With remote learning still in effect across many education systems, students with limited access to internet and/or electronic devices struggle to learn and lag behind their peers. In the developing world, such barriers to learning can be precursors to massive education crises.

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Schools and universities with over 1.5 billion learners in 185 countries, equaling to 89.4% of the world’s student population, were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (UNESCO, 2020). Following the transition to online learning, students in developing countries were left with little to no access to education. According to the recently…


Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Azerbaijan has struggled with its identity. Many chose to sweep the centuries of subjugation and imperialism under the rug, refusing the victimhood. I argue that, in order to rediscover the Azerbaijani identity, there is a need to acknowledge and undo the legacies of Russian and Persian imperialism.

I vividly remember my first trip abroad without my parents, as a teenager born in the USSR, who was traveling with an Azerbaijani passport. It was a trip to Moscow, Russia with a group of secondary school debaters during the summer of 2004. …


At a time when missiles are being launched and the fighting ensues between Armenian and Azerbaijani defence forces, I draw on the lessons from a Jewish-Arab school for peace to envision what co-existence might look like once both communities come together and start to live in peace, if and when that happens. Integrated schools with Armenian-Azerbaijani students should be at the heart of future peace and reconciliation efforts.

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Since I first heard about Neve Shalom or Wahat al-Salam (‘Oasis of Peace’ in Hebrew and Arabic, respectively), a Jewish-Arab peace-building community established in 1970 (NSWAS, 1994), I have been childishly dreaming of an Armenian-Azerbaijani educational community that will lead the way in establishing sustainable peace in the South Caucasus…


We all have different ways of searching for meaning in life. In doing so, we create personal narratives and build our own stories. My story is deeply intertwined with that of my grandpa, Abbasgulu’s life and publications. Unknowingly, he has left a legacy for me to follow and some big shoes to fill.

Abbasgulu posing in the Navy uniform

The man in this black & white photograph is my grandpa, Abbasgulu Abbasov Razzakh oghlu. I was named after him because my father lost his parents at a very young age and wanted his children to be a reminder of them. Hence, my sister is also named after my grandmother…


#13: Kimchi

A plate of kimchi (Photo by author)

I know it has been a while since I last shared a food confession. Pandemic has been rough and consistency is not one of my strongest suits. Nonetheless, I am back to talk about fermented cabbage. One of the weird habits I have developed during the long nights of lockdown…


Azərbaycanda qadınların təhsilə çıxışı ilə bağlı ciddi maneələrin olduğu haqqında həyəcan təbili çalmağın vaxtıdır. Bu sahədə problemin nə qədər dərin olduğunu anlamaq üçün mövcud statistik məlumatlara baxmaq kifayətdir. Şəhla Qarayeva Təqaüd Proqramı kimi təşəbbüslər qadınların təhsilə əlçatanlığını işıqlandırmaq və həll yolları təklif etmək üçün yaradılıb.

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Azərbaycanda 15–24 yaş əhali arasında oxuma-yazma qabiliyyəti olmayanların təxminən 67%-ini, 25–64 yaş əhali arasında isə 77,4%-ini qadınlar təşkil edir (YUNESKO, 2021). Təkcə 2017-ci ildə, 15 yaş və ondan yuxarı yaşlı azərbaycanlılar arasında oxuma-yazma qabiliyyəti olmayan qadınların sayı (10,764) kişilərin sayından (5,015) iki dəfədən çox olub (YUNESKO, 2021). …


Məktəbli vaxtlarımızda atalarımızın hikmətini zarafatla sorğulasaq da, həqiqət orasındadır ki, tək bir insan digərlərinin həyatında yaxşılığa doğru böyük dəyişikliklər etməyə qadirdir. Əziz müəllim və insanlıq idealı Dr. Şəhla Qarayevanın həyat hekayəsi buna sübutdur. Mənim müəllimim öz insaniyyəti ilə yüzlərlə insanın həyatını dəyişib və bunu etməyə davam edir.

Seminar zamanı Şəhla Qarayeva

Şəhla Qarayevanın vəfatından üç ilə yaxın vaxt keçsə də, onun irsi hələ də yaşayır. Həyatına və müəllimlik karyerasına Füzuli rayonunun Aşağı Seyidəhmədli kəndində başlayan Şəhla müəllim 2018-ci ilin aprelində xərçənglə uzun müddət mübarizədən sonra həyatdan köç edib. …


#12: Bagel sandwich

Everything bagel with scallion cream cheese. Photo credit: Shu-Yi Hsu

Picture this: toasty crust with sesame seeds and onion salt, crunchy bacon glazed with maple syrup, and dollops of scallion cream cheese. Now imagine biting into a bagel sandwich going through these layers of flavors/textures. If that doesn’t sound like heaven to you, I don’t know what would.

Bagels were…


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Lesson 1: Ugly is just a useless adjective

The strong wind was blowing in my face as I walked towards her apartment and was reminded that November was here. I wasn’t really sure why I was heading to my former teacher, Sheyla’s apartment; was it because I loved her?; or maybe I felt sorry for Sheyla?; or this…


#11: Sheki halva

Pieces of Sheki halva on a plate

I’m extremely happy this week. I started the new academic year, made progress in my side projects, and most importantly, received a package from my family with a box of Sheki halva in it. …

Abbas Abbasov

PhD Student, Teachers College, Columbia University #highered #access #internationalization #postSoviet l lifelong learner, curious educator, outgoing introvert

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