Then & Now

A photographic account of changes over the years in: housing; water; education; health; sanitation; food and farming; technology; and women.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
British parents boycott school census

British parents boycott school census

Parents have boycotted a school census to protect against administrators being ‘turned into border guards’ by the government, Amy Hall writes.

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016
Numbers game: edu-businesses are keen to exploit the profit potential of schools around the world.

PISA-envy, Pearson and Starbucks-style schools

Good for corporations, but what about the pupils? Adam Unwin and John Yandell consider the impact of edu-businesses.

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NI 491 - Last stand - Saving the world's forests - April, 2016

‘Acts of solidarity are what make us human’

Though facing overwhelming struggles of their own, teachers at the NUT conference in Brighton have been showing a true spirit of internationalism, writes Jo Lateu.

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NI 490 - Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West - March, 2016

Letter from Bangui: The school of hard knocks

Education means learning your rights, not just how to write, says Ruby Diamonde.

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NI 483 - Fundamentalism - Power, politics and persuasion - June, 2015
A comic strip from an Accelerated Christian Education schoolbook teaches girls body shame at an early age.

The miseducation of Jonny Scaramanga

His escape from fundamentalist schooling.

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NI 483 - Fundamentalism - Power, politics and persuasion - June, 2015

Don't write in the profit margins

Children should be allowed to be children, not taught to 'turn over a profit', argues Steve Parry.

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NI 482 - Global banking now - May, 2015
Chile's agitating students

Chile's agitating students

Eilis O'Neill on the struggle for free, quality, universal education.

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NI 477 - Big oil RIP? - November, 2014
Girl-friendly: new toilet facilities at the Ga’an Libah school in Somaliland.

A toilet makes a difference

Girls in Somalia now have a better chance of completing their education. Katharina Wecker explains.

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NI 465 - How the war on pirates became big business - September, 2013
NO: MATT CHRISTISON is a high school principal, sessional instructor in graduate studies at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and a lifelong questioner of the status quo. He earned a Doctorate of Education in 1996 from the University of Calgary, undertaking an analysis of gender performance differences on standardized testing.

Argument: Are exams bad for children?

Teachers Stephanie Schneider and Matt Christison go head-to-head.

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NI 464 - Debt - a global scam - July, 2013
Thousands took to the streets in Montreal, Canada, last May to protest against the tuition fee increase.

Québec’s Maple Spring

Richard Swift says Canada's wave of pots-and-pans protests signal the first major rupture with the austerity agenda.

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NI 454 - Co-operatives - July, 2012

Are religious schools bad for society?

Humanist Andrew Copson and feminist Catholic theologian Tina Beattie go head-to-head - read their arguments and join the debate.

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NI 447 - Banking on Hunger - November, 2011
Land just outside Addis Ababa which Asfaw and his pupils have cleared in preparation for building the Moya.

Post script: The Moya

Since completing this article, Asfaw Yemiru has finalised plans for putting his new educational ideas into practice. Alex Brodie describes the "Moya" which Asfaw and his pupils will soon begin building.

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NI 1 - World food crisis - March, 1973

Crying in the wilderness

The author of this article, Asfaw Yemiru, is one of Africa's most extraordinary men. At the age of 10, he was an illiterate beggar-boy on the streets of Addis Ababa. Today, aged 28, he is headmaster of a free school for over 3,000 poor children. Not content with this achievement, Asfaw is now moving his school towards a new concept of education which could have significance not just for Ethiopia but for many other parts of both the developing and the developed world.

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NI 1 - World food crisis - March, 1973

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
African village January, 2017
The coming war on China December, 2016
Last stand - Saving the world's forests April, 2016
Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West March, 2016
Fundamentalism - Power, politics and persuasion June, 2015
Fundamentalism - Power, politics and persuasion June, 2015
Global banking now May, 2015
Big oil RIP? November, 2014
Gold trouble September, 2014
Time to rethink disability November, 2013
Time to rethink disability November, 2013
How the war on pirates became big business September, 2013
Debt - a global scam July, 2013
Co-operatives July, 2012
Banking on Hunger November, 2011
World food crisis March, 1973
World food crisis March, 1973
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