Education Ministry launches study on ‘out of school children’

first_imgThe Education Ministry in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday,Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd (left), UNICEF Deputy Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Paolo March and Chief Education Officer (Ag) Donna Chapmancommissioned a study into Out of School Children (OOSC) with the aim of working towards achieving equitable inclusive education.The study commenced on Wednesday with the launching of a two-day workshop targeting stakeholders in the education sector.The main objective of the workshop is to share with participants the goals, methodologies and potential results of the study, while building capacity to achieve the agreements of the Ministry and key stakeholders to initiate the OOSC study, and to create inventory with available data.The Global Out of School Children Report notes that despite dramatic improvements towards achieving universal primary education, more that 59 million children of primary school age were out of school in 2013. In Latin American and the Caribbean, more than 21 million children and adolescents are out of school or at risk of dropping out. Guyana has not been exempted, as significant disparities exist between and among schools in the urban, rural, riverine and hinterland locations.Speaking at the event held at the Regency Hotel, Hadfield Street, the Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary (PM), Delma Nedd, pointed out that in Guyana, the unacceptable drop-out rate, unqualified teachers, especially in the hinterland and riverine areas, and overall low performance of boys, are the major concerns for the Ministry.“Currently the country is struggling with data on the causes of drop outs and Out of School Children at both the national and sub-regional levels. This study will set out to correct these issues and bottlenecks caused by the lack of data on Out of School Children, as well as accelerate efforts towards improving the quality and consistency of reliable data collected through the regional administration,” Nedd said.She explained that this study is part of Government’s efforts to address the growing number of dropouts and Out of School Children across the country, and to ensure equitable delivery of education.It is estimated that about 16 per cent of the projected age appropriate population is out of pre-primary school, and although there are less primary school aged children out of the system, there is a need to address the 14 per cent or more that are out of school at the secondary level. Some children who are enrolled in the system struggle with the consequences of an age gap, for instance, a 2010 survey shows statistically that more than 600 boys and girls were overage at age seven with the figure rising to 4300 by age 14.Nedd noted that a number of factors have contributed to children not attending school, including children that are from single parent families, poor families, working children, children with disabilities and children living in rural and remote areas. It is proven that children living in these circumstances do not complete school, she said.The Permanent Secretary said the Ministry intends to formulate and implement appropriate policies to effectively reduce the number of children out of school. “This issue is of high priority for the Government,” she emphasised.This process, Nedd said, has already started with the implementation of the ‘Five Bs’ Programme (books, bicycles, boats, boots and breakfast) and it is anticipated that by September 2016 the enrolment rate will increase.Meanwhile, UNICEF’s Deputy Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Paolo March lauded Guyana for it efforts in attaining universal primary education and commended the Government for its endeavours in making education more accessible to all. However, he said that once children are in school, there should a system in place to ensure that they remain in school and receive the quality of education that they deserve.“Understanding the causes of the issues is (the) key pre-requisite to then develop plans and programmes to ensure all children in Guyana can attend school in an inclusive manner… Together with the Ministry and all of you, we can all make sure that the root causes for children out of school or children who drop out are going to be eradicated,” March told the participants.This study is one of several which have been embarked upon or are scheduled to take in many countries around the world.last_img read more

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Farmer claims he was punched by neighbour after row over straying cow

