G7 leaders pledge support to new gender equality initiative in education

The G7 leaders have pledged support to new gender equality initiatives in education as announced on August 28th 2019 by Global Partnership for Education.

This is great news in the light of many other events happening at the G7 talks in 2019.

The lives of so many girls will be enhanced by the ability to access education. There are many known facts about the importance of education for everyone and that includes girls! Lives will be positive and girls can look on their lives ahead with hope and a future.

In many countries, girls do not have access to education in the same way as boys, sometimes this is through government decision, a faith-based decision and sometimes it is because countries do not have the resources to provide education for all.

How amazing it is, living in a developed country that this should still be the case in 2019.

The Global Partnership for Education has been pursuing this anomaly for many years and it is through their work and other organisations that this has been brought before the G7 Summit.

‘The G7 leaders have recognised the urgency of ensuring that all girls and boys around the world are able to claim their right to a quality education and called for transformational efforts to meet that goal as the route to a more gender-equal world.’  Global Partnership for Education Announcement 28.8.19

In the Declaration, G7 leaders state: “We are convinced that equal access to quality education is vital to achieve the empowerment and equal opportunity of girls and women, especially in developing contexts and countries struggling with conflict. Thus, we welcome approaches to address the barriers girls face and to achieve gender equality and, in particular, the Gender at the Center Initiative.

The Declaration on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment issued at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz, France, gives new momentum to ensure education for all children, and provides powerful support for the Gender at the Center Initiative.”

Great news and at SmithMartin Partnership LLP we look forward to hearing more and  being part of the work ahead to engage with education for all.

Sue Martin FRSA

 

 

 

 

 


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  • A Kellet thank you…

    Following our recent delivery of Book Fest celebrations at The Kellet School in Hong Kong, the school have just published a short film thanking contributors to the Annual Fund activities across the academic year.

    We were delighted that our team of authors were able to make such a great contribution to the learning and understanding of the writers craft. (Our delivery is featured at 2 mins 30 secs.)

    The Kellet School children produced a vast amount of very high quality work from the BgW week, as you can see from the film.

    We were delighted to be able to contribute and know that our authors would be happy to return to Hong Kong any time. Thank you to everyone who took part in Book Fest from us too!

    The Team at SmithMartin LLP – Books go Walkabout

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  • Greggs and the Environment

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    Discover the Greggs fund here, changing environments for the better…

    The Greggs Foundation environmental grants programme is now open for applications.

    The fund is especially interested this year in applications from schools, but your project must meet the Foundation criteria for applications.

    Individual maximum grants are for £2,000. The application deadline is 25th November 2016.

    The Funding Committees of the Greggs Foundation are interested in…

    ‘…projects that improve the physical environment in a way that will improve people’s lives. This can include purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. We are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your local environment. ‘

    Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria.

    • Improves the local environment
    • Ensures involvement of local communities
    • Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference
    • Supports people in need

    You can find the fund application form here.

    If your community organisation, or school, do apply…good luck.

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  • Book Fest Hong Kong 2016

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    Break time, seen from the 8th floor of the Kellet School in Hong Kong…

    Sue Martin and the Books go Walkabout team are in Hong Kong this week. (May 2016)

    Working in partnership with The Kellett School, with generous funding from the school Annual Fund, Sue and a fabulous creative team of authors, photographers and poets, are delivering Book Fest across two campuses on the island.

    The programme of work, is designed to add value to the schools curriculum around writing, story creation and delivery, as well as creativity and critical thinking about form and content.

    The work is delivered by Australian Author Carole Wilkinson, Nigerian author and photographer Ifeoma Onyefulu and poet and writer Cheryl Moskowitz.

    bookIconImageYou can see the daily narratives and galleries of the creative energy generated on the project pages of Books go Walkabout here.

    After the week long event we will be publishing our learning and recommendations for trans-continental book and literacy project delivery, as well as celebrating, in detail, the work of the children who were enthused and creatively encouraged by our authors. Watch this space for details.


    Editor’s Note:

    SmithMartin LLP,  through the vehicle of their international books and literacy project, Books go Walkabout, are actively seeking more project partners in both the USA and Africa.

    We use our project management, book procurement and curriculum support skills to devise, develop and deliver cross community, cross art form projects to interested clusters of schools, community organisations or tertiary education settings.

    Contact Sue Martin at SmithMartin LLP for informal discussions at any time.

