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Newsmotion - Education http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/16/all en Half of teachers 'subjected to threats and abuse' at school http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/half-teachers-subjected-threats-and-abuse-school <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Half of teachers &#039;subjected to threats and abuse&#039; at school </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 04/19/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new study from the NASUWT warns of "widespread" misbehaviour in schools and claims that many incidents are linked to a lack of proper boundaries in the home<img width='1' height='1' src='http://telegraph.feedsportal.com/c/32726/f/564430/s/398747c1/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/><br 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src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195296601082/u/60/f/564430/c/32726/s/398747c1/sc/7/a2t.img" border="0"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://telegraph.feedsportal.com/c/32726/f/564430/s/398747c1/sc/7/l/0L0Stelegraph0O0Ceducation0Ceducationnews0C10A7750A310CHalf0Eof0Eteachers0Esubjected0Eto0Ethreats0Eand0Eabuse0Eat0Eschool0Bhtml/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://telegraph.feedsportal.com/c/32726/f/564430/s/398747c1/sc/7/l/0L0Stelegrap...</a> </div> </div> </div> discipline Education Graeme Paton inspections misbehaviour Ofsted pupils students teachers Unofficial Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:00:42 +0000 feed 270516 at http://newsmotion.org West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, “Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win” http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/west-wing-week-41814-or-%E2%80%9Cpull-together-fight-back-and-win%E2%80%9D <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, “Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a Passover Seder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.</p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/west-wing-week-41814-or-pull-together-fight-back-and-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/west-wing-week-41814-or-pull-together-fight-back-and-win" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/west-wing-week-41814-or-pull-together-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Adam Garber Boston Economy Education Health Care Inside the White House Kathleen Sebelius manufacturing New York New York City Oakdale Official Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Sylvia Burwell Sylvia Mathews Burwell The First Lady The President The Vice President White House Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 feed 270504 at http://newsmotion.org Literacy campaign aims to coach 46,000 people http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/literacy-campaign-aims-coach-46000-people <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Literacy campaign aims to coach 46,000 people </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 04/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>University lecturers and students are volunteering their time during this summer holiday as part of the 2014 Literacy Campaign in Burma, which aims to provide free classes to 46,479 people, including children and elderly persons who never learned to read.</p> <p>The campaign, which takes place from 1 April to 15 May, aims to provide literacy classes in more than 1,000 wards and villages in 29 townships across the country, and will benefit from the time given by some 4,200 students and university faculty members who will volunteer to teach reading and writing skills.</p> <p>Khin Maung Htwe, assistant director of the Myanmar Education Research Bureau (MERB) overseeing the campaign, said: “Literacy is the key to educational development in this country; therefore our aim is to help everyone in the country become literate.”</p> <p>Speaking at 6 April ceremony to launch the 2014 Literacy Campaign in the village of Sanpya in Mandalay Region, Burma’s President Thein Sein said, “As development of the nation totally depends on [our] literacy rate and education development, strenuous efforts are being made for undertaking reforms in [the] education sector so as to improve education standards,” according to a report in state-run <em>The New Light of Myanmar</em>.</p> <p>According to government statistics, Burma’s literacy rate in 2000 was over 91 percent. MERB is projecting the figure will go up to 95 percent after 2015 following successive literacy campaigns.</p> <p>UN data from 2007-11 puts the adult literacy rate in Burma at 92 percent, which compares favourably with several neighbouring countries; while Thailand and China boast adult literacy rates of 94 percent, Cambodia is 74 percent, India is 63 percent and Bangladesh just 57 percent, according to the UN.