Claudia Civinini writes
Alnur Burtel, 71, fled Sudan’s South Kordofan region in 2011, leaving everything behind except his devotion to education. He taught English at the local high school and at Omdurman University, and in January 2016 built and opened the Light Learning Centre (pictured) in the refugee camp in Ethiopia where he lives, teaching English and civics to about 130 refugees.
Melanie Butler writes
One in five of managers lack the English skills to do their job, according to new research conducted by Cambridge English Language Assessment and QS university rankings. The research, based on a survey of 5,373 employers in 88 countries, was launched in the EU Parliament on 27 September.
Matt Salusbury writes
The UK’s prime minister and foreign secretary have reportedly contacted Italian counterparts to seek an ‘early resolution’ to the 36-year struggle of the lettori – foreign university lecturers denied the same work rights and salaries as Italian colleagues. They’re owed decades of back pay despite three European Court of Justice rulings in their favour.
Andrea Pérez writes
Schools in the US state of Texas are ‘desperate’ for bilingual teachers, the Dallas News reports. The total number of speakers with ‘limited English’ in the state ‘has grown by nearly 50 per cent in the last decade, with about one in five students struggling with language’, according to the Texas Education Agency, quoted by the newspaper.