Monthly Archives: April 2020

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1.3 Billion Students Still Affected by Closures

According to UNESCO, 200 million students have gone back to school in the last two weeks, as schools reopen progressively across the globe. As of mid-April, 1.5 billion children and youth were affected by school closures in 195 countries, from pre-primary to higher education. While this figure is dropping, 1.3 billion learners in 186 countries…

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$300M Federal Grants to States for Distance Learning

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced more than $300 million in discretionary grant funds will be made available for states to use to create adaptable, innovative learning opportunities for K-12 and postsecondary learners in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. The grants will be funded through the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF), authorized by…

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50 years of Francophonie

The date March 20 is recognized by the OIF as the International Day of La Francophonie. The UN regularly cooperates with the OIF and its member states in the spirit of the provisions of the resolutions on cooperation with the OIF periodically adopted by the General Assembly.In 2020, La Francophonie is also celebrating an important…

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Baby Talk Translates Best

In the largest study to date looking at how infants from across the world respond to the different ways adults speak, psychologists found that babies respond best when adults use baby talk (infant-directed speech or IDS), like “googy-gaga,” “ooh,” and “coo.” “Quantifying Sources of Variability in Infancy Research Using the Infant-Directed-Speech Preference,” published in the…

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Last Speaker of Sare Language Dies

On April 4, Licho, one of the four last speakers of the Great Andamanese language family and the last speaker of the Sare language died of tuberculosis and heart disease in Port Blair on South Andaman Island in the Bay of Bengal, according to Scientific American. COVID-19 has already reached the remote Andaman Islands, where…

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Join the Bilingual Revolution

What if every child could be offered a bilingual education? According to NYC’s Fabrice Jaumont, the power is in our hands to do it and he’s hosting a series of informative webinars on how to champion bilingual education, gather community support, locate a host school, and ultimately launch a dual-language program at your local school….

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COVID-19 Poses Grave Health Threat to Indigenous Communities

Native Brazilian group playing wooden flute at an indigenous tribe in the Amazon The coronavirus  (COVID-19)  pandemic  poses  a grave  health threat to Indigenous peoples around the world. Indigenous communities already experience poor access to healthcare, significantly higher rates of communicable and non-communicable diseases, lack of access to essential services, sanitation,  and  other key  preventive…

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Hispanic Serving Institutions Hit Hard by Pandemic

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has issued a call-for-action for additional funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) that were forced to abruptly end or quickly transition classes online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The persistent federal underfunding of HSIs and Hispanic higher education remains a major impediment. HSIs receive 68 cents for every dollar going to…

Germany Considers Big Picture of Lockdown

Johann Wolfgang Goethe, the inspiration behind Germany’s cultural & linguistic institute. Unlike most other countries, Germany has asked a multidisciplinary group of philosophers, education specialists, scientists, historians, theologians, and jurists for advice on loosening stay-at-home restrictions The German federal government relied on a report written by a 26-strong expert group from the Leopoldina, Germany’s independent…