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="related-box"><h3 class="widget-title fix"><span>Related Stories</span></h3><ul class="widget_wpb_tabs"><li><img width="326" height="231" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Teacher-3--326x231.jpg" class="attachment-226x160 wp-post-image" alt="(PHOTO: DVB)" /><a href="http://www.dvb.no/dvb-video/rural-teachers-push-for-educational-reform/38715"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Rural teachers push for educational reform</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/uncategorized/burmas-education-policy-under-fire-from-academics/38775"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Burma’s education policy under fire from academics</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/nld-appeal-for-school-funds-burma-myanmar/38558"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> NLD appeal for school funds</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/literacy-campaign-aims-to-coach-46000-people-burma-myanmar/39689" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/literacy-campaign-aims-to-coach-46000-people-burma-myanma...</a> </div> </div> </div> Bangladesh Burma Cambodia China Citizen Education India Lead Story literacy literacy rate Mandalay Myanmar Education Research Bureau news READING students Thailand THANOE WAI university writing Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:48 +0000 feed 270192 at http://newsmotion.org Myanmar's First Digital Library for Higher Education http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/myanmars-first-digital-library-higher-education <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Myanmar&#039;s First Digital Library for Higher Education </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 04/12/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Myanmar&#39;s <a href="http://www.moemyanmar.net/">Ministry of Education</a> and the Open Society Foundation have teamed up to establish the country&#39;s first <a href="http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/apr/07/myanmar-opens-online-digital-library-education-and/">digital library</a>. Oleksandr Shtokvych, Senior Manager at the Open Society Foundations’ Higher Education Support Programme, explained the importance of the project:</p> <blockquote><p>It will also mean including their students and scholars (of the University of Yangon and the University of Mandalay) as active participants in the production of new knowledge and critical thinking, and bringing the unique and rich legacy and current developments in Myanmar into the limelight of international scholarship. </p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/mong/' title='View all posts by Mong Palatino'>Mong Palatino</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/12/myanmars-first-digital-library-for-higher-education/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share: </span> <a href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F12%2Fmyanmars-first-digital-library-for-higher-education%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F12%2Fmyanmars-first-digital-library-for-higher-education%2F&#038;text=Myanmar%26%2339%3Bs+First+Digital+Library+for+Higher+Education&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> &middot; <a href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F12%2Fmyanmars-first-digital-library-for-higher-education%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F12%2Fmyanmars-first-digital-library-for-higher-education%2F&#038;title=Myanmar%26%2339%3Bs+First+Digital+Library+for+Higher+Education' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F12%2Fmyanmars-first-digital-library-for-higher-education%2F&#038;title=Myanmar%26%2339%3Bs+First+Digital+Library+for+Higher+Education' id='gv-st_stumbleupon' title='StumbleUpon' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>StumbleUpon</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://del.icio.us/post?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F12%2Fmyanmars-first-digital-library-for-higher-education%2F&#038;title=Myanmar%26%2339%3Bs+First+Digital+Library+for+Higher+Education' id='gv-st_delicious' title='delicious' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>delicious</span></a></span> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/12/myanmars-first-digital-library-for-higher-education/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/12/myanmars-first-digital-library-for-high...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen East Asia Education English Mandalay Mong Palatino Myanmar (Burma) Quick Reads Technology Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:55:26 +0000 feed 267848 at http://newsmotion.org Caribbean Loses Valuable Steward with Passing of Professor Norman Girvan http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/caribbean-loses-valuable-steward-passing-professor-norman-girvan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Caribbean Loses Valuable Steward with Passing of Professor Norman Girvan </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/11/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Caribbean has lost another giant; prominent Caribbean intellectual <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Girvan">Norman Girvan</a> passed away in Cuba on the same day that <a href="Trinidad and Tobago ">A.N.R. Robinson</a>, former