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Repeated school closures due to COVID-19 leading to learning loss and widening inequities in South Asia, UNICEF research shows

Limited access to devices, low connectivity, and limited teacher contact are severely constraining remote learning in the region   School closures have led to alarming inequities in learning opportunities for children in South Asia, despite significant efforts by governments and partners to expand remote learning, according to UNICEF research conducted in India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. School closures in South Asia due to the COVID-19 pandemic have interrupted the learning of 434 million children. According to UNICEF’s research, a substantial proportion of students and their parents reported that students learnt significantly less compared to pre-pandemic …

Parental controls and how can they help children stay safe online

By S Sriram Parental controls are software and tools that allow parents to set controls on their children’s internet use. They are a great way of helping prevent children from accessing unsuitable content online. Talk of ‘controls’ can sometimes be confusing. In essence, there are three types that parents need to be aware of: Network level controls are set on the hub …

#YoungWarriorNXT aims to empower 10M young people with essential life skills

Ministry of Youth Affairs (MoYAS), UN offices (UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNV, UN Women, UN AIDS, UNHCR, WHO, and ILO) and YuWaah (Generation Unlimited in India) on International Youth Day (Aug 12, 2021) introduced the second phase of the #YoungWarrior movement called #YoungWarriorNXT The #YoungWarrior movement was launched in May 2021 amidst the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of …

This International Youth Day, think about supporting blood cancer patients by Blood Stem Cell donation

Every 5 minutes, someone in India is diagnosed with blood cancer and many of them children and young people.  Those who can’t be treated with chemotherapy need a successful blood stem cell transplant from a matching donor for a second chance at life Kriti, a 22-year-old girl who was diagnosed with blood cancer when she was 12-year-old and is on …

Partial reopening of schools holding a hope for millions of children missing schools

The good-old, traditional classroom and lab training for millions of the children and youth in schools and colleges has been held up since March 2020 in India due to Coronavirus pandemic and when things started to look up and several states announced partial reopening this July-August, a very recent survey finding claiming that 48% parents want reopening after children are …

The flop show of Skilling India lies in wrong emphasis

By Navin Bhatia In the year 2008, India decided to skill 50 cr youth by 2022. For this the skill mission under the chairmanship of the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was created. Prime Minister Singh ensured all Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries, Secretaries /JS of all ministries across all states & all District Magistrates across India are made aware …

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