somewhat validate Harris' stance on education. However, I would argue that the mirror as a symbol is very significant - and that it too can offer you these thi...

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That inner feeling is mostly right. Don't fight it!

Published on 8.20pm on Tuesday, 18 August 2015.

By Madighi Fubara. Madighi, 15, lives in Ahoada-East, Nigeria. He is a student at Western Ahoada County School, Ahoada, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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'Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.' -Ralph Emerson.

Can you hear that tiny voice whispering to you? It is saying, 'I bet this will be a nice article', yet you've not even read quarter of the article. Generally, there is always a tiny voice that resonates in each person's head, or maybe for some people it will be their hearts. This voice is usually clear, but our res...

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Students and online social networks

Published on 4.17pm on Saturday, 15 August 2015.

By Baleng Wutor Mahama. Baleng is a student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He is from Tumu, Ghana.

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I am sitting in a lecture on investment and for the first 10 minutes everyone is paying rapt attention. 30 minutes into the lecture, no one seems to be paying attention. The speaker goes on and on talking about the do's and don'ts of investment, but everyone else seems to be engrossed with something on their phones. So I decide to take a peek. My friend on the...

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Making the enjoyment of the right to education a feasible dream in Nigeria

Published on 3.01pm on Saturday, 15 August 2015.

 By Chukwunonso Ogbe. Chukwunonso is a lawyer and lives in Enugu, Nigeria.  

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Many policymakers in Nigeria, whenever engaged in a discourse on education in Nigeria, do assert with the echelon of confidence, that the right to education is an enjoyable fundamental right in Nigeria. Indeed, there exists many substantive legal provisions that accord the right to education an enjoyable fundamental right status in Nigeria, such as the provisions of article 17 (1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (Ratificatio...

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Nigeria: bringing innovation to education

Published on 4.44pm on Sunday, 9 August 2015.

 By Winnie Emeh. Winnie is a graduate of Glodavis College, Agboju-Amuwo. She is from Lagos, Nigeria.

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Ever seen a historian working in a bank or a surgeon selling in a boutique? Seeing a political scientist working as a clerk is as bizarre as having an engineering student do his industrial training (IT) in a pharmacy. I took a tricycle in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State and in a discussion that ensued between the tricyclist and I, I discovered he is a graduate of Accountancy and a Chartered Accountant too! Yes, the list could go on and on. Daily, on the streets, in every state that...

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What is the role of competition in education?

Published on 5.11pm on Thursday, 23 July 2015.

By John Dairo Oluwaseun. John is a student at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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During my secondary school life, we were made to understand that life is a race. We need to run very well so that we won't take the last position or get trampled, and that means that we need to be very competitive in everything we do, so that we can become an outstanding student amongst our friends or colleagues even outside our field of study.

Competition is like an anchor to education. It gives educated youth the required c...

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Was Sydney J. Harris Right?

Published on 12.38pm on Friday, 17 July 2015.

By Maxwell Aladago. Maxwell, 21, lives in Accra, Ghana. He studies Computer Science at Ashesi University College. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The debate over the true purpose of education is as ancient as education itself. This ideological tussle has yielded many contrasting views on the purpose of education such that there is still no definitive purpose of education in the 21st century. This essay therefore, is, but a contribution to the ongoing debate vis-à-...

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Choice or "Destiny"

Published on 11.51am on Friday, 17 July 2015.

By Sara Bedri. Sara, 18, lives in Khartoum, Sudan. She studies Electronics Engineering at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I don't like what I study, a truth I find myself admitting to at least one person every single day, and if not that then it's constantly on my mind. It always takes me a few seconds longer than it should to respond when a person decides to ask me the one question I dread the most in this world:...

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Perception, Empathy, Gratitude

Published on 8.35pm on Wednesday, 8 July 2015.

Han Yang Lim is currently a student at University College London. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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 “...They would not understand why people like him who were raised well fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to do dangerous things, illegal things, so as to leave, none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, but merely hungry for choice and certainty.” 

Americanah: good book,...

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Do we really have a choice?

Published on 9.11pm on Monday, 22 June 2015.

By Vijayshree Kurumilla. Vijayshree is a freelance writer and lives in Hyderabad, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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There are WINDS and Winds, just like there are TREES and Trees. Strong winds associated with gale and storm, wreak havoc and test the ability of everything that has to bear the brunt of it. Only the strongest of the Trees can withstand those winds and not get uprooted. And then there are some Trees which, even when there is a gentle breeze, do n...

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La Corrupción, Enfermedad Endémica Mundial

Published on 8.54pm on Tuesday, 4 November 2014.

Por Arturo Esteve Subirana. Arturo tiene 22 años y es estudiante de ciencias políticas y de la administración en la Universidad de Barcelona. Por favor, lee su artículo y da tu opinión.

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La corrupción es un mal endémico que solo puede curarse y evitarse mediante la educación cívica de los individuos. Éstos deben ser educados a temprana edad, en los ámbitos de socialización primaria como el colegio, los clubs deportivos o la familia para evitar esta práctica enquistada en el mundo y que hacen especial daño en los países del sur como el mío (España).

Así pues, defiendo que tanto en la escuela ...

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The Will to Learn Makes Learning Possible

Published on 8.01pm on Tuesday, 4 November 2014.

By Ridwan Issa. Ridwan is a graduate from the University of Ilorin. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Education is a necessary part of our life. Since birth, we strive to learn something new, find answers to all questions, and seek to know everything around us. With the lapse of time, we take the first steps on the path to knowledge, which becomes more challenging and exciting day by day. Going through all these obscurities, we become educated and better prepared to face the world. Indeed, where there is a will, there is a way...

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A Light in the Dark

Published on 7.45pm on Tuesday, 4 November 2014.

By Chinwe Ezisi. Chinwe is from Ilorin, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela. Whether it is organized, formalized learning or a personal pursuit for enlightenment, why would anyone regard education as the triumph over fear? And yet, it is exactly that; courage. It is reaching out of the darkness towards an uncertain distant light ahead. It could be the light at the end of a...

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Lessons From Civilization

Published on 7.18pm on Tuesday, 4 November 2014.

By Joshua Okorie. Joshua, 24, is a National Youth Service Corps member in Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), contradict traditional university online courses as they open up access to everyone who has internet access. Furthermore,  its massive scale is designed to accommodate literally an infinite number of students. The ‘label-name,’ MOOCs was coined by Dave Comier. With the recent introduction of MOOCs in 2008 by the Siemen and Downes’ course it may be premature to judge the MOOCs’ performan...

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Life is a Stone, Man is the Carver

Published on 9.05pm on Monday, 3 November 2014.

By Daniel Ainasu. Daniel is a Graphics Designer and a motivational speaker. He enjoys writing and aspires to become a better writer like Wole Soyinka. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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For you to become a success you need an inspiration that will serve as a light in all your endeavors. With a greater perspiration one achieves a greater future; this is the succession of a brighter & colorful tomorrow.

Now, Michelangelo's quote giv...

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I'm not afraid

Published on 12.03pm on Saturday, 1 November 2014.

By Anna Makarenko. Anna is 19 years old. She studies at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. She lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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How many things do Education and Fear have in common? A lot. Exams, speeches in front of an unknown audience and different projects are only one side of the coin. Real life begins when you decide to make a step into the world of real knowledge. I paid a high price to understand it, but nevertheless my ...

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Learn, Nurture and Grow: every child has potential

Published on 7.35pm on Thursday, 30 October 2014.

By Inaara Gangji. Inaara is 15 years old. She is a student at the Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School in Dar es Salaam. She lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation."-Ray L. Wilbur, Third President of Stanford University

Potential, is defined by the Oxford dictionary as "having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future" and ...

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The Power of Words: Medicine or Weapon?

Published on 5.55pm on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

By Sophia Fedzhora. Sophia studies at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University and is interested in music. She lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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What was your first word? "Mum"? "Dad"? Something else? What did you remember when you read these words? There are lots of interesting associations to the each word. Why did this happen?

Every stage in our life, we are accompanied by various words: a house, a garden, a school, a job, a family. Every...

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If The Whole World Embraced Affordable Education For All None Will Be Left Behind

Published on 10.28am on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

By Monica M. Zinjenga. Monica is a 50 year old board member for Wamulu International, a NGO operating in Bungoma Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Education processes and systems in some countries more so in Kenya, has many traits that create great fears. This is attributed to complicated and congested curriculums which cripple learners to have poor memory, resulting into poor performance in tests and eventual laxity. No wonder George Bernard Shaw descri...

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Are Massive Open Online Courses The Future Of Higher Education

Published on 9.46am on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

By Muriel M. Wafula. Muriel is a 24 year old professional from Bungoma Kenya. She is an accountant for Wamulu International. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are the future of higher education though in some countries the legislative base regulating the use of ICT is not yet comprehensive enough to warrant broad utilization of ICT in the rural areas. Public awareness about advantages and opportunities that come with the ICT is ve...

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The Power Of The Voice

Published on 8.37am on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

By Israel Thomas. Israel is a creative writer from Lagos Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Words are human expressions for communicating, either written or spoken. It is believed that the use of words dates back to creation. It is also believed that "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."- Holy Bible. Speeches commenced long before letters. Many religions believe that the universe and its content were made by pronou...

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"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" Thomas A. Edison

Published on 9.38pm on Tuesday, 28 October 2014.

By Haneen Ali. Haneen lives in London, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I love dolls. Give me a Barbie, Fulla or an American Girl Doll (notoriously known for their eye-watering prices) and I'll be entertained for hours.

I currently have a collection of the above, including one historical American Girl Doll named Josefina Montoya. Now imagine how much will be on the lavishly-spending parents' bill as they slump out of American Girl Place with tiny £25 doll jewell...

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Words Mean More

Published on 2.06pm on Tuesday, 28 October 2014.

By Rev. Robert Wafula. Rev. Wafula is the 52 years old CEO of Wamulu International, which operates in Bungoma, Kenya. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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As the proverb goes, "Fine words butter no parsnips", that is, spoken words carry deeper meaning than recorded information. And in this I strongly agree with Maya Angelou's assertion that words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning. As examples...

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Defining Freedom

Published on 6.27am on Monday, 27 October 2014.

By Priyanka Patel. Priyanka is 15 years old. She lives in London, UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Freedom is a term which is very loosely associated with things. Although this is the case, one thing has always been very clear; we, as humans, desire freedom. We crave it. We yearn for it. But what exactly is freedom?

Freedom is very often personified in birds. ‘I want to be as free as a bird!' people say. And this does not come from clueless little children or naï...

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Hackschooling, Why Not?

Published on 6.40pm on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

By Amal Qazi. Amal is 10 years old. She goes to Creighton's Corner Elementary School. She lives in Ashburn, USA. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Logan LaPlante is completely correct. Adults focus too much on what they want for their children, not what the children want for themselves. I mean, if you're looking for an answer like neurosurgeon or businessman, go ask a genius baby or something. I feel that parents set their children's goals for them, rather than aski...

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Set in Stone

Published on 6.32pm on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

By Mahum Qazi. Mahum is 15 years old. She is a student at Briar Woods High School. She lives in Ashburn, USA. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2014* 

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He was sweating, his hands moving in a blur, ever so eager to let the image in his mind that was screaming out at him out of the marble. Moving, moving, moving, tool after tool, noises that made his ears ring, months of exhilarating work, still moving, still moving, still.....

