Advice for College Freshmen

27 Jun

Advice for College Freshmen

Have you just completed high school and are ready to head off to your freshman year of college in the fall? Congratulations are in order. You’ve no doubt worked very hard to get to where you are and have had the good fortune of having terrific mentors and/or family support. Follow these recommendations from the college admissions professionals to ensure your first year of college sets the foundation for success for the remaining three years.

College is an opportunity to explore and mature in a protected environment. Take advantage of this. You’re here to grow, discover and be introduced to people and ideas that will all be very new and sometimes quite foreign. Always listen with an open mind, don’t judge and remind yourself that different is not wrong. Explore the different options available for classes during your first semester and meet with your academic advisor to complete your registration. Listen to their advice – they have the experience to guide you towards the courses that will be most beneficial to you and your major. If you’ve not yet declared a major, be open-minded about your options. Follow your own instincts – not those of your peers. Commit to meeting with your professors the first week of classes. You’ll be thankful you’ve established an initial relationship with them should you run into difficulties with the subject matter and need additional assistance.

Finally, start packing. Take the summer to connect with your roommate and discuss who is bringing what items for the dorm room. Dorm rooms are very small and as such, it’s recommended to limit the number of large items. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupon and stock up on casual wear from the awesome styles available through American Eagle. Refer to the University housing website to confirm housing policies and which items are allowed in the dorm rooms and which are provided. Some universities provide microwave/refrigerator combination units.  Lastly, commit to staying in touch with your support network and family. This is a time of a lot of change for everyone. They’re anxious to hear about how you are doing and the amazing experiences you are having. Best of luck to you!

16 Jun

Why to Choose The Best Education Consultants in Delhi

So you have decided to level up your skills, knowledge and education by choosing a higher education degree or course in your respective field. But there is no dearth of choices when it comes to look for online universities, courses, institutes and colleges offering enough courses to get you confused. In that case, you may be guided to make the correct choice through a professional help.

There are educational consultants in Delhi who can provide the best education guidance on choosing the ideal course to take your career graph a bit higher. These consultants are specialized in their field with great skills and knowledge to help students to choose the right professional institute.

Why Education Consultation?

Get Best Guidance

You can get plenty of details on anything on the web. But the huge collection of information is not enough to clear your personal doubts, such as who have best course content? Which college they should choose? Which online course can meet your career goals?

This way, Education consultants in Delhi NCR can help you through all the queries and organize everything for you. They can collect details by considering your personal needs and suggest the best for your personal needs. They have vast experience and knowledge about courses offered, colleges and course materials. They can help students throughout the admission process and choose the best college as per their capability, career goals and personal needs.

Personal Attention

As education sector is witnessing cut throat competition, the process of course selection and right college has become really very time consuming and difficult for the students. As a whole, choosing the right college and course is very important. As a whole, choosing the college and course is a very important decision as your future depends heavily on it. Hundreds of colleges and universities are offering the same course. But what they are providing, reputation of institute and content of course differentiate the things. This way, you may seek help of best educational consultants in Delhi.

These counselors can communicate with students to help them understand their current status in career and get details on what they want to do next. According to all these circumstances, they can suggest the best course programs to you from various universities. They can help you with their extensive market research to know how effective the particular course for your career is.

Experience

These consultants have years of experience and knowledge in helping the same individuals like yours. They have the experience to help you through the registration process. They understand each student have their own weaknesses and strengths. It can be helpful to develop a special education program for your kids as per their learning ability. There are several consultants provide online consultation to the aspiring students. They can help you through online discussion session to choose the ideal course and institution to grow in your path. They have in-depth understanding on how to conduct academic counseling and prepare students for the required career path.

So may you reach us or visit our website: http://www.selectiveeducation.com. You can also contact us on: 8527500223 / 9560843217

There are educational consultants in Delhi who can provide the best education guidance on choosing the ideal course to take your career graph a bit higher.

16 May

Children__s magazines can be a huge source of education and entertainment. Given the fact that the wo

Children’s magazines can be a huge source of education and entertainment. Given the fact that the world offers some fabulous options, you can select the one that you like the best when you go online shopping. After all, best of Subscribe Online Magazines are available with just a few clicks of your mouse!

The reading habit
Maya Angelou said, “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” Indeed, a children’s magazine can be habit forming when it comes to reading. After all magazines can:
•give the child information on relevant topics in an entertaining way
•occupy the child’s time in a fruitful manner and
•be a great supplement to their school lessons as well.

