UN Reveals Issues About Female Refugees Not Enrolling to Schools

The United Nations (UN) revealed on Wednesday that the refugee girls are having difficult to continue their education due to what they call “formidable barriers.”

There are only 50% girls who are about to consider their secondary school.

According to the reported news through AFP, the refugee girls are having difficulty in making a decision to continue their secondary school because of “formidable barriers” or possible hindrances, as detailed by the UN.

Based on the information provided by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), majority of the affected girls are those exiled and cannot easily access the right schools to pursue their education.

“There are formidable barriers to overcome. We are calling for an international effort to turn the tide,” as stated by Filippo Grandi who is the current chief of UNHCR.

From the recorded data of the agency in 2017, nearly 3.5 million children from the refugee sites are not studying, particularly those who need to pursue their secondary and higher education. From the revealed data last September, they found out that only 23% of the refugee children are studying in the secondary level.

This is way below than the 84% percent regular children across the globe who studies their secondary level.

The agency likewise reported that the male refugees who enrolled for the secondary school might just have the same number with the female refugees, which the figure reveal that possibly 50% enrollees only.

There are issues that the expenditure about the school uniforms and books is the main problem on why many refugee girls are not planning to study. On the other hand, the concern about giving priority education to the refugee males is what affects the female refugees, the news online added.

From the point of view of the agency as detailed on the report also, most families are keeping their girls at home for various household activities such as taking good care of their young sibling and in collecting fuel or water supply. In addition to this, families do not permit their female teenagers because they worry about the potential sexual harassment, insufficient suppliers for their menstrual period and unclean toilets for them in school.

According to the UNHCR chief, neglecting the female refugees to have proper education will have a huge impact for the coming generations.


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Students in Myanmar Expelled after Protesting for Added Education Fund

In Myanmar, a university here made a decision to expel at least 14 students following the issue about protesting against the school because of not funding the education properly.

The protest somehow triggered concern about eroding freedom in democracy.

From the latest shared news information online through AFP, the Yadanabon University in Mandalay needed to break the protest of nearly 100 students here with the help of the police authorities last Thursday. It took the students 4 days to protest against the campus.

According to an activist, the rally of the students is about the issue of the university in failing to provide added fund for the education purpose and this caused the decision of the school to expel at least 14 students.

Since Aung San Suu Kyi took over the administration in 2016, this is the first ever protest of the student in Yadanabon University.

The students in Myanmar are among the primary drivers of activism against the politics here and were able to break the former military regime in the country. The people here believed that the administration of Suu Kyi will give them the right direction to a better freedom, but they expectation did not manifest.

As detailed on the news, his administration triggered arrest of media personnel and onset of deformation cases. Furthermore, the administration became strict in terms of providing censorship in arts and now the people are beginning to think about the vanishing freedom, after the police arrested the 14 students who took part of the protest.

The arrested students joined the rally to for more funds in education.

“We… were given a letter saying that we were expelled for breaking regulations,” said the 22-year-old Kyaw Thiha Ye Kyaw, who is a law student at the Yadanabon University when interviewed by the AFP.

“Our demands are not for us… but for all students and all educational staff around Myanmar,” added by the student.

In line with this, Zaw Myint Maung did not comment about the arrest and said that they are just following the imposed law. Same thing with the other officials, no one is available to give a statement or comment about the case.

Maung is the current chief minister of Mandalay in Myanmar.


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Japan to Allocate $17.93B (2Trillion Yen) for Education and Elderly Care Programs

The government of Japan is willing to improve the quality of education and elderly care in the country. It now plans to subsidize almost $17.93 billion (2 Trillion Yen) for this plan soon.

This latest program is part of the economic package on December this year.

According from the published information through Asahi newspaper, the government of Japan revealed on Saturday about its plan to improve the quality of education and the elderly care program by setting aside almost $17.93 billion as a subsidy fund.

Based on the information also, the Japanese government is going to allocate 800 billion Yen to provide kids from 3-5 years old their free daycare education. In addition, the upcoming program will help those low-earning family units by giving them free childcare, particularly those family units with kids up to 2-year old beginning in 2019 (April).

