Category Archives: textbooks

Educating for the social, the emotional and the sustainable

By Andy Smart, Margaret Sinclair, Aaron Benavot, Jean Bernard, Colette Chabbott, S. Garnett Russell and James Williams Earlier this year, the UN Secretary-General reported that “the shift in development pathways to generate the transformation required to meet the Sustainable Development … Continue reading

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Malaysia says it will redress the gender bias in its textbooks

Last year, social media helped call out an infographic being studied by nine year olds in a Year 2 health and physical education textbook in Malaysia showing that girls should protect their modesty or risk being shamed and having their … Continue reading

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An e-textbook scandal rocks Antigua

A couple of weeks ago, the leader of the opposition in Antigua, Jamale Pringle, called for the resignation of the Minister of Education, Michael Browne. Why? The heat has been turned up over the matter of some 6,000 e-books due … Continue reading

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Gender stereotypes in Bangladeshi, Indonesian, Malaysian and Pakistani textbooks

By M Niaz Asadullah, Professor of Development Economics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia, and Kazi Mukitul Islam, German Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Female education is widely believed to benefit society through both economic and non-economic channels. Yet, for decades, girls … Continue reading

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Books are essential to solving the global learning crisis

By Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly, Head of Education Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children and Chair of the Global Book Alliance A new coalition of governments, international agencies, NGOs and the private sector has launched this week with the aim of closing … Continue reading

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Gender stereotypes in Bangladeshi school textbooks

By M Niaz Asadullah, Samia Huq, Kazi Mukitul Islam and Zaki Wahhaj* Education is widely considered an effective means to address the socioeconomic challenges that women face around the world and a key Sustainable Development target. Yet girls systematically lag … Continue reading

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The challenge of Target 4.7 in fragile and low-resource contexts

By Margaret Sinclair (Technical Adviser, Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict Programme, Education Above All Foundation) and Jean Bernard (Senior Partner, Spectacle Learning Media) Given current challenges of conflict, insecurity and environmental collapse, we must put maximum effort into Sustainable … Continue reading

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Closing the circle: Teaching gender issues to teachers

Last week the French supreme council for gender equality published a report on the imperative to keep mainstreaming gender equality issues in teacher preparation programs and to make knowledge and skills in these areas required for teacher graduation. “Making teachers … Continue reading

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Citizenship Education in Morocco: How civil society organizations can help

Elarbi Imad, President, Moroccan Center for Civic Education Recently, there has been growing interest in citizenship education across the world. With the rise of the Arab Spring there has been recognition within Morocco that citizenship education can help equip youth … Continue reading

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What did you learn in school? Is ‘B’ for Banana? Or Burka?

Across the news this week is proof of the explosive nature of textbook content if not got right. The Education Ministry in Bangladesh has released a new version of textbooks for grade one to grade ten that many say display … Continue reading

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