There is absolutely no denying the fact that the magazine can indeed provide much entertainment and enlightenment to a child. And when your child has absorbed the reading habit completely, he or she will prove to be a formidable force to deal with!

Things to keep in mind
When buying magazines for children, you can keep a few things in mind. Start with visiting the websites of established retailers that can offer you a vast range of magazines children. This should include magazines for different age groups as well. The website should also be able to offer you subscriptions for different durations so that you can choose according to your requirements.

Read about the magazine before you make your choice. The website will also offer you details and specifications of the magazines and their contents. It would be a very good idea for you to read through the same so that you can determine whether it is appropriate for your child or not.

Subject matter
When it comes to content of online magazines for children, you can indeed get access to huge range of subject matter such as:
•cartoons and comics
•tales of fiction
•science and technology
•current affairs
•entertainment of various kinds
•nature and wildlife and even

•specific interests such as automobiles and hobbies.

This would simply mean that you can choose a magazine or newspaper according to your child’s interests.

The bigger picture
When buy girls products online , you can also keep in mind that it can be a source of encouragement and support to your child’s dreams of a career or higher education. Magazines are not just about mindless entertainment after all! With their subject matter, they can prove to be a huge aid in learning even school lessons in a more intensive manner.

The comprehensiveness of content and the manner in which they present information make children’s magazines an extremely interesting choice. Their ability to present information in a manner that is easy to understand make children’s magazines a powerful aid in learning.

16 Apr

Mayo International School in Patparganj for Kid’s Education

Mayo International School is located in IP Extension, Institutional Area of Patparganj. The school does not limit itself in providing the students with good education but also has the aim of all round development of the students. The school has a far sighted vision and a vast infrastructure. The vast infrastructure includes Air-Cooled building with power backup, spacious class rooms, play grounds including basketball court, tennis court and volleyball court for outdoor games. The students also get to participate in billiards, table tennis court along with chess, carom and various other indoor games.

The school has a music room, audio-visual room, CCTV, multipurpose hall, activity room, splash pool and horse riding facilities. The students can use computer, internet and projector. There is a science lab with modern technical equipments. There is a well-equipped mathematics lab. The students here get to improve their deep analytical skills. The school has its own transport with various vehicles running on various routes. The management is fully dedicated to the cause of the education and all round development of students. The management has the motto of making education expenditure into investment for future.

The school has tie-ups with various professional colleges. The school has the vision to metamorphose a child of four years into a nation builder with strong roots. Mayo International School has strong educational goals. The school stresses on the quality of the students who can compete with the contemporary world of highly aspiring world of competitions. The students are a mixture of both traditional and modern facets and it is ensured that they can cope with the two sided coin of the world. Students are taught tolerance, brotherhood, humanity, patriotism, sensitivity to the environment, rationalism and courage to bear life’s contingencies.

It is an English medium co-educational activity Oriented School. The school focuses on professional management. The school has much strength like quality and experienced staff, quality education, study as per CBSE norms, extra classes without any charges in school campus. Other strengths include frequent seminars, workshops for teachers and career counseling for students. The school also has a computer, science and math lab. The students are encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities. The students also get to take part in sports like TT, kho-kho, handball and volleyball.

The smart class method of teaching is used here. Computer based education is used here. Students can learn complicated concepts through attractive visual explanation, examples and experiments. There is a well-equipped science lab, maths and social science lab, computer lab and a library. The students are also taken out on tours and excursions. The school has a fleet of CNG vehicles to avoid the problems of irregularities of hired vehicles.

Onlineschooladmissions is a portal that caters to parents and helps makes school admissions a delightful experience. Incase you are on the lookout for Mayo International School, nursery schools in Delhiand Senior Secondary schools in Delhi and don’t know where to begin, relax! It does everything for you right from filling up your form, submitting them online and scheduling a date for your child’s interview.OSA also posts Blogs on the Internet on topics related to education and parenting and understands a child’s world perfectly.

The writer of this article is a school adviser in OnlineSchoolAdmissions.com and providing free of cost consultancy to parents and schools for fast and easy online school admissions in the pre-schools of India as per their choice. Parents can look for schools directory list on the site from where they can get information about Mayo International School, nursery schools in India and Sr Secondary schools in Delhi.