As for the education needs, it will spend another 800 billion Yen to provide free tuition to universities and giving more scholarships to family units that only receive low monthly earnings.

This specific plan however will begin in the fiscal year of 2020.

The Asahi newspaper likewise published that the government is allocating over 100 billion Yen in an effort to increase the salaries of those who are working in daycare centers and elderly homes. The government is expecting the approval of this particular program next month (December 8, 2017).

In an effort to support the funding of the new plans, the government of Japan is willing to utilize almost 1.7 trillion Yen from the increased revenue on the sales tax within the country.

The published information through the newspaper likewise said that the decision of Shinzo Abe to subsidize the planned amount became possible when it get the approval of the lower house after the elections on October.

Abe is the current Prime Minister of Japan.

Nigeria Has 10.5M “Out-of-School” Children, Largest in the World

In the latest news about Nigeria, the country’s secretary of the education ministry Adamu Hussaini revealed that Nigeria has the most number of “out-of-school” children in the world.

Based on the record, it has almost 10.5 million of uneducated children.

The secretary of the education ministry of Nigeria revealed that the country has the most numbers of children who did not get an opportunity to study in a school, according from the guardian.ng online report. Secretary Hussaini said that currently, there are almost 10.5 million of recorded “out-of-school” youth in the country and this is a saddening record to consider.

He revealed this issue at the 62nd National Council on Education (NCE) opening in Kano, Nigeria.

The education permanent secretary reveals concern that this kind of problem affecting the Nigerian children will seriously affect the objective of the country to achieve success through proper education.

“Almajiri-children, those of the nomadic pastoralists, boy and girl-child drop out, social miscreants, children living with disability, those of migrant fisher men and more recently, children displaced by insurgency, constitute the bulk of the affected children,” Adamu explained as quoted by the news.

Another sad issue about the education of children in Nigeria is that no sufficient investments are coming from the country to support the youth. This is regardless of the strong effort of both local and international sectors to help the country improve its education system and promotion.

As detailed from the BBC News, the children’s agency of the United Nation and UNICEF had been making efforts to deal with this issue, but cultural factors affect the proposed plans of the government.

In line with this, Malala Yousafzal talked to the acting president Yemi Osinbajo and asking him to make a declaration for “an education state of emergency in Nigeria.” Yousafzal is an education activist who visited the country to extend her support in improving the education here.

The permanent secretary added that the increasing unemployment rate within the country is also affecting the programs to improve the education of children in Nigeria.

The news report added that in order to resolve this kind of problem, Professor Hafizu Abubakar said that there is already a drafted policy for the state regarding the all-inclusive education to provide the youth.

Abubakar is Kano State’s current Deputy Governor.






Donald Trump Prioritizes American Students, Affects Indian Students

Because of the latest assurance of US President Donald Trump that it will control the releasing of work visas of foreign workers because they seriously affect the salaries of many Americans. On this, many aspiring foreign graduates are now beginning to think about the futures if they can still work in the United States or not.

One of the aspiring students who want to pursue his studies in America is Rahul Kolli.

According from the reported news by Bloomberg.com, Kolli is preparing to continue his Data Science Master’s degree in the US by studying at the Michigan Technological University. For him, he is excited to avail a student loan amount to $42,000 if given an opportunity. Unfortunately, the latest announcement of US President Trump to limit the work visas for foreign students will mean reducing the chances of aspiring students to pursue their careers in America.

Trump is focusing on giving more Americans the opportunity to improve their salaries.

Because of this Kolli is changing his mind to study in University of Dublin in Ireland because he can save almost 50% spending and can work after completing his degree. This is the same situation for Rohit Madhav who believes that this latest issue affects the Ethnicity of India in the United States.

The 27-yer-old Madhav likewise said that his parents are instructing him to consider other options such as in New Zealand or Canada.

This kind concern is beginning to bother other Indian students who desire to apply for student loans in various universities in America. The actually love the US because there are many companies that offer great opportunities after they graduate.

On the other hand, Trump’s latest assurance to reform the existing H-1B foreign worker visa program triggered doubts if those graduate students can still apply for jobs.