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Teaching Tolerance

Published on 3.55pm on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

By Caitlin Smart. Caitlin is 17 years old and is from Auckland, New Zealand. She is currently a student at the University of Auckland. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2014* 

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I was fourteen when I was first labeled as too dangerous to attend school. My act of rebellion? I had tried to kill myself. The sad thing is, it wasn't the first time this had happened, nor was it the last time I would try to end my life. Even today...

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Fear vs Courage

Published on 10.02pm on Tuesday, 21 October 2014.

By Sushmita Sruti Choudhury. Sushmita Sruti lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Courage is a very prominent and credulous word. Yet very complicated to actually define and understand if some people consider that boldness, braveness, roaming around broadening your chest and yelling that they are not scared of anything is actually being courageous whereas the actual definition lies here, right on the quote, stated by Nelson Mandela.

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Good Mistakes

Published on 2.30pm on Tuesday, 21 October 2014.

By Raphael Selz. Raphael is a student from Paris, France. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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When you do a mistake, do you think you learn faster?

Doing mistakes is, I think, very important to learn, and learning also means to grow up and evolve.

A lot of people are afraid of making errors and think of them as something that should be avoided at all costs or assimilate them with shame and foolishness. Thinking like that might probably be the mistake, as it is sometimes...

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The Chicken or The Egg

Published on 1.01pm on Tuesday, 21 October 2014.

By Ella Crabtree. Ella is a student from Birmingham England.  Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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It is often said that exams test your ability to remember rather than your intelligence. They rigorously check whether we recall the correct formula or the exact structure of words that will get us one more mark and let us pass. For a school, or any institute of learning, that is judged on the results it can produce from its students at the end of the year this seems like...

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Contributions of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the Education Field

Published on 10.15pm on Monday, 20 October 2014.

By Arinze Edwin. Arinze is 21 years old. He lives in Onitsha, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access through the web. MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors and teaching assistants. MOOCs are the biggest upcoming trend in the current education scenario. It has offered opportunity to all individuals irrespective of his or her ec...

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Dare you make it?

Published on 10.00pm on Monday, 20 October 2014.

By Ilyas Aroui. Ilyas is 18 years old. He is a student at Abdelhamid Kabbatti school. He lives in Oued Rhiou, Algeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"Study just to find a job and get a livelihood, raise a family and die" Is that the real life we wanted? Does it make it worth to breath every second?

Mark Twain says "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." Have you ever asked yourself the question: "Why was I...

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Spoken Words

Published on 10.44am on Sunday, 19 October 2014.

By Josephine Otuagomah. Josephine is a 20 year old student from Delta Nigeria. Currently studying at the University of Benin she is an aspiring poet and writer. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Man naturally was born with the inherent ability to commune; transfer information and share ideas with his fellow man through the employment of speech as propagation medium right from primeval times. In the complexity of his evolutionary chemistry, the arch necessity of conversing with species...

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The True Value of Marble

Published on 9.13pm on Thursday, 16 October 2014.

By Jasmine Ayoubi. Jasmine is 16 years old. She lives in Wokingham, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Born in 1475, in the small Italian town of Caprese, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (artist, sculptor, architect and poet) sparked a great revolution in art in the high renaissance era. Michelangelo was the artist who recreated what wasn't there. He sculpted and painted the world that existed solely in his mind. He treated the ceilings of g...

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Reflections on the Salvaging Hands of Education

Published on 9.47pm on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

By Chukwunonso Ogbe. Chukwunonso is a lawyer and lives in Enugu, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Living on planet earth is no fun! Many obstacles confront mankind in our quest to actualize our life ambitions. There is prevalence of unemployment, poverty, epidemics, and civil unrest in many nations of the world and the existence of these heartrending conditions instil fear into the psyche of many. The fundamental question which occupies the mind of most ci...

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What has education meant to me?

Published on 7.42pm on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

By Yevheniia Kandyba. Yevheniia is 21 years old. She lives in Novoaidar, Ukraine. She is a student of Taras Shevchenko National University of Luhansk (Foreign Languages Department) and Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University (Philology Department). Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Learning is the eye of mind. But how can we study or work during a conflict ... during a war? I could not imagine that I would study in the war-time in Ukraine. I read books about World War II, ...

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Moocs, A Piece Of The Higher Education Jigsaw

Published on 12.24pm on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.

By Jacqueline Saville. Jacqueline lives in Leeds, England. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been touted as the next big thing in higher education by everyone from newspapers to universities and politicians. Free access to the world's collected knowledge, genuine equality of education, no borders to learning. But are they a vision of the future or is all this too good to be true?

At first glance the advent of MOOCs seems like ...

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Creativity & Happiness

Published on 11.50am on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.

By Marcelin Kadembo. Marcelin is a young writer from Manchester England.  Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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In our education we are supposed to be challenged. I agree with Logan because we are taught in our schools being happy and healthy is important, but only within their guidelines. We have had these guidelines set out for us, although what applies to one person may not apply to another

Happiness is not about getting everything that you've ever wanted or dreamed o...

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The Sounds Of Silence

Published on 1.30pm on Sunday, 12 October 2014.

By Vijayshree Kurumilla. Vijayshree is a freelance writer from Hyderabad India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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As a writer, I would like to, let my work, do the talking, and therefore, I do not fully, agree with the statement of Mary Angelou that- "Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning."

I agree more with what Marquez is believed to have said, ‘If I want to say something, I will writ...

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I learned that...

Published on 12.44pm on Sunday, 12 October 2014.

By Jesus Dawal. Jesus is 24 years old and is a student at the Aquinas University of Legazpi. He lives in Legazpi City, Philippines. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Nelson Mandela couldn't have said it any better: I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

But to associate courage to the role of education was one thing; defining education was another. A...

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The Juggle Struggle of Life

Published on 7.10pm on Saturday, 11 October 2014.

By Nur Afiqah Azizan. Nur Afiqah lives in Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"What is your ambition" they would ask.

"Well, I would want to be a true human being", she would reply.

More often than not, the conversation would proceed with the other party expressing an ‘Are-you-for-real expression' along with questions meant to ask if she is for real because it seems that having the aspiration to be a true human being is a joke.

Aristotle once...

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Stop MOOCing around - Get back in the classroom

Published on 8.31am on Saturday, 11 October 2014.

By Anna Johnston. Anna is a 28 year old professional from the UK. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2014* 

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are nearly as common as a mid-week sale on the high-street. Online shopping for learning is certainly redefining the education landscape. But, as in this case, if I'm asked whether MOOCs are the future of higher education, well now, that's less clear cut.

We live in a generation that f...

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Compassion, Creativity and Motivation

Published on 10.06pm on Wednesday, 8 October 2014.

By Julia Hones. Julia lives in Wisconsin, USA. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Nelson Mandela said that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The most important pillars of education are, in my opinion, the ones that are overlooked the most: compassion, creativity and motivation. Why are they overlooked? Fear to change and improve our educational systems is the main reason. Courage is at the heart of the solutions that we can create.

The fir...

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Disruption (or the lack thereof)

Published on 8.03pm on Tuesday, 7 October 2014.

By Hugh Han Yang Lim. Hugh Han Yang lives in London, UK. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. Coursera, Udacity, itunes U. They're backed by some of the world's most prestigious and respected universities, they're available 24/7 and most importantly, they're (generally) free. With worldwide increasing levels of online usage growth and ease of accessibility, the influence of the internet has undeniably disrupted many markets and ove...

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Power of Speech

Published on 9.35pm on Thursday, 2 October 2014.

By Farzeen Ismail. Farzeen is an aspiring writer and a poet. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2014*  

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When I came across Maya Angelou's quote - ‘WORDS MEAN MORE THAN WHAT IS SET DOWN ON PAPER. IT TAKES A HUMAN VOICE TO INFUSE THEM WITH SHADES OF DEEPER MEANING' it inspired me and generated quite a number of ideas which I have elaborated below under subtitles.

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The True Goal of Education

Published on 10.12pm on Wednesday, 1 October 2014.

By Winnie Emeh. Winnie is a 16 year old graduate of Glodavis College, Agboju-Amuwo. She is from Lagos, Nigeria. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2014* 

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It was like a thick blanket covering us all; the mentality stretched towards the end of the earth. In every continent and country, on both print and electronic media, everyone was talking about the same thing. A victim I was to this era, where all our schools and learning inst...

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Conventional or Flipped Classroom?

Published on 5.47pm on Wednesday, 1 October 2014.

By Abraham Adekunle. Abraham is a 17 year old student from Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I guess even the embryos in the pregnant women know the quote: "Education is the best legacy." Western education, as known by our fore-fathers, is the best legacy every parent strive to give their children especially in Nigeria where education is the only catapult away from poverty. Even the orphans do struggle for it. And, going to school, wearing school uniform seem to be how educa...

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"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" Thomas A. Edison

Published on 7.26pm on Monday, 29 September 2014.

By Cookie. Cookie is 14 years old. She goes to school in France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I don't quite agree with T. A. Edison because there is another saying:

"Necessity is the mother of invention". This saying clearly shows that when one invents there is a need so a necessity. I will argue this article by illustrating it with two stories. One will be an anecdote in my life and the other will be about the history of French toast.

Not long ago, my mummy and I went to London....

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Education, Education, Courage...

Published on 1.21pm on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

By Hugh Oxlade. Hugh is a 20 year old university student from the UK. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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If Nelson Mandela learned this, who taught him? 'Courage may be taught as a child is taught to speak' according to Euripides, so perhaps Mandela learned this definition of courage from observing those around him and imitating their actions. There is a problem here, however, as it is difficult to observe people conquering fear, the struggle being an internal one. Provision of examples would not be sufficient to impart this particular message, suggesti...

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Words Mean More Than What Is Set On Paper…

Published on 2.41pm on Monday, 22 September 2014.

By Odimegwu Onwumere. Odimegwu is a poet, writer and media expert. He lives in the Port Harcourt Province of Rivers State, Nigeria. Please leave your comments and thoughts below.

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A child is engaged with words than reading and this comes even with the child's first days in school. Processing the child's thoughts and actions in communication analysis are at most times difficult. Parents and teachers will require the voice skill to properly convey some inbuilt message so that the child can understand instructions, respond and grow up. This is the reason why politicians in Nigeria unlike in t...

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Classroom or Homeroom?

Published on 8.34pm on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

By Chinedu Okere. Chinedu is 17 years old and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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There is a quote by a great man Epictetus that goes ‘He who opens a school door, closes a prison'. Have you sat down and asked yourself this question: What would a person opening a prison be doing? It is one thing for someone to open a school; it is another thing to perform the operations of a school. One sentence every guardian is proud to say is ‘My child is ...

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Redefining courage; Lessons for education

Published on 8.22pm on Thursday, 4 September 2014.

By Baleng Wutor Mahama. Baleng is a 21 year old third year pre-medical student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He is from Tumu, Ghana. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2014* 

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Growing up as a child, one of the people I have come to identify with and in fact whose memory I will forever cherish is that of the first black president of South Africa Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. We loved Ma...

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All the world may be a stage, but we are not just merely players

Published on 11.50am on Saturday, 30 August 2014.