Prime Minister and President of Trinidad and Tobago, died. Jamaican born and a true Caribbean man, Girvan was scheduled to undergo surgery in Cuba for injuries he sustained from a fall while hiking in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominica">Dominica</a> earlier this year. </p> <p>A respected economist, Girvan attended the London School of Economics, where he received his Ph.D.; he would often <a href="http://www.normangirvan.info/">blog about the region&#39;s economics and politics</a> on his website. He was perhaps best known as the University of the West Indies&#8217; Professor Emeritus, based at the<a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CCYQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fsta.uwi.edu%2Fsalises%2F&amp;ei=pe9HU6-iE-TQsQTgpoGIBQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNEW_MP5TjdQt8fgQfuacvllJ3meBg&amp;sig2=As4oELXzwN9AHUKc-2B0Ng&amp;bvm=bv.64542518,d.cWc"> Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies</a>, but he also held <a href="http://www.normangirvan.info/biography/">several other important posts</a>, including, in 2010, serving as the United Nations Secretary General’s Personal Representative on <a href="http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2010/sga1230.doc.htm">the Guyana-Venezuela Border Controversy</a>. In fact, his last tweet, on September 1, 2013, was about the issue:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Presidents of Venezuela and Guyana meet, issue Joint Declaration <a href="http://t.co/PSDJVcrUPa">http://t.co/PSDJVcrUPa</a></p> <p>&mdash; Norman Girvan (@normangirvan) <a href="https://twitter.com/normangirvan/statuses/374271298244849664">September 1, 2013</a></p></blockquote> <p>Professor Girvan had also served as secretary to the <a href="http://www.acs-aec.org/">Association of Caribbean States</a> and was a member of the <a href="http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/cdp/">United Nations Committee on Development Policy</a>. Known as a man of principle, Professor Girvan was recently involved in a campaign lobbying for the rights of <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/19/haiti-d-r-stateless-in-the-dominican-republic/">citizens of the Dominican Republic of Haitian descent</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=5&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CE0QFjAE&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.normangirvan.info%2F&amp;ei=Mt5HU9z9KaqssASY04HgAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNHfcv3XCL3cj6tHub6Uh__yyliBmg&amp;sig2=eCULeurUn0UNwmwp2ZHMig&amp;bvm=bv.64542518,d.cWc">Girvan had an active online presence </a>and posted many of his essays, articles and speeches to the web for wider dissemination. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JCrJUKbw9oE?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Upon news of his death, the online tributes started pouring in. The University of the West Indies issued <a href="http://www.news.gov.tt/content/tribute-uwi-passing-professor-emeritus-norman-girvan-cd#.U0hqbK1dVSY">the following statement</a>: </p> <blockquote><p>On behalf of the entire faculty, staff and student body of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), I wish to express the profound sorrow that we feel at the passing of Norman Girvan, Professor Emeritus, The UWI and first Director of SALISES.</p> <p>Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1941&#8230;the young Girvan left to pursue his doctorate at the London School of Economics, returning thereafter to the Mona Department of Economics, where he served for many years, establishing himself as one of the leading economists of the region. Girvan’s work, both as individual scholarship and as part of the New World Group that flourished throughout the Caribbean in the Sixties and early Seventies, sought to critique the nature and limitations of political independence and to redefine a space for Caribbean sovereignty as well as more inclusive notions of democracy. More specifically, through studies like the evocatively titled Foreign Capital and Economic Underdevelopment in Jamaica and Copper in Chile, Girvan argued that through the structure and operations of international corporations, the newly emergent nations of the Caribbean and Latin America were being denied a fair share of the surplus from the exploitation of their mineral resources. This, he suggested, contributed immeasurably to their inability to escape from a cycle of underdevelopment.</p> <p>In this [retirement] phase of his life, Norman’s work, if anything, gathered pace, with many critical interventions in both scholarly and new media, suggesting caution about and modification of the proposed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, greater engagement with Cuba, recognition of Haiti as an integral part of the Caribbean and, consistently, calling for deeper and more popular Caribbean integration. Above all, Norman, through his website 1804 CaribVoices, has emerged as a tribune for rethinking Caribbean history, understanding and fighting for the preservation of the environment, defending all causes associated with popular empowerment and, inevitably, redefining the Caribbean in all its component districts, as a common, sovereign space.