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Namibia: Nantu Pushes for Education Revamp

Namibia: Nantu Pushes for Education Revamp

ABOUT 40 000 children end up on the streets each year, while Government fantasises about a foreign education system that has failed the nation, the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) charged yesterday.

Addressing a media briefing in Windhoek, Nantu Secretary General Basilius Haingura said the mere localisation of the education system was not enough if the country wanted to live up to the ideals of Vision 2030.

He said the picture was gloomy for Grade 12 – where around 25 000 pupils get dumped by the system – and Grade 10, which accounts for another 15 000 dropouts.

More : allafrica.com

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IAEA puts the emphasis on education

A new web-based educational course in radiation oncology is being spearheaded in Asia and the Pacific region through partners working with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The course is part of the agency’s response to the rising incidence of cancer in developing countries.

The Applied Sciences of Oncology Distance Learning Course contains 71 training modules under eight topics: communication; critical appraisal; functional anatomy (oncologically relevant anatomy); molecular biology, pathology and pathogenesis; patient care (palliative science); physics and radiation technology; radiobiology; and systemic therapy for cancer (chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, immunomodulators).

The material is expected to be complementary to the training that radiation oncologists receive in developing countries through formal educational programmes. A further nine modules are planned this year.

The training course is an outcome of an IAEA technical cooperation project implemented under the Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology. This is an intergovernmental agreement among 17 IAEA member states in the Asia and Pacific region.

More : medicalphysicsweb.org

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14 nabbed over fake certificates

14 nabbed over fake certificates

Police on Friday arrested 14 employees of local hotel chain Sunbird Tourism Limited on suspicion that they possessed fake Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) and Junior Certificate of Education (JCE).

Fridays raid, carried out in collaboration with the Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb), is aimed at flashing out people with fake academic papers. Possession of a fake certificate already landed popular musician and Balaka North parliamentarian Lucius Banda in jail.

The 14 were among 19 employees whose certificates were allegedly fake after a vetting process of both the MSCE and JCE belonging to 375 employees of the hotel chain.

Maneb executive director Mathews Matemba confirmed the arrests but said police are yet to apprehend the remaining five because some of them are on leave while others are at large after they got wind of the raid.

More : nationmalawi.com

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NASA Ames Research Center Informal Education Partners With Distance Learning Network to Inform Teachers About NASA

Informal education at Ames and the Distance Learning Network partnered together to provide a teacher workshop to the Shasta County Office of Education / Schroeder Planetarium in Shasta Calif. and the Museum of Flight in Seattle Wash. on Wednesday Aug. 8.
This partnership demonstrated that utilizing unique collaborations can allow Informal Education to outreach to institutions outside of the Bay Area. The teacher workshop began with a viewing of the launch of STS-118 via NASA TV. Following the launch, an overview of the mission and related education events and challenges were presented.

At this time, information about the Plant Growth Challenge and how to order space-flown basil seeds was given. Both remote sites participated in an activity related to the Physical Fitness challenge in real time.

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Zimbabwe: A Legacy of Education

Zimbabwe: A Legacy of Education

THIS is the fourth of a five-part series in which The Herald looks at the legacy of President Mugabe, focusing on liberation, reconciliation, democracy, education, health and land reform. Today KAMURAI MUDZINGWA looks at Cde Mugabes legacy to education and training.

ONE of the legacies that President Mugabe will be remembered for is the way he transformed education in Zimbabwe since independence.

When he became Prime Minister in 1980, Cde Mugabe and his Government faced a seemingly insurmountable task — educating the black majority who had been sidelined by the colonial regime. The colonial policy ensured that only 12 percent of the 100 000 blacks who completed seven years of primary education could proceed to secondary education every year.

More : allafrica.com

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Navy College hosts education fair

Door prizes and the chance to get a higher education were all available at the annual education fair held April 25 at NSB Kings Bay. The fair was held to introduce civilians and Sailors as well as their family members to the Navy College Program Distance Partnership and Apprenticeship Programs.

In todays Navy, an education is a very important tool to have. To be promoted to senior chief, Sailors must have an associates degree or better. According to NSB Kings Bay Navy College Director Susan Wheless, Navy College has the programs to help Sailors further their careers.

I feel that this is a good way for people to find out what is available to them educationally, said Wheless. Now that the Navy is requiring Sailors to have an associates degree in order to be promoted to E-8, the schools that are being represented at the fair are the schools that have the rate relative degrees that can be posted in their service records, which can give them the ability to get promoted quicker.

More : kingsbayperiscope.com

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Free education for the disabled