By Vicky Bryan. Vicky is a 44 year old English teacher at Mougins School. She lives in Fayence, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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William Shakespeare knew that ‘one man in his time plays many parts' and Nelson Mandela's life certainly attested to that, although he is mostly remembered for the wonderful influence he had on our world. One of Mandela's most influential effects he had on the world's population was his ability to motivate and inspire others. Ma...

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Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning

Published on 11.49am on Tuesday, 26 August 2014.

By Anna Marie Clerkin. Anna Marie is a 42 year old Freelance English Teacher in Italy. She lives in Ceriano Laghetto, Italy. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2014*

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I agree with Maya Angelou's assertion that "Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning." I will manifest my accordance by referring an actor and singer who I believe use their voice to permeate "shades of deeper meaning" into words.

At sec...

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The Power of the Human Voice

Published on 11.08am on Friday, 8 August 2014.

By Ndaba Sibanda. Ndaba is an English As A Second Language (ESL) Teacher at Taif University. He lives in Taif, Saudi Arabia. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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It takes the human voice to infuse words with shades of deeper meaning. The role of the human voice in giving deeper meaning to words is crucial when one looks at the significance of denotative and connotative meanings of expressions. For example, one person can utter the following words: l am thirsty. The sur...

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Looking for Souls in Stones

Published on 4.30pm on Friday, 25 July 2014.

By Marisa Orton. Marisa, 15, lives in Fayence, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Imagine reaching out, oblivious to the whispering breeze which whistles past your face, feeling the delicate particles of smooth marble come to life beneath your touch; courageously, audaciously, you breathe in the realisation that your next movement could enlighten or obliterate our world. Michelangelo, an artist to put all others to shame, was one of the few individuals brave...

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Education in Senegal

Published on 4.08am on Friday, 10 January 2014.

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Accurate as of October 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in French, which is the official language of Senegal. Acknowledgement: Claire-Marie Toupé. 

 

NEWS ***  We are now working on a very exciting new project to support schools and education NGOs in Senegal and around the world, first by giving them free exposure on our website (over 100,000 hits in the last two years). If you know any such schools/NGOs and would like to support them, please introduce them to us by writing to info@nuhafoundation.org. ***  

 

Senegal is a western African country bordered by the Atlan...

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An Indian Way of Education

Published on 3.28am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Ankita Chauhan. Ankita, 25, lives in New Delhi, India. She works as a Research Assistant in the field of Energy Efficiency. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, 

But I have promises to keep, 

And miles to go before I sleep, 

And miles to go before I sleep."

 

These lines of Robert Frost from the poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' depict a dream that is yet unfulfilled and needs a lot to be done to achieve that. It is for me the dream of an educated India, an India where minds are to be fearless, knowledge free ...

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"Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others" (Anonymous)

Published on 3.20am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Ishraq Hussain. Ishraq, 20, is studying towards his Bachelor in Engineering at the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore, India. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Well the topic seems pretty simple. We can discuss it in seconds. A guy, who shows a lot of attitude, false praises himself like anything and then underestimates others. This is the guy on spotlight here we are going to speak about. No! This is who everyone would speak about. About how people laugh at him behind his back and still he continues showing attitude, never lau...

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Fund Education; Stimulate National Progress

Published on 3.05am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Abdullahi Ayuk Kure. Abdullahi, 21, is a 300 level law student at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

Scientists discovered several decades ago that the cell was the basic unit of life (Postlethwait & Hopson, 2006). Thus, from the microscopic amoeba to the gigantic whale in the sea, the cell remains the basic building block of life.

Education in a society, just like the cell, cannot be dispensed with; it is so fundamental and crucial. The education sector of any nation is its powerhouse without which national progress is imp...

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The complement to improve education in Nigeria

Published on 2.52am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Ridwan Issa. Ridwan studies at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

 

 

No matter whom you are,

Or who you may be,

You can do something to change the world for the better.

Edward Kramer

 

Education is succinctly put as a form of learning in which knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, research, or simply through auto-didacticism (Bello, 2008).1 With no modicum of doubt, without education, it is difficult to advance in life not only at a personal...

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country...

Published on 2.49am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Bilkisu Ahmed. Bilkisu lives in Kaduna, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela.

Words of wisdom these are, for in being educated, lies the path to freedom by exploring diverse dreams and interest thus unlocking limitless potentials and ultimately transforming lives.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has been at the forefront since inception, contributing towards realising the vision of quality education worldwid...

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country...

Published on 2.44am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Helena Boland. Helena lives in London, United Kingdom. She has taught at all levels of education from primary to higher education. She specializes in specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. She has also managed work based learning projects in the construction industry in the UK. Her mission is to enable all sectors and ability levels to achieve their potential through education. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2013* 

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The one thing I would improve in English education, in the UK,...

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Laugh

Published on 2.37am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Mohammed Tanzeem Qadeer. Mohammed Tanzeem, 19, is pursuing his Bachelor of engineering at the B.N.M. Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Evolvement of a human being from childhood to its adulthood is just phenomenal stuff of nature. Both physically and mentally, it strengthens one's personality and the whole humanity embraces life in all possible ways; happiness, sorrow, grief, success and failure move hand in hand in the film of life and the way heart and mind experiences it, marks the stepping stone and bas...

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Education In My Country: The Essential Change

Published on 2.27am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Nzube Iheme. Nzube, 18, lives in Enugu, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"... All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants" - John W. Gardener

In Nigeria, ugly issues on education (the process of teaching and learning) have recently kept popping up and are seriously blazing into the front-burner at both the state and national levels. This is not in the least comforting; especially now that the nations of the world have come to acknowledge in many ways that the life blood of a n...

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country...

Published on 2.17am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Emmanuel Anyole. Emmanuel lives in Kampala, Uganda. An avid reader, blogger and social critic, he describes himself as masquerading as a writer on We Need New Names and with the Africa Book ClubPlease read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The problem with the good old days is that they expire and what you are left with is a memory or a fantasy about the past; good or bad. Referring to the past, there is a joke common in Kampala which is said with a false laugh and through gritted teeth "The cost of living has grown in leaps and bounds yet our salaries remain ...

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Checkmating the Malaise of Intellectual Indolence in the Nigerian Educational Sector

Published on 12.11am on Sunday, 20 October 2013.

By Chukwunonso Ogbe. Chukwunonso is a lawyer and has published a book entitled "Dilemma of Nigerian Youths". He lives in Enugu, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2013* 

There is no gainsaying the fact that education is an instrument of empowerment. The reason why there is increase in the quest for formal education by most citizens of the world is because of the fact that education helps the downtrodden and poor members of the society attain great heights, which ordinarily they will not b...

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Fantasy and reality often overlap

Published on 11.22pm on Saturday, 19 October 2013.

By Kritika Narula. Kritika, 18, studies at Delhi University, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2013* 

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Beginning my disquisition with the words of the legendary Walt Disney seems only pertinent and apt, for this man has left a legacy of fairy lands, pixies, giants, unicorns, wizards, dragons et al, a scrumptious lavish treat for us to feed upon for centuries to come. Today, we all have our heroes: Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, Peter Pan, so on and so forth.

In the movie, bedtime stories...

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Myths, legends and fantasies: why do we read them, why do we watch them?

Published on 11.21pm on Saturday, 19 October 2013.

By Hannah Burgess. Hannah, 15, studies at Kings College Guildford, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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At fifteen years old, I'm reaching the age where it is seen as ‘not cool' to be engrossed by genres such as fantasy. However, I find myself drawn to books such as the Harry Potter, Inheritance Cycle and Percy Jackson series, alongside hit TV shows Merlin and Charmed.

In all honesty, and without trying to point out the obvious cliché, it is about an escape from the world we know; being able to believe that there is someone out there livin...

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To be or not to be - is that what school is about?

Published on 11.19pm on Saturday, 19 October 2013.

By Nazish Arif. Nazish is from Mumbai, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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At the back of the classroom, in the very corner, under the damp ceiling she quietly takes in her drab surroundings. Other children around her comprise of the Bully and his crowd of Followers. Followers, because they'd rather follow a bully around than be Followed and picked on by him. In the rows up ahead, right in the middle of the classroom sit the attention seekers, or the Narcissistic Nuisances of the class. Up further, the front rows seat the Nerds and Teacher's Pets....

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Let us light the fire

Published on 11.18pm on Saturday, 19 October 2013.

By Yoojin Chung. Yoojin, 18, studies at the Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, in Seoul, South Korea. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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At the start of September every year, newspapers begin to publish a salvo of articles bemoaning the death of education: high school students are dropping out; college graduates cannot find work; students are disinterested and unmotivated. Every year, legislative bodies attempt reforms, and every year, the bemoaning continues. The problems with the education system today are chronic problems, and like with all chronic pr...

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Tight public finances or otherwise, uniform subsidies are not the answer

Published on 9.06pm on Saturday, 19 October 2013.

By Megha Nayar. Megha is a 26-year old Communications professional from India, who has always lived for the written word. She is a copy-cum-content writer and editor by day, and a wordweaver by night. She is passionate about short stories, flash fiction and poetry, and is looking to publish her first collection of short stories soon. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *2nd prize for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2013* 

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During class X (grade ten), considered the most crucial year of an Indian student's academic life, we were feverishly revising for our an...

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Too Theoretical, less Practical

Published on 8.49pm on Saturday, 19 October 2013.

By Ifeoma Nwulu. Ifeoma is from Lagos, Nigeria. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Dictionary.com defines the adjective "theoretical" as being concerned with or involving the theory of a subject or area of study rather than its practical application. In other words, this means there is a presence of abstract terms, hypotheses and speculations. On the other hand, "practical" refers to that which is actually done. Unfortunately, education in my country is too theoretical and this is what I want to change.

As an undergraduate of one the federal universities ...

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Subsidies for higher education: should or not?

Published on 8.14pm on Saturday, 19 October 2013.

By Andri Kurniawan Sutanto. Andri Kurniawan, 20, is a student at the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, in Surabaya, Indonesia. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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For many individual students preparing to graduate from high school, wondering whether or not they should pursue a higher education at a university or other learning institute is an issue that weighs heavily on their minds. It is a very difficult decision that depends on many different factors, such as the individual's personal goals. Some students choose to go straight from high school ...

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Immortal: The Endurance of Story-Telling

Published on 7.34pm on Saturday, 19 October 2013.

By Jia Ying Lim. Jia Ying lives in Singapore. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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These are the enduring stories, waning, waxing with the ages but never quite forgotten, almost-memories shared by a collective human consciousness. Presently, there exist millions of beautiful Cinderellas, Cendrillons, Cenerentolas, coloured by idle or active imaginations, unique yet similar, bound together by the familiar tale.

But there are elements of the story which have been unanimously forgotten over the years, the darker sadder side of the children's tale. We still ...

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Why Do Grown-Ups Read Fairy Tales?

Published on 10.06pm on Friday, 18 October 2013.

By Cookie. Cookie is 13 years old. She goes to school in France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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In this article, I am going to write about why I think grownups read fairy tales. First of all, I will define what a fairy tale is; then I will raise hypothesis as to why grownups read fairy tales such as do fairy tales help grownups to disconnect from this world? Do fairy tales help grownups who do not believe in any faith or religion to meditate and purify themselves?

