QFFD to provide education to Somanlian children

The Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education of Somalia to support a local project by Education Above All (EAA) Foundation aimed at providing quality primary education to Somalian children.

The MoU also aims to provide alternative basic education to older children and retain them, empower teachers to use child-centred teaching practices, strengthen community education committees and improve the project management capabilities of staff at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education, EAA has said in a statement.
Representing Qatar, QFFD director-general Khalifa bin Jassim al-Kuwari signed the agreement along with Abdullahi Abukar Haji, Somalia’s Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education.
Al-Kuwari affirmed that this “pledge comes as part of Qatar’s commitment towards the government and people of Somalia, building on a number of current projects between the two countries and covering several developmental areas in all states, including rehabilitating and developing infrastructure, stimulating the economy, creating jobs for youth and empowering women”.
He added that Qatar would be keen to support the Somali government in achieving its comprehensive national goals.
“Qatar is one of the biggest supporters of Somalia in various fields, and education and empowering Somali people to contribute to building and developing their country is very important to us,” he stressed.
Somalia’s Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education said, “We are grateful for Qatar’s support to my country during the past years.”
He also affirmed that the Qatari-Somali bilateral relations have always been strong and beneficial, while commending the support provided by Qatar in various fields, especially education.
Fahad Hamad al-Sulaiti, CEO of Education Above All, said: “We must remember that education is an integral part of human capital and development, as well as an engine for sustainable development. Let us work together to provide a better future for all by ensuring equality and inclusivity through providing quality education. The project will work with the aim of promoting the enrolment of children deprived of formal primary education in the Somalia’s states of Puntland, Galmudug, Hershabil, Jubaland and southwestern Somalia, and to ensure that nearly 57,600 out-of-school children have access to basic education, who were denied it as a result of their to instability, displacement and poverty.
“We value the efforts of both partners and those who support us to find sustainable solutions to help create a safe environment for education and prosperity.”

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Carrying Children In Cargo Bikes Can Be Dangerous, New Report Finds

Cargo bikes are becoming more widely used by transportation and delivery companies. Some studies estimate that in years to come, with the variety of models coming on the market and sales growing rapidly, cargo bikes will be used for about 50% of the delivering of goods. 

Families, too, have recognized the benefits of these increasingly popular modes of transport, but carrying children in them can be dangerous and are only safe if parents strap them in.

Those are the main findings of new research showing that children can safely ride on cargo bikes, but only when the bike is equipped with a seat belt system – and when this system is actually used. The results were released on Thursday by DEKRA, a company based in Germany that conducts automotive testing, inspection and crash research.  

“When the dummy was strapped in, its position hardly changed when the brakes were applied,” Peter Rücker, Head of DEKRA Accident Research, said in a statement.. “In the test in which the dummy was not strapped in, however, the dummy was thrown out of the box and hit its head on the road. An accident like this would result in severe head injuries – especially without a helmet.”

The analysis was based on a series of tests conducted for the DEKRA Road Safety Report 2020, which examined two-wheeled modes of transportation from a variety of perspectives.  The annual report focuses on a different topic every year. 

Testing for the cargo bike study was conducted at Dekra’s Technology Center in Brandenburg, Germany. Experts assessed and compared two scenarios: with a child dummy strapped in with the seat belt system offered by the manufacturer and placed on the seat in the cargo box and not strapped in. Braking was performed with the bicycle’s own brakes from a speed of 25 km/h.

This year’s report highlighted the benefits of cargo bikes to families. Unlike conventional child bicycle seats, it said, cargo bikes can accommodate two children, which makes it easier for parents, and they provide their young passengers with ample space to move around.

And compared to traveling in a trailer when they are in the parent’s field of vision, in cargo bikes, children can better enjoy the view around them.

But the report’s researchers also stressed the importance of safety and issued a series of recommendations:

  • Whenever parents or other caretakers let children ride on a cargo bike, they must always make sure they are strapped in. 
  •  To offer protection in order to prevent head injuries during collisions with other road users, a helmet is “urgently recommended.”
  • Bicycle retailers should always ask customers how they intend to use their cargo bikes. “The dealer should insist that the customer purchase a suitable model fitted with a seat belt system,” the report suggested, if they plan to transport children. 


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Advertiser content hosted by the Guardian: How your children can give themselves more career options when choosing a degree

It’s an unfortunate paradox of our society that our children are tasked to decide what to study at university, while they are still in their teens.

We have all looked back at that moment in our own lives in hindsight and thought “Why didn’t I…?”

