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    UEN congratulates the Sámi people on their Day

    Education International

    On 6 February, the Sámi National Day, or Sámi Álbmotbeaivi (Sámi People’s Day), was celebrated throughout Sámpi, the land of the Indigenous Sami in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This is the date of the first Sámi gathering in 1917 in Trondheim, Norway.

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    EI calls on UN to put education on the agenda

    Education International

    EI has called on the UN High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to include education in the new development framework. The call was made at the 3rd meeting of the HLP, held in Monrovia, Liberia, from 30 January to 1 February 2013.

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    Seattle teachers reject standardised testing

    Education International

    The entire faculty of Garfield High School in Seattle, US, has voted not to give students a standardised test used in teacher evaluations, the so-called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).

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    Mauritania: pupils against overcrowded classes

    Education International

    On 28 January, pupils at a secondary school in Aere Mbar, a small village in southern Mauritania, ransacked the school, slightly injuring one of their teachers. They broke and burnt doors, tables and windows. This furious outburst was triggered by severe overcrowding in one of their classes: 105 pupils.

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    EI cherishes centenary of human rights activist

    Education International

    In December 1955, in Montgomery, USA, a black seamstress refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger, even though this was required by regulations. Her name was Rosa Parks, and she has been called ‘the mother of the freedom movement’. February 4 is the 100th anniversary of her birth.

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