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Education Can Save Lives… Still, Some 125 Million School Children Are Unable to Read a Single Sentence

  Human Wrongs Watch Education can save lives, help reach sustainable development goals, says the United Nations. Nevertheless, some 125 million school children around the world are unable to read a single sentence, even after four years of attendance. If all women in poor countries completed primary education, child mortality would drop by one-sixth saving almost one million lives, the United Nations ...

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Of Blessing and Cursing

Of Blessing and Cursing Human Wrongs Watch Interview with anthropologist and social scientist Ariel James*, by Baher Kamal Science has advanced so much that we can split the atom, manipulate the genetic code, and produce synthetic cells. However, contemporary science has not fully understood how the brain works, and above all, how do work our senses of identity, consciousness and morality. **Image: Da Vinci ...

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No ‘Back to School’ for 30 Millions of Children Affected by Conflict, Crisis – UN

  Human Wrongs Watch Almost 30 million children are out of school in emergency or conflict affected countries following the targeting of schools and the displacement of millions of children forced from their homes and studies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 8 September 2014 said. “For children living through emergencies, education is a life line,” said Josephine Bourne, UNICEF’s head of ...

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One in Four Young People –175 Million Adolescents– Unable to Read a Single Sentence

Human Wrongs Watch With one in four young people – 175 million adolescents – unable to read a single sentence, International Literacy Day is an opportunity to remember one simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them, said the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “Literacy facilitates access to knowledge and triggers a process of empowerment ...

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Nisteling: The art of deep listening

The word 'listening' has many meanings and the context in which it is done will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening. Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups where there is little real listening by anyone as people compete for the opportunity to talk. A compulsive talker will 'liste ...

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Student Platform for Engineering Education and Development

 “I am a member of the Student Platform for Engineering Education and Development (SPEED),” writes Priyanka Byahatti. “We develop action plans to improve the engineering education in particular to make the world a better place to live in. I am currently working on an action plan called ‘Engineering Seeds of Peace’.” SPEED conducts a Global Students Forum (GSF) every year which draws academics, representativ ...

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Mumbai: annual examinations of the Dawoodi Bohra community

The 76th annual examination of Aljamea-tus- Saifyah conducted by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin who lays strong emphasis on women empowerment through education The 76th Imteehan Sanawee of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s 200 year old educational institute, Aljamea-tus-Saifyah are currently taking place over a period of ten days at the Saifee Masjid in Bhendi Bazar, Mumbai. In line with community tradition, the exa ...

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Nigerian President Seeks International Help for Schoolgirls’ Rescue

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he has asked for international help toward finding the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped last month. The militant Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected of abducting the girls during a night raid on their northeastern hostel. Jonathan and President Obama have spoken by phone to discuss the crisis, and Nigeria has made appeals to other world powers. Over the weekend, Jonatha ...

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Education is not business

Higher Education and Structural Unemployment: Discovering Possible Alternatives By Niamat Ullah Sarker* With globalization developed through capitalism, a new horizon has been seen in the world of trade and commerce. Under capitalism, people are free to work at jobs of their own choice, to try to sell their products or services at whatever prices they wish, and to select from among various products and serv ...

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Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than a half-century ago. His proudly racist rhetoric was matched by heinous actions: Murders, lynchings and systemic violence, often endorsed or organized by state and local governments, were inflicted on African-Americans and their allies struggling for civil rights. Despite that, those fighti ...

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