Of course, you’ve probably also realised that life has a way of sorting itself out as it unfolds. Choosing a course of study is less about locking in your next half-decade, but more about arming yourself for the future. Especially with the trend towards more flexible, volatile and unpredictable careers.

That’s why a combination degree could be the wisest option for your child. If your child is tossing up between multiple areas of study or wants varied experience in a timeframe that won’t leave them behind their peers, this might be the answer they didn’t even know existed.

More than just a double degree

While a double degree is often just two concurrent single degrees, a UWA combination is different. It takes the specialisms from different bachelor’s degrees and combines them to make a carefully curated degree that gives your child a level of qualification and transdisciplinary skills found in a double degree, while also fast-tracking their future and arming them with the flexibility to increase and enhance their eventual career options.

Here are some examples of the many combinations UWA offers:

Law and Commerce

Option 1: 6 years

Bachelor of Arts (major in Law and Society, second major in Business Law) plus Juris Doctor postgrad.

Students will graduate with a Juris Doctor for just 1.5 years of additional study. The Juris Doctor is Western Australia’s only postgraduate qualifying law degree, ensuring students will be qualified to practise law as a lawyer or barrister, or to embark on a career as a parliamentarian, policy analyst and more.

Option 2: 3 years

Bachelor of Commerce (major in Business Law, second major in Political Science and International Relations).

A great option for students interested in law, but not interested in becoming a practising lawyer. They will graduate 1.5 years sooner.

Option 3: 5 years

Bachelor of Arts (major in Law and Society, second major in Business Law) plus the Master of Commerce or Master of International Relations.


Bachelor of Commerce (major in Business Law and second major in Law and Society) plus the Master of Commerce or the Master of International Relations.


Law with Commerce, Arts or Criminology

Option 1: 3 years

Bachelor of Arts (major in Law and Society, second major in Criminology).

Option 2: 3 years

Bachelor of Arts (major in Law and Society plus second major from Commerce degree).

Under either option, students will graduate with the same qualification as a double degree – two years sooner.

Engineering and Commerce

This combination is designed to get students into their career more qualified and sooner. Students will graduate as a qualified and accredited engineer with strong business and commerce acumen – a skill set employers are looking for in industries from mining to finance

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A postcode lottery is stopping children in care from going to university | Education

There have been far too few care leavers going to university for far too long. The numbers are staggering: just 12% of care-experienced pupils compared to 42% of their peers. It’s not fair that care leavers should have far worse educational and life chances than the general population, especially since we already know the reasons why.

The problem starts at school, when children in care typically experience extensive disruption to their education, often as a result of moving between homes. This may lead them to feel like like they don’t know who to talk to about going to university.

Without access to accurate information and advice, or the right support network and role models, they may struggle to navigate the admissions system, which puts many off applying.

If they do get to university, they then have a host of financial worries to contend with. At present, the financial support care leavers receive from local authorities is a patchy postcode lottery. Some may receive a comprehensive package of support, along with proactive and engaged personal advisors, while others struggle to access the basic statutory allowance they are entitled to.

There are problems with housing policy, too. Care leavers who are on the waiting list for a council property are not always able to take up the 365 day accommodation offer from universities. Under some strict local authority rules, living outside their local area means they will lose their priority place on the housing list. Students in these circumstances may instead have to live in temporary expensive accommodation, leading to further financial hardship.

Given the huge variation in support available to care leavers across different regions, the group of universities that I chair as vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton, University Alliance, is calling on the government to guarantee that all care experienced students who go to university receive a standardised, high-quality package of financial and pastoral support that is not dependent on their postcode.

The government should also undertake a review into the student finance system to address the needs of students without family support, including summer bursaries, which may help reduce hardship and anxieties around homelessness.

Establishing a more robust evidence base would help, too. Universities can work with local authorities to capture this missing data and share expertise.

Accessible, relevant advice and guidance are some of the most important tools universities can offer care leavers interested in improving their life chances. This might include supporting the work of online resources such as Propel, working with charities such as Stand Alone and Become or holding pre-enrolment programmes targeted at those who have left care settings.

What’s needed is a comprehensive package of support, like Kingston University’s award-winning KU Cares, which combines financial support, year-round accommodation and opportunities to gain new skills for care leavers, estranged students and young adult carers.

A care leaver or estranged student’s choice about where they want to study should not be restricted by the support available to them. Some of those I have met

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As Many As 3 Million Children Have Gone Without Education Since March: Estimate | Education News

As many as 3 million children in the U.S. haven’t received any education since their schools shuttered in March – a sobering new estimate of the havoc the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking on the country’s most vulnerable students.

