Friday, 7 October 2011

The week in review

Hello, glad you could join us for the Wikiprogress week in review, a handful of headlines that caught our eye this week. You can find all news articles and blog posts on the progress community in the Wikiprogress Community Portal.

On 2011 thinkers and shakers
Nobel Peace Prize – the contenders (The Guardian 06.10.2011)
The list of contenders for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize compiled by the Guardian reflects a year of overwhelming change: from Arab Spring revolutionaries Lina Ben Mhenni, Wael Ghonim and Israa Abdel-Fattah, to Wikileaks leader Julian Assange and leaker Private Bradley Manning, to the head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission Sima Samar to a potential second-time prize winner activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
See more and contribute to Wikiprogress articles on peace and on the Arab Spring

On education
As the world celebrated ‘World Teachers Day’ on Wednesday, the United Nations warned 6.1 million more teachers are needed in order to meet the Millennium Development Goal of attaining primary education by 2015. Data published by UNESCO shows 2 million of these are additional posts (sub-Saharan Africa accounting for more than half) and 4.1 million are teachers needed to replace those leaving the profession for a variety of reasons such as retirement, illness or career change.
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on the Millennium Development Goals and the Wikichild article on education

On well-being
Data from the Gallup Well-Being study has shown a clear relationship between ‘good jobs’ and community attachment. According to the data, in countries where the workforce is employed full time, residents are more likely to be satisfied with the community they live in and considerably less likely to say they will leave them next year.
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on Community Assessment Project

On gender equality
On Monday, leading aid agencies Oxfam and Action Aid warned that women’s rights are under threat after 10 years of progress in Afghanistan. Currently half of the nation's school-aged girls have gained access to education and nearly 28 percent of seats in the nation's parliament have gone to women; however co-author of the Oxfam report Louise Hancock has called for action saying now is the "time to take stock of what has happened and what still needs to be done".
See more and contribute to the Wikigender article on Gender Equality in Afghanistan

That’s all from us this week- we hope you tune in the same time next week. In the meantime, if anything interesting passes your desk that you would like to see in the next Wikiprogress week in review, please tweet it to us @Wikiprogress or post it on our Facebook page.

Yours in Progress,

Philippa Lysaght

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