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  • Inequality in Education,
    Turning the Tide

    IETT 12 Oct 2‘The Future of Education in England’ an event at Royal Society for the Arts, London, was held on October 5th 2015 by the Inequality in Education Team.

    Inequality in Education…turning the tide (IETT) is a movement to alter the balance of educational opportunity in the UK. In England inequality is a key social and political issue. Education has a vital role to play in abolishing inequality in society. Young people’s destiny is still determined largely by their social position at birth.

    Presenting arguments demonstrating the inequality in our current education system were; Dianne Reay, Professor of Education, at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography of the School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Oxford, UK.

    (SmithMartin Partnership is pleased to support the IETT in delivery of their website and engagement with partners. Education is key to our work and every day we see the effects of inequality in education in communities across the country.)

    This is both unfair to children and their future lives but also a waste of opportunity and economically disadvantageous to our society as a whole.
    Those societies who truly value children and education will thrive in the future.

    Professor Diane Reay led with questions;
    What needs to change to achieve greater equality in schooling?
    What needs to change for the key indicators below to improve?’

    Key indicators are;
    ” The degree of difference in educational attainment levels across different classes and ethnic groups.
    ” The levels of well-being and happiness of school students
    ” The difference in spending per pupil across different types of schools
    ” The levels of segregation and polarisation between schools and within them
    ” The degree to which all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
    ” Teachers levels of professional satisfaction and autonomy

    IETT 12 OctProfessor Danny Dorling, who studies the social implications of educational under achievement from a geographical position posed four interesting questions.
    ” Is a more expensive education really a more privileged one?
    ” Have you learnt a great deal if you are awarded many A*stars?
    ” Do we value memorising above problem solving and experimentation?

    ” Can we imagine a schooling system without so much testing of children?

    There was considerable discussion and examples of an educational system that is built on test results and ‘cut throat’ competition, with major funding discrepancies.

    Inequality in Education, Turning the Tide (IETT), is developing across the UK and will continue to create a body of opinion with educational practitioners and academic research leading the way to unravel the current inequalities, present a reasoned argument and hold to account those who implement policy and direction of education in the UK.

    We believe that education is a fundamental right as quoted in Unesco – The Right to Education, and that the UK should be delivering a free, equal and fair education to all its children.

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  • Digital Knowledge – how smart are you?

    Digital Knowledge – 6 year olds are as smart as 45 year old adults, with a peak for digital understanding at 14 – 15 years! (Ofcom findings).

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    In a report published by Ofcom, an average 6 year old understands more about digital technology than a 45 year old.

    At 6- 7 years, the Digital Quotient is 98, at 10- 11 years, it is 104, and by 14 – 15 years it has risen to 110.

    In contrast,the older age groups of 45 – 49 years have a Digital Quotient of 96, and 50- 54 years have a Digital Quotient of 88.

    The slide downwards continues as age increases. The findings were taken from a sample of 80 children and 2000 adults, so the figures are a guide and not an indication that all in those age groups fall into the DK described.

    image3-4.jpgThe DQ was devised by Ofcom to gauge awareness and self confidence around electronic devices from tablets to smart watches, knowledge of superfast internet, 4G mobile phone networks and mobile apps.

    Confidence around devices , we see as being fundamental, along with the ability to explore the resources or devices, and to access a myriad of different methods and facilities with confidence.

    This is an area, where the adults definitely do not know best!

    It is also interesting that in the age groups of majority of decisions makers ( we suggest from 40 54 years) that the DQ is already on the decline. We know from experience that it is hard for officers to engage with a resource which they are not familiar with and where younger people have a greater understanding.

    Today’s 6 – 7 year olds have grown up with YouTube, Spotify, music streaming and accessing TV through downloads. How cool is that?

    Things which make us stand back and gaze in amazement are like bread and butter to children.

    Our partnership perspectives, as educationalists and IT developers mean we see the enormous potential ahead. Children who can teach themselves IT and given the opportunity are able to create Apps, and develop programming skills. Let alone all the intuitive learning that takes place through IT systems, and bypasses so much of traditional learning processes.

    It’s a brave, new world!

    Our partnership is immensely excited about the prospects for learning and for the benefit this will bring.

    Don’t be like an ostrich with your head firmly in the sand!

    The best way to approach IT?
    Let our Partnership help you undertake change…

     

    ICT, young people and helping them to create for the future are the way to go….