first_imgTwo neighbours have appeared in court after one accused the other of punching him twice in a row over a cow.Gerard McGarvey of Golan, Milford claims that he was assaulted by neighbour Hughie McBride on the morning of July 8th, 2015. McGarvey told Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday that he was going to work at Milford Mart when he noticed one of his cows had broken out and was in Mr McBride’s garden.However, when he went to try and get the black Hereford cow out, he was prevented from doing so by Mr McBride.He brushed past his neighbour and admitted trespassing onto his land to get his cow.However, in evidence, Mr McGarvey claimed that he was punched twice in the head and on the ear by Mr McBride.The cow eventually got off of Mr McBride’s land and Mr McGarvey said he later attended his doctor.He was referred to Letterkenny General Hospital and then eventually on to see a facial specialist at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.Medical evidence was given that Mr McGarvey, 49, had suffered a fractured jaw and had to have a titanium plate fitted into his jaw.The accused man, Mr McBride, strenuously denied that he assaulted his neighbour.He claimed that he was simply fed up of Mr McGarvey’s animals coming into his garden.Mr McBride and his wife claimed their garden had been destroyed by Mr McGarvey’s animals and that they had continually reported the matter to Gardai.However, station officer at Milford Garda station said he had checked the Garda Pulse system and there was just one report of a sheep coming onto the McBride garden.The accused man said he did not like to say so but he swore on his children’s lives that he did not assault the alleged victim.He said he had contacted the Bovine Office and then the cow pound in Cavan who impounded stray animals until they were paid for by their owners.Barrister for Mr McBride, Peter Nolan, put it to Mr McGarvey that his animals were constantly straying into his client’s property.He said was the real reason he had accused his client of assault was because he owed his client €450 for silage he had not paid for. Mr McGarvey admitted that he owed the money for the silage.The case continues today.Farmer claims he was punched by neighbour after row over straying cow was last modified: May 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtcowdonegalJUDGELandMilfordlast_img read more

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McGONAGLE RETURNS FROM MOSCOW TO SEE 40-YEAR SWIMMING POOL DREAM

first_imgPatsy in Moscow with gold medal winner Rob HeffernanHE spent last week mentoring Ireland’s best athletes at the World Championships in Moscow.He even had a chat with Usain Bolt about his forthcoming trip to County Donegal.But Finn Valley’s Patsy McGonagle admitted he couldn’t wait to get home….to see a 40-year dream of a swimming pool in the Twin Towns realised. The facility is an extension of what had currently been developed over some 30 years on the site in Stranorlar and now boosts a 25m pool, a training pool, Cryotheraphy area, Fitness suite, Multi purpose area and extensive changing including dedicated family and disabled areas.Prior to this and current on site were 4 Astro pitches,Hall,400m track with soccer infield, rugby pitch, Bar area, Kitchen facilities, Office accommodation and a 1k grass jogging trail.Within the last month two additional projects have begun which include development of another playing field and an extension to include enhanced kitchen and dining, conference room and Board room with both projects due for completion November.Said the Club Chairman Patsy: “Thoughts of getting home to see the pool opened were running through my head all week. I couldn’t wait to get back even though I knew what it looked like. “I must pay tribute to our club members who had worked with me on the project both recently and previously people such as Sean Carlin Conor Mc Gonagle, Neil Martin, Ann Marie Mc Geehin ,Bridgeen Doherty and in the early days Patsy Mc Ginley and Peader Mc Granaghan without whom this exciting development could not have been delivered.“I also want to thank the county council’s Paul Kilcoyne who led from that side and worked extremely capably on a daily basis to conclusion.”For current paid up members of Finn Valley ac that are interested in gym/swim 3 month,6 month or 1 year membership a discount exists.A full and comprehensive roll out of swim related and general fitness programmes kicks off next week and with the return of children to school the opportunity to include swimming on their physical education programme.Stunning: The new pool at Finn Valley Sports Centre  McGONAGLE RETURNS FROM MOSCOW TO SEE 40-YEAR SWIMMING POOL DREAM was last modified: August 20th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn valley poolpatsy mcgonaglelast_img read more

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THE TIP O’NEILL IRISH DIASPORA AWARD WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY

first_imgThe recipient of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award will be announced in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Tuesday next, 29 April 2014.Tip O’NeillThe Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was initiated in 2012 to mark the centenary of the birth of Thomas P. (Tip) O’Neill Speaker of the US House of Representatives and a key contributor to the Irish Peace Process.The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award is awarded on an annual basis to a selected member of the broad Irish diaspora in recognition of achievements in their own field and of the contribution they have made to Ireland and it’s diaspora. Previous recipients of the award were Niall O’Dowd, Editor of the Irish Voice and Irish Central in 2012 and Govenor Brian Schweitzer of Montana in 2013. THE TIP O’NEILL IRISH DIASPORA AWARD WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY was last modified: April 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalTip O’Neill Awardlast_img read more

