Diversity

THEME:

Great strides are being made to provide access to higher education regardless of ones gender, race, class, ethnicity, income, or (dis)abilities. Fairness and equal access are the goals.

NEWS:

It is never to late to learn: 77 year old woman earns her Ph.D. at George Mason University 

First Lady of the US Michelle Obama and the Director General of UNESCO pledged to promote education, especially primary and secondary education for girls at the UN in September, 2014. “Michelle Obama made a powerful appeal for girl’s and women’s education as a force to change the world. For this, she underlined the importance of supporting girls making through primary to secondary education. Without this, Ms Obama said girls may be condemned to a “life of dependence, fear and abuse.” This requires, she said, new laws as well as shifts in cultural norms at the national level and a strong agenda the global level.”

“We need to fight harder to ensure quality education for all is a dedicated goal in the post 2015 agenda,” she said.

Diversity, equality and higher education: a critical reflection on the ab/uses of equity discourse within widening participation.” The second part discusses how ‘student diversity’ is being discursively mobilised within the context of ‘equality’ and ‘social inclusion’. It is argued that this linkage (between ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’) is untenable within New Labour policy and practice due to a privileging of the economic, the pursuit of institutional diversity, and the use of the market within higher education. It is argued that a diversity of students in higher educaiton cannot be taken as an indicator of greater ‘equality’ within the system, and attention is drawn to the ways in which ‘diversity’ may operate as a moral discourse that silences other competing (e.g., critical) accounts of widening participation.

SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION.” The main conclusion that can be drawn is that Higher Education Institutions are beginning to make more systemic changes towards sustainability by re-orienting their education, research, operations and community outreach activities all simultaneously or, which is more often the case, a subset thereof. They are doing so amidst educational reforms towards efficiency, accountability, privatization, management and control that are not always conducive for such a re-orientation. Some universities see in sustainability a new way of organizing and profiling themselves. The UNESCO ESD Chairs mainly play a role in conceptualizing learning, competence and systems change.

Feb. 23-27, 2015 UNESCO and UN Women event on technology, education, and gender

UNESCO’s flagship Information Communication Technology event in education during Mobile Learning Week will be held February 23-27, 2015 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The theme is empowering women and girls. UNESCO will partner with UN Women to provide workshops, a symposium, policy forum and research seminar. Participants will be from governments and individuals working with NGOs, international organizations and universities. Registration is now open. For more on Mobile Learning Week: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/mlw