Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Back to Square One

By Jeremy Druker + November 14th, 2012

The stream of racist comments that spewed forth from a group of students in Jihlava shocked me, but I guess I should have known better.

Reconciling Differences in Macedonian Classrooms

By Ky Krauthamer + September 3rd, 2012

Modernizing history textbooks is a Herculean job for a group of dedicated educators.

The Sisyphean Struggle to Desegregate Schools

By Ky Krauthamer + July 20th, 2012

“Their horizon has opened. Then they will not need our efforts to desegregate their children; they will do it for themselves.”

A Population Puzzler

By Barbara Frye + May 15th, 2012

Could a country’s shrinking labor market lead to too few jobs?

Bosnia 2025

By S. Adam Cardais + April 5th, 2012

A polymathic group offers five scenarios for the future of Bosnia

(Mis)Education in Bosnia

By S. Adam Cardais + March 22nd, 2012

An acclaimed Bosnian writer details the alarming state of post-war education in his homeland

Born for Drudgery?

By Barbara Frye + January 3rd, 2012

Imagine knowing by the age of 15 that your life will always be one of privation and labor.

The Out of Sight, Out of Mind Kids

By Ky Krauthamer + December 16th, 2011

… they simply replaced the word “special” in school names with the word “practical”

A Painful Separation in Kazakhstan

By Barbara Frye + December 6th, 2011

As these students lose their Peace Corps teacher, what will happen to the dreams that he urged them to chase?

Bride Kidnapping Part II

By Jeremy Druker + December 5th, 2011

A crusader against bride kidnapping has developing an effective educational program to rid Kyrgyzstan of the practice.

Open Society Remembers 20 Years in the Western Balkans

By S. Adam Cardais + October 13th, 2011

In a new report, the Soros-backed Open Society foundation offers an engaging, informative “story” of the two decades since the fall of Yugoslavia.

Czech Roma Ghettos: Finally At the Top of the Agenda?

By Jeremy Druker + September 21st, 2011

Recent incidents—violent attacks by young Roma, extremist marches on largely Roma-inhabited housing estates, locals complaining of Roma criminality—have finally brought the ghetto situation more out in the open.

Fledgling Filmmakers Offered a Stage

By Andrew Fenwick + August 12th, 2011

A Prague-based film festival aims to shed light on fledgling filmmakers from across Central Europe and the wider world.

On Roma, Sofia Gets a Diplomatic Spanking

By Barbara Frye + July 11th, 2011

Nice words, not much money, not much action, and no vision to speak of.

Djokovic Wins Wimbledon

By Tihomir Loza + July 3rd, 2011

Now that he has won Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic will no doubt be claimed even more than before by different paddlers of nationalist sentiments. It must be said, though, that Novak on the Centre Court itself and his family, girlfriend, friends and coach + President Boris Tadic in the audience all behaved rather gracefully. Djokovic is [...]

Playing the Srebrenica Card

By Tihomir Loza + May 15th, 2011

Ever wondered how the Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity in Europe since 1945, has lost a fair bit of its symbolic power in mere sixteen years, with decent Bosnians sometimes rolling their eyes at its mention? Here is how. Three weeks ago, the minister of education and sport in the Canton of Sarajevo abolished a [...]

The Curious Case of Gracian Svacina

By Jeremy Druker + April 20th, 2011

I came across an intriguing “freedom of opinion” that ran last week in Respekt, hands down the best Czech newsmagazine, about an outspoken young man at a children’s home.

Djindjic Museum Online

By Tihomir Loza + March 11th, 2011

A “virtual museum of Zoran Djindjic,” the slain prime minister of Serbia, is to be launched later this month to coincide with the eight anniversary of the assassination. According to Vreme magazine, the online presentation will feature exhibits ranging from his personal library and PC to published work, unpublished notes or audio recordings.  According to [...]

The Czech Republic’s Other Education Problem

By Andrew Fenwick + February 15th, 2011

A new study by the Czech Republic’s Education Ministry hints that problems with segregation in the country could run wider than those already faced by the Roma community.

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