Education

Finnish cities to trial free early years education

The Finnish capital Helsinki is among 19 cities nationwide set to trial the provision of free early years education for five-year-olds. An experiment by Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture will shortly begin providing 20 hours...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy
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Why don’t Australian school kids feel a sense of belonging?

Respectful and valued relationships with teachers and the wider community are key to helping more students feel greater connection to their school, leading to far-reaching positive effects. The sense of belonging Australian students feel at school has...Read more
|Comment|author: Dr Kelly-Ann Allen, Dr Peggy Kern, Professor Lea Waters, and Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Growing up as a working class girl in Britain

Schools can and must play a vital role in helping close the achievement ‘gap’ between girls growing up in different circumstances in the UK. That’s according to Gillian Richards, of Nottingham Trent University, who interviewed...Read more
|Comment|author: Gillian Richards

The rise of the vertical school

Australia’s schools and early learning centres are applying ‘vertical thinking’ to tackle overcome population density pressures in urban areas. Rising to six storeys, South Melbourne Primary is the first high-rise school in the south eastern state...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy
Credit: Miriam Lottes

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