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True Education is the Following of a Passion

Published on 9.48pm on Friday, 18 October 2013.

By Seung Jae Lim. Seung Jae, 17, is a student at the International School in Manila. He lives in Manila, Philippines. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2013* 

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In a classroom consisting of 37 wooden chairs and tables, a typical public school student in South Korea is allowed 3.3 meter square of space if he is lucky. When he first enters the classroom, he faces a decision of choosing which ‘society' he wants to belong to. The first society would...

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country...

Published on 11.18pm on Monday, 14 October 2013.

By Julia Stevens. Julia is a retired sixth form teacher. She lives in London, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Not everyone can be top!

Those who excel at exams and tests in secondary school can be rightly proud of their achievements but where does that leave those who are not in the top 5% of the class? The effect of the current emphasis on assessment has led to the majority of students "failing" in the eyes of schools, universities, employers, soc...

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country...

Published on 10.20pm on Monday, 14 October 2013.

By Timothy Kwok. Timothy, 21, lives in Singapore. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The Singapore miracle - the story of how a Third World backwater transformed into a world-class state at startling speed - is a familiar narrative to its citizens. Those old enough lived through and witnessed this magical metamorphosis. Those too young simply learn about it second hand through social studies lessons, during which they are regaled with tales of astronomical economic growth, of meteori...

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Investing in Philippine Public Education System: Reforming the Mindset

Published on 10.32pm on Sunday, 13 October 2013.

By Joselito NarcisoCapariño. Joselito is a government worker at the Philippines' House of Representatives. He founded the Masbate Challenge, an advocacy campaign promoting good governance and advancing people empowerment in the province of Masbate, Philippines. He lives in San Jose Del Monte, Philippines. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2013* 

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I grew up in a far-flung community of Cabitan, a small barrio in the municipality of Mandaon, ...

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country...

Published on 10.14pm on Sunday, 13 October 2013.

By Alex Hamel. Alex is a psychology graduate, and he is currently working on a series of short stories as well as a novel. He lives in Mykonos, Greece. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Seeing as I currently reside in Greece, most people might have thought that I'd prefer to discuss the aspect of finances in relation to education here, rather than what I would change in the educational system. Although I call myself a man of a world and have lived here and there and...

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What would I change about education?

Published on 9.59pm on Sunday, 13 October 2013.

By Ejder Raif. Ejder lives in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The one thing I would change about education is to abolish all single gender schools and only authorize mixed schools to enable both male and female students to work together within the same setting. This would prepare them for future employment, as they will be working with both male and female members of staff. Students who attend mixed schools will become familiar wit...

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In an era of tight public finances, should students be entitled to subsidised higher education no matter what they choose to study?

Published on 9.44pm on Sunday, 13 October 2013.

By Mangal Patel. Mangal lives in London, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Subsidised? NO. Make it Free!

"Nonsense!" "Not value for money!" "Other more worthy causes!" "Waste of Taxpayers money!" And a host of other retorts are probably flowing onto irate blogs in response. But hang on. Surely education is a birthright for all no matter what their background or sex and so is the right to do well and prosper.

Countless studies have shown that those wit...

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Underfunding, the bane of development of education in Nigeria

Published on 9.29pm on Sunday, 13 October 2013.

By Akintayo Buhari-Alade. Akintayo is a student in pharmacy at the University of Ibadan. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

Right from the inception of the world, education has played a major role in the development and liberation of the human race, like a popular quote by Nelson Mandela, which says that "education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world".

The word "EDUCATION" which is derived from a Latin word "EDUCATIO", which means breeding, bringing up or rearing, according to the Ox...

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Myths, legends and fantasies: why do we read them, why do we watch them?

Published on 9.16pm on Sunday, 13 October 2013.

By Annabel Hynes. Annabel, 17, is a student at St Raphael's College in Loughrea. She lives in Galway, Ireland. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Fantasy is ancient. Everyone in the world has experienced it, and as long as humanity exists, they will continue to experience it. Our entire culture is defined by dreamers, by people who hope and deliberate until they produce something - anything. And how do these people, these artists, dream of the unreal? Well, fantasy b...

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The mindset

Published on 9.01pm on Sunday, 13 October 2013.

By Kingsley Anyata. Kingsley is a student at Ebonyi State University. He lives in Abakaliki, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *1st prize for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2013* 

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On a certain occasion, I was to travel from Abakaliki to Ishiagu. Both locations are in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Somehow, a family member offered to give me a ride: from Abakaliki to my destination. The journey was a smooth one, without any hitch. We travelled in a Mercedes Benz car, model 200. I was i...

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“To be or not to be…” Is that what school is about?

Published on 9.59pm on Saturday, 12 October 2013.

By Nur Afiqah Azizan. Nur Afiqah lives in Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2013* 

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First of all, to make sure that we are all on the same page here, I shall give my definition of the phrase, "To be or not to be", based on how it went on in the beginning of a soliloquy in William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The phrase here is of Prince Hamlet contemplating whether or not to stay alive. He questions the purpose of lif...

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Myths, Legends and Fantasies: why do we read them, why do we watch them?

Published on 9.47pm on Saturday, 12 October 2013.

By Kafayat Sulaiman. Kafayat lives in Ilorin, Nigeria. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Myths, legend, fantasies are interrelated. Myths and legends are symbolic representations of reality. Legend usually encompasses myths and fantasies. They contain strong wisdom that humans experience. Legends generally have a hero, or a heroine, and contain some truth or historic fact. It may also contain fantasy places or fantasy monster. Examples of legendary stories are those...

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In an era of tight public finances, should students be entitled to subsidized higher education no matter what they choose to study?

Published on 8.34pm on Thursday, 10 October 2013.

By Aurora Lee. Aurora lives in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Long-live the freedom of choice.

"It is by choice and not by chance that we change our circumstances."

--- Nadia Sahari, Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse

The question that follows would be: the type of education from which the students could choose from? Or how do we decide which education is more valuable than the other?

Is a doctor that is trained in saving physical life be...

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Those who cannot laugh at themselves leave the job to others

Published on 8.21pm on Thursday, 10 October 2013.

By Khyati Dharod. Khyati is a doctor. She lives in Mumbai, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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When I first read this line, I thought how simple it is. But when I read it the second time it provoked a chain of thoughts.

As quoted by Victor Borge, laughter reduces the distance between two people. It creates a bond of friendship. Travelling by the local train in Mumbai with so many strangers around, when I switched on the fan, I realize it's not working and all passengers around ...

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Those who wish to laugh at us will do it anyway

Published on 8.39pm on Saturday, 5 October 2013.

By Vijayshree Kurumilla. Vijayshree is a freelance writer. She lives in Hyderabad, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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When we were children, we laughed at everything and this is something I miss a lot, now. I don't seem to be able to laugh like that anymore; something holds me back from doing it in the same way. The period I most wish to forget is the time of adolescence when I always felt that people were laughing at me, even if, more often than not, they nev...

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No price bigger than an aspiration for the desired education

Published on 8.20pm on Saturday, 5 October 2013.

By Vijayshree Kurumilla. Vijayshree is a freelance writer. She lives in Hyderabad, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I think apart from medical care, there is nothing more important than the sector of education, for any country. We are not just living in an era of tight public finances; we are also living in an era where the government spends a huge amount of money in bailing out businesses which have gone bankrupt, due to the corrupt corporate managements.

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Redefining free and compulsory primary education in Nigeria

Published on 6.26pm on Saturday, 5 October 2013.

By Israel Thomas. Israel is a freelance writer. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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In recent times, many have blamed the militancy, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and its culminating criminality in Nigeria on the lack of proper upbringing, sound educational foundation and for some, the lack of money to fund the education. With roughly over 140 million residents, 36 states, a weak political and economic system, and persistent ethnic an...

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country...

Published on 1.00pm on Friday, 4 October 2013.

By Vikram Sankhala. Vikram, 47, is a financial consultant. He lives in Mumbai, India. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Hari looked at his watch. His eyes had temporarily closed and he woke up with a jolt. It was 3.30 pm with half an hour of lecture yet to go. "Are you with me, Hari", a loud booming voice that had been going on monotonously for the last hour or so, boomed. Dr Mishra, the owner of the monotonous drawl. All eyes were on Hari as he looked up and mumbl...

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The Geode

Published on 10.56am on Sunday, 29 September 2013.

By Josephine Otuagomah. Josephine, 19, is a student at the University of Benin in Benin City. She lives in Ondo State, Nigeria. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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If there was one thing I could change to improve education in Nigeria, it would be the prioritization of courses/fields of study taken in the tertiary institutions. By this I mean, if given the chance, I would change the idea of setting a particular course above the others by attaching so much import...

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If there was one thing I could change to improve education in my country...

Published on 9.22am on Sunday, 29 September 2013.

By Anna Marie Clerkin. Anna Marie is a freelance English teacher in Italian primary and secondary schools as well as in companies where she teaches Business English. She lives in Ceriano Laghetto, Italy. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I am not Italian by birth but I have lived and worked here for eighteen years, am married to an Italian and have an Italian passport. I have nine years teaching English experience in Italian primary and secondary schools. These ...

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"Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others."

Published on 10.51pm on Saturday, 28 September 2013.

By Anna Marie Clerkin. Anna Marie is a freelance English teacher in Italian primary and secondary schools as well as in companies where she teaches Business English. She lives in Ceriano Laghetto, Italy. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Unusual things tend to happen to me. Laughing them off and sharing the experience with others with the aim of making them laugh is typical behavior on my part. Just smiling boosts your mood so laughing surely has double this power....

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Are we churning intelligence?

Published on 1.44pm on Saturday, 28 September 2013.

By Garima Obrah. Garima is a journalism student with a medical background. She started off as a copywriter and now builds brands. She lives in Gurgaon, India. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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"Newton was sitting under a tree. An apple fell on him & he thought that why didn't it go up & hence discovered gravity.But if a hungry stomach is sitting under a tree, he will only think to get all apples down".

That is what our education system does. It hardly provides oppor...

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One thing I would change to improve education in my country and why

Published on 10.41am on Wednesday, 18 September 2013.

 By Trust Omotosho. Trust is a nursing student at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH). He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Education is the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction especially at a school or university. Education in my country Nigeria is valued and highly cherished mainly because of the end product which is securing a job and having good earnings.

If I had the opportunity to change one thing to improve the standard ...

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Yesterday's formula for success is often today's recipe for failure, our education system is archaic!

Published on 10.13am on Wednesday, 18 September 2013.

By Akintola Buhari-alade. Akintola is a student at the University of Ibadan. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Having spent over two decades facing ups and downs in the quest for knowledge, it seems like a bird flying in the sky with no destination, but the voyage makes more meaning when the bird discovered that the sky is no longer its limit, and as a result of this, the voyage turns into an act that drives out the genius spirit in ind...

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Be cool and stay in school, enlightenment is key to living a happy life

Published on 4.07pm on Thursday, 12 September 2013.

By Eshlin Vedan. Eshlin, 18, is in his final year of high school. He lives in Durban, South Africa. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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I strongly believe that every teenager should strive to put maximum effort into his or her school studies as it opens the door to a plethora of opportunities and makes one more enlightened. However contrary to many people's beliefs, I do not believe that school necessarily determines one's future success or failures. From personal experience I have noticed that many teenagers who struggle in high school...

