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11 Interesting Facts about Education around the World and how different is the way of imparting it around the globe.

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New Delhi, July 28, 2017:

Education system is slightly different in its way of approach across the globe. Although there are some evergreen debates like, the best age at which one should begin the compulsory education or the perfect length for a school day, the answers of various nationalities arrive at different conclusions. Fret no more, here you will find solutions to all these questions!

Education System around the world and how they cater to Child growth or influence them in certain ways – 

  • In Australia, the School of the Air broadcasts lessons via radio signals to far-flung pupils living in remote areas.
  • The largest school in the world in terms of the number of students is in Lucknow, India. It is called City Montessori School and it has over 32,000 students.
  • China is the country where kids get the most homework.
  • Summer holidays last from the middle of December to early March in Chile, giving children three months off.
  • The country with the shortest school year and the longest school day is France.
  • Children in Germany are given a special cone called a Schultüte full of pens, pencils, mini books, snacks and other presents that can only be opened when they start school.
  • In Brazil, where lunch is an important event, children start school at 7 am and at noon goes home to eat with their parents.
  • England is home to the world’s old boarding school – The King’s School in Canterbury, which despite being established in 1567, provides a full modern education, complete with up-to-date quality equipment and supplies.
  • Even if it’s a weekend or a holiday, Russian children always start school on 1st September which is Knowledge Day.
  • The smallest school in the world is in Turin, Italy and with just one pupil.
  • Finland has one of the oldest schools starting ages in the world, as well as one of the most successful education systems. It’s seven years old.

Children learning in a classroom
Children learning in a classroom. Pixabay

  • Boys and girls are educated separately in Iran until they reach university. Even teachers must be of the same gender as the classes they teach.
  • Because of the flooding problems faced by the country, Bangladesh has no fewer than 100 boat schools. Each one has internet access, a library and is solar powered.
  • The World’s oldest teacher is America, Agnes Zhelesnik, who is 101 years old.
  • Knitting is one of the subjects taught in Icelandic schools.
  • The highest school in the world is Phumachangtang in Tibet, it is at 5,373 meters above the sea. We must say that education is delivered in unique ways and places across the world.

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Education is a vital part of life, we can all agree on that, and that’s why learning more about it can be really beneficial to all. We present you with the facts, figures, and quirks on schooling around the world and it can take you by surprise.

  • As of 2012, 31 million primary-school pupils worldwide have dropped out of school and an additional 32 million repeated a grade.
  • In the sub-Saharan, 11.07 million children leave school before completing their primary education. In South and West Asia, that number reaches 13.54 million.
  • While girls are less likely to begin school, boys are more likely to repeat grades or drop out altogether.
  • According to UNESCO, 61 million primary school-age children were not enrolled in school in 2010. Of these children, 47% were never expected to enter school, 26% attended school but left, and the remaining 27% are expected to attend school in the future.
  • Children living in a rural environment are twice more likely to be out of school than urban children. Additionally, children from the wealthiest 20% of the population are 4 times more likely to be in school than the poorest 20%.
  • In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%.
  • Women who are less educated are having more children, on average 2.5 children, over the course of their lifetime when compared to more educated women, on average 1.7 children.
  • Women with a primary school education are 13% more likely to know that condoms can reduce their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. An education can help decrease the spreading of this virus by promoting safer sexual practices.
  • 53% of the world’s out-of-school children are girls and 2/3 of the illiterate people in the world are women.
  • Education empowers women to make healthy decisions about their lives. For example, women in Mali with a secondary level education or higher have an average of 3 children, while those with no education have an average of 7.
  • The youth literacy rates in South America and Europe are among the highest with 90-100% literacy. The African continent, however, has areas with less than 50% literacy among children ages 18 and under.

– by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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World Suicide Prevention Day: Bollywood celebrities Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar lend their support to suicide prevention

Hrithik said, "On World Suicide Prevention Day, make a pledge to listen, and save a life"

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Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar support suicide prevention. IANS
  • Hrithik shared a link of a video which depicted that one should listen to a person for saving lives
  • In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day join the #EarForYou movement. Listen it can save a life
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Mumbai, September 10, 2017: Bollywood celebrities Karan Johar and Hrithik Roshan have come out in support of preventing suicide in the country on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day 2017.

Hrithik on Saturday shared a link of a video, which depicted that one should listen to a person for saving lives.

“On World Suicide Prevention Day, make a pledge to listen, and save a life,” Hrithik captioned the video.

Karan also shared the same link and wrote a similar caption for the video. He also tagged Neerja Birla, Founder, and Chairperson of Mpower, The Aditya Birla World Academy, and The Aditya Birla Integrated School.

Neerja Birla has started with the campaign and wrote on her Twitter account: “In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day join the #EarForYou movement. Listen it can save a life.”

According to the official page of Mpower, their aim is “to empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders by raising awareness, alleviating stigma, advocating prevention, fostering education, and providing world class holistic services, so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives, with respect and dignity.” (IANS)

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Assam Government signs a MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity

It will provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam

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Assam Government has signed MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity
Assam Government has signed MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity. Pixabay

Guwahati, Assam, September 8, 2017: The Assam government on Thursday signed a MoU with Google India to take Internet connectivity to the remotest part of the north-eastern state.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government would work to provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam under the MoU and thus increase digital literacy.

Information Technology Secretary Nitin Khare and Google India Country Head (Policy) Chetan Krishnaswami signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Sonowal.

“Technology rules the roost in the 21st century and the state government has upped the ante to use technology to carry forward the fruits of development to the remotest parts of Assam,” the Chief Minister said.

He said the ties with Google was a way forward to strongly pitch Guwahati as a natural gateway to the South-East Asian countries.

Sonowal said his government in sync with the Centre was working for the success of Startup initiative but the success of such programmes sans technology would be a distant dream.

“The MoU will be used as a launchpad to achieve the state government’s vision of women empowerment, skill development, and universal education,” he said.

The Chief Minister asked the Information Technology Department to take steps to make technology acceptable and favourable among the rural populace so as to catalyse rural development. (IANS)

 

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‘Super 30’ Founder Anand Kumar Urges Indians in Canada to Join Hands for Country’s Progress

Anand Kumar runs the ‘Super-30’ programme in India for talented students from underprivileged background and provides them free mentoring

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Anand kumar super 30. Wikimedia

Vancouver, Sep 05, 2017: ‘Super 30’ founder and mathematician Anand Kumar has urged Indians in Canada to contribute to their native country’s progress in whatever way they could.

“With such a large number of successful Indians in different fields here, India can bank on it and hope to use this vast expertise for its progress,” Kumar said.

He was speaking at the grand finale of ‘Namaste Canada’ programme, organised by 20 big Indian groups in association with the Indian Embassy, on Monday.

He said distance would not matter in this digital era, but passion and commitment would.

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He said there were abundant opportunities in the fields of education, healthcare and skill development in India, which had a young workforce below 35 years of age comprising more than half its total population.

In India, Kumar runs the ‘Super-30’ programme for talented students from underprivileged background and provides them free mentoring.

So far, over 400 of his students have made it to the Indian Institutes of Technology. (IANS)