EduSoft: Shaping education together in Moldova

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Other Social inclusion Social innovation

It’s not the changing technology and software that matter. It’s how we use the best available technology to shift learning in a way that fits our students’ needs. This is why, as MiLab, we have been experimenting with the Ministry of Education through a number of initiatives to rethink education. Our latest adventure is a… Read more »

Investing in early childhood care and preschool education pays off

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Guest posts

High quality early childhood care and preschool education is a profitable investment, shaping the minds of children to become productive citizens in the future. In Turkey, however, the enrollment rate in preschools and other educational childcare programmes remains far behind the OECD average. To catch up, more than 3 million children will need to enroll…. Read more »

Education for all: Is it possible?


Filed under: Development

Education is the foundation upon which a life of dignity is built. Sure, it is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; but education is more than just a basic right – it is essential for the full realization of other rights. Without it, how could we understand when our rights have been fulfilled or… Read more »

HIV: Living behind a disguise


Filed under: Health HIV Social inclusion

In many ways Sherzhod is the face of Uzbekistan’s younger generation. He is a tech-savvy 22-year-old with big plans for the future, ideally with a career in medicine.  Like many of his peers in Uzbekistan, he wants to get married and start a family, but for now his goal is to pursue his career and… Read more »

A ‘bad girl’ no longer: Tackling gender inequality in Azerbaijan

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Social inclusion

In Azerbaijan, especially in rural areas, there exists a very powerful term for women who don’t follow the rules: ‘pis giz’ – or bad girl. For an Azerbaijani woman, being called a pis giz is more than just a gender slur. It can mean the total loss of respect in her community, ineligibility for marriage,… Read more »

Roma women: Exposing inequality


Filed under: Gender equality Health Poverty Roma Social inclusion

Since its early days, the Decade of Roma Inclusion has focused primarily on four priority areas: employment, education, health and housing. Even though gender equality is a cross-cutting issue, attention to this area has been significantly smaller throughout the years. Usually, gender equality is treated as an isolated category, rather than a social factor that… Read more »

Human rights: Seeing the ability, not the disability


Filed under: Human rights and rule of law Social inclusion

Are things getting better for people with disabilities? In many ways, yes, but there’s still a long way to go. There still exists a widespread lack of understanding and policy awareness in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) that most people with disabilities are fully capable of engaging effectively at work, school, and… Read more »

No more “I can’t see the board!”: Modernizing lighting in Kazakhstan schools


Filed under: Central Asia Environment Social inclusion

Chances are, lighting is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about what children need to learn. But without proper lighting, struggling to see the chalkboard means you can’t focus on learning. The state norms and standards of the Republic of Kazakhstan state that the lighting norm for a school study… Read more »

The development story behind the MDGs: Seeing the forest beyond the trees


Filed under: Development Gender equality Migration and remittances Poverty

What do people in Chişinău say they need for a better life? Of course we need to closely follow the progress of each Millennium Development Goal (MDG), but have you ever thought: What is the development story behind the MDGs in various national contexts? The importance of such a development story goes beyond even ‘passing… Read more »