Tips and learning from history

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Issue 69: 15 June 2021
Every week, HEADlines brings you the latest news, stories and commentaries
in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments in education.  
Remote learning strategies and innovations

As schools find ways to deliver remote learning to all students, we can take lessons from history on how to make it work. During the polio outbreak in 1937, when schools in Chicago, the United States were closed, the city broadcasted "radio school" for three weeks of quarantine, establishing the foundations of strong partnerships between public schools and the Chicago Radio Council that last even today. In 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, radio school remains one of the most prevalent ways hard-to-reach students in rural communities can access education.

Schools can also capitalise on building strong partnerships with government bodies and external providers to obtain resources that enhance remote teaching and learning; in Singapore, for example, the Ministry of Education teamed up with tech giants such as Apple and Microsoft to provide students with digital devices for learning.

In response to prevailing difficulties schools face in delivering remote learning, The HEAD Foundation’s upcoming Making HEADway series, starting this Thursday, brings together experienced and transformative educators in Southeast Asia to discuss how we can bridge the gaps in remote learning.
Education in the Spotlight
Teenager Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam has created the #MakeSchoolASaferPlace online campaign in response to harassment faced in school.
A fleet of mobile immersive labs gives students in rural and low-income communities hands-on STEM experiences.
Ako: A Tale of Loyalty, designed by four history undergraduates, is now a main teaching tool in the University of Texas' Japanese history class.
Philippine laws need to be tweaked to support higher numbers of college dropouts during the pandemic, to ensure successful post-pandemic job market recovery.
Among many other benefits, taking courses outside one’s disciplines can provide firsthand lessons about different teaching techniques, and opportunities to ask for help – a key part of self-leadership development.
Ahead of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow later this year, the UK government is ramping up its efforts to engage the UK public with the climate crisis by launching an education pack for schools.
Environmental education can empower students to solve the climate crisis. The good news is that some governments also agree.

That's all for the week!
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