</p> <p>We express our deepest condolences to his wife Jasmine and children Ramon, Alexander and Alatashe as we reflect on and remember with gratitude a life well-lived and the immeasurable contribution of this exemplary Caribbean citizen.</p></blockquote> <p>Trinidad-based trade union leader David Abdulah, who was a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/david.abdulah.39/posts/442492769187314?stream_ref=10">personal friend of Girvan, expressed his grief</a> on Facebook:</p> <blockquote><p>The news of Norman Girvan&#39;s passing, which I received just after 5 pm yesterday afternoon was just so, so very sad! I last saw and spoke with him two days before he left Trinidad to Cuba and we were all so full of hope! I will not try to express all my sentiments now except to say that Norman was simply one of the finest human beings that we could ever meet. I am honoured to have known him and be able to call him my friend and comrade in arms. Thanks, Norman for all that you have done! A Luta Continua!</p></blockquote> <p>Gwendolene Roberts<a href="https://www.facebook.com/david.abdulah.39/posts/442492769187314?comment_id=2225001&amp;offset=0&amp;total_comments=9"> remembered her teacher and mentor</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>As my current PhD supervisor he was my academic father. One thing is for certain, when I finally complete&#8230; After I find a new uni/supervisor my PhD thesis will be dedicated to him&#8230; Professor Norman Girvan&#8230;&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/generationlion" data-reactid=".0.1:3:1:$comment442492769187314_2225001:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body.0.$range0:0">#GENERATIONLION</a></p></blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/RuelJohnson/posts/10153993091195506?stream_ref=10">Writer Ruel Johnson remembered meeting Girvan </a>and regretted not having interacted with him more:</p> <blockquote><p>Thirteen years ago, I met a humble but brilliant Jamaican man. Years after that meeting, I was still able to e-mail him with regard to my research work on Caribbean Integration. If I knew then the value of that open channel, I would have treasured it more. RIP Norman Girvan.</p></blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/I7ItLJHEB90?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Blogger Annie Paul shared a photo of Professor Girvan playing Carnival, which showed the lighter side of the man:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Gr8 shot of Norman Girvan at carnival a couple of years ago <a href="http://t.co/z9yRWWUtyN">pic.twitter.com/z9yRWWUtyN</a></p> <p>&mdash; anniepaul (@anniepaul) <a href="https://twitter.com/anniepaul/statuses/454203767148519424">April 10, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Other tributes followed on Twitter: </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>R.I.p Norman girvan!! Your work has been a great help you are a magnificent thinker and your legacy lives on</p> <p>&mdash; Queen Kebz. (@BunchOfBadBees) <a href="https://twitter.com/BunchOfBadBees/statuses/454449980577964032">April 11, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Professor Norman Girvan is dead! Sad day for the University of the West Indies and Caribbean academic community! sigh RIP Professor Girvan</p> <p>&mdash; Aundré Tafarie James (@AundreTafJames) <a href="https://twitter.com/AundreTafJames/statuses/454364055579676672">April 10, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>One netizen was still in disbelief: </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I sent Prof. Norman Girvan an email on April 8, requesting his participation for a discussion on CARICOM-Cuba relations. He died yesterday.</p> <p>&mdash; Keneice Lawson (@Kenephew) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kenephew/statuses/454236591473840130">April 10, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Still in shock! Prof died the day after I sent him the email. What is life? Just like that! DAMN!</p> <p>&mdash; Keneice Lawson (@Kenephew) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kenephew/statuses/454236867198992384">April 10, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Every tweet was filled with admiration for the man and his legacy: </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>jus heard that Prof Norman Girvan died..jah kno RIP! Great man!</p> <p>&mdash; Dominic (@NickCobran) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickCobran/statuses/454117629612265472">April 10, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I am really saddened by death of Norman Girvan. He has written excellent scholarly articles, especially on CSME and globalization. