Issue # 305 | 28 October 2014









Since 2008, Student First! has been a source of information on new developments and overall updates in the education sector. To take the newsletter closer to the core philosophy of the School Choice Campaign and to make it more relevant for our readers, we are bringing the focus of this newsletter back to Choice in Education. From the next issue onward you can expect more of blogs, op-eds, and research reports related to Choice in Education and less of overall updates from education sector in Students First!. The newsletter will now go out with the name Students First and will be published every alternate Tuesday.


What Will Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Mean For Girls' Education?


When Malala Yousafzai found out last Friday that she'd won the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl didn't celebrate immediately. Instead she returned to a chemistry class at her high school in Birmingham, England. It was a fitting reaction by someone who's risked her life for the right to be educated.

At the age of 11, Yousafzai, the daughter of a school principal, became a blogger for the BBC and documented the growing influence of the Taliban, who wanted to ban girls' education and were blowing up schools and closing others down in her home of Swat, in northern Pakistan.

In October 2012, a Taliban gunman stormed her school bus and shot her in the head as she sat with her friends — targeting her for her outspoken advocacy of girls' education.

Yousafzai survived, made an astonishing recovery and settled with her family in England after receiving medical treatment there. She published a memoir, I Am Malala, and started the Malala Fund, which supports girls' education around the world. She marked her 16th birthday with a speech at the United Nations. And she has continued to attend school.










The Girl Effect: The Clock Is Ticking


The Girl Effect: The Clock Is Ticking

The girl effect is about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world.









Cycling To School: Increasing Secondary School Enrollment For Girls In India


Reducing gender gaps in school enrollment has been one of the most important goals for international education policy over the past decade, and has been enshrined as one of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. While considerable progress has been made in reducing gender gaps in primary schooling, there continue to be significant gaps in secondary schooling, with a noticeable increase in adolescent years. It is therefore of substantial policy interest to identify cost-effective and scalable strategies for increasing secondary school enrollment and completion rates for girls in developing countries.

Policies to improve female education attainment in developing countries have focused on both increasing the immediate benefits of schooling to families as well as on reducing the costs of attending school. The most prominent category of demand-side interventions have been conditional cash transfers (CCT's) to households for keeping girls enrolled in school. Several well-identified studies of CCT programs have found a positive impact on girls' school enrollment and attainment (Fiszbein and Schady 2009).













Can school vouchers for girls significantly increase attendance and continued enrollment of girls in schools?

Research suggests school vouchers have the potential to empower and enable disadvantaged groups, such as girls, to avail quality educational opportunities. It transfers the burden of cost of education from the parents and gives more choice from the perspective of quality education.


If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, India's GDP would rise by $5.5 billion

Educated women are more empowered and better able to demand their rights, as well as having healthier, more economically-secure families. By educating girls, we reduce poverty, improve maternal and child health, prevent HIV, and raise living standards for everyone.


6th Annual School Choice National Conference
19 December 2014, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi


The central theme for SCNC this year is Freedom in Education. Through discussions at the conference we will highlight different dimensions of freedom in education, understand models and explore the future of freedom and choice in education in India


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Centre // Zee News // 21 October, 2014

Spend Less On Arms, More On Schools: Nobel Laureate Satyarthi

NEW DELHI: Countries around the world should cut their defence budgets and invest in education if child labour is to be eradicated, said Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. The 60-year-old was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this month with Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan for their struggle against the oppression of children.


Centre // Zee News // 22 October, 2014

All India Survey On Higher Education 2014-15 Launched

NEW DELHI: The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on Wednesday launched the All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2014-15, an annual, web-based, pan-India exercise on the status of higher education in the country. The annual survey collects data on several parameters, including student enrollment, examination results, education finance and infrastructure.


International // The Express Tribune // 23 October, 2014

Bad Budgeting: Only 5% Of Education Budget Spent On Development

PESHAWAR: The abysmal state of education in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) is reflected in the fact that a mere 5% of the budget is spent on the sector’s development projects, while an astonishing 95% goes into staff salaries. Released at a local hotel on Thursday, a study by the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) states the amount spent on development was nowhere near enough for effective primary and secondary education.


International // The Express Tribune // 24 October, 2014

Malala Urges Pakistan, India To Spend On Children's Education

ISLAMABAD: Seventeen-year-old Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Friday urged Pakistan and India to spend on children’s education while putting aside their differences. In an interview to state broadcaster PTV along with her father and mother in the United Kingdom, she invited both the Prime Minister of Pakistan and India yet again to attend the award ceremony of Nobel Peace Prize to be held in December. Malala said that she will spend her share of the $1.1 million prize money on educational projects in Pakistan, and set up a high quality school in Pakistan.


Delhi // Hindustan Times // 28 October, 2014

Delhi: Refused Uniforms, EWS Students Boycott School

Twelve students belonging to the economically-weaker section at Rohini’s Vidya Bharati School have decided to skip classes till the school provides them with winter uniforms, mandatory under the Right to Education Act. The children decided against rejoining classes after the Diwali break since the school turned away students without winter uniforms last year after failing to provide it to them.






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