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UN Chinese Language Day: 10 amazing facts that will make you want to learn Chinese

India Today – Staff Writer

“April 20 is celebrated as Chinese Language Day worldwide. At present, one out of five people around the world understand the language. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) identified the date in 2010 to “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization”. Here are 10 amazing facts about the Chinese language:”(more)

UNESCO Signs New Partnership With Asia Society to Advance Global Citizenship Education

Benzinga – Staff Writer

“Director-General Irina Bokova and Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran, signed an agreement today to work together to implement Global Citizenship Education at global, regional, national and/or school levels…Welcoming the agreement, the Director-General stressed the heightened relevance of global citizenship education for countering violent extremism and promoting human rights, respect for diversity and a sense of solidarity and shared responsibility towards the future: “We must educate a generation of global citizens — versed in human rights, culturally literate, skilled for intercultural dialogue, compassionate and committed to building a better world for all.”(more)

Global citizenship education draws attention

The Korea Times – Chung Hyun-chae

“Participants in the World Education Forum are showing keen interest in global citizenship education, one of the forum’s main issues…Global citizenship education refers to the education that aims to equip students of all ages with knowledge, skills and universal values such as world peace, human rights and environmental sustainability, which are key elements for becoming global citizens…APCEIU Director Chung U-tak said, “Global citizenship education is one of the main themes in the forum to achieve the post-2015 sustainable development goals.””(more)

Dear World, Your Grade For Educating Your Children Is …

NPR – Marc Silver

“It seems like a simple goal: All kids should go to primary school. People began talking about it in the 1960s. And they kept talking about it. “Everyone thought it was pretty doable, it wasn’t too big of a deal,” recalls Aaron Benavot, director of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report. But for lots of reasons — cutbacks on government spending, no schoolhouse within an easy commute — it just wasn’t happening. So in 2000, 164 nations got together and pledged “Education For All” by 2015…Today, the report card came out. According to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 58 million children do not attend primary school. As the BBC put it: “World fails to reach millennium education targets.”…Maybe it’s better to say: Let’s use a yardstick to figure out how much progress has been made. Has the pace of change accelerated from the 1990s to the period after 2000? And we have many instances where the evidence suggests the pace of change has quickened. Many countries have made substantial progress even if we haven’t reached targets.”(more)

Julia Gillard On Post-2015 Education Priorities for Africa

Global Partnership for Education – Staff Writer

“Speaking at the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015, Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, urged world leaders to strengthen support for the efforts of African nations to build sustainable education systems that are capable of delivering quality schooling to more children. She also stressed as priorities to expand the role of education in emergencies, create equity for girls and disadvantaged children and step up the collection of critical education data…In a joint OpEd article with Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in The New Times, a leading Rwandan newspaper, the two education champions further spelled out a vision for education’s future in Africa over the next 15 years…While much of Africa – and, notably, Rwanda – has made major strides in education over the past two decades, they wrote, “the situation remains fragile across the continent, and, in many areas, the momentum of the past decade has stalled. We need to kick-start the movement again and prevent the hard-won gains from being lost.” Ms. Gillard and Ms. Bokova also noted that 30 million of the world’s 58 million out-of-school children of primary school age live in Sub-Saharan Africa and that girls account for more than 50% of this group. “(more)

UNESCO, Nations Discuss Sustainability Education in Japan

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Upon opening the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova said education is playing an increasingly important role in preparing today’s youth for their future, especially as more economic, social and environmental challenges are faced by the world…The focus of ESD is to allow all humans around the world to attain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to promote a sustainable future.” (more)