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UNICEF: ‘Education Under Fire’, Militant Attacks on Afghan Schools Tripled in 2018

More than 1,000 schools across the country remain closed because of security threats from groups

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In this April 5, 2017 photo, Afghan students attend school classes in an open air primary school on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. VOA

Attacks on schools in Afghanistan increased almost threefold last year, making it increasingly difficult to ensure an education for children in many parts of the country, the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF said on Tuesday.

The agency, which promotes education and children’s rights, said the number of attacks against Afghan schools jumped from 68 in 2017 to 192 last year. It was the first time since 2015 that a rise in attacks had been recorded.

“Education is under fire in Afghanistan,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “The senseless attacks on schools; the killing, injury and abduction of teachers; and the threats against education are destroying the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of children.”

More than 1,000 schools across the country remain closed because of security threats from groups such as the Taliban and Islamic State, which have sought soft targets for attacks aimed at extending and consolidating their influence through intimidation.

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Attacks on schools in Afghanistan increased almost threefold last year. Pixabay

Although the Taliban have shifted from their previous opposition to all forms of girls’ education, they have faced regular accusations of shutting down schools run in a way they do not approve.

UNICEF said the use of school buildings as voter centers during last year’s parliamentary election may have been a factor behind the rise in attacks.

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Afghanistan has a young and fast-growing population but about 3.7 million children, or nearly half of all school-age children, are not in formal education, UNICEF said. (VOA)

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BIGO LIVE: Setting Up Trend of Free Education through Live Streaming

India's young and aspiring population presents an exciting opportunity for tech companies to disrupt the status quo

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The channel has already initiated English and soft skill training classes through live streaming and aims to expand in other subjects gradually. Pixabay

In a bid to expand its user base in tier-2 and tier-3 cities in India, Singapore-based live streaming platform BIGO LIVE on Tuesday announced the launch of a free education channel.

The channel has already initiated English and soft skill training classes through live streaming and aims to expand in other subjects gradually, BIGO said.

“India’s young and aspiring population presents an exciting opportunity for tech companies to disrupt the status quo and provide innovative solution for transforming education. Free live streaming education content on BIGO LIVE is an industry first in India,” Nagesh Banga, Deputy Country Manager, BIGO LIVE, said in a statement.

“The key to this endeavour is its two-way live engagement and instant feedback natural synergy,” Banga added.

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Singapore-based live streaming platform BIGO LIVE on Tuesday announced the launch of a free education channel. Pixabay

The platform plans to leverage the potential of live streaming and BIGO LIVE existing technological infrastructure to create a unique teaching pedagogy accessible to all.

The company is expecting that the audience in tier-2 and tier-3 cities seeking good education platforms along with English and soft-skill training will be particularly benefited through this education channel.

The firm has already hired over 70 teachers for the English programme and aims to raise the count to around 200 by June-end.

The channel can be accessed free of charge on BIGO LIVE App.

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The app is available for both Android and iOS users, BIGO LIVE said. (IANS)