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"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest"

Published on 2.35pm on Wednesday, 4 September 2013.

By Harun Momanyi. Harun is studying for a BSc in Tourism Management at Kenyatta University. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya and is passionate about films. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2013* 

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I support the funding of higher education despite the tight finances because there are countless reasons why we should support education. Educating our youth is more worthy than other forms of investment. This is because of an obvious reason: they are our future. The...

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"Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others."

Published on 6.52pm on Tuesday, 3 September 2013.

By Hui Rei Yap. Hui Rei lives in Singapore. She is a lecturer at a Singapore institution. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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In order to excel at what we do in life, we need to have the ability to see our blind spots and then work on it. That statement itself is an oxymoron. Precisely we cannot see our blind spots that is why they are termed as blind spots!

So how do we see our blind spots which is the crucial step in excelling in what we do, thus, get the job done? ...

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Change what I'm studying the way I'm studying it

Published on 3.51pm on Friday, 23 August 2013.

By Pamela Fernandes. Pamela lives in Mumbai, India. She is a family doctor in private practice. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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If it were up to me I would say the content needs to change.

Education in India has been the same for the last few decades. I see the same content in textbooks today as it was when I studied, a good ten years ago. Politics has changed, science, technology and even banking has changed. So why is the curriculum still the same?

Take maths fo...

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The curious case of the Parrots without Purpose

Published on 7.47pm on Tuesday, 20 August 2013.

 By Minahil Qasim. Minahil lives in Islamabad, Pakistan. She is an engineering student in her second year of university. She loves reading blog posts and books on neuroscience. She aspires to become a researcher and discover the many hidden facets of the human brain. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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On a global scale, the educational landscape of today is laden with wonderful initiatives such as the Engineers without Borders, led by people who are dedicated to the advancement of engineering education w...

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Our Demigod Dream

Published on 1.45pm on Sunday, 11 August 2013.

By Martyn Pope. Martyn, 15, lives in Poole, United Kingdom. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Who are we? The dwellers of earth, is that enough? We can imagine aliens and monsters, doodle them in notebooks, but do we really know anything? The thing we do know is who we are. So when our imaginations look for fantasies, we see only ourselves. We look to our past; we look to our future and picture ourselves in faraway places. But why look to the future, we've been around for a very long time, and we don't really have knowledge on far days past, but we can ...

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Humour and Fanaticism

Published on 12.43pm on Sunday, 11 August 2013.

By Michael Noonan. Michael is an amateur writer and painter, who lives in Halifax, United Kingdom; he maintains two active blog sites. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Some people, especially in the political and ideological spheres, really do deserve laughing it. Otherwise, if they were ever to have power or even influence, it would be no laughing matter for the rest of us. Humour is the necessary antidote to fanaticism, ideological intolerance, single issue orthodoxies, conspiracy theories, and collective delusions, which have arisen from time to ti...

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Free Education for Poor People

Published on 12.32pm on Sunday, 11 August 2013.

By Mei Mayasari. Mei, 24, is a writer. She lives in Probolinggo, Indonesia. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Education's issue in Indonesia has been debated countless time. Education is a crucial matter as it plays major roles to form moral quality of society and as a primary basis for people to develop a nation in diverse aspects: economy, political, social, science and technology. However, the fees of high-quality schools in my country are inapplicable expenses for the poor people. As a result, they are mostly having difficulty paying school fees fo...

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Changing the Mode of Conducting Examinations in Nigeria

Published on 7.54am on Monday, 5 August 2013.

By Bede Adazie. Bede, 35, lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a volunteer teacher in mathematics and science with the Lagos Eko Secondary Education Project, and also does part-time homeschooling. Bede is currently pursuing a PGD in Education with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

If there is ever anything l would change to improve education in my country, it is THE MODE OF CONDUCT OF EXAMINATIONS. Currently, examinations are a disaster to both parents, students, the government and teachers. It is generally not a true...

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Imagination over Knowledge

Published on 7.44am on Monday, 5 August 2013.

By Marisa Orton. Marisa, 14, studies at the Collège Marie Mauron, in Fayence, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Imagine setting foot, in older times, on the flocculent ground of an alternate dimension; it is a macrocosm, which is utterly different from the one we have always known, despite having been just at our fingertips since the beginning of time. I truly believe that Einstein was justified when he stated that, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge', because without an imagined idea, all the knowledge imaginable cannot make our wo...

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The Magic of Myth

Published on 8.34am on Sunday, 4 August 2013.

By Maheen Behrana. Maheen, 15, studies at the Bury Grammar School, near Manchester, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Myths have existed as long as history goes back. They seem inextricable from other facets of human life and often become more extraordinary when written and read during hard times. Human beings cling to them nowadays as exciting tales with many a relevant message and in the past, they were seen as established fact. Myths and fantasies are therefore key to understanding the human psyche and discovering more about ourselve...

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"Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others."

Published on 8.20pm on Sunday, 28 July 2013.

By Reza Ghahremanzadeh. Reza, 23, is a Queen's University Belfast graduate and an aspiring writer and poet. He lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I always find it interesting when one is asked to ponder or debate something that will continue to exist despite whatever is said about it. When all is said and done, there will be people who exhibit the ability to laugh at themselves and there will be others who do not e...

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country...

Published on 7.44pm on Saturday, 27 July 2013.

By Spencer Brown. Spencer, 20, is a student at Durham University. He lives in York, United Kingdom. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Britain's education system can be neatly summarised in this humorous anecdote from the 1950s: news was brought to Evelyn Waugh that his friend Randolph Churchill (son of Winston) was in hospital. After enquiring why, Waugh was told that doctors had found a non-malignant tumour and he was having an operation to take it out. Waugh said...

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Developing Development, Making the World a Happier Place

Published on 10.21am on Thursday, 25 July 2013.

By Naomi Pacifique. Naomi, 19, is studying at the University of Exeter. She is from Lausanne, Switzerland. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I have been educated in two countries: Switzerland and the UK. If I could change one thing about the education in these places it would have to be the amount of knowledge taught about the developing countries of today and their on-going, as well as decreasing, poverty. In my last years of high school I did the International Baccalaureate (the IB) and did an optional Geography course. This was the first time in my li...

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If there was one thing I could change to improve education in my country...

Published on 3.10pm on Sunday, 21 July 2013.

By Odimegwu Onwumere. Odimegwu is a poet, writer and media expert. He lives in the Port Harcourt Province of Rivers State, Nigeria. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2013*

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Reading culture is dying in Nigeria. A tiny number out of about 160 million people have healthy reading habits institutionalised. Majority just enlist into various schools. Many have graduated. They are all for the obtainment of certificates. This habit is causing our country harm. Half-baked educated people dot the streets. Reading of ...

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Education in Syria

Published on 6.57pm on Sunday, 30 June 2013.

Contents:

Accurate as of May 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgements: AA, SJ, KS.   

 

NEWS ***  We are now working on a very exciting new project to support schools and education NGOs in Syria and around the world, first by giving them free exposure on our website (over 100,000 hits in the last two years). If you know any such schools/NGOs and would like to support them, please introduce them to us by writing to info@nuhafoundation.org. ***  

 

The following are key statistics relevant to education in Syria: 

Finally, the Syrian government finances educ...

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Education in Bahrain

Published on 5.31pm on Sunday, 30 June 2013.

Accurate as of May 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Mais Alaranji. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small archipelago near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. The capital of this constitutional monarchy, Manama, is situated on the largest of the 33 islands, Bahrain Island, which is 55 km long by 18 km wide. Bahrain has a population of 1.324m (2011).

The Central Bank of Bahrain provides key economic indicators for the country as of 2012, together with certain education-related information such as the number of schools (269 in 2010/2011), the nu...

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In the Future, Children will still use pencils

Published on 5.17pm on Sunday, 30 June 2013.

By Lekan Ajewole. Lekan studies at the Seventhday Adventist College, in Olarewaju, Modakeke, Osun State, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Without mincing words I can vividly say that children will still use pencils in the future. This is as a result of it continuous usefulness and it properties. People might said, we are in the age of globalization in which all the world is a stage as put by William Shakespeare, but that does not mean that pencil will become obsolete in the future, because since ages, pencils have made a mark in our thoughts ...

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Education is not the filling of a pail

Published on 5.08pm on Sunday, 30 June 2013.

By Biodun Ajewole. Biodun studies at the Seventhday Adventist secondary school, at Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I can vividly say emphatically that I strongly agree with the quote that education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. The quote is almost certainly apocryphal and it must have generated a lot of controversies among the global populace. But I belief this is one of a harmful of common truisms that finds a certain justification practice.

The reasons why I agree with the above quote are not...

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” by Albert Einstein

Published on 4.25pm on Sunday, 16 June 2013.

By Isobel Conibear. Isobel, 12, studies at the Rushcliffe School, near Nottingham, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Knowledge is very important don't get me wrong, but

Without imagination, there would be no new ideas or inventions or nothing new will ever happen at all because every idea or invention or anything new comes from imagination.

Look out of your window. What do you see out there? Roads, houses, parks maybe? Whatever you see out of your window, whether it be houses or roads, parks or something else, one time it has been imagine...

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country...

Published on 4.39pm on Saturday, 8 June 2013.

By Brian Otieno Odhiambo. Brian, 21, is a second year student at Moi University, in the Department of Linguistics, Media & Communication. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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With regard to the given topic, if there was one thing I could do to improve the education system in my country, I would introduce and initiate the policy of free primary, secondary and tertiary or university education. Presumably, if I was the president or the minister for education.

A case study of Kenya, a country bordered by Tanzania, Somalia, Southern S...

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PENCILS TO PIXELS

Published on 8.45am on Saturday, 8 June 2013.

By Ziaskia Cain. Ziaskia, 14, lives in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Most people will tell you we have five senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, but we have six. Feeling, it's completely different from touching because to feel something it doesn't even have to be there and I think the age range that are the best at feeling are children. To feel you have to have some kind of creativity or imagination and no one is better at imagining than kids but if there are no pencils will it stay that way in the future? T...

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L'éducation au Bénin

Published on 10.25am on Saturday, 13 April 2013.

Page à jour au 5 avril 2013 ; sauf indication contraire, les sites référencés sont tous en français. Remerciements: Isabelle Deschamps, Marie-Eve Altur et Gloria Hessou, bénévoles et membres de Santé et Education Maintenant. 

 

NEWS ***  We are now working on a very exciting new project to support schools and education NGOs in Benin and around the world, first by giving them free exposure on our website (over 100,000 hits in the last two years). If you know any such schools/NGOs and would like to support them, please introduce them to us by writing to info@nuhafoundation.org. ***  

 

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Education in the U.S.A.

Published on 6.18am on Saturday, 6 April 2013.

Contents:

Accurate as of April 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Jeremy Eichler.

 

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Key statistics for the U.S.A. relevant to education are as follows:

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Education in Maharashtra

Published on 7.00pm on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all indicated in English. Acknowledgement: Naïma Kassanaly. 

 

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Education in Uttar Pradesh

Published on 6.58pm on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Naïma Kassanaly.  

 

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Education in Kenya

Published on 8.32am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Benjamin Barton. 

 

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Key statistics for Kenya relevant to education are as follows: 

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Education in the U.A.E.