16 Mar

Peace Human Rights Education Velvet Revolution

Peace & Human Rights Education – Velvet Revolution
(www.thepowerofthepowerless.org )

The first-ever comprehensive film and educational materials package documenting the inspiring struggle of the Velvet Revolution – a bloodless achievement not unlike those of Nelson Mandela in South Africa or Mahatma Gandhi in India. To find out more, see below.

Product Description

Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, “The Power of the Powerless” explores Czechoslovakia’s legacy of communist rule and the struggle against it: From the iron-fisted Stalinist government of the 1950s; through the vibrant and politically active Prague Spring of the 1960s; the hard-line backlash of the 1970s; and finally the bloodless revolution of 1989. At the heart of the film is the story of blacklisted playwright Václav Havel and his fellow dissidents who, for two decades, spoke out against totalitarianism. The film culminates with the student-led movement in Prague, which sparked 1989’s Velvet Revolution and drew a half-million people into the streets, catapulting Václav Havel into the presidency. The documentary features rare and never-before-seen interviews with key figures of the Velvet Revolution including Václav Havel. The participation of young Czechs in the film, who reveal that much of their country’s recent history has already been forgotten, makes the film all the more pertinent for young viewers. Directed by Primetime Emmy Award winner Cory Taylor and completed in 2009, “The Power of the Powerless” has already been broadcast in 40 countries on 10 television networks, featured in 20 international film festivals, won multiple awards, and is currently being used by human rights organizations to encourage dissidents struggling in non-democratic countries including Burma. click here to see the trailer.

Packed with lessons, maps and resources for teachers, a companion CD-ROM and booklet were developed to help students and others gain a comprehensive understanding of this historic period. These materials delve deeper into the biographies of those featured in “The Power of the Powerless,” and expand on the documentary’s themes, exploring subjects such as the abuse of authority, and the importance of civic engagement. Through exposure to the Czechoslovak experience under communism, students will be challenged to examine today’s pertinent human rights issues while gaining a deeper appreciation for the importance of promoting and defending human rights. Two educational versions of the DVD, booklet and CD-ROM Teacher Support Materials are now available for university and secondary schools. Educational Version 1.0 is licensed for k-12 schools, individuals, nonprofits, and civic organizations while Educational Version 2.0 is licensed to colleges and universities.

DVD Release Discount

20% DISCOUNT offered to the first 100 teachers, schools, universities, libraries and civic organizations to purchase any products from our website. To make a purchase, just go to www.thepowerofthepowerless.org/store and use Coupon Code VELVET2010.

See a Detailed list of what’s inside each package below:

The Power of the Powerless DVD
Â-78 minute version (NTSC)
Â-58 minute version (NTSC)

40 minutes of Extras
Â-Never before seen interview clips of Vaclav Havel
Â-Inspirational messages for young people
Â-Contrary opinions on Havel’s impact
Â-Prague city guide to the Velvet Revolution
Â-Deleted scene featuring student leader Jan Bubenik
Â-Montage of deleted scenes and dramatizations
Â-Director’s comments
Â-Clips depicting four years of November 17th celebrations in Prague
Â-Original theatrical trailer

CD-ROM Teacher Support Materials
Â-200 searchable, printable pages
Â-23 lessons covering topics such as communism, the Prague Spring, transitional justice, nonviolence, music of protest, student power and many more
Â-Maps of Czechoslovakia, Europe, Prague & resources for IB schools and more in-depth study
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The Power of the Powerless Commemorative Color Booklet
Â-Historical overview by Paul Wilson
Â-Excerpts from Vaclav Havel’s 1978 Essay: The Power of the Powerless
Â-Timeline from 1945 up to the Velvet Revolution
Â-Maps: Europe, Czech Republic & Slovakia
Â-Prague city guide to the Velvet Revolution
Â-Prague – “Mother of Cities” (photo montage)
Â-Recommended reading from the filmmakers
Â-Where are they now? Biographies of key individuals in The Power of the Powerless
Â-The Making of The Power of the Powerless

AGORA PRODUCTIONS

Agora Productions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote humane values, enhance critical thinking skills and expose people, particularly young adults, to positive role models through film, art and educational materials (www.thepowerofthepowerless.org ).

