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MDG2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

MDG2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
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‘Management’ a tough nut for campus radio stations

Mar 18, 2014 07:55 PM “Every station has a unique problem and should be looked at independently,” said Dr Sanjay Mishra, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA).
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The ward finds a voice

Mar 12, 2014 11:45 AM In meetings across villages in Bihar, the east Indian state, men and women are coming out of their mud-huts. Nothing unusual about the sight, but then you hear shouts and excited voices from an assembly. The rural folk get into animated discussions and even arguments. Men and, also, women. These are not the usual rustic shouts. Rahul Kumar of OneWorld South Asia captures these are shouts of empowerment, of demanding rights and seeking entitlements through the efforts of a collective of NGOs in Bihar, working with the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS). PACS is urging people at the lowest rung of the governance unit, the ward, to talk and hold debates; find out what ails their villages and tell their leaders and also the government to take action.

DSDS is a major platform to talk about food and water security: John Prescott

Jan 23, 2014 06:30 PM Lord John Prescott, Former Deputy Prime Minister & Member of Parliament, House of Lords, UK emphasizes that DSDS is a major platform where global and climate change challenges are tackled from the prism of food, water and energy security. It is becoming increasingly clear that the challenges the world faces in respect of energy, water and food security are interlinked. Consequently, if strategies have to be developed for tackling one or the other aspect of this integrated challenge we would need to consider comprehensive and critical aspects of managing supply and demand for energy, water and food in a manner that ensures security in each of these.

Erratic weather threatens livelihoods in Pakistan

Dec 16, 2013 11:55 AM In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers' problems and led to a slump in yields. With four dry winters in a row since 2008, deciding which crops to grow, and if they should continue to cultivate traditional crops such as wheat, has become increasingly complicated for farmers. Rain-fed areas contribute 12 per cent of the 24 million tonnes of wheat produced annually in Pakistan. Wheat is an important crop for Pakistan's agricultural economy, accounting for 3 per cent of GDP and earning around US$600 million in foreign exchange reserves through exports each year. Source:

School head can make a big difference: study

Aug 11, 2013 09:00 AM A motivated head-of- the-school can make a big difference to improve the quality of education, says a new study.
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Nothing more frustrating than being unemployable: Tharoor

Aug 02, 2013 06:40 PM India’s demographic dividend could turn into a demographic disaster, if millions of young people are not trained to be employable, cautions Shashi Tharoor.
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UNFPA to launch videos on life- skills education in India

Aug 01, 2013 03:26 PM The training videos for tutors are intended to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
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MDGs: So close, yet so far

Jul 07, 2013 09:56 PM With barely 900 days to go for the end of the MDG road, the 2013 score card presents good as well as disappointing news. Just six of the 21 targets have been met or are close to being met even as aid funds continue to decline putting the other targets in peril.
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Millennium Development Goals are within reach: report

Jul 02, 2013 06:01 PM The targets that have already been met include halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and providing more than two billion people with access to improved sources of drinking water.
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Time to introduce professional farming methods: Rawat

May 21, 2013 06:15 PM India’s Minister for Water Resources, Harish Rawat, lauds the innovative apple project of Uttarakhand, a model that has freed small apple farmers from the clutches of middlemen besides introducing business acumen in them.

Adhocism will ruin Indian school education: Apex court

May 20, 2013 06:40 PM “We spoil the entire education system by appointing ad-hoc teachers who do not have proper qualification," a two-judge bench of India's Supreme Court said today.
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Indian President calls to end gender disparity in education

May 14, 2013 09:00 AM The Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee, called upon the academics to identify the grassroots innovations and link them with the ongoing education process of the universities.
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1.3 mn female students to get stipend in Bangladesh

May 03, 2013 09:00 AM The government has decided to provide stipend to 1,33,726 female students at the bachelor's level soon to promote female education in the country.
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Sri Lanka's child-friendly schools project nears completion

May 03, 2013 08:45 AM For developing 5,000 elementary schools into child friendly schools 3322 schools representing the 25 districts were selected.
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ADB backs secondary education quality drive in Sri Lanka

Apr 26, 2013 10:00 AM The funds for the quality drive will be disbursed based on six indicators which will be jointly evaluated by the government and the ADB.
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Save the Children and Delhi Daredevils bat for ‘education’

Apr 11, 2013 04:15 PM Delhi Daredevils’s tie up with Save the Children and Muthoot Group seeks to raise funds for fulfilling the dreams of the lesser privileged children in India.
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WB approves $400 mn to support education in Sindh

Mar 24, 2013 10:00 AM The World Bank has approved a package of assistance worth $400 million to support the Second Sindh Education Sector Reform Program (SERP II). The program will support the Sindh government’s efforts to increase school participation and measure student achievement by improving sector governance and accountability and strengthening administrative systems.
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India needs a knowledge society: Shashi Tharoor

Feb 26, 2013 04:35 PM At a conference today organised by the CII, Shashi Tharoor talked about the need for the private sector to step up and play a bigger role in the education sector in India.
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Pakistan's Sindh makes education of children compulsory

Feb 25, 2013 11:09 AM Sindh passed a landmark decision by passing the Right to Education Bill to boost efforts of attaining 100 per cent literacy by 2015.
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Initiative to make Indian girls WINsome

Feb 22, 2013 06:40 PM WIN (Women’s International Networking), an independent global leadership organisation, is all set to launch an initiative –WIN Girls – in collaboration with Indian NGOs Stree Shakti and Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEQUIN) to enable higher education for girls from the less privileged sections of the society.
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