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RIP&amp;src=hash">#RIP</a></p> <p>&mdash; Mickel Jackson (@Mikkie_J) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mikkie_J/statuses/454039018951684096">April 9, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Twitter user Haydn Dunn thought it significant that both Girvan and A.N.R. Robinson died on the same day: </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>R.I.P Norman Girvan and ANR Robinson.The end of that generation that contributed to the development in the Caribbean</p> <p>&mdash; Haydn Dunn (@HaydnDunn) <a href="https://twitter.com/HaydnDunn/statuses/454045578784423936">April 9, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Most admirers, however, simply wanted to say goodbye: </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rest in peace Professor Girvan <a href="https://twitter.com/normangirvan">@normangirvan</a> :( The Caribbean has lost another intellectual giant.</p> <p>&mdash; Alicia Nicholls (@LicyLaw) <a href="https://twitter.com/LicyLaw/statuses/454332871298527232">April 10, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RIP Norman P. Girvan, <a href="https://twitter.com/normangirvan">@normangirvan</a>. You will be sorely missed. The Caribbean has lost a powerful and magnificent voice. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SentenciaTC&amp;src=hash">#SentenciaTC</a></p> <p>&mdash; Arturo Victoriano (@ArturoVictoria4) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArturoVictoria4/statuses/454081309959524352">April 10, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <div class="notes">The <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/delphinidaesy/7204727502/in/photolist-">thumbnail image used in this post</a> is by Delphinidaesy, used under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license</a>. 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FunDza Literacy Trust is one such solution. Cellphones have taken off big in Southern Africa and FunDza has latched on to that to get kids reading. I&#39;m proud to be writing regularly for them.</p> <p>How it works is a story begins on a Friday. Each story has seven chapters and one chapter goes out on the kids&#8217; cellphones each day. Here is my author&#39;s page with all of the stories I&#39;ve written at FunDza. Click on any story and see the comments the readers leave. The kids are reading and seriously engaging with the stories! I think this is wonderful!</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/ndesanjo-macha/' title='View all posts by Ndesanjo Macha'>Ndesanjo Macha</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/09/project-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share: </span> <a href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F09%2Fproject-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F09%2Fproject-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading%2F&#038;text=Project+Uses+Mobile+Phones+to+Encourage+Reading&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> &middot; <a href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F09%2Fproject-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F09%2Fproject-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading%2F&#038;title=Project+Uses+Mobile+Phones+to+Encourage+Reading' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F09%2Fproject-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading%2F&#038;title=Project+Uses+Mobile+Phones+to+Encourage+Reading' id='gv-st_stumbleupon' title='StumbleUpon' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>StumbleUpon</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://del.icio.us/post?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F09%2Fproject-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading%2F&#038;title=Project+Uses+Mobile+Phones+to+Encourage+Reading' id='gv-st_delicious' title='delicious' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>delicious</span></a></span> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/09/project-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/09/project-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Education English Ndesanjo Macha Quick Reads South Africa South Africa sub-Saharan Africa Technology Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:25:16 +0000 feed 266161 at http://newsmotion.org Project Uses Mobile Phones to Encourage Reading http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/project-uses-mobile-phones-encourage-reading-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Project Uses Mobile Phones to Encourage Reading </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 04/09/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lauri<a href="http://thoughtsfrombotswana.blogspot.com/2014/03/fundza-literacy-trust.html"> writes</a> about a project in South Africa, FunDza Literacy Trust, that takes advantage of mobile phone technology to encourage reading among kids: </p> <blockquote><p>What I find lovely, though, is when Africans sort out innovative solutions to their problems. FunDza Literacy Trust is one such solution. Cellphones have taken off big in Southern Africa and FunDza has latched on to that to get kids reading. I&#39;m proud to be writing regularly for them.</p> <p>How it works is a story begins on a Friday. Each story has seven chapters and one chapter goes out on the kids&#8217; cellphones each day. Here is my author&#39;s page with all of the stories I&#39;ve written at FunDza. Click on any story and see the comments the readers leave. The kids are reading and seriously engaging with the stories! I think this is wonderful!