Published on 8.31am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Mais Alaranji. 

 

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Geography: the United Arab Emirates, in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, extends along part of th...

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Education in Uganda

Published on 8.29am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Benjamin Barton. 

 

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Education in Mexico

Published on 8.28am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Tara Mandjee. 

 

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Mexico, with about 112 million inhabitants, is the 11th most populous country in the world and the 14th most ...

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Education in India

Published on 8.27am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

The Republic of India is a federation composed of 28 states and 7 union territories. Please follow the links for information about education in:

The information presented is accurate as of March 2013. 

 

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Education in Austria

Published on 8.26am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of April 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Caroline Schmidt.

 

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Key statistics for Austria relevant to education are as follows:

Source: Eurypedia 

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Education in Belarus

Published on 8.25am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Elena Kumashova. 

 

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Belarus is an Eastern European country, bordered by Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia. For a ...

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Education in Bolivia

Published on 8.21am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless stated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Linda Schayman Pino.

 

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Education in Mozambique

Published on 8.19am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Maeva Sokataly.          

 

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Mozambique in a nutshell     

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Education in Russia

Published on 8.18am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Inga Chubanova.  

 

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In the Russian Federation, there are 180,000 educational institutions of all types and categories. About 3...

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Education in Greece

Published on 8.17am on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Marianna Stratigos Papadokotsolis 

 

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Situated in south eastern Europe, in the mediterranean region, Greece, whose capital ci...

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Education in Madagascar

Published on 2.18pm on Thursday, 14 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Samira Jeanheraly.

 

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Madagascar in a nutshell

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Education in Argentina

Published on 2.17pm on Thursday, 14 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Juhaina Goulamhoussen. 

 

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Education in Cameroon

Published on 2.12pm on Thursday, 14 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Maysoon Afyouni. 

 

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Education in Vietnam

Published on 9.34pm on Tuesday, 12 March 2013.

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Accurate as of March 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in English. Acknowledgement: Safiya Ahmed.

 

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The national education system consists of twelve years of basic education which are divided into five levels:...

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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela

Published on 9.13am on Sunday, 18 November 2012.

By Kenneth Okpomo. Kenneth, 36, is a researcher with Eagles, who lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2012*

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This famous remark was reportedly made by Nelson Mandela during negotiations in the Apartheid era when blacks were embroiled in a heated struggle to break the shackle of racial discrimination and segregation imposed by the separatist regime in South Africa. In this somewhat proverbial expression, Mandela latently (perhaps idiomatically) underscored the uniqueness and importance of l...

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The function of education

Published on 7.19am on Sunday, 18 November 2012.

By Harish Ramakrishnan, of Mumbai, India. Harish, 25, studies at the Madurai Kamraj University. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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We must agree to give more importance to education than just earning money. We mean, what about those of us who don't see "the Money only" as our primary motivator? What about art and music and the love of nature? What about creativity and ethics? Doesn't education have some inherent value apart from future earning potential? There is something we can find that makes educational invaluable.

To reach heights otherwise unattainabl...

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In the future, people will cease to own books

Published on 8.37pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Sanni Bolaji, of Ilorin, Nigeria. Sanny, 21, has a BSc in Geology and Mineral Sciences from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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Why do people read books? People read books for so many reasons but essentially, books are read for either knowledge or entertainment. As long as the saying, ‘learning never ends' holds, then people will always read to know.

The prediction that people may cease to own books in the future does not necessarily indicate that people are reading less or that one may not have the need for books. Boo...

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Understanding the words for the heart

Published on 8.30pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Muaz Fathahullah, of Chilaw, Sri Lanka. Muaz, 20, studies Management Accounting (CIMA). Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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"Gaining knowledge through education is not a great issue to bother with if the language isn't a barrier". This is a deep belief of every parent in bringing up their child as an educated person. That's why a child gifted with languages studies from an early age. 

Most of the knowledge spread today remains only in books, other than some words. It's not being used for the life, wherever it's needed and wherever it's being required. But ...

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Books are here to stay

Published on 8.21pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Harun Momanyi. Harun, 18, lives in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a college student, a science fiction writer and works with Digital Divide Data. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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The world is evolving really fast in various aspects. Radical trends in technology, culture, fashion, transport, civilization, modes of communication-just to mention a few-are very incredible. All the same, they are worth endorsing and appreciating.

I was reading the best selling novel ‘The Digital Dead' in my bedroom a couple of weeks ago. Although I was reading late, my mind just cou...

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The Future of Books. Either Ways!

Published on 8.12pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Sovisoth Chou, of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sovisoth, 21, studies at the University of Phuthisastra. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

To impart knowledge, in the long ago past, Homo sapiens established some strokes, and later, combined them into readable letters, and, this not being enough, at some point in time, they began to inscribe the words on stone, temple walls, tombs, and so on. The development grows bigger until an exact year when inks were used to write on papers, typing came to replace handwriting, and, finally, books came into peoples' lives. The pa...

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The New Page of Future

Published on 8.04pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Reggie Baldecer. Reggie, 18, lives Quezon City, The Philippines. He is a freelance and freestyle writer in the Philippines. 

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"So many books, so little time." - Frank Zappa

Books are life of every people, life of past and future and life of the whole world. Without books, people will have hard time to share knowledge, to share experience and to share life. In fact, in world history, books became the weapon of authors to enlighten people to the true condition of the society, to show the cancer of the country and to portray the freedom that their countrymen were dreaming of. Books became t...

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If Everyone Were Able to Speak English, What Would Happen to the Other Languages?

Published on 7.56pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Juliette Renaut. Juliette, 15, studies at the Lycée privé Saint-Vincent, in Senlis, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2012*

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Imagine 20 years from now. English is the universal language. Travelling to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America is a piece of cake. English is spoken everywhere. By everyone. No more talking with your hands or having to point at objects to make yourself understood. No need to carry a pocket dictionary. No more fumbling around with your smart-phone translation apps. In all, comm...

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A world without printed books - what good and evil may come from this?

Published on 7.35pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Sushil Adhikari. Sushil, 23, is a visually impaired Nepali from Kathmandu, Nepal. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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When an individual happens to read and contemplate upon this statement, I'm pretty sure that a kind of "creepy sensation" spontaneously germinates in his/her mind. In fact, this statement itself seems a metaphorically thought-provoking and truth-oriented prediction having both positive and negative far-reaching consequences.

We have acknowledged that education is one of the backbones of human civilization, and books are the very integral me...

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In the future, people will cease to hold books

Published on 7.06pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Ridwan Issa. Ridwan, 21, is a student at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2012*

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To start with, a 2003 survey conducted by a company called the Jenkins Group produced some statistics which have been quoted in books, blog posts and newspaper articles, stating that "One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives, 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college, 80 percent of United State families did...

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Do not speak in vernacular

Published on 6.57pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Segun Oladejo, from Ede, Nigeria. Segun, 24, is a student at the University of Ilorin. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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"Do not speak in vernacular". That was my first challenge in my first year of secondary school. My joy knew no bound as I was admitted into secondary school at a very tender age compared to my colleagues then. I was the local champion in my primary and I had boasted that I would be the overall champion when I got to secondary school. Little did I know that I would be speaking to only one person for a whole term. The only person that w...

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Education Devoid of Values Makes Man a Cleverer Devil

Published on 6.48pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Aishat Olabimpe Zubair. Aisha Olabimpe, 18, is a law student at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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Education is the system of formal teaching and learning. It is the acquisition of basic knowledge, skills and developing the body and mind while values are rather mental discipline, social efficiency and realization of standards considered worthwhile.

One needs not be told that education fetches one power, admiration and respect. In the world today, one who is not educated might not find many doors of opportunity open to hi...

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Touch their hearts, make them love learning

Published on 6.41pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Redite Kurniawan. Redite, 34, is a first grade elementary school teacher. He lives in Malang, Indonesia. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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It made a very deep impression on me when I first came across the quote from Nelson Mandela, "If you talk to a man in a language he understand, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart". Implied in Mandela's quote were my teaching experiences as a grade one elementary school teacher.

I know that the language children speak is quite different from the language used by adults. Ch...

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The future of books

Published on 6.31pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Emmanuel Anyole. Emmanuel, 25, is studying for his BA in Literature and Linguistics at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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There is a peddled belief that suggests, "In the future people will cease to own books." Some go further to state that in the next generation, there will be no physical books but rather digital content since the ageing demographic would be gone with their preferences. I suggest we should clap to that.

Earlier this year, the Africa's Writers' Trust umbrella hosted an International public dialogue on...

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The function of education

Published on 5.38pm on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Wondah Goodness. Wondah, 20, lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He has just finished his Cambridge-level exam and is about to start university. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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"It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time-for we are bound by that-but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time". T.S ELIOT 

It is a common saying that one cannot run away from one's shadow -it follows you everywhere you go and you can do absolutely nothing about it. This popular saying is typical of our existen...

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Towards a progressive society

Published on 11.35am on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Claudia Meggan Agulhas. Claudia Meggan is 19 and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She writes about the power of education to free us from the shackles of our time - from lifting the burden of gender inequality on women to creating fairer and more prosperous societies in the developing world - another interesting interpretation of T.S. Eliot's quote on education as a tool for us to break free from the "intellectual and emotional limitations of our time". 

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Education is often described as the 'development of character and mental powers' (The concise Oxford dictionary, 1976) and its powe...

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In the future, people will cease to own books

Published on 11.17am on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Jastin Gabriel Malamsha, of Morogoro, Tanzania. Jastin Gabriel, 25, completed in 2012 his BSc in Environmental Sciences and Management at the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2012*

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A book can simply be defined as a set of written, printed, or blank pages, fastened along one side and encased between protective covers. Books are essential for learning processes and other purposes. The idea of people ceasing to own books in the future is in essence not possible du...

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"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil". – C.S Lewis

Published on 11.08am on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Alice Cattley. Alice, 15, writes from Saffron Walden, UK, about the difference between being "schooled" and being "educated". "People never stop learning, from developing their first words to experiencing death, and much of what is learnt between these two extremes are values", without which an individual is schooled, but not educated. Anybody who has acquired values is "highly unlikely to become a devil, clever or otherwise". Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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It is only possible to form a judgement about the accuracy of this statement after having for...

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If everyone were able to speak English, what would happen to all the other languages?

Published on 10.59am on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Eshlin Vedan. Eshlin, 17, is an aspiring writer from Durban, South Africa. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2012*

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The great Nelson Mandela once said, "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Undeniably education has allowed the world to become a better place and it also opens the door for one to overcome the poverty barrier.

I live in Durban South Africa. My ancestors settled here from India in the 1800"s. Today only a mere fraction of my fellow Indian South Africans ha...

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Our Antiquated Word Containers

Published on 10.42am on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

By Theesan Vedan. Theesan, 22, lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and is a dental student at the University of the Western Cape. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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‘B-o-o-k-s', I spell out to my child as he inputs text into a search engine. ‘Just like in e-books, but without the e '. The year is 2037, 25 years from now and the global publishing scene has evolved. While it might be unrealistic that my then 18 year old, would not be able to spell the word ‘book', it is indeed realistic that our conventional notion of what might be termed as a book, might ha...

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My Kindle and I

Published on 8.21am on Monday, 12 November 2012.

