Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

| May 11, 2015

Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

by Tomohiro Osaki

As Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games, demands for action are growing to overcome Japan’s notorious English-speaking phobia. To achieve that, discussions are underway for the capital to establish “English villages” — language education facilities aimed at improving students’ communication ability ...

Teacher's assignment goes viral after pupils reveal secrets

Apr 18, 2015

Teacher's assignment goes viral after pupils reveal secrets

A Colorado teacher who posted notes from her third-grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew said Friday the assignment had been a revelation for her. Kyle Schwartz, 26, asked the eight- and nine-year-olds at her Denver inner city ...

Apr 15, 2015

Sierra Leone schools reopen as Ebola scare subsides

Sierra Leone’s 1.8 million children prepared Tuesday to return to school, eight months after classes were shut to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Classrooms have been empty since the government announced a state of emergency last July in response to an ...

New high school opens close to evacuation zone

Apr 8, 2015

New high school opens close to evacuation zone

A new high school adjacent to the radiation exclusion zone in Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday welcomed its first students, including many who fled the area as the 2011 nuclear disaster unfolded. The prefecture-run Futaba Mirai Gakuen High School in the town Hirono has 152 ...