Darin Nellis – Executive Director, Agora Productions

16 Feb

RMZ Foundation and LabourNet Services inaugurated the Mini Skill Development Center for Construction

Bangalore 05/Aug/2015: RMZ Foundation and LabourNet Services inaugurated the Mini Skill Development Centre today, at the construction site of RMZ in Eco World, Bangalore. The center will provide training in trades like carpentry, bar bending and basic masonry to the construction workers of RMZ. The training is structured in the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) format initiated by the government for the assessment, training and certification of workers. The center was officially inaugurated by A.N Venugopal, President, RMZ Foundation, Arjun Menda, Group Chairman, RMZ Corporation. Manoj Menda, Corporate Vice Chairman, RMZ Corporation, Anu Menda, Trustee, RMZ Foundation, Gayathri Vasudevan, Co-Founder & CEO of LabourNet and other key officials. The program aims to create a dedicated resource pool of skilled and certified construction workforce for nation building.
LabourNet started today with a batch of close to 100 workers and plans to train 1200 workers in the span of one year through this center. Gayathri Vasudevan, Co-Founder and CEO of LabourNet on the occasion of inauguration, said “It is an irony that in India, we associate both poverty and prosperity with construction workers. Poverty can be addressed to a large extent through education. Our goal is to take the education to the people who do not have privilege to our education system, through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning). With a shared vision, RMZ Foundation and LabourNet will work towards providing sustainable livelihood to the construction workers”.
A.N Venugopal, President of RMZ Foundation, opines “RMZ foundation aims to contribute to the society and economic development of the sector. We see a huge skill gap in construction sector apart from other challenges such as absenteeism, low productivity, etc. As a part of our sustainable program we encourage skill development of construction workers to make environmental, economical & social impact on the community”.
Babu, a construction worker aged 22 from West Bengal enrolled in the first batch strongly believes that, “This training will help me understand my trade better, correct my shortcomings and eventually lead to increase in my income”. Biswajit another worker enrolled in the batch has 6 years of industry experience and excited about the training and certification states, “I am confident that this training will add value to my experience and the certification will help me get better job contract in future”.
LabourNet has impacted the lives of close to 100000 construction workers across India through skill development, skills up gradation and skills recognition, it also trains workers on work place health & safety and assist them with social security and financial inclusion.
About RMZ Foundation:
RMZ Foundation initiatives, strives and continues by being the change to create value in the society and in the community in which it operates. The activities of RMZ Foundation are aimed to promote sustained growth for the society and community at large. The RMZ Foundation has been established to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the country. To achieve these goals, the Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas; Advanced Education, Securing Livelihoods, Urban Development and Revalue ecosystems

About LabourNet:
LabourNet Services is a social enterprise working towards making the informal workforce of India ‘Skill Ready’ in association with the government and with the co-operation of Corporates in nearly 40 skill segments. It began largely as an effort to provide a one-stop platform for unorganized sector workers to obtain services which are currently available and accessible by formal sector workers. Today, LabourNet, today, has revamped itself into a Social Enterprise to make it more sustainable and provides required benefits for workers in the informal sector through a holistic platform. Its sustainable model is an end-to-end solution through a built-in 4E – Empowerment by blending Education, Employability and Employment. With more than 100 livelihood centres and 90+ onsite centres, LabourNet has impacted the lives of more than a lakh workers in India and aims to reach to a million in the next 5 years. It is structured and in synchronization with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and the mandate set up by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). LabourNet’s solution won ‘Sankalp’ Award for ‘highly scalable social models’, ‘Best Upcoming Partner’ by NSDC for 2012-13, Best Practice Recognition for ‘Assessment Tools’ 2013 by NSDC.
For more details on LabourNet, please visit, www.labournet.in

Media Contact: Srisha Srinivasan, +919916463111, [email protected]

16 Jan

Shishu Sadan Play Group School In Mausam Vihar

New born babies cannot live away from the mother because they feel more secure and safe on their mother’slap. Mothers are attuned to their child’s habit and they know betterhow to best to raise their child. In the same way teachers in a play school are familiar with the child’s grasping power and what modus operandi they should opt to educate the child. In this world it’sassured that nobody can take the mothers place and similarly no one except a teacher can pay their role perfectly.In a school teachers play the role of path illuminator.

Shishu Sadan School is located in Mausam Vihar, an area in Karkardooma in New Delhi. The playschool makes every attempt to ensure each child’sholistic development. The toddlers not only get academic education, but education that also develops their thought structure and character. This gives the child the freedom to think, judge and to take crucial decisions in their life. The school has well equipped classes with modern infrastructure.

It is one of those playschools in Delhi that has set its own standards by imparting high moral and ethical values. They provide the ample facilities like open surroundings, gamezones, child friendly environment and medical facilities. The teachers are also experienced and they teach the child by the play way method so that the child doesn’t find it monotonous. They train the child to work in groups and sharpen their skills.