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  • The web and education – how we think about information

    Michael Wesch of Kansas State University produces a continuous stream of films and concept refreshing ideas about information, education and the cultural power of the web.

    The short film below offers the viewer some interesting insights into the way the web has changed how we will think about education, schools and universities in the future.

    The Canadian media thinker Marshall McLuhan in the sixties saw that ‘…the school is the custodian of print culture’. Now, Wesch argues, the game has changed for institutions. People can read, wrie and publish their own reflections on the internet.

    The Wesch argument is based upon the insight that ‘…the public now lives and breathes in a much larger sphere of information and knowledge’. He argues that education’s interface with technology should allow individuals to pivot their life course decisions by “…5 degrees”, in a way to release potential that would have been unimaginable before the advent of WWW.

    The Wesch film also has a piercing shard of insight into the potential collapse of hierarchies. The abandonment of which schools and universities will probably find the hardest thing to achieve.

    Wikipedia, populated with volunteered knowledge, is larger than the Encyclopedia Britannica. The web means, for Tim Berners-Lee, that ‘…the link is enough’. With enough hyper links the bookshelf, the hierarchy of knowledge becomes less important.

    Not irrelevant, but in a way that allows the knowledge researcher to follow the nodes and synapses of a thought or idea – in a way which would be impossible in a traditional print library.

    You can find Michael Wesch’s YouTube channel here, to see more of his film work around ‘digital ethnography’.

    You can also find the Thirdsectorweb home page here. Our partnership service for schools and Children’s Centres. which helps to publish their information, knowledge and culture on the web.


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  • A surfeit of information?

    Below is a short film of a recent TED programme talk by a teacher – Diana Laufenberg. It has a number of different messages.

    A mapping of the transition from a knowledge poor community to a present day surfeit of information. (We too remember the power of a printed version of The Encyclopedia Britannica).

    How using their own voice in learning and the outcomes of it is a powerful tool for student learning itself. Finally, Diana Laufenberg makes a telling case for the power of failure.

    The one answer, and only one answer is right – the prescriptive model of going to a single building to be ‘given’ knowledge, these Diana argues are outmoded paradigms.

    In a world of web technology, laptops and mobile devices – with the clamour of data and image, how best should we learn, reflect and filter?

    We have many clients who use the web to allow the leaners voice to emerge, to post the creative works of students online. Others are less well developed in this area, perhaps missing an opportunity to maiximise learning.

    What is interesting in this short talk, is how, even in a community that is highly affluent with clearly pervasive use of technology, that the debate still rages. Inspiring.

    You can read more about TED – Ideas Worth Spreading here.


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  • The Schools System and
    the Draft Structural Reform Plan

    chdn groupSomewhere, in my past I remember being told ‘more haste less speed.’

    The Draft Structural Reform Plan is in plenty of haste. Built into that, is the feeling that there is no time to talk about these major changes in our education system that will happen by September 2010.

    To discuss openly can only ever be the right thing to do. Consultation is a process that, in the end, has huge benefits including involving people, creating ownership, making changes, being reflective.

    So, why is there so much haste in these sweeping changes? At what level of breakneck speed are we expected to see the education system move into academies and free schools?

    The Draft Structural Reform Plan, published by the DFE in July 2010 states that they will replace “the old, top down systems of targets and central micromanagement”. The power is being given to the people and the communities, only responsible to the Secretary of Education of course.
    Improvements will be made through; local democratic accountability, competition, choice and social action.

    But how does the setting up of academies and free schools be democratically accountable and provide social action or indeed choice. Schools set up by parents and anyone that wants to is not the same thing as being democratic

    They would, I suggest, create competition and provide choice for those who can afford to move their children and to wherever offers the best in facilities and results.

    chdn and worldBut what are the opportunities for the schools in less wealthy communities?

    And where does this fit with the increasing needs of children living in poverty in our country? Will it bring a good education and a chance to broaden young people’s horizons?

    It may enhance children who already have much, but what about those who have not? Are we heading to a fairer society? Will this narrow the gap between the rich and the disadvantaged?

    The haste in which this will happen is staggering, over a period of 4 months, including the summer break, legislation will be in place.It is hoped that the first schools will be converting to Academy status in September 2010, one month from now!

    Plenty of haste at a breakneck speed for major changes.

    Let’s be clear about what the changes are, and for whom, and which children will really receive a better education as a result.


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