By Katie Maldonado. Katie, 30, lives in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I got a Kindle for my birthday last year. I wasn't sure that I wanted it, but there it was - sleek and grey in a soft purple cover that closed over it like...well, a book cover. It was wireless enabled and synced with my Amazon account, so when I turned it on it greeted me by name and suggested books for me to read. A bit overly familiar, I thought.

I'm a reluctant adopter of new technology, the sort of person who stubbornly refuses to upgrade anything and s...

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Babel Fish

Published on 8.08am on Monday, 12 November 2012.

By Kayley Suk. Kayley, 12, studies at the Asia-Pacific International School (APIS), in Seoul, South Korea. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The Babel Fish was created in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, long before Google Translate or Yahoo's version that was named after the Babel Fish, or any of the other free translators you can find online. Google Translate and Babelfish are not always reliable, because there's slang and there's names and there's lots of other things that trip up the programs. It's impossible to use a dictionary to translate on...

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Kindles Don't Smell

Published on 1.29am on Monday, 12 November 2012.

By Annette Walton, of Leeds, United KingdomPlease read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Has anybody seen the original Logan's Run? It was a, ‘not bad for the time' (1976), science fiction film that brought William Nolan and George Johnson's tale of an idyllic, hedonistic, yet sinister society into peoples' living rooms.

I watched it with the rest of my family one Christmas Eve, and even now recollect their collective vibe of shock when they discovered that the utopic world they had been marvelling at on screen was actually dystopic, and furthermore kept in equilib...

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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela

Published on 1.10am on Monday, 12 November 2012.

By Stephanie Webb. Stephanie, 31, lives in Austin, Texas, USA. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The United States is a country of many native people, but most of the population prefers to exclude others to maintain comfortable self-image. We revere our ethnic communities, but our sentiments alter drastically when members of those communities move beyond simply entertaining onlookers. To be sure, this country - in the legal sense - began as an English speaking country, since the founding documents were written by men from Great Britain who could not ot...

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"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil". – C.S Lewis

Published on 1.00am on Monday, 12 November 2012.

By Emily Lomax. Emily, 16, studies in the United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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It's a fact: education is one of the foundations of financial or status success in life. It can be found other ways, but education opens doors - spiritual and social as well as financial. But Lewis here rejects the idea of systematic, conformist education - he wants important and relevant teachings and ideas woven through the fabric of a traditional education, or even providing a foundation on which this education can be built.

C.S. Lewis was a Christian apologist...

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If everyone were able to speak English, what would happen to all the other languages?

Published on 12.53am on Monday, 12 November 2012.

By Gemma Smith. Gemma, 16, studies at St Francis' College, in Letchworth, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The ability to communicate so precisely with one another is what divides us from other species of animals. Without language, it is difficult to comprehend where we would be right now - it has allowed us to question the universe and, ultimately, to develop and evolve. Therefore, what is even more incomprehensible is the prospect of everyone being able to speak one universal language - English.

At school, I was lucky enough to be given...

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Education opens doors

Published on 12.36am on Monday, 12 November 2012.

By Clinton Lopez, of Quezon City, The Philippines. Clinton, 54, graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Banos and worked with a pharmaceutical company. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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T.S. Eliot's words "It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time--- for we are bound by that---but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time" serve to remind us that education enables us to overcome even great obstacles. It opens doors, builds bridges, and lights the path. 

Education starts the m...

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Mistakes are opportunities to learn

Published on 12.21am on Monday, 12 November 2012.

By Ram Capoor. Ram, 11, studies at the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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A mistake is an action by us, that gets either other people or us into some sort of trouble. Mistakes can be careless or accidental, gigantic like losing one's life savings in an investment or tiny like spilling juice over a school essay. One thing is for certain though: mistakes are always opportunities for learning, provided we tackle them with that perspective. Making mistakes helps you to realize what you did wrong i...

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The Way We Acquire And Share Knowledge Is Changing

Published on 12.08am on Monday, 12 November 2012.

By Abdullahi Muhammed, of Ilorin, Nigeria. Abdullahi is a law student at the University of Ilorin and freelance writer. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The enduring advancement in scientific innovation and the irresistible potentialities of technology are transforming how we acquire and share knowledge, our understanding of what constitutes educational materials, and the key learning skills we will need to be successful learners. Yesterday, there were no books. Today, books fill libraries and house vast knowledge. What tomorrow holds in fostering schol...

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The book is dead (again). Long live the book

Published on 11.38pm on Sunday, 11 November 2012.

By Anna Stielau, of Cape Town, South Africa. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2012* 

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"Books are the most dynamic things in history. Nations have gone to war over them. Civilizations have been decimated to extirpate a single text. And yet always something escapes and goes forward, something elusive that is indigenous to the book, that vanishes and surfaces again after the storms have passed, like the Dead Sea Scrolls." 

                                                                          William Everson, 1976 [f...

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Ike and Me

Published on 11.27pm on Sunday, 11 November 2012.

By Kate Baggott, of St Catherines, Ontario, Canada. Kate is a writer and English teacher. She is the author of the short story collection "Love from Planet Wine Cooler"; links to her recently published pieces can be found here. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2012* 

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I have a wall full of books. I love them. I love the masterpieces, I love the pulpy and forgettable crap. I love the smell of aged ink, I love the texture of thin paperback sheets and the thick creamy stock of hardback first editions. But, these ...

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In the future, people will cease to own books

Published on 1.21pm on Sunday, 21 October 2012.

By Atiyah Wazir. Atiyah, 29, is a website editor from Bromley, United Kingdom, reminds us of how much more fun it can be to read a book than browse the same content online. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Wake Up Charlie Dragon! I first read this book around 1987 and now at the age of 29, I still have a sticky-taped together copy, which I'll read with delight many more times when I have a child one day.I can clearly remember my mother reading the story of Charlie, a dragon who was asleep for almost a year and all of the animals in the jungle trying to...

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In the future, people will cease to own books

Published on 9.01am on Friday, 19 October 2012.

By Emma Biddle. Emma, 24, writes from New South Wales, Australia, that "In the future, perhaps there won't be books, but there will still be literature." Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2012* 

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In the future people will cease to own books. Or they'll own fewer books than they do now. Or they'll own just as many as they do now. I don't know, and I don't think it matters. That might seem surprising - I am, after all, an English teacher and an aspiring writer - but I believe that I can still be those things in ...

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If everyone were able to speak English, what would happen to all the other languages?

Published on 2.00pm on Thursday, 18 October 2012.

By Cameron Wallis. Cameron, 15, studies at St Bede's School, in Redhill, United Kingdom. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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English. Rapidly becoming the world's most popular language. Natively spoken in the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as countless other countries and islands. It is also taught as a second language in the majority of mainland Europe, much of Asia, parts of Africa and even in parts of South America - Brazil for example. English takes third place in the world's most commonly spoken languages, falling a...

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Ah! TS Eliot

Published on 6.23am on Tuesday, 16 October 2012.

By William Dawson. William, 59, lives in Arundel, United Kingdom. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Sage words from a man obviously speaking from experience, but what kind of experience was it that prompted such a statement? Clearly Eliot had issues with his own loyalties-enjoying the freedom of action that his homeland, the USA offered him, but clearly a man struggling to fully express his firm anti pluralistic beliefs through his writing.

On converting to British citizenship was Eliot declaring the intellectual and emotional limitations of his o...

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"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil". – C.S Lewis

Published on 1.23am on Monday, 15 October 2012.

By Maheen Behrana. Maheen, 15, studies at the Bury Grammar School, near Manchester, United Kingdom. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2012* 

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In order to fully evaluate this statement, it is necessary to break it down to its core elements. Education, by itself, provides many benefits. It is easy to see that without education, the opportunities available to you in life are limited and that there is a correlation between the standard of education and one's standing in society. We see time and time again that the maj...

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How can technology help to make education more accessible to all?

Published on 12.58am on Monday, 15 October 2012.

By Cookie. Cookie is 11 years old. She goes to school in France. Please read and add your thoughts and comments below.                                                                                                                 

I am going to write about technology making education more accessible to all. First of all, I am going to write about what technology is in today's world, and then I am going to write a definition of education. I am also going to write about the advantages of technology making education more accessible to all, but also the down falls of technology and then I am going...

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A world without books will never come to be

Published on 12.25am on Wednesday, 10 October 2012.

By Vijayashree Kurumilla. Vijayashree, 40, is a freelance writer. She lives in Hyderabad, India. Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below.

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In my house the only things that I treasure are the books on my shelves. As someone once said, ‘They are not just books, but minds of great people', so I often treat them that way. Even though the shelf keeps groaning under the weight of books from past expeditions, I run to that second hand book store and come back yet again with a bundle of books.

How many of us book lovers can remember the joy of searching among the piles of dusty book...

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Education in the developing world

Published on 1.28pm on Tuesday, 21 August 2012.

By RPCV Young Ghee Kim, U.S. Peace Corps Teacher and Coach, Tanzania '10-12

The challenges of being an educator in the developing world were many. I could speak of the trials and tribulations of working without text books, electricity or running water, or having the local goats intermittently disrupt my lecture, or the issue of anemia and its effects on my students, but that would be easy and obvious. I'd rather speak of the most difficult challenge I faced everyday; breaking the mold of education that had been systematically in place for decades. After spending some time in the classroom, ...

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The Character of Freedom

Published on 8.51pm on Tuesday, 4 October 2011.

By Isabelle Deschamps. Isabelle lives in Montreal, Canada. She is a qualified lawyer currently reading her LL.M. and D.C.L. at the McGill Institute of Comparative Law. She is also the co-founder of Health and Education Now!, an NGO working on community development projects in Benin. Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Blogging Prize 2011* 

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THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO:   Stella De moun

Ségou, Mali - 24 July 2009

This morning, I was jogging through the dry millet fields of the Niger River region of Ségou in Mali when a young man riding a slightly rus...

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

Published on 8.43pm on Tuesday, 4 October 2011.

By Adhar Maheshwari. Adhar, 17, attends the Sanskriti School of New Dehli, India. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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There is a reason why every civilization throughout time has valued education—because it truly can alter our collective condition and make our lives easier, simpler, and most crucially, happier! From Egyptians learning to write on papyrus tablets to late nineteenth century scientists striving to discover medicines like penicillin, there has always been an urge in humanity to be better and to be more than what we have been before.  

Man’s ...

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Confusing Ignorance With Illiteracy

Published on 5.16am on Tuesday, 4 October 2011.

By Ayman Abd El Monem Amer. Ayman, 24, is a business owner living in Bagour, Menoufia, Egypt. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Blogging Prize 2011*

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I think one of the most common assumptions that should no longer be accepted is that ignorance and illiteracy are actually the same thing, or that ignorance is just a result of the inability to read or write, for the concept of "not knowing" oneself is mystical and does not really mean anything.

For example, when you describe someone as an "ignorant  person", you certainly do not me...

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Success is the reward of lifelong learning

Published on 4.09pm on Sunday, 2 October 2011.

By Sen Phoi Thich. Sen, 26, lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She studies at the Hung Vuong University. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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In the past, most people believed that the illiterate were those who barely knew a word. Is it still true in the 21 century? Personally, I think the concept of illiterate has been changed. In today's society, education is open to almost everyone. However, read and write are not the problem of being illiterate, it is lifelong learning. When the world around is going fast with technology and competition, being unable t...