“The consequences for these students’ education and well-being are not marginal concerns: They are an emergency,” researchers at Bellwether Education Partners warned in a new report. “The long-term consequences of this crisis are difficult to estimate without seeming hyperbolic.”

Given how difficult reliable information on student learning has been to collect during the pandemic, researchers estimated the total number of students experiencing the worst consequences of school closures and the shift to distance learning by identifying groups of students most at risk and then calculating a likely percentage of those groups not in school, based on media reports and available data.

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The researchers focused on students with disabilities, English learners, students in foster care, migrant students and homeless students.

If 1 in 4 students in those groups has been shut out of education for months, that adds up to more than 3 million students – as if, the researchers point out, the entire school-aged population of the state of Florida dropped out of school.

If even 1 in 20 students in those at-risk groups did not access any education in the ongoing pandemic, that adds up to approximately 620,000 students.

The reasons so many students have been cut off from education include lack of access to the internet and technology devices, lack of available supports for English learners and students with disabilities, the economic pressures that have forced some students to get a job to help keep their families afloat as others have been forced to assume the role of the primary caretakers, watching their little brothers and sisters.

While these students can be found in every state, they’re concentrated in urban areas, the researchers noted. And once a student leaves school, they warned, it is difficult for them to return. One study of a large, urban district, for example, found that two-thirds of high school dropouts never reenrolled, and among those who did reenroll about half dropped out again.

“Circumstances that might push a student out of school today are very different, but even if all of the currently missing students return to school as soon as they are allowed to do so, months of missed opportunities for learning could mean permanent setbacks,” they wrote.

The researchers lamented the lack of public recognition of the serious challenges facing the country’s most vulnerable students and the potential consequences should millions continue to be disconnected from schools.

“Not only are educational futures at stake, but in some severe cases, students’ basic safety and well-being are in jeopardy,” they wrote.

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LFC Foundation and Right To Play are working Side by Side to transform the lives of children around the world

The LFC Foundation and Right To Play are working Side by Side to transform the lives of children around the world.
The LFC Foundation and Right To Play are working Side by Side to transform the lives of children around the world.
The LFC Foundation and Right To Play are working Side by Side to transform the lives of children around the world.
The LFC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club — https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com
The LFC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club — https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com
The LFC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club — https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com

TORONTO, CANADA, Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Liverpool FC Foundation, official charity of the Liverpool Football Club (LFC, The Reds), and global Canada-based children’s charity Right To Play are working Side by Side, using the power of sport and play to help vulnerable children in Liverpool, Bangkok, and around the world.

To raise awareness and support of the partnership, Right To Play and Liverpool FC Foundation have launched a new digital campaign – Side by Side – which will feature across the club’s digital channels.

The Side by Side campaign includes a video narrated by The Reds’ manager and LFC Foundation Ambassador, Jürgen Klopp, which shows the power of play and sport in action, and aims to inspire viewers to come together and support the campaign. Watch here.

As well as driving awareness for the game-changing partnership, the campaign will seek support from the LFC family to join the Side by Side movement and help raise funds to provide children around the world with the tools and skills they need to overcome the impacts of poverty, conflict, and disease, and become empowered to learn, lead, and succeed.

The need for support is more important than ever in these challenging times as the devastating global impact of the pandemic continues to make children’s lives harder every single day.

Jürgen Klopp, LFC Foundation Ambassador said: “Millions of children around the world are facing adversity and being forced to grow up too fast. Side by Side gives children the opportunity to rise above their challenges and thrive through the power of sport and play.

“Liverpool Football Club has the best fans in the world – no matter where we live, we’re all part of the Liverpool family and Side by Side we can do anything.”

During last season’s UEFA Champions League competition, fans may have noticed the addition of the Right To Play logo on LFC’s kit. The logo will again be worn during the upcoming Champions League campaign and is available for fans to add to their shirts in LFC stores and the online retail store. All of the proceeds raised from the sales will support the work of the Side by Side partnership. You can access the LFC store here.

“We are so proud to be working in partnership with Liverpool FC Foundation to create a lasting impact in children’s lives,” said Right To Play CEO, Dr. Kevin Frey.

“Liverpool FC is recognised not just for its accomplishments on the field, but also for its commitment to improving the lives of children and young people in Liverpool and

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CPS confirms plan to phase students back into buildings next quarter, starting with ‘most vulnerable’ children; union vows to fight reopening

Chicago Public Schools announced Friday that all students will continue with remote learning when the second quarter starts in November but that some of the district’s “most vulnerable” children will begin returning to schools before the end of the calendar year.

a close up of a sign: CPS says pre-kindergartners and some special education students will be the first to return to school but they haven't said when.

