More education will lead to fewer child brides, healthier children

Over 13 million adolescent girls between 10 and 19 years – equivalent to the population of South Sudan – were married in India in 2011, according to census data, but fewer literate women were married as children or had children early compared to those who were illiterate, according to an analysis by Child Rights and You (CRY), a Mumbai-based child rights nonprofit. The number of child brides and mothers have not improved substantially from 2011. In 2015-2016, an estimated 4.5 million girls between the age of 15 and 16 years…

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Eyes set on sky, children display drone-flying skills in Lucknow

All eyes were set on the sky as young minds gave wings to their dreams and skills at La Martiniere College ground in Lucknow on Thursday. After learning how to make and control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during a 20-day summer camp, 30 children in the age group of 6-16 years demonstrated their drone-flying skills on the concluding day of the programme. “This is the first time in the country where a platform was provided to the children to ignite their young minds to draw them towards aviation and robotics,”…

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Children of HIV patients to get free education in private schools

Priyangi Agarwal| Updated: Jun 14, 2017, 02.47 PM IST (TOI File Photo) BAREILLY: Children of HIV positive patients will now be entitled to free education in private schools up to Class XII under the Right to Education (RTE). Children between three and seven years will be given admissions in nursery and Class I from this academic year (2017-18). The anti-retroviral therapy (ART) centre in Bareilly has so far identified 19 children in this Officials said that irrespective of their family’s financial condition, children of HIV positive people can now apply…

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Thousands of children start school hungry, MPs warn

1.3m children in the UK are eligible for free school meals Peter Cade Thousands of children in England are starting school underweight, a group of MPs has warned. A report undertaken on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger has revealed that an increasingly high number of children do not get enough to eat at home and are arriving at school hungry. “For a minority of children, the school lunchtime represents the only chance each day to eat something substantial,” the group reported. At some schools, more than one in…

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Poorer children four times more likely to go to substandard primary schools

thousands of parents wait to hear where their children will be allocated a place at their preferred primary school Dan Kenyon Poorer families are four times more likely to send their children to “inadequate” or “failing” schools, official figures have revealed. As thousands of parents find out at which school their child will be allocated a place, a charity has warned that children from wealthier backgrounds have a much better chance of securing a place at desirable schools. Imran Hussain, Director of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “It is simply unacceptable low-income…

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Primary schools accused of ‘social segregation’ by rejecting poorer pupils in favour of children from richer homes

Places at church schools are highly competitive Getty Primary schools in England have been accused of “social segregation” after a report showed more than 1,500 schools were turning away disadvantaged pupils in favour of children from higher-income families. A report from the Sutton Trust found some of the most popular primary schools – particularly faith schools – had complicated oversubscription criteria that actively discouraged parents of poorer children and allowed the schools to be selective about which pupils were granted a place. The findings have raised concerns about a lack of equity in access to primary…

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Thousands of children start school hungry, MPs warn

1.3m children in the UK are eligible for free school meals Peter Cade Thousands of children in England are starting school underweight, a group of MPs has warned. A report undertaken on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger has revealed that an increasingly high number of children do not get enough to eat at home and are arriving at school hungry. “For a minority of children, the school lunchtime represents the only chance each day to eat something substantial,” the group reported. READ MORE Schools accused of ‘social segregation’…

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Palestinian ex-refugee Hanan al-Hroub wins $1m Global Teacher Prize for her work with refugee children

Palestinian primary school teacher Hanan al-Hroub reacts after she won the second annual Global Teacher Prize AP A Palestinian woman who grew up as a refugee and who now teaches refugee children has been awarded with a $1million (£707,000) global prize for reaching excellence. Hanan al-Hroub, who teaches primary school children in the West Bank city of al-Bireh, just outside of Ramallah, was handed the second annual Global Teacher Prize which recognises an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the profession. The Pope announced Ms al-Hroub – who…

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Britain’s schools ‘hit by sexting epidemic involving children as young as 12’

Tens of thousands of children have been caught sharing sexual imagery online over the last three years Rex Britain’s school children are experiencing a “sexting crisis”, according to a newspaper investigation. Tens of thousands of children have been caught sharing sexual imagery online over the last three years, leading the Government and child-protection groups to call for compulsory sex education classes at schools. The investigation, by The Times, included 50 schools and found that a third of all cases involved children aged 12 and 13. More than one in ten…

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100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school – according to teachers

TES and the National Association for the Teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers’ top 100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school. Here are the results. 1          Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 2          Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 3          Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 4          Matilda by Roald Dahl 5          The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson 6          The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis 7          The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 8          We’re Going on a Bear Hunt…

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