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Cities are Key to Changing Course and Transforming Education

By |January 24th 2022|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , |

The world is at a turning point. The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as an accelerator of technological disruption and inequalities, interlocked with the existential threat of the climate crisis. The only way forward is to transform our future. This is no less than a universal educational project to empower every person from the earliest age and throughout life with the knowledge, competences, and attitudes to live in dignity and act for the common good. Since more than half of humanity lives in urban areas, cities have a major role to play in realising the right to education for citizens throughout the world.

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Global Citizenship Education – A Local Topic?

By |January 20th 2022|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , |

Teaching and learning global citizenship may be a powerful answer to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. But how can cities approach this in their policies? Michelle Diederichs and Werner Wintersteiner on the potential of ‘local’ Global Citizenship Education.

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Achieving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Lagos State

By |January 18th 2022|Categories: Urban Health, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , |

Youths in Lagos face significant challenges regarding access to quality sexual and reproductive health education and services. Since 2011, Youth Development and Empowerment Initiative (YEDI), an adolescent health organisation, has been working to improve the health and wellbeing of adolescents and their communities in Nigeria.

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How the Pandemic Can Teach Us to Leave No Child Behind

By |January 13th 2022|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , |

While online learning may not be the panacea for problems caused and amplified by COVID-19, it’s certainly a great place to start, writes Lindiwe Matlali, Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks.

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A Sustainable Urban Future: The Role of Early Childhood Education

By |January 11th 2022|Categories: Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , |

Playing is learning – and a way to teach young children the principles of sustainable urban development. The Toy Library Association of Kenya wants every child and every educational facility to have access to tools for playful education for sustainable development. By Lilian A. Oloo

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It’s Just Architecture! The Venice Biennale Architettura 2021

By |December 22nd 2021|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing|Tags: , , |

“We need a new spatial contract”, says Hashim Sarkis, curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, inviting participants from all around the globe to ponder sustainability and the question ‘How will we live together’. But how just and sustainable can architecture truly be? A critical review by Aseman G. Bahadori

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Why Cities Are Letting Down Children

By |December 14th 2021|Categories: Urban Health, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , |

Many diseases are caused by environmental risks – and it is our youngest and most vulnerable who need utmost protection. Yet, they are not getting what they deserve, says Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Director of Air Pollution and Urban Environment at ISGlobal. A plea for urgent change.

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Refugees in Towns: Strengthening Inclusion Through Education

By |December 9th 2021|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , , |

How can cities include refugees and foster their civil participation? Access to education plays a key role. The Refugees in Towns project draws examples of best practices from around the world. By Jacob Ewing

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Four Ways to Democratise Research on Urban Land Rights

By |December 7th 2021|Categories: Housing & Informality|Tags: , , |

Inclusive research design has the potential to turn “beneficiaries” into experts and agents of change. Rebecca Enobong Roberts makes a strong case for why urban land rights researchers need to proactively consult the groups they study, not just observe them.

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