BUDAPEST: Hungary's government will stop financing gender studies university courses, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff said on Tuesday (Aug 14), marking one of the first concrete steps in a cultural shift signalled last month.Re-elected in April to a third consecutive term, right-wing nationalist Orban said in July that major cultural and intellectual changes were in the works, adding that his landslide victory was "nothing short of a mandate to build a new era".Chief of staff Gergely Gulyas cited low enrolment numbers, which he said would be reason enough alone to shut down the courses, but also spelled out the government's ideological opposition at a news conference."The Hungarian government is of the clear view that people are born either men or women. They lead their lives the way they think best, but beyond this, the Hungarian state does not wish to spend public funds on education in this area," he said.Orban's supporters want a shift towards conservative values to end … [Read more...] about Hungary to stop financing gender studies courses: PM aide
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By Kieran Leavitt StarMetro Edmonton Thu., Aug. 2, 2018 EDMONTON—Many words in the Cree language are buried under the cultural rubble of colonization, smothered by residential schools, where children weren’t allowed to speak their native tongue. Edward Lavallee-Meequaan can fluently speak Cree—one of the country’s most widely-spoken Indigenous languages, along with Ojibway, and Innu/Montagnais. In fact, Cree is his first language. But he’s noticed that many fluent speakers are older and few young people speak it. Now 77, he lives in Edmonton, where he can use Cree more often as there is a small community of people who grew up with it as their first language and love speaking it. “When I lived in other Canadian cities, I didn’t find too many good Cree speakers,” he said. Born in 1940, he grew up on the Sturgeon Lake First Nation reserve in central Saskatchewan but went on to travel across Canada throughout his … [Read more...] about Will the government’s Indigenous languages law save endangered tongues?
Maguindanao offers 12 PMA cadets support for masteral studies MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — The Maguindanao provincial government adopted 12 Philippine Military Academy cadets, entitled to support for doctorate studies on the socio-cultural intricacies of Southern Muslim, Christian and Lumad communities if admitted to the Armed Forces. The three Mindanao groups, called “tri-people” in technical parlance, are stakeholders to the current peace processes of President Rodrigo Duterte with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front, meant to end the now five-decade southern secessionist conflict. Maguindanao’s provincial governor, the now third-termer Esmael Mangudadatu, said Saturday that he adopted the 12 third year PMA cadets as “children of the province” during a brief engagement with the class while in Davao City last week as part of their studies. “Even if I am already out … [Read more...] about Maguindanao offers 12 PMA cadets support for masteral studies
U Tayza Dipadi may not be a typical public policy student, but he was not alone in Myanmar learning from international examples of government reforms. He was joined by directors from the president’s office, officials from the Home Ministry, civil society activists, students, and journalists. Some 200 participants from Myanmar constituted 5.3 percent of the 3766 total enrolment in the free online course from January to March 2017 run by the Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS) programme at Princeton University and online course provider edX. The contingent from Myanmar was the second biggest after that from the United States, which made up 17pc. Supported by the Myanmar Multi-Donor Partnership Trust Fund – financed by the UK’s Department for International Development, Australia and Denmark – a World Bank team translated the course material and facilitated participation in this first course of its kind offered in the Myanmar language. Using cases from … [Read more...] about Online course aims for better governance
Sometime last month, an invitation from the Philippine American Economic Foundation’s 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program in the Philippines set me to think about my youth and the connection of economic development with foreign education. As a UP faculty member in 1958, I became the recipient of a full fellowship grant to study for my PhD in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (the truly genuine MIT!). My UP boss, Dr. Amado Castro, suggested I compete for the travel grant to save on fellowship resources. A Fulbright travel grant. In August 1959, on my Fulbright travel grant, I flew across the Pacific for the first time in my young life. I rode the last generation of propeller-driven Pan Am Strato-Cruisers of those days. It took a total of almost one day and a half to reach the US mainland from Manila, with many restless hours of airport stops. In those days, air travel was not as cheap, convenient, and fast. Airport refueling stops marked the long trip. … [Read more...] about A dream of foreign education fulfilled