The latest teaching aids are used in the school to make learning an enjoyable experience for the children.Everybody is aware of the fact that India is a country where we find unity,so to instill the sense of unity among the students the school celebrates festivals like Janmastami, Christmas, Rakshabandhan, Eid, Republic Day, and Independence Day. The school authorities also conduct parent teacher meeting to ensure total growth of each student.

Online School Admissions is a well known portal in India that caters to parents and helps makes school admissions a wonderful experience. Incase you are for a play schools in Delhi then ShishuSadan is best for your kids and OSA also has school blog sites that has very updated information’s about the admission . Online School Admission does everything for you right from filling up your form, submitting them online and scheduling a date for your child”s and your interview with school. OSA also posts Blogs on the Internet on topics related to education and parenting and understands a child”s world perfectly.

The writer of this article is a school advisor in OnlineSchoolAdmissions and provides free consultancy to parents on school admissions. Parents can search Top Schools in Delhi or Play Schools in Delhi on the site and they can admit their child. They can also hunt for Shishu Sadan Play School in Delhi as per their choice and can fill up school’s application forms online.

16 Dec

Speech by Rahul Gandhi Budget, 2006-2007

Mr. Speaker Sir, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak in support of the Budget 2006-2007.
It is my understanding that this House may not find the time to discuss Demands for Grants for Human Resource Development. Therefore, Sir, I have taken the liberty to focus on education in the general debate.
Today, India is emerging as a global power. We are poised to grow at 8 percent. This achievement is built on the dreams of millions of people. It is built on the dreams of our leaders. It is built on the dreams of our teachers. But most importantly, it is built on the aspirations of our students.
Equally, we owe our success to our toiling masses, to our farmers and workers. I salute them. But it is not enough to salute them. We must work for an India where a son does not remain tied to his father’s past, where a daughter has the opportunity to do something her mother could only dream of Education is the key to achieving this.
Sir, as I travel around the country, I have come to realise that education is not about schools, colleges or universities. It is about dreams and aspirations. A successful education system must do two things. It must allow all young Indians to dream, and it must teach them the skills to turn those dreams into reality.

About a year ago I visited a village school. I walked up to one of the children and asked him, “Beta bade hokar kya bano ge?” The silent stare I got in reply disturbed me. In school after school, I have asked this question and got no answer. Many students, teachers and parents believe that our school system is a dead-end. In village after village, there are children who don’t have the opportunity to go to school. Many parents are convinced only the rich can go to university. As I speak, Sir, our education system is crushing the aspirations of these children.
But I have also visited schools where every child aspires to greatness; schools that struggle against adversity and keep dreams alive. There are village schools where the same system which destroys aspirations elsewhere makes the child of a landless labourer dream of becoming a software engineer. I have been moved by children in a school for the blind who spoke to me about their dreams. There are IIT graduates who run billion-dollar companies. As. I speak, our education system is fuelling the aspirations of these people.

