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BBC News - Pupils being bullied on sports fields, survey says - 0 views

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    Two-thirds of parents say they have witnessed bullying and intimidation on the school sports field, a survey suggests.

    A poll of 1,250 eight to 16-year-old pupils and 1,010 parents for cricket charity Chance to Shine suggests some pupils are put off sport as a result.

    More than half of the pupils surveyed say they have been subjected to teasing, taunts and physical threats.
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Bullying Prevention: Ways for Parents and Educators to Work Together - 0 views

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    Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
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French parents to boycott homework | World news | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    A group of French parents and teachers have called for a two-week boycott of homework in schools, saying it is useless, tiring and reinforces inequalities between children.

    They say homework pushes the responsibility for learning on parents and causes rows between themselves and their children. And they conclude children would be better off reading a book.
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Education in Katine | Richard M Kavuma | Global development | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

  • It is hard for pupils in poor rural Ugandan schools to pursue their dreams, but it is harder still for those in community schools such as Amorikot. At the start of the Katine project, Amorikot was about the poorest school you could find – a collection of leaky, gaping, grass huts for classrooms, and offices manned largely by unqualified teachers. But, as part of the project, Amref built modern classrooms and latrines. Yet because it is a community – as opposed to a government-aided – school, Amorikot has struggled without trained teachers or state grants, and with dwindling fee payments from parents.
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Teachers in Zurich will receive a handbook with details of 14 languages to help communi... - 0 views

  • Teachers in Zurich are to receive a language handbook with vocabulary and basic information about the 14 main immigrant languages to help ease communication.

    With one in three students coming from foreign-language homes, the manual is designed to help in situations such as parent-teacher meetings as well as in German language classes.

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In Japan, parents try to go on: 'My child should come home to me' - CNN.com - 0 views

  • "I'm not OK," she says, still smiling as if she's talking about the weather. "Of course I'm not. But I have another son."

    Naganuma's other son, eight-year-old Koto, is missing. Koto was at Ishinomaki Okawa Elementary School the day the tsunami hit. The 108 students, as they'd practiced before, evacuated when the earthquake struck, says Naganuma.

  • The students had no idea the tsunami was coming. Out of the 108, 77 are presumed dead or missing. Koto is among the missing, his body still not recovered.

    "Ran saw the tsunami," says Naganuma. "His brother is not coming home. So I think he understands. I can see he's pretending to be happy, so we don't worry about him."

  • From blanket to blanket, families recount their own losses. But it's the deaths of all the children at the elementary school that pains this community most.

    At the elementary school, young fathers dig with shovels alongside rescuers. The school is a shell, its inside gutted by the force of the tsunami.

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  • Next to the school, backpacks sit in rows, waiting to be identified and retrieved. The piles of school mementos are all mud-covered -- from the school little league team to the bats they used.
  • With so much work to do for these parents, there's no time to think about grieving, says aid organization Save the Children. The nonprofit group hopes to ease the onslaught of trauma, by setting up "child-friendly spaces" at evacuation centers up and down the northern Japan coastline.
  • The purpose, she says, is to give the children "a sense of safety and to actually also work with the parents on how to support them on this process. It's going to be a long recovery process for children who've experienced this extreme devastation."
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allAfrica.com: Ghana: Karaga Parents Refuse to Send Girls to School - 0 views

  • According to Madam Fatima, most of the Muslim parents, in spite of the Capitation Grant, School Feeding and supply of free school uniforms and exercise books by the government, still prefer to send their children to the farms, or allow them to travel down south for menial jobs such as 'Kayayei', rather than send them to school.
  • schools in the Karaga District continued to record low female enrollment every academic year, more especially, the Islamic schools.

    Citing her school, which is also an Islamic school as an example, Madam Fatima described it as being "highly unacceptable" to see a school with a population of 700, with only 200 females.

    Out of the 523 pupils at the primary level, only 160 are girls, and at Junior High 1 and 2, only 21 are females out of 134 pupils.

  • Madam Fatima told The Chronicle that even though the Karaga District Education Directorate and the District Assembly had over the years embarked on sensitisation campaigns to encourage parents and even traditional rulers to push their female wards to school, something positive was yet to come out it.
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    She indicated that the majority of the parents were of the view that the education of girls was irrelevant, since a woman would eventually end up in a man's house as a wife, no matter the successes she achieves in education.
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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Schools' Demands Burden for Parents - 0 views

  • even though the government has subsidised secondary school education, parents are still digging deep into their pockets.

    Each student, under the Free Secondary Education introduced in 2008, is allocated Sh10,265 a year. But the burden on parents remains heavy because of other requirements.

    For Ms Maureen Ngui, shopping for her first born-daughter, Grace Aurelia Akinyi, life has never been more hectic.

    "I have spent Sh30,000 on personal effects and textbooks yet it seems I am only halfway through," she said.

  • Under the "Child Friendly Schools" campaign launched in partnership with the United Nations, the students who will be joining secondary schools today shall not be allocated duties in the roster until the middle of the first term.
  • The principals are also organising a series of talks, commonly referred to as barazas, to hear the views of the students on various issues.
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