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Simi Valley Senior Menu

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with bread, dessert and fat-free milk. Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Chicken a la king, broccoli, yellow wax beans. Tuesday: Beef and mushrooms with pearl onions, vegetable blend California, peas. Wednesday: Boneless chicken fricassee, green beans, yellow wax beans. Thursday: Stuffed cabbage rolls, broccoli, vegetable blend California. Friday: Vegetable lasagna with fire-roasted vegetables, peas, green beans. last_img read more

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SHOCK AS FINN HARPS PULL OUT OF ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE

first_imgThere has been widespread shock and anger this evening following the news that Finn Harps have withdrawn a side from the USL interim season.Harps have pulled out of the league after only two fixtures, and the announcement has prompted a negative reaction towards the clubs from leading soccer officials in the county and players in the league.The much maligned USL has seen the standard diminish over the last numbers of years, and that has forced USL executives to return to winter football. It was deemed that the summer model didn’t work and the majority of clubs decided to opt back to a winter format.However, before they return to winter football, a short six-team interim season was to be held and got underway a fortnight ago.However, tonight Finn  informed the USL board of its decision to pull out of the league.That announcement has been met by anger from current USL players who have slammed Harps for letting this situation happen. Many are perplexed that a senior club can’t gather enough players to regularly field a team for the short TEN game season.They’ve been slammed on Facebook and Twitter forums following the news, and after all the positivity coming out of Finn Park over the last few weeks regarding the academy and first team, it’s a devastating and embarrassing blow to the club.The USL will now soldier on with just five teams from the remainder of the season.SHOCK AS FINN HARPS PULL OUT OF ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsnewssoccerSportUSLlast_img read more

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Govt audit outcomes improve slightly

first_img14 November 2013 South African government departments and public entities have made a slight but notable improvement in audit outcomes over the last three years, outgoing Auditor-General Terence Nombembe said in Cape Town on Wednesday. Releasing the 2012/13 consolidated general report on national and provincial audit outcomes in Parliament, Nombembe noted that there had been a slight improvement in the 2012/13 audit outcomes of national and provincial departments as well as public entities over 2011/12 and 2010/11. In all, 81 public entities and 24 departments – 22% of the 450 departments and public entities for which audits were finalised by 31 August – recorded clean audit opinions for 2012/13, up from 17% in 2011/12 and 20% in 2010/11. Clean audits are received when the financial statements are unqualified and no audit findings are reported in respect of either the annual performance report or non-compliance with legislation. The percentage of entities and departments with disclaimers declined from five percent in 2011/12 and six percent in 2010/11 to four percent in 2012/13. The audit results also revealed that in 2012/13, a total of 96 entities improved over the previous financial year, including 57 that gained clean audits, while 61 regressed – three-quarters of them public entities. Among the provincial departments and entities, six of the nine provinces improved their audit findings, while North West province showed little progress and Limpopo and Gauteng regressed.Fruitless and wasteful expenditure Overall, fruitless and wasteful expenditure increased by 43% over 2011/12 to just over R2.1-billion, while irregular expenditure stood at R26.4-billion. Nombembe said the most concerning audit outcomes were in the areas of education, health and public works, with five provincial departments in these areas (three in Limpopo) notching up disclaimers for 2012/13. In addition, 50% of departments in these three portfolios had received qualified findings, compared to just 17% of departments in other portfolios. While conceding that legislation had possibly been too weak to deal with underperforming public servants, Nombembe welcomed the announcement in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium term budget of cost-control measures for members of the executive. He added that last month’s launch of a government school for public servants, the amendment of the Public Service Act to ban civil servants from doing business with the government, and the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation’s launch of a management performance evaluation tool to help improve the efficiency of the public sector. While the Auditor-General’s office was working with the government to improve procedures and standards, the oversight model in Parliament as well as in provincial legislatures would also help boost audit outcomes. Despite the improvements, Nombembe said that government entities and departments needed to find the right formula for ensuring that internal controls were respected by public officials. It was critical that supply chain systems, service-delivery reporting, HR, IT systems integration and financial management remained stable – particularly as these areas had not improved in recent years, he said. Public Service and Administration Minster Lindiwe Sisulu, also speaking at Wednesday’s briefing, said political authority and accountability was essential to achieving clean audits. She said no public servant had been found guilty in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), but added that she hoped that the amendments to the Public Service Act would make it easier to prosecute public servants that fell foul of the law. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Brand South Africa: JCI Conference