Why do we have this paradox? This must be addressed.As a government, we must inspire our children to dream. To do this we need to focus on two big ideas. First, we must ensure that our education system reaches as many students as possible. Second, we must improve the quality of our education system by increasing accountability.
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Midday Meal Scheme attack the first problem. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan helps young children, including girls, who otherwise might not get an education. The Midday Meal Scheme, the largest such program in the world, allows poor parents to send their children to school.
Since it came to power, the UPA Government under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has more than tripled the money for both programs. Over the last two years, these programs have reduced out-of-school children by 39 lakhs. This is nothing short of a revolution. I am confident that the basic foundation of our rural and urban poor shall be enriched beyond our expectations. Mr. Speaker Sir, the importance that this government gives to education in U.P. and Bihar is reflected in the fact that 50% of the total money goes to these two states alone. The real impact of this program needs to be made in the villages of U.P. and Bihar.
We have made progress in primary education. But according to estimates, only 39% of children go to secondary school and only 6% of our children actually go to college. The government, NGOs and the private sector must work together to change this. Secondary and higher education must become widely available to all our children and must provide options for vocational and technical training.
Sir, government statistics show that in same Northern states, on average, a child takes over 10 years to complete primary school.
I am not questioning the ability of our students. What I am talking about is the quality and accountability of our schools. This lack of quality is particularly harmful because it discriminates against poor children. A rich student has alternatives. For a poor student a bad school is the end of the road.
I am new to politics and still have a lot to learn. But if there is one thing I have learnt it is that people who are closer to a problem understand it best. Empower them. Make them accountable and you will get results.
Community institutions can play a powerful role in-improving the quality of local schools. Teacher absenteeism and poor performance are major problems. Handing decision-making to parents and communities directly affected by the problem, is our best bet at solving it. There is enough evidence from our own country to support this.
As we emerge as a global power, our higher education and vocational training can no longer function in a vacuum. Two years ago, I visited a university in a Northeastern state. I met a university topper who was unemployed! Now here is an exceptional person. A person who has followed the path laid out for him perfectly. After 15 years of hard work he discovers that our system has led him nowhere. It has crushed his dreams.
Sir, we cannot afford to judge universities and vocational training institutes simply by the number of degrees they give out. We must also start judging them by the number and quality of jobs that their students get.
To give people productive employment, education needs to be connected to the job market. Our education system has to deepen its links with industry, with research & development, with technology and with finance. It is only by building these links that we will move from creating job seekers to entrepreneurs.
Sir, the fact is that in order to increase the scale and quality of our education system we need financial resources. For this, we have to think in innovative ways.
The UPA Government has more than doubled spending on education. The Prarambhik Shiksha Kosh, to which Rs. 8,746 crores is being added in 2006-07, is a significant step forward.
The “Statement on Revenue Foregone” points out that a figure of Rs. 158 thousand crores has been foregone by the government as a result of “departures from the normal tax regime.” Mentioning this figure, for the first time, is a positive step. It would be very helpful, if the Government could elaborate on how it intends to act on this information. This is important because even if we are able to reduce revenue foregone by 15%, it will raise enough money to double our country’s allocation for education.
Finally the development of India as a global educational hub could be a new way of expanding our higher education system. Today we are recognised as leaders in higher education. The United States and the United Kingdom together earn over Rs. 50,000 crores from Asian students studying there. This is more than twice our entire educational budget per year. Can we not try to capture some of this revenue to supplement and grow our higher education system? Nalanda and Vikramashila were the Harvard and Cambridge of their day. Why can’t we revive this tradition?
But I do want to stress that whatever we do, no Indian girl or boy should be deprived of higher education because they cannot afford it. This is the primary responsibility of the government.
Mr. Speaker Sir, every human Endeavour starts with an aspiration, a dream, a belief.
Sir, we stand in this House as representatives of the people of India. We do so, because we believe in our people. We believe in our future.
It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that every child dreams, and that every child has the skills to turn those dreams into reality. Let us ensure that every child is able to answer the question “Bade hokar kya bano ge?”
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for this opportunity to put forward my views.

16 Oct

The Education of Macedonia – Interview with Ljubica Grozdanovska of BID Consulting, Macedonia

Until recently and for five years, Ljubica Grozdanovska worked as a journalist in Macedonia’s best-selling daily newspaper, “Dnevnik”, covering issues on every level of education in the country. Three months ago, she became correspondent for the prestigious Czech e-zine Transition Online (TOL), again covering topics in education. Ljubica also works at the Faculty of Journalism in Skopje as a junior assistant. Recently, she co-founded “BID Consulting”, where she serves as a market analyst, business and PR consultant.

Q: Some observers say that education in Macedonia is being revolutionized – others that it is undergoing a chaotic upheaval. Can you identify for us the major changes (private education, financing, major legislation, etc.)?

LG: The extension of primary education to nine years, the provision of a PC to every student, the Law for Higher Education, and the construction of schools through public-private partnerships are some of the big projects in education announced by the current Government. However, their implementation in practice yielded varying outcomes, sometimes deviating from the expected ones.

The implementation of the concept of nine-year long primary education started on the first of September 2007. Consequently, two generations of pupils enrolled in the first grade: those five and a half years old and those seven years old. Parents were more than confused.

According to the revised Law of Primary Education, children who are going to be five years and eight months old by the end of the year have the right to enroll in first grade. Therefore, some children were forced to wait till the next school year just because they were going to reach the proper age only in January.

The Macedonian constitution doesn’t allow private elementary schools to be opened. Thus, parents can’t choose teachers. The school does it for them. Another irony of the model of the nine year long primary education is that the pupils who are seven years old this school year and are in the first grade, will, next year, skip the second grade and automatically go into the third.

