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.