Virginia’s Secretary of Education visits Hugh Mercer Elementary

Hadley Christie was in the middle of teaching a math lesson when Virginia’s secretary of education walked into her classroom at Hugh Mercer Elementary School on Thursday morning. Without skipping a beat, Christie asked her students to tell Dietra Trent what they were learning about. “Probabilities!” the second-graders chorused. As Trent watched, Christie showed the image of a bowl of mostly yellow M&Ms and a few green ones on a smart board, and asked what the chances were of pulling out a green M&M. Then she asked the girls to…

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China urges India not to ‘complicate’ border dispute as Tibetan figure visits

China called on India on Monday not to do anything to complicate their border dispute after a senior exiled Tibetan religious leader visited a sensitive border region controlled by India but claimed by China. The Karmapa Lama, Tibetan Buddhism’s third-most-senior figure who fled into exile in India in 2000, last week went to Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, in the remote eastern Himalayas. China disputes the entire territory of Arunachal Pradesh, calling it south Tibet. Its historic town Tawang, a key site for Tibetan Buddhism, was briefly…

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education visits EI

Education International was honoured this week to receive a visit to its Brussels headquarters by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Kishore Singh. UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education Kishore Singh.   During his visit on 3 February, Singh met with Education International (EI) General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen and his management team and discussed  the challenges affecting teachers and students around the world. “We are committed to working with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, the UN system, and governments…

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