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Education: The Way Forward In India

Published on 12.58am on Saturday, 1 October 2011.

By Kunal Nathwani. Kunal, 19, lives in London, UK. He is a second-year law student at UCL. Please leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The quest for education by the Scheduled Castes/ Dalits /Untouchables has followed a similar pattern to the Indian Freedom Struggle: Unsatisfactory compromises by the government providing an impetus for greater demands for education. Complete freedom, however, is still pending. 

The Scheduled Castes, the lowest strata of the Hindu caste system, were the uneducated, exploited segment of society compelled to perform the traditionally considered demean...

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Published on 5.36pm on Friday, 30 September 2011.

By Lucas Veuillet, of Aumont-en-Halatte, France. Lucas, 15, is a high school student at the Lycée St Vincent, Senlis, France. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I totally agree with this quote. Why? That's really hard to explain. But I can ask you a question: what is most important, more powerful than education? Army, Economy, Industry, Politics, or Religion? Nothing. Because everything begins with education. Indeed, a society cannot exist without education. Our society but also our mentality depend on education. If education was different, based on othe...

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Education: the Bulwark of Freedom

Published on 4.38am on Thursday, 29 September 2011.

By Abdullahi Muhammed. Abdullahi studies law at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria; he is also a freelance writer. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Blogging Prize 2011* 

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Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.                                                                                                                         - Lord Chancellor Brougham

Freedom would be meaningless, if existent at all, in the absence of education. This is because knowledge is paramo...

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"Only the Educated Are Free" ... Epictetus

Published on 4.20am on Thursday, 29 September 2011.

By Jerry Olasakinju. Jerry, 37, lives in Fukuoka, Japan and is an ESL Instructor. Please leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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There is no better way to express how strongly I feel about education than showing it in a poem I composed below.

                                                Give me Education, Give me Life

                    Education-

                    You're a life-giver, the separator of the living dead from

                    From those who are wide awake in your bright glory of enlightenment.

                    You shove the fools to the corners where men o...

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Merging Awareness and Education

Published on 10.47pm on Monday, 26 September 2011.

By Neveen El-Gamal. Neveen, 38, lives in Giza, Egypt. She is a writer and a translator. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Blogging Prize 2011*

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"The illiterate are those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn," Alvin Toffler

It is the process of learning information that helps us grow, develop, live safely and successfully in the world. And learning to learn because learning is an ever lasting life process.

Education requires qualified teachers who are RARE in the Middle East.

Education in developing countries, specificall...

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," Nelson Mandela

Published on 8.56pm on Sunday, 25 September 2011.

By Stephanie Renaut, of Senlis, France. Stephanie, 16, is a high school student at the Lycée St Vincent, Senlis, France. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Youth Blogging Prize 2011* 

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To quote Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "Education is the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process." It also prepares one for the ability of reasoning and judging, readying one to face the "world". It's the foundation of devel...

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The State should encourage access to private education

Published on 11.31pm on Thursday, 15 September 2011.

By Antonia Anisy. Antonia, 21, has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Massey University and works as a Policy Adviser in Wellington, New Zealand. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Blogging Prize 2011*

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Purpose: The purpose of this exposition is to provide analytical discussion and commentary on the rationale for why the State should encourage access to private education.

In an age of descending church attendance rates, the demise of the stable, nuclear family structure and the presence of mass media saturating our natio...

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Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world

Published on 10.58pm on Wednesday, 14 September 2011.

By Mary Rogath, of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mary, 17, is a fourth form student at the Benjamin William Mkapa Secondary School (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania). Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Education simply refers to the process of gaining knowledge or skills. It is the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.

Education is a self enlightening process. It is an important component of life. Education has a direc...

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In the 21st century, it is better to give a child a computer than a book

Published on 9.34am on Saturday, 10 September 2011.

By Felister Gabriel, of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Felister, 16, is a second form student at the Kilakala Girls High School, in Morogoro, Tanzania. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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In the world of globalization, it is obvious that expansion of science and technology has affected various aspects of life including education. The quality of education has been improved compared to the other centuries since science and technology expansion has affected at large the whole process of education provision, because education provision has been simplified by the use ...

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Only The Educated Are Free

Published on 6.36am on Friday, 9 September 2011.

By Monicah Shiloh, of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Monicah, 21, is a 6th form student at the Korogwe Girls High School, in Tanga, Tanzania. Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Education simply refers to the process of passing knowledge or skills from one generation to another or the acquisition of knowledge either through learning or through experience. The acquisition of knowledge and skills can be as a result of being at a school or any organization or institution.

Freedom is a state of being free. This means that a person with freedom is completely capable of living ...

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The illiterate

Published on 10.59pm on Thursday, 8 September 2011.

By Jastin Gabriel Malamsha, of Morogoro, Tanzania. Jastin, 24, is a third year student at the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, and is reading a BSc in Environmental Sciences and Management. Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Blogging Prize 2011* 

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Illiteracy refers to a situation whereby someone is ignorant of fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge or lacking knowledge of a specific field. Thus, illiterate refers to a person who is ignorant of fundamentals (basics) of a given art or branch of knowledge or someone who ...

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Change is inevitable

Published on 8.41pm on Monday, 5 September 2011.

By Melanie Taylor Herrera, of La Chorrera, Panama. Melanie, 39, is a writer and educator. Please read her article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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When I was young I hated the phrase "When I was young..." It was always the beginning of a long and boring lecture about life by someone older than thirty complaining about "things being different". Without doubt, time passes and things change, and, as humans, we may have difficulties dealing with, adapting to and understanding change. Change is inevitable, and it happens faster thanks to technology: changes in procedures, attitude...

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"Only the educated are free", Epictetus

Published on 7.20am on Monday, 5 September 2011.

By Elia Mnonjela, of Morogoro, Tanzania. Elia, 22, is a third year BSc student in Environmental Sciences and Management at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Whether it's formal or informal, education is all about imparting and acquiring theories and practical knowledges through teaching and learning, where freedom is an ability to act freely without being subjected to any restrictions provided laws are not broken. And one thing to remember is that having freedom with limitations signifies development to...

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Only The Educated Are Free

Published on 10.53pm on Thursday, 1 September 2011.

By Kingi Kigongo, of Morogoro, Tanzania. Kingi, 27, studies at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Education is delivered from the Latin word 'Educatum' which meant the process of teaching. Also it was originated from the words ‘educare' which meant rising up and the word 'educere' which meant drawing out. The combination of these two words came into the word 'educa' which meant drawing from within. According to the meaning of those words the term education can be defined as the process of raising abilities and talen...

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A picture of what education should be in the 21st century

Published on 10.01pm on Tuesday, 23 August 2011.

By Nicholas Omoh.  Nicholas studies at the University of Benin and lives in Lagos, Nigeria.  Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Winner of the NUHA Blogging Prize 2011*

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Education is not knowledge due to possession, but knowledge due to motion. Education is not how much data a memory can save, but which data will be open for use. Education is not the heart, but the soul of civilized societies passed through generations.

In African societies and many societies across the world, much emphasis is placed on universal primary education, while little or nothing is done about ...

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Education

Published on 9.54am on Sunday, 21 August 2011.

By Joseph Markus.  Joe, 22, is a postgraduate law student at UCL.  He lives in London, UK.  Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Blogging Prize 2011*v

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Alvin Toffler

Illiteracy-in the sense of un- or under-education-requires a context against which the absence of the capacity to convey or understand meaning is measured. An individual can be illiterate in one respect, yet learned in another. In fact, people excel in c...

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Published on 12.28am on Wednesday, 3 August 2011.

By Cookie. Cookie is 10-years old. She goes to school in France. Please read and add your thoughts and comments below.

I am going to write about how education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world and what I think about it.

Education is a powerful weapon but only if you can use it for a good use. For example Mahatma Gandhi: he was very educated. He went to a university in London called University College London (UCL), he studied law. He used his education to save his country. He fought against the British but not with guns or bombs but with his education and that's ho...

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Only The Educated Are Free

Published on 5.06am on Monday, 1 August 2011.

By Efembe Eke. Efembe, 25, is an aspiring writer from Calabar, Nigeria. Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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Epictetus, the famous Greek philosopher rightly stated that only the educated are free. Education and freedom are no doubt closely connected. The process of training, teaching and learning contributes in no small way to the development of human beings, societies and the world at large. It is therefore not uncommon to find schools and institutions of higher learning springing up practically everywhere in the world; neither is it any wonder that the members of di...

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Epictetus, Education and Freedom

Published on 1.27am on Sunday, 24 July 2011.

By David Adam, of Cape Town, South Africa. Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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The beauty of this trio - Epictetus, education and freedom – is they have evolved. They do not mean the same for us as for the ancient Greeks. This has happened in part because we have evolved.

The nub of Epictetus teaching is there are some forces which are beyond our control and it does not pay to fight a losing battle against them. According to Epictetus education hones your discerning power and helps you direct your limited energy and time to where they are productive. The distinguishin...

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Only The Educated Are Free

Published on 1.06am on Sunday, 24 July 2011.

By Alexis Wesula.  Alexis, 22, is from Kenya.  He is currently studying at the Voronezh State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering.  Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below.  

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I was never a good listener in my youth, but there is one thing I will always remember my grandfather said to me: knowledge is power. It meant little to me then it seemed a standard statement said often to motivate students. Only later in my teenage years did I begin to really understand. It all began with a season of teenage worries that led to a minor depression. I explained to my mother...

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'The state should encourage access to private education.'

Published on 8.52am on Friday, 8 July 2011.

By Ruba Dayoub, 40, from Syria.  Please read and leave your thoughts and comments below. *Shortlisted for the NUHA Blogging Prize 2011*

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Before discussing the role that private education can play in the context of developing countries, I find it useful to start with the definition of the term 'developing countries' from different perspectives. For instance, Dove (1986, p.2) presumes that 'developing countries' are those countries with high averages of population and illiteracy, and who need a lot of educational changes although they devote 'a high proportion of their national budgets is de...

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'Illiteracy as a hindrance to development.'

Published on 8.44am on Friday, 8 July 2011.

By Kingsley Anyata.  Kingsley, 19, lives in Abakaliki, Nigeria.  He studies at the Ebonyi State University.  Please read and add your thoughts and comments below.

Education is the bedrock of every society. It is a foundation on which this structure called society is laid. Without a foundation no structure will ever stand. A society standing or built on illiteracy will always topple over. When it crashes, rebuilding it takes much longer than it would have taken in just making education the bedrock of the society. Most of the first world countries could be said to have evidently made educati...

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Essentials of Existence

Published on 7.23am on Thursday, 9 June 2011.

By Twish Mukherjee.  Twish, 21, lives in Kolkata, India.  He writes and paints and has made a couple of short films.  You can read his entry here.  Please leave your thoughts and comments below. 

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"Only the educated are free." Epictetus 

Epictetus could have afforded to believe so. Education freed him from a slave’s life to that of a multiple-disciple-d-philosopher. How much the knowledge or possession of information does free us, is a question I’ve often pondered over, in my most analytical moods.

There are phases, yes; phases when you wish you didn’t know the truth, times when you wish you...

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