Education

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Free learning support at Viennese schools

In order to provide equal opportunities for all children, the City of Vienna launched the “Förderung 2.0“ programme in 2014. It offers free learning support for pupils aged 6 to 14 years and thereby reduces the parents’...Read more
|Comment|author: Daniela Ecker-Stepp
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A bicycle playground for Vienna

How can we foster the autonomous mobility and cycling skills of children living in the city and promote physical activity? How can we facilitate a safe but exciting approach to cycling for urban kids? Cycling will...Read more
|Comment|author: Vienna Business Agency
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Breaking gender stereotypes early

Gender stereotyping can be tackled in preschool, promoting equality in the skills children learn and the possibilities they see for themselves. But it’s not about banning books. We all know that children are like little detectives....Read more
|Comment|author: Tania King

Children’s book giveaway schemes boost literacy

US-based book distribution schemes that provide free children’s books in low-income neighbourhoods can greatly help boost literacy levels, says a new study.  Researchers at New York University (NYU) looked at community schemes in cities such as...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy
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New child-sized city opens in Johannesburg

Johannesburg will soon be the latest global metropolis to have a KidZania ‘replica city’, using play to show children all about careers. Youngsters visiting these enormous indoor playgrounds – there are 24 worldwide – experience what...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy
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Imagine and explore through ‘playful’ learning

A ‘playful’ approach to learning can hugely benefit children, but the system must give teachers the freedom to create the right environment. Making the case is Nicola Whitton, Professor of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University,...Read more
|Comment|author: Nicola Whitton
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Working with boys for a gender equal future

Philipp Leeb is the Chairman of Poika, an NGO that promotes gender-sensitive boys’ work in education. Writing for Child in the City, he discusses his work in Vienna where he integrates gender sensitive boys’ education...Read more
|Comment|author: Philipp Leeb
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How to help autistic children socialise in school

Not all children with autism need the same level of support with socialisation in schools, and unnecessary segregation only makes the process more difficult. That’s the view of experienced teacher and trainer Rebecca Wood, of the University...Read more
|Comment|author: Rebecca Wood
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Friends in need are friends indeed

School bullying is depressingly common but having a group of friends, not just a single “bestie”, may bolster a child’s resilience, says Andrew Trounson, a writer for the University of Melbourne’s research publication platform, Pursuit. Surviving...Read more
|Comment|author: Andrew Trounson