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CPS says pre-kindergartners and some special education students will be the first to return to school but they haven’t said when.

A CPS news release did not specify when the first students — those in pre-kindergarten and some in special education — will begin phasing back in to in-person learning, saying administrators will make that decision in consultation with public health official “closer to the start of the second quarter” on Nov. 9.

But officials said the goal is to “add additional grades as early as January. Later this year, the district will be engaging parents in other grades to assess their interest in returning to classrooms.”

The Chicago Teachers Union immediately vowed to fight the plan, with CTU attorney Thad Goodchild calling it “Ill-timed, reckless and illegal” and vowing that the union will use “all available resources” to roll it back.

The union, which went on strike a year ago, did not specify its next move. But leaders and members said Mayor Lori Lightfoot is shirking her responsibility to protect Chicago citizens and pointed to metrics showing the pandemic is worsening and aren’t within the parameters officials outlined over the summer. They say CPS hasn’t done enough to make buildings safe or been transparent about COVID-19 cases tied to schools.

“We need more engagement, we need more collaboration, we need more transparency and we need more clarity in respect to how we can open safely,” CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said.

“We also know mayor and CPS has yet to invest the dollars necessary to open safety,” she added, citing a “conservative estimate” of $1 billion.

“We cannot experiment or take lightly the responsibility we need to see from mayor,” Davis Gates said. ” … I resent that we are always made the be the heavy in this.”

But CPS officials cited equity as one of the main factors in the decision, saying the COVID-19 pandemic “has greatly increased inequities in the district.”

The district pointed to new data it said shows that pre-kindergarten, special education and Black and Latino students “are attending school at significantly reduced rates relative to prior years and other students this school year.”

CPS also pointed to a what it called the ‘largest enrollment decline in more than two decades driven by fewer new students enrolling in the earliest grades, including a 44 percent decline in Black students enrolled in pre-K compared to last school year.”

CPS said it decided to use a phased-in approach, starting with preschoolers and students in “intensive and moderate” special education programs, because those “require a significantly modified curriculum with support in a separate classroom from general education peers for the majority of the day.”

Those are the students

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Children From Immigrant Families Are Increasingly the Face of Higher Education

LOS ANGELES — An extraordinary demographic shift is sweeping through U.S. university campuses as immigrants and children of immigrants become an ever-larger share of student bodies, with implications for the future of the country’s work force, higher education and efforts to reduce racial and economic inequality.

A new study released on Thursday found that more than 5.3 million students, or nearly 30 percent of all students enrolled in colleges and universities in 2018, hailed from immigrant families, up from 20 percent in 2000. The population of so-called immigrant-origin students grew much more than that of U.S.-born students of parents also born in the United States, accounting for 58 percent of the increase in the total number of students in higher education during that period.

These students, most of them nonwhite, are the offspring of Indians who came to study in the United States and stayed; the children of Latin Americans who crossed the border for blue-collar jobs; and some whose families fled civil wars around the world as refugees.

“In higher education, we are producing and training the future work force. That future work force has more students from immigrant families than previously understood,” said Miriam Feldblum, executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a group of college and university officials that commissioned the study from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank.

Studies have shown that college graduates earn $1 million more over their lifetime than those with a high school degree. They also have better health outcomes, are more civically engaged and have an overall better quality of life.

“Accessing higher education enables immigrant students to achieve their dreams, and it becomes an economic and social mobility generator, benefiting themselves, their children and the country,” said Ms. Feldblum, a former dean of Pomona College in California.

In California, immigrants or children of immigrants accounted for about half of enrolled students in 2018. In eight states, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington, they represented 30 percent to 40 percent of the student body. And in 32 states, at least 20,000 students from immigrant families were pursuing degrees, from associate and bachelor’s degrees to master’s and doctorate degrees.

An overwhelming majority of immigrant-origin students are U.S. citizens or legal residents. But they are likely to face barriers and limits on resources that many other students do not.

“Going into the college process, these students themselves or their families may not have a lot of knowledge about navigating college applications and the financial aid process,” said Jeanne Batalova, a senior policy analyst at Migration Policy Institute and the lead author of the report.

Once immigrant-origin students are in school, their dropout rates tend to be higher because many come from poor households.

“They juggle multiple responsibilities, which makes it more challenging for them to stay in school and complete their degrees on time,” Ms. Batalova said. “If there is a health or family emergency, they lack a safety net to fall

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