</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/ndesanjo-macha/' title='View all posts by Ndesanjo Macha'>Ndesanjo Macha</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/09/project-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share: </span> <a href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F09%2Fproject-uses-mobile-phones-to-encourage-reading%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> &middot; <a 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class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuDB8nQCtHY">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>&quot;How do we start making high school ... more interesting, more exciting, more relevant to young people?&quot;</p> <p>That&#39;s the idea behind the Youth CareerConnect grant program, which President Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2014/04/07/president-obama-speaks-education-and-high-school-redesign">discussed this morning</a> during his visit to Bladensburg High School in Prince George&#39;s County, Maryland.&nbsp;In his remarks, the President announced that Bladensburg High was part of a three-school team in Prince George&#39;s County that won a $7 million Youth CareerConnect grant.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/07/rethinking-high-school-experience-president-obama-announces-new-youth-careerconnect-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link 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field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 04/07/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_465340" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 790px"><a href="http://www.demotix.com/photo/393083/protest-against-fake-degrees-pakistans-parliamentarians"><img class="size-full wp-image-465340" alt="Pakistan Civil society activists protest against fake degrees. Image by Isa Daudpota. Copyright Demotix (20/07/2010)" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/393083-Copy.jpg" width="790" height="524" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">People protest against fake degrees in Pakistan. Image by Isa Daudpota. Copyright Demotix (20/07/2010)</p></div> <p>Pakistan&#39;s national flag carrier airline Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has&nbsp;<a href="http://english.irib.ir/subcontinent/top-stories/item/183843-pia-fires-300-employees-for-having-fake-degrees">sacked 300 of its employees</a> across several different departments over the last six months after they were found to have submitted fake academic degrees.</p> <p style="margin-top: 15px;">The fake degrees were discovered as part of a <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/05-Apr-2014/pia-fires-300-employees-for-having-fake-degrees">Supreme Court-ordered effort</a> to verify the credentials of about 16,000 employees of PIA. The fired workers include pilots, flight attendants and engineers.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 15px;">Newspaper <a href="http://www.nation.com.pk/karachi/16-Feb-2014/pia-mulls-action-against-fake-degree-holders">The Nation reported</a> in February that according sources familiar with the matter, many of the employees suspected of using fake degrees&nbsp;were&nbsp;appointees of the previous government&nbsp;as a reward.</p> <p style="margin-top: 15px;">The scandal first broke in 2012, when a number of employees of the airline were first accused of having submitted fake degrees.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 15px;">Pakistan&#39;s battle against fake academic degrees is not new.&nbsp;In 2008, the government under former military dictator Pervez Musharraf amended election laws to require a university degree mandatory in order to qualify to become member of parliament. This posed a challenge for a large number of politicians who did not meet the requirement, and some obtained fake degrees to work around it.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" style="line-height: 18.200000762939453px;"><p>PIA fires 300 fake degree holders! Fake degrees is an epidemic in Pakistan! How will we cure it?</p> <p>— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1)&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ShireenMazari1/statuses/452306223262859264">April 5, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>After a significant number of the false credentials were exposed by political opponents, the country&#39;s Supreme Court&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/jul/02/pakistan-fake-degrees-scandal">ordered the election commission</a>&nbsp;to verify the university degrees of nearly all of their 1,100 federal and provincial parliamentarians, resulting in various lawmakers losing their seats. <a href="http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130426154826753">No actions were taken</a>&nbsp;against those who issued fake degrees to the lawmakers.