School Meals Programs Struggle to Feed Our Children

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Teachers and education administrators sounded the alarms. The spouses and partners of 18 state governors issued pleas. Leadership on both sides of the political aisle brought pressure, some of it decidedly unsubtle. In the end, they combined to strong-arm the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) into extending programs that help get food to the children of poor families in the midst of a pandemic.

What now? Well, sure: another dogfight to try to keep those programs going for the duration of the school year.

For months, the Centers for Disease Control has seen its credibility compromised and eroded by repeated political interference. Now the USDA is in the middle of a bizarre struggle in which nutrition plans for hungry kids – plans largely devoid of controversy – are repeatedly threatened with shuttering.

The programs aren’t perfect, but in places like Las Angeles the effect is still staggering. As of

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Remote learning keeps children safe from the coronavirus, but it hampers their social skills development

It is the first day of school. There are no buses. No sounds of the bell ringing or morning announcements over the loudspeaker. There is no chatter, laughter, high fives or even elbow bumps between the students in the classrooms. Hallways and lockers are empty. The cafeteria floor is sparkling clean.

This first day of school is different. It is too silent – no feelings of nostalgia and excitement. Meeting new students, new teachers, new friends, new experiences and new opportunities is just a distant memory.

55 million students in the United States were out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These students missed face-to-face instruction that continued into the summer months. Some students are now returning to school in person, but many, like my twin boys, are continuing remote learning, while others have a hybrid situation.

The remote learning has many teachers working 24/7 to create high-quality educational

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Learning Co-Parenting Skills So Children Can Thrive

For many years, Alysha Price and her ex raised their now 17-year-old son with an admirable amount of cooperation and a lack of animosity. “A lot of people would say, how did you do that?” says Price. She also often acted as an unofficial co-parenting coach, while observing what she saw as a lack of available services aimed at providing such help.

What was needed, she realized, were services that focused on helping children experience a stable family life, even when their parents lived apart, by training divorced or never-married couples to raise their kids in a collaborative, amicable way. “There was a missing link—helping people figure out how to co-parent across households, as a team,” says Price, who has had a long career in nonprofit work.  

Last year, she launched a company to address that gap. Called The Price Dynamic, the Minneapolis enterprise trains parents

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New education ‘hubs’ for Deaf children needed to replace social spaces lost when specialist schools close

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New dedicated hubs for Deaf children are needed around the country to provide new social spaces, education and support, an expert has said.

Special schools for Deaf children have had an important role in the Deaf community, acting as places people can meet and learn BSL together. But the move to inclusive education and new technology such as cochlear implants means most children with hearing loss are now educated in mainstream schools.

Deaf education should be remodeled to replace the role previously provided by specialist schools which have closed, Dr. Hannah Anglin-Jaffe argues in a study in the British Education Research Journal.

Dr. Anglin-Jaffe proposes Deaf education and support could be run in the same way as existing community provision in schools and other social spaces such as libraries or community centers. These hubs could act as a new iteration of the special school for

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Mo Salah is calling for better education for refugee children

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Mo Salah wants all children to receive quality education including refugees

Liverpool football player Mo Salah is well known for his skills on the pitch, but he’s also been using his platform to call for better education for the world’s refugee children.

The forward, who is an ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency’s programme Instant Network Schools, gave a speech to world leaders during the first-ever virtual UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

He argued that every child, including refugees, should be given access to a good standard of education,

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Refugee children living in some of the world’s least developed communities have seen big disruptions to their education because of the coronavirus

Salah has worked with refugee students from schools in Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan to highlight the importance of a good education for all to some of the world’s

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Ministry of Education and UNICEF launch “Learning Bridges” to help one million children recover learning in Jordan – Jordan

Accelerating learning for every child during COVID-19

AMMAN, 20 September 2020 — The Ministry of Education today launched *Learning Bridges *program, an innovative blended learning programme, supported by UNICEF, to help one million students recover and accelerate their learning following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Learning Bridges” is a series of weekly activities based on the core curriculum that will be distributed by schools to all students from Grades 4 to 9 to accelerate children and young people’s learning and support parents, teachers, students and communities to work together to adapt to the new normal of combining learning at home and school.

During His Excellency’s patronage to the launching ceremony, in the presence of both Secretaries-General of the Ministry, Dr Nawaf Al-Ajarmah and Dr Najwa Qubeilat, HE the Minister of Education, Dr Tayseer Al-Nuaimi affirmed “Learning Bridges is an innovative solution that enables students to recover and accelerate

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YMCA program pivots online to get children school-ready during the pandemic

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Kindergartner Joaquin Trevino sits at his kitchen table dressed in his school-issued blue polo shirt, with his eyes glued to his laptop. His teacher, who is delivering a lesson virtually, asks the class a question.

His little sister, Nayeli, pops up from behind Joaquin’s chair with a gigantic smile and shouts out an answer. She’s only three years old, and is excited and proud that she knows what to do.

Last semester, the bright-eyed toddler was a lot more quiet and shy when she got her first taste of school. At the age of two, her parents enrolled her in the YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program offered through Manor Elementary, which was the school her younger brother attended.

“There was a delay in her speech and I was very concerned about that,” said Annabel Trevino, Nayeli’s mom.

Nayeli was one of 40 children, ages two to four,

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NGOs provide help to children from poor families in online education

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New Delhi [India], September 12 (ANI): With education now being imparted mostly through digital means in view of COVID-19, it has been a challenge for people from weaker sections to get devices and internet connection for their children to continue their studies.
Though governments have made efforts to bridge the digital divide through semi-online classes and increased interaction of students with teachers over the phone, difficulties persist.
The non-government organizations have been rendering a helping hand by providing smartphones, computers, laptops to needy students and even arranging online classes.
Nivedita Dasgupta, Country Head, Miracle Foundation India, said a large section of people faces difficulties such as improper connectivity, lack of wi-fi facilities besides not having smartphones or laptops.
“Miracle Foundation India is striving to provide children with smartphones and tablets with pre-installed education applications,” Dasgupta told ANI.
The foundation has partnered with childcare institutions across the country

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Florida covid cases rise among school-age children but school-specific data is kept from public

Volunteers across Florida have set up their own school-related coronavirus dashboards, and one school district is using Facebook after the county health department was told to stop releasing information about cases tied to local schools.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has pushed aggressively for schools to offer in-person classes, even when Florida was the hot spot of the nation, and threatened to withhold funding if districts did not allow students into classrooms by Aug. 31. In the state guidelines for reopening schools, officials did not recommend that coronavirus cases be disclosed school by school. In fact, the DeSantis administration ordered some districts, including Duval and Orange, to stop releasing school specific coronavirus information, citing privacy issues.

The state also left it up to districts to decide whether masks should be worn by students and staffers. Some require it, but many don’t.

Department of Health spokesman Alberto Moscoso said in an email

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Zimbabwe’s education law now does more for children, but there are still gaps

Zimbabwe recently adopted the Education Amendment Act, 2020, to align its Education Act with the country’s Constitution. The amendment is a result of consultations about how every child could realise the right to free basic education.

The Act has fairly extensive provisions to protect, respect and fulfil the right to education for all children. It addresses issues pertinent to education, including the prohibition of expelling pregnant girls from school, free and compulsory education, sexual and reproductive health issues, and the rights of learners with disabilities.

As a researcher focused on children’s rights, I argue that while the amendment is commendable and progressive, the current economic outlook presents challenges and barriers in practice. Some of the challenges include dilapidated school infrastructure, lack of access to educational materials and the unavailability of teachers due to protest action.

Free and compulsory education

The purpose of the amendment is to give effect to the

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