In a situation in which many schools in the country have ruined roofs, no toilets, no secure electricity wiring, the Government last year announced a project “PC for every child”. Despite the grandiose announcement that computers will at first be installed in all high schools, at the beginning of this school year only three high schools were so lucky. By comparison, six or seven years ago, almost all the elementary and high schools in the country received a few PCs each: a donation from the Taiwanese Government. The equipment has soon become the target of robberies.

One of the major obstacles is that teachers – especially the elderly ones – are computer-illiterate. Another major problem is that in Macedonia, for a few years now, there is no model to measure the knowledge of students after they had finished elementary, or secondary school. Because of that, around 95 percent of the students that graduate from elementary education as well as from high schools, are straight A students. If this tendency continues, the predictions are that till 2010 all students in Macedonia will be straight A students.

3. Macedonia is a multi-ethnic country. How does its education system cope with this diversity (quotas, segregation, teaching in minority languages, etc.)?

LG: The constitutional right to study in one’s mother tongue (in Macedonia, students study in the Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish and Serbian languages) and the influence of the conflict in 2001 caused and still are causing segregation among students. If this right initiated the segregation, the conflict and the prejudices it gave rise to increased the division among students – between Macedonians and Albanians, and in the past two years, among Macedonian, Albanian and Roma students.

Parents are also guilty because they fear that their children are not safe in an environment which includes “others” and they pass on their fears to the children. This is especially obvious in the capital of Macedonia, Skopje and in the cities in the western part of the country, where the majority of the citizens are Albanian.

For example: if Macedonian and Albanian students attend lectures in the same school, they usually go in two shifts. There is segregation among teachers too, although they deny it in public.

Two years ago, the Ministry of education made changes in the history books. This caused the lecture model to be altered: Macedonian students learn about Macedonian national history, Albanian students – about Albanian national history. When time comes for the Albanian students to learn something about the Macedonian national history, then usually a Macedonian teacher does the teaching and vice-versa.

Since the last school year, there is also segregation among Macedonian and Roma pupils. For instance, a few weeks ago, nine mothers of Macedonian pupils refused to sign in their children into an elementary school in the city of Kumanovo because there were seven Roma pupils in that class. But, the pshychologist in the school and an NGO called “National Roma Center” managed to calm down the situation. This is not the only example. Roma students are being taught in the Macedonian language. There are no books nor teachers in the Roma language because their language is not recognized by the Macedonian Constitution.

In my opinion, the implementation of the teaching of religion in primary schools may cause the segregation among students to deepen. In this case, not only on an ethnic, but also on a religious basis. The Ministry of Education and Science plans to introduce the study of religion as a subject in the fifth grade and it gives two choices: pure religious teachings and the history of religions.

All studies and polls show that Muslims will probably choose pure religious teachings while Orthodox Christian pupils and others will opt for the history of world religions. The authorities don’t have a solution for the problem of ethnic and religion segregation among students. They may have some corrective projects in mind, for instance for Macedonian and Albanian students to study English together, but projects are time-limited by nature and definition.

4. Is the education system politicized? If so, in which ways, can you give some concrete examples?

LG: Way too politicized. A few days before the official start of the new school year, the mayor of one municipality in Skopje, who by the way is a member of the political party in power VMRO-DPMNE, expelled all the teachers whom he suspected of being members of the opposition party SDSM, thus allowing him to employ his own people.

The same thing is happening with school principals. As soon as there is a change of the political parties in power, the principals who are not with the “right” political orientation, who are not aligned with the newly formed Government, usually are afraid that they will lose their jobs.

Even more ironic is the fact that if they are not fired or changed, school principals are willing to praise the political party in power and to deny that they are members of the opposition party. In this case, they publicly extol the reforms that the Government is conducting.

Unfortunately, it usually is necessary to obtain a political party’s membership card just to be employed in the public sector, schools included. In September, the Ministry of Education is granting approval for new employment in the schools. Until the middle of September, only approvals for Albanian teachers are granted, while approvals for Macedonians are granted much later. This especially was the case in many towns in the western part of the country.

Political orientation usually determines even which schools are going to be renovated, and where new ones will be built. Unofficially, on the list of school buildings to be repaired there are more schools from the western part of Macedonia, where the majority of the population are ethnic Albanians. The State University in Tetovo for example was granted the status of a budget financed university because of political reasons: it’s an Albanian University. In Tetovo, by the way, there is one more university: the Southeastern Europe University. The fourth University, the one in Shtip, is also a political solution.