</p> <p>Similar allegations have been made against <a href="http://dunyanews.tv/index.php/en/World/58236-Cold-snap-kills-35-in-Bolivia">civil servants</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maverickpakistanis.com/2010/07/number-of-pakistani-doctors-with-fake-degrees-inching-toward-40/">doctors</a>&nbsp;across the country. In the wake of the revelations, the Supreme Court&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/05-Apr-2014/pia-fires-300-employees-for-having-fake-degrees">ordered government institutions</a>&nbsp;to have the degrees of their staff verified and submit a compliance report.</p> <p>Commenting on The Nation&#39;s website, &#8220;Pak Patriot&#8221; <a href="http://www.nation.com.pk/karachi/16-Feb-2014/pia-mulls-action-against-fake-degree-holders#comment-1247349451">demanded</a> punishment for PIA employees caught using fake degrees:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>Police cases of fraud should be initiated against these fraudsters.<br /> Their political influence should also be exposed.<br /> A list of these PIA staff should be published in the newspapers, SHAME THEM.<br /> This practice will then stop in the country.<br /> Let the people know, which politicians are indulging in corrupt practices.<br /> Public should not vote for these Charlatans, next time around.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/dawndotcom/photos/a.250924510441.295677.86398345441/10153968588265442/?type=1&amp;comment_id=23772936&amp;offset=0&amp;total_comments=164">Saad Iqbal</a>&nbsp;wrote cynically on Facebook:</p> <blockquote style="line-height: 18.200000762939453px;"><p>lol its just a gimmick&#8230; all these fake degree holders have political influence that let them in thew corporation. By virtue of of same links they will b back to service or reinstated later on with all perks and privileges.</p></blockquote> <p>Shahzia Khan-Mehboob <a href="https://www.facebook.com/dawndotcom/photos/a.250924510441.295677.86398345441/10153968588265442/?type=1&amp;comment_id=23772233&amp;offset=100&amp;total_comments=170">commented</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Its fantastic,if its not a political move..&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>When lawmakers were discovered to have submitted fake degrees,&nbsp;<a href="http://thevoiceofyouth.com/2010/08/01/the-land-of-fake-degrees/">Tayaba Iftikhar</a> at youth network The Voice of Youth offered up a sarcastic analysis of the situation:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>I can’t believe the hullabaloo regarding it. I mean they obviously had better things to do rather than study, y’all. Correction: Study from chartered universities or NOT study at all. How can the media and the political analysts not realize that? That is the job of the rest of the ‘normal’ Pakistanis to study and have a REAL degree, not a FAKE one since that would be breaking the LAW and you will be in JAIL for that. Remember: The rich and elite of this nation are exempt from this.</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/rezwan/' title='View all posts by Rezwan'>Rezwan</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/07/300-pakistan-international-airlines-employees-fired-for-fake-degrees/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share: </span> <a href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F07%2F300-pakistan-international-airlines-employees-fired-for-fake-degrees%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F07%2F300-pakistan-international-airlines-employees-fired-for-fake-degrees%2F&#038;text=300+Pakistan+International+Airlines+Employees+Fired+for+Fake+Degrees&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> &middot; <a href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F07%2F300-pakistan-international-airlines-employees-fired-for-fake-degrees%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F07%2F300-pakistan-international-airlines-employees-fired-for-fake-degrees%2F&#038;title=300+Pakistan+International+Airlines+Employees+Fired+for+Fake+Degrees' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F07%2F300-pakistan-international-airlines-employees-fired-for-fake-degrees%2F&#038;title=300+Pakistan+International+Airlines+Employees+Fired+for+Fake+Degrees' id='gv-st_stumbleupon' title='StumbleUpon' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>StumbleUpon</span></a> &middot; <a href='http://del.icio.us/post?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F04%2F07%2F300-pakistan-international-airlines-employees-fired-for-fake-degrees%2F&#038;title=300+Pakistan+International+Airlines+Employees+Fired+for+Fake+Degrees' id='gv-st_delicious' title='delicious' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>delicious</span></a></span> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/07/300-pakistan-international-airlines-employees-fired-for-fake-degrees/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/07/300-pakistan-international-airlines-emp...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Citizen Media Education English Governance Law Pakistan Pakistan Politics Rezwan South Asia Travel Weblog Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:09:08 +0000 feed 265038 at http://newsmotion.org