In a longer school day, students complain of hunger and drop out.
“As you can see, the green plum, everything is finished,” says Sinneh Binda, pointing to a tall mango tree. Towering over the courtyard of the Cinta Public School, about an hour’s drive from Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia, the tree is barren, devoid of the fruit that should be hanging from its branches. “When we get hungry, we can just be eating everything in the tree,” she explains.
“A ministra da Educação de Moçambique disse que a situação está normalizada nas zonas onde se registaram conflitos entre as Forças de Defesa e Segurança e a Renamo, garantindo que as escolas que foram encerradas estão em funcionamento.”
The Ugandan Minister of Education and Sports, Hon Janet Museveni, formally announced on Tuesday during a session of the parliament that the Government will soon close the schools operated by the largest and most controversial chain of commercial private schools worldwide, Bridge International Academies (BIA), which runs 63 nursery and primary schools in Uganda. Hon Museveni indicated having based her decision on technical reports from the Ministry that revealed that the schools did not respect national standards, in particular that “material used could not promote teacher pupil interaction” and that “poor hygiene and sanitation […] put the life and safety of the school children in danger”.
Though during the 2011-2015 period the number of classroom spaces for Syrian children in Lebanese public schools increased every year, HRW said that in 2015-16, schools were still turning away Syrian children. This was due to the fact that the available space was not necessarily located in areas of need, or because children faced other barriers. Of the 200,000 school spaces that donors committed to funding for Syrian children, almost 50,000 ultimately went unused, the report said.
A União Africana (UA) e a Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU) comemoram hoje o primeiro Dia Africano da Refeição Escolar para ajudar a promover a campanha contra a subnutrição infantil.
This year has started off with a shocking escalation in malnutrition, disease and homelessness as Syria’s displaced population moves towards the 12 million mark. And with the civil war soon to enter its sixth year, there is growing alarm about the long-term impact on the lives and prospects of the nearly 6 million children displaced. Deprived of their homes and exiled from their communities, the majority are now being denied the education they need. Some girls and boys will now go through their entire school days without ever entering a classroom.
Amid the Syrian chaos of carnage, starvation and evacuation, there is a tiny glimmer of hope. The Lebanese government has declared that it has taken 207,000 Syrian refugee children off the streets and given them places in their country’s public schools. And today I am setting out a plan to extend the opportunity of education to 1 million refugee boys and girls across Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey during the course of 2016 – with the ambition that by next year every refugee child will be offered a place at school.
Syrians escaping the civil war that has been raging in their country since March 2011 now account for almost one-third of Lebanon’s population. They represent a huge burden for Lebanon and are affecting various sectors, including the public education system. In June 2011, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon stood at 2,000, but today, according to Lebanon’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the number of Syrians registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reached 1.181 million.
Valentino Achak Deng was once a “Lost Boy”, a small, frightened child who walked for months across what is now South Sudan to flee a brutal war, narrowly escaping becoming another casualty of the conflict.
He lived in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, getting the education he had missed on his terrifying journey, before he was eventually relocated to the US.
Perhaps because she was unfairly targeted for her lack of educational qualifications at the start of her tenure, Education Minister Smriti Zubin Irani’s subsequent actions — some downright bizarre — have gone virtually unremarked upon.
In addition to their formal studies, students at the Excel Academy are learning to look beyond ethnic and regional divisions
Around 350 Afghan refugee students, including a hundred girls, are compelled to stay at home after United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNCHR) Mattani camp middle school closed down despite a furore over the move. The school, code numbered 170, was run by the Basic Education for Awareness, Reforms and Empowerment, also called Basic Education for Afghan Refugees (BEFARe).
Teachers and students across the country have stayed home in response to concerns over Ebola. In Maine, an elementary school teacher was recently put on paid leave for up to three weeks after parents complained that the teacher had traveled to Dallas, where there have been a few Ebola cases. On Sunday, a similar precaution was taken at a high school in Phenix, Alabama, after an employee flew on the same plane as a person who contracted Ebola—even though the employee flew a day later, long after the aircraft had been cleaned. Last week, kids were asked to stay home from school in Shaker Heights and Solon, Ohio, over Ebola fears. A New Jersey elementary school reported on Saturday that two students from Rwanda—a country not hit by Ebola—would stay home for three weeks after parents complained that they may spread the virus. In Pennsylvania, a high school soccer team allegedly chanted offensive “Ebola” taunts to a teenager from Guinea. In Oklahoma, a school district told parents that it planned to pull students out of school who had traveled on a cruise ship with a hospital worker who may have been exposed to Ebola, The Washington Post reported.
Three students who just returned from a mission trip to East Africa caused Ebola scares at one Oklahoma high school. Reports circulated on social media about the students returning to school and that raised fears of classmates coming into contact with people who might have been exposed to the virus. Inola School Superintendent, Dr. Kent Holbrook, said 18 students didn’t show up for class Monday because of the rumors.
The Pak-Afghan Teacher Association Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (PATA K-P) rejected the decision of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR) to close down Mattani camp middle school for Afghan refugees without reason.