Even school names are confronted with politics. For instance, there are several initiatives to change some school names, currently eponymous with Macedonian historical figures to names of Albanian extract. In a part of Skopje, called Shuto Orizari, one school was supposed to carry the name of a member of the UCK (the Albanian insurgent group who initiated the 2001 conflict in Macedonia – SV).

5. Can you describe the problems with the accreditation process in Macedonia?

Corruption and the nepotism are the two main terms associated with the accreditation process in Macedonia. An increase in competition as well as in the quality of the courses taught were supposed to be the main reasons why numerous new private higher education institutions were allowed to be opened. Alas, it turned out that the effects were quite the opposite.

A physical location and a bank guarantee are needed for a new higher education institution to be established. However, this is often overlooked, because of money that changes hands, and friends and family members of decision-makers who are employed in various sinecures. Of a total of nine members of the Accreditation Committee, five have four years mandates. They cannot be discharged, regardless of circumstances. This impunity leaves enough manipulative space for illegal actions. The results are a declining quality of higher education institutions and universities and the ability to purchase bachelors, masters and even PhD diplomas, for reasonable amounts.

Nevertheless, foreign universities are faced with the biggest problem, because the Law for Higher Education does not allow them to establish faculties. There were some exceptions, though (for instance the New York University established in Skopje). This may be resolved by the Government’s decision to liberalize higher education by allowing the top 100 universities in the world to be able to come and open faculties in Macedonia.

Finally, few people are aware that even the state universities are obliged to pass the accreditation process every year, although they were established decades ago. No permanent accreditation is given to them. And, they must revise the space, the rooms for lectures etc. Unfortunately, they are the “endangered” species.

6. Is the Macedonian higher education system integrated with Europe’s (Bologna Declaration, etc.)?

LG: Partly. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and the mobility of students and professors is at the core of the Bologna process. In Macedonia, the new evaluation system is causing big problems for higher education institutions. In most cases, those credits are not recognized in the European Union (EU) member countries and, consequently, there is no mobility.

It was easy for the faculties to change the models of teaching and of evaluation. The students get credits for their presence in lectures, for passing exams and for writing and submitting essays. However, because of some technical problems, most students are unable to pass the courses, for instance, because some credits are not noted in the system.

The Bologna process presumes that the lectures will be held with groups of up to 25 students. Yet, this is not the case in any of the universities in Macedonia. It seems that collecting money from the students is more important than providing them with a quality learning experience. Every year hundreds of additional new students are accepted and enrolled. Thus swamped, the faculties have no technical possibility to provide normal lectures.

The reforms are supposed to bring new courses to the faculties and combine them with more practical learning. The faculties don’t have enough teaching stuff to introduce these new courses. As a sad result, there are some cases where one professor is giving lectures in four or five different courses.

Furthermore: there is no mobility, mainly because the faculties are not able to sign the necessary direct cooperation agreements with similar faculties in the EU countries. For this to be done, the Macedonian faculties must attain a higher percentage of compliance with the implementation of the Bologna process in order for their credits and courses to be acknowledged in the EU countries.

The second reason for the lack of mobility is the low living standard in Macedonia in which the majority of the students simply don’t have enough money to enroll in such a program. The third and final major obstacle for the Macedonian student is the visa regime. It is very difficult for a Macedonian national to move freely across borders in Europe (or elsewhere, for that matter).

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The importance of education in human life

It is a well known saying that education is a process of living and not a preparation for future living. The word ‘education is derived from a Latin word meaning “to draw out”.

Whether this definition is correct or not, the aim of true definition is correct or not, the aim of true education is certainly, not so much to load the memory with knowledge, as to “draw out” or develop the faculties of the mind.

As we all know that give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teaches a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. So, every child should begin with a general education. He must learn to observe accurately, to think truthfully, to speak correctly, and to write clearly. For a child should know something of the wonderful world he lives in, and something of what men have done in past.

As it is truly said’ the difference between a man and an animal is that a man is educated and animals are not. Along with all this must go moral education-perhaps the most important of all. Religion is perhaps best taught at home but the great moral principles common to all religions should be given a prominent place in school teaching, for right conduct is the must important part of life.

Now at last, I would like to say that education is what is left after all has been learnt is forgotten. People sometimes talk of having “finished” their education when they leave school or college. But real education should never finish all through life we should be learning, not only from books, but form experience- from life it self. But nowadays children think that education is a process of wasting half of our life to learn how to waste remaining half of our life. This is wrong.

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