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Happy Friday, everyone! Here is a list of education and travel news from this past week:

This week marked the start of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. To all of our teachers experiencing this for the first – or fiftieth! – time, Ramadan Mubarak!

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon writes this piece on the importance of global education. Today is the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot for fighting for her right to an education. The UN is celebrating “Malala Day” today for her birthday. (via Huffington Post)

In more light-hearted news, Dallas teacher Dale Irby is achieving internet fame after wearing the same outfit in his yearbook photo for 40 years straight. Dale retired this year, and says he will be retiring the outfit as well. (via Mashable)

This survey’s disappointing findings should not surprise America’s public school teachers: roughly half of school materials last year were purchased out-of-pocket by teachers themselves. (via Education Week)

Do you keep a blog – or plan to start one – while you’re teaching abroad? Teachers who write regularly know the importance of jotting down notes on their surroundings to paint a clearer picture later. Matador Network has 7 tips for better note-taking when traveling to improve your writing.

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