The annual tradition of every school taking its pupils on a visit to church in the lead up to Christmas has become increasingly controversial in recent years. But when one school recently decided to cancel the tradition, a storm of criticism arose—as well as plenty of support for the idea.
Norway is the world’s best country to live in, according to the latest Human Development Index figures.
A special Bird Week kicks off in Reykjavík today, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of the diverse birdlife which exists within city limits and the importance of Reykjavík for the welfare of Icelandic birds.
Only 1 percent of preschool teachers in Iceland are men. The Icelandic Teachers’ Union discussed the situation at a meeting on Friday. Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson spoke at the meeting, saying that he is willing to take part in changing the situation.
Fifteen children of asylum seekers in three municipalities, who due to a mistake by the Directorate of Immigration had not been admitted to school, have now been granted admission.
Kristín Völundardóttir, head of the Directorate of Immigration, has admitted a mistake was made when the directorate failed to apply for school for 17 children of asylum seekers, RÚV reports.
Of around 900 students at the Suðurnes Comprehensive College, 46 are twins or triplets, it has been noticed. At around five percent of the total student body, that is a very high proportion.
The University of California at Berkeley will this fall become the third institution of higher education in the United States to offer a full-course in the Icelandic language.
Gunnar Stefánsson, professor at the University of Iceland’s Faculty of Physical Sciences, recently returned from Kenya where he presented the tutor-web, an open learning (freeware) system for mathematics and statistics, at two universities.
Icelandic tech company, Radiant Games, earlier this week released the computer game Box Island—a game aimed at kids eight years and older, which incorporates basic programming lessons.
A teacher in Þingeyjarskóli, northeastern Iceland, who holds a degree in reading instruction from Germany, claims she lost her job because she refused to adopt a controversial Icelandic method of teaching children to read.
It’s time for us Icelanders to face the fact that many of our children are illiterate in the sense that they’re unable to read effectively.
The Icelandic Education Testing Institute (IET) has announced the launch of a new program that is to be instituted in all Icelandic elementary schools, and which is aimed at improving reading comprehension among school-aged children.
Representatives of the City of Reykjavík and LGBT rights association Samtökin ’78 signed an agreement on Friday including a funding of ISK 15 million (USD 113,000, EUR 102,000) for three years to the association for organizing LGBT rights education in the city’s elementary schools.
The United Nations’ International Gender Equality Studies Diploma Program, hosted at the University of Iceland, today graduated its third class, consisting of five men and five women from Iceland, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Palestine.
Over 50,000 pairs of special solar eclipse viewing glasses will be distributed to Icelandic primary schools in the coming days, in preparation for the solar eclipse on Friday 20th March.
Þórhildur Garðarsdóttir admits to having been slightly depressed by the results of the European PISA children’s education survey, “so I thought about what I could do about it as a parent and as an employee of a publishing house.”
The City of Reykjavík, the Icelandic Student Agency (FS) and University of Iceland signed a declaration of intent on Monday on the construction of 650 new apartments for students on the University of Iceland’s main campus and in the university’s vicinity in the next five years.
The online language course Icelandic Online received recognition for its contribution and support in maintaining the Icelandic language from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in a ceremony late last year. The program has now also been exported to the Faroe Islands.
Today at 12.00 Dr. Terry Gunnell, professor of Folklore at the University of Iceland, will give an illustrated presentation in English on the beliefs and traditions surrounding Icelandic Christmas, past and present.
Icelandic author Steinunn Sigurðardóttir received the Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize for her contributions to the Icelandic language on Sunday. November 16, the birthday of national poet Jónas Hallgrímsson, is the Day of the Icelandic Language.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson visited the United Nations University (UNU) headquarters in Tokyo yesterday. He met with Rector of UNU David Malone and discussed the university’s operations. At the occasion, a new five-year agreement on the Geothermal Training...