first_imgThe annual Junior Chamber International (JCI) Conference begins on 4 May at the Sandton Convention Centre. More than just a conference for business minded entrepreneurs, workshops during the event will feature a strong social and community building slant.Junior Chamber International (JCI) members are encouraged to use their business knowledge and experience to become grassroots activists in their own communities. The international non-profit comprises engaged and active citizens committed to improving the globe.Community action to make a better world is one of the principles that drives Brand South Africa as an organisation. For this reason we are proud to be co-sponsors of the event.The African region conference will give young South Africans the opportunity to network with global entrepreneurs and social leaders. Members will spend four days discussing international and regional challenges and sharing experiences that can create positive change across African communities.In October 2015 JCI celebrated its centenary. Branches across the globe celebrated by advocating for more active citizenship. As JCI Ambassador and UN Global Compact Senior Advisor Fred Dubee told a gathering in Finland, “Let us base what we do today and tomorrow on the robust platform that has been erected with so much care and commitment over the past 100 years and as we do, let us be conscious that what we do now will have an impact that will shape the next 100 brilliant and valuable years of JCI.”The organisation’s members believe by being socially active we can create sustainable positive change. Individuals have as much of a responsibility as governments and business to create a more equitable and caring world.Members are guided by five distinct principles:• Educate yourself. By understanding the root causes of communal issues JCI members can prove themselves to be vital in helping make change happen.• Spread awareness: JCI members are encouraged to begin a conversation in their community around challenges. Whether they choose to do that face to face, digitally or through encouraging community participation, members are urged to lead social activism.• Support grassroots efforts: Volunteer or become involved with organisations and campaigns that are working for positive change. If challenges are not being addressed, start a conversation or an organisation. Reach out across communal and national borders to look for solutions or to offer help.• Advocate: All challenges have a face and solutions need to be based on protecting the dignity of people. JCI members are guided by the idea that welcoming people matters more than focusing on what makes us different.• Support approaches that promise long term solutions: Find ways to build vibrant and integrated communities instead of allowing insularity. Host opportunities where people can learn about each other.last_img read more

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Prisoner attacks, kills 78-year-old inmate

first_imgA 78-year-old prisoner, Laxman Naik, was attacked and killed by another prisoner inside Phulbani jail of Odisha’s Kandhamal district.Attacked on SaturdayThe victim was attacked on Saturday and was shifted to MKCG medical college and hospital in Berhampur at night. He died during treatment on Sunday early morning. The autopsy was conducted at the medical college.According to Phulbani jail assistant jailer, the deceased was a resident of Baliguda area of Kandhamal district and was convicted in a rape case. He had been lodged in Phulbani jail since May 2013.As per jail officials, the attacker, Kanhu Charan Pradhan is suffering from some mental disorder for which he is being treated. He is in Phulbani jail for the past eight years after getting convicted for murder of his own son.Probe is onOn Saturday, Pradhan is said to have attacked Naik who was sitting in the open. Pradhan had used a branch of a tree and a boulder to injure the aged victim. Investigation is on to ascertain the reason behind the attack.last_img read more

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