Stacey Long

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For-profit school chains educate Africa’s poor

It’s a few minutes into Marion Akinyi Onginjo’s social studies lesson at Bridge International Academy Gicagi in Nairobi and the class 4 teacher is …

The Global Search for Education: An Education in Africa

<i>"When I visited a local village, what everyone told me -- the chiefs, the parents, the children -- was that girls weren't in school because it was the boys that had a better chance of getting paid work in the future." -- Ann Cotton</i><p>Educating girls is a very powerful tool for ending global poverty. …

My teacher is a ... cheeky hippo: 7 startups reinventing education in Africa

Take a look at the ways African entrepreneurs are fusing tech and education to re-energize the continent's access to education.

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Eastern Europe

These Photos Show the Massive Scale of Europe's Migrant Crisis

Syrian and Afghan refugees warm themselves and dry their clothes around a fire after arriving on a dinghy from the Turki<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Muhammed …

North Africa

Why Some Arabs States Refuse to Accept Syrian Refugees

Davide Monteleone—VII<p>Giulio Piscitelli—Contrasto/Redux<p>Davide Monteleone—VII<p>Alixandra Fazzina—NOOR<p>Olivier Jobard—MYOP<p>Olivier Jobard—MYOP<p>Olivier …

North Africa

Syrian refugees: Which countries welcome them, which ones don't

<b>(CNN) —</b> The expanding Syrian refugee crisis highlights the differences among countries that welcome desperate migrants and those that don't.<p>Some 4.1 million Syrians are fleeing a homeland riven by more than four years of civil war. Some countries have taken in so many migrants it's caused a …

Refugees

Why Russia is boosting its military presence in Syria right now

The move, analysts say, capitalizes on a low-risk opportunity created by the United States' reticence to get more closely involved in the Syrian conflict, which has lasted for more than four years and claimed the lives of nearly a quarter million people.<p>The reports of a Russian military buildup in …

Middle East

John McCain displayed the gut-wrenching photo of the drowned Syrian child on the Senate floor to urge US action

McCain, a Republican, stood next to an enlarged, close-up photo of Aylan Kurdi, who drowned along with his 5-year-old brother and mother when their small rubber boat capsized as it headed for Greece. McCain said the photo has "opened the world's eye to this devastating crisis."<p>McCain said it should …

North Africa

The Latest: Merkel says no legal limit to refugee numbers

VIENNA (AP) — The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of migrants moving across Europe. All times local (CET):<p>___<p>10:20 p.m.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that there's no legal limit to the number of people fleeing political persecution her country can …

North Africa

The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

Who attends America’s “high-poverty” public schools—and where.<p>U.S. public schools and the neighborhoods in which they’re located are inextricably tied together. Growing up in economically segregated, low-income neighborhoods comes with a host of disadvantages, one of which is that local schools …

1965: International Literacy Day

On September 8, 1965, the United Nations first recognized International Literacy Day. Literacy is usually defined as having basic reading, writing, and math skills. According to the UN, “[l]iteracy is a right and a foundation for lifelong learning, better well-being, and livelihoods.”<p>Literacy can …

Washington Supreme Court expels charter schools from state public school system

Charter school proponents are reeling in the wake of the court’s landmark ruling<p>The charter school movement has been expelled from Washington state’s public education system, with a Supreme Court ruling late Friday that the privately run schools are not public schools under the state’s …

Education

Belkin WeMo Light Switch review: Home automation for the DIY junkie - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Belkin WeMo Light Switch makes it easy to control overhead lights, fans, or other switch-plate-connected devices remotely via smartphone or tablet.<p><b>The Bad</b> It requires a direct connection to your wall wiring, which will make installation nerve-wracking for some, and impossible for …

Home Automation

Philips Hue Connected Bulb starter pack review: Lighting up your connected life - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Philips' Hue Connected Bulb</b> lets you change the color of your lightbulbs and control them from your phones. It's easy to use, and -- most importantly -- nails the basics.<p><b>The Bad</b> Three-bulbs-and-a-hub is expensive at $199, the novelty factor will wear off for many users quickly, and Android …

Home Automation

Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt review: Monthly fees lock out this smart lock's own best features - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt boasts stylish looks, and a a wide variety of high-tech home automation features, making it one of the most functional locks you can get.<p><b>The Bad</b> Taking full advantage of those home automation features means spending an additional $60 on a Nexia …

Home Automation

SARAH Lets You Request Information From 21 Government Agencies At The Same Time

The federal government collects gobs and gobs of data on people, and thanks to a little something called the Freedom of Information Act, people can make requests to liberate some of it. It sounds simple enough, but navigating the labyrinthine process and drafting the request is no easy thing.<p>That’s …