instead of grenades? Deradicalizing Austrian youth
While in Austria we have little experience with radical Islamists, we are experts in dealing with right-wing extremism. No wonder Austria joined a major, European-level counter-radicalization project.
15 Dec 2017
Deradicalization -- a buzzword but above all a big challenge
In counter-terrorism strategy “deradicalisation” is a key term. But what does it actually mean? How do we disengage ISIS fighters? No country has the perfect solution. Yet the story of Omar shows it can be done.
14 Dec 2017
Not Irish enough for free university fees
Irish emigrants who have been living outside the EU for at least three years lose their entitlement to free fees at Irish third-level colleges and universities. Why?
13 Dec 2017
should finally remember Maly Trostinec
In Belorussian Maly Trostinec, around 13,500 Austrian Jews were murdered, more than anywhere else. Despite this, it does not have a place in our collective memory.
12 Dec 2017
The Hungarian Roma hero who has never received justice
After a long and undignified ordeal, Bela Puczi, the „Roma hero” who protected Hungarians during a pogrom was finally commemorated with a plaque. Although he is considered a hero, he has never been treated like one.
12 Dec 2017
Former King of Romania Mihai I dies aged
In communist history books, the Romanian monarchy is not mentioned. The Romanian kings simply didn’t exist. Our parents learned that Stalin was “the Father” of Romania.
8 Dec 2017
Two-speed spread of computer culture in Romania
Only two thirds of Romanian families have a computer at home. Yet the country boasts one of the top internet speeds in Europe.
5 Dec 2017
reform -- Is Austria entering a new Dark Age?
The education strategy of ÖVP and FPÖ is under heavy criticism. Will the future coalition’s hostility towards science and transparency push Austria into a post-truth reality?
4 Dec 2017
Slovakia may soon face a teachers shortage
When Sandra graduated from university, she became a shop assistant at the meat department of an Austrian supermarket. Her story reflects many others, in which a young teacher cannot survive on a teacher's salary in Slovakia.
23 Nov 2017
Hungary's bravest educational activist is only 19 years old
Though Bendeguz Bradanovics is not yet 20 years old, he sends chills down the spine of the Minister of Human Capacities whenever he speaks in public. Despite his young age, he has long been a critic of the Hungarian education system.
22 Nov 2017
Slovakia will not host the European Medicines Agency
How could we expect to persuade hundreds of specialists and authorities to come to our beloved Slovakia, if we cannot even hold our own talented young, who leave in massive numbers every year to work and study in the West?
21 Nov 2017
BiH's weak commitment to educating the disabled
At the beginning of 2018, parents and their disabled children may witness history repeat itself. Will they have nowhere to go and no one to turn to once again?
13 Nov 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina
When villains become heroes
Promoting WWII Nazi collaborators as “national heroes” is endemic in all of the former-Yugoslavia states. Their watered-down biographies replace the term “collaborationist” with “controversial” and/or “anticommunist”.
6 Nov 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Wanted: Teachers in Bratislava
Elementary school teachers can no longer afford to live in the capital of Slovakia. If the costs of living continue to rise and teachers’ salaries don’t, Bratislava will be looking at full classrooms with no one to work in them.
2 Nov 2017
Polish sex education moves to social media
On Oct 28 artists and public figures began uploading sex education videos called #SexEdPl to social media because the Polish government removed the subject from school curriculum
30 Oct 2017
Tackling the educational monopoly of the Catholic church
The Basic Christian Community of Italy declared that it is "incongruous and anti-historical" for the Italian Bishops' Conference to monopolize religious instruction in schools.
27 Oct 2017
Bullying -- naming a blind spot in Hungarian youth culture
Bullying has always been present in youth communities but only recently did it become clear that it is not an inevitable part of growing up. Educating children on how to recognize abuse and teachers how to help has only just begun.
25 Oct 2017
Where there’s a will to counteract radicalization, there’s a way
As Belgium confronts the problem of foreign and 'homegrown' terrorists , headmistress Karin Heremans has emerged as one of the leading figures in the debate. She warns that teachers have no tools to disassemble radicalization in schools.
16 Oct 2017
If at first you don't succeed, stall stall again
Leaving the Central European University in limbo was a strategic move from the government: 6 months out from parliamentary elections it could not risk a deal with "the enemy", nor could it risk a storm of indignation.
15 Oct 2017
Would you find these jokes funny?
Teachers expressed concern over racist jokes in a kids mag. We still live in a country where a fascist political party got 8% in the last parliamentary elections and some teenagers proudly wear badges with that party's logo.
12 Oct 2017