Philippines says no to condom distribution in public schools

The Philippines' education department has rejected a proposal to distribute condoms in public high schools, hurting efforts to curb HIV/AIDS in the country, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Record number of Europeans took part in Erasmus programme in 2015

A record number of 678,000 Europeans took advantage of the Erasmus exchange programme in 2015, the European Commission said Thursday in a report marking the 30th anniversary of the project.

Christmas will go ahead at German-Turkish school after controversy

Christmas will be considered an acceptable topic for discussion at an elite Turkish public high school in Istanbul, after an initial controversy at the Germany-funded school had sowed strife between Ankara and Berlin.

Turkey begins school year as thousands of teachers dismissed in purge

Around 18 million pupils were heading to class in Turkey for the start of the school year on Monday, following the dismissals of tens of thousands of teachers in the two months since a failed military coup.

Watchdog praises Jordan for steps taken to educate Syrian children

Human Rights Watch (HRW) praised in a statement Monday Jordan's education minister for instructing public schools to allow Syrian refugee children to register in the autumn term.

Afghan forces use schools as shelter, says watchdog

Afghan security forces have been using schools as shelter in the country's north-eastern Baghlan province, endangering children and their education, Human Rights Watch [HRW] charged in a report published on Wednesday. 

World Book Day: Solving illiteracy, one book at a time

In Cambodia and Laos, the struggle to raise literacy rates can come down to how to get books to rural communities. Ahead of World Book Day on April 23, non-profit workers specialised in literacy talked to dpa about the challenges.

UN: risks to health, education in Afghanistan "deeply troubling"

The United Nations Monday gave a grim assessment of the risks to education and healthcare services in Afghanistan, with teachers and doctors targeted and infrastructure ruined by years of conflict.

Police blame "hoax calls" as more schools in Australia evacuated

A number of schools in Sydney and Brisbane were evacuated early Tuesday after receiving threats, authorities said, the latest in a series of incidents that Australian police blamed on hoax calls.

24 million children in conflict zones are out of school, UNICEF says

Almost 24 million children living in conflict zones, or about one in four, are out of school, including half of South Sudan's children, UNICEF said Tuesday.