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The International Day of Peace is observed on the 21st of September of every year. Established in 1981 by the United Nations General assembly, it’s a day devoted to keeping peace and encouraging societies to join together and solve conflict – now and for future generations.
The theme for the UN International Youth Day 2018 is ‘safe spaces for youth’. You might think that amidst the passionate – and sometimes heated – discussions about education, the theme might stir little discussion.
Indigenous people maintain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are unique from the larger societies in which they live. With a special relationship to their traditional land, they are often regarded as invaluable custodians of knowledge systems for sustainable management of natural resources.
In his 1972 book, Victims of Groupthink, Yale research psychologist Irving Janis published an influential theory exploring the symptoms of ‘groupthink’ and its impact on organisational behaviour. He showed that people in groups tend to ‘like’ people who are most like them and will try to establish norms to enforce harmony. This group behaviour, while natural in a social context, within an organisation can block progress, override healthy critical analysis and objectivity, lead to costly errors and false assumptions.
The idea is simple: Every individual matters and has the right to quality education, regardlessof their background. However, translating this idea into policy can be challenging. While the last two decades have shown remarkable global progress in access to education, inequity stillstrongly impacts those on the lower end of the skills spectrum.
It’s easy to place emphasis on the value of grades. However, in a world facing unprecedented change and acceleration, some of the best things in education may be the most difficult to measure.
Cambridge partners have highlighted the importance of a powerful framework in supporting governments and education organisations to develop coherent and bespoke solutions towards improving education outcomes around the world.
For all those engaged in developing and implementing national education strategies, friction and its partner, complexity, will be a wearily familiar phenomena. Yet at the recent Innovation Africa event, held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 23-25 October 2017, the Deputy Director of Education Services at Cambridge, Karen Kester, revealed how complexity in education actually can be understood, unpacked and embraced, and aligned to forces for change.
Cambridge University Press will be collaborating with the National Bureau of Translation to translate two anthologies of contemporary Kazakh literature. Comprised of texts chosen by the Association of Kazakh Writers, the Press will support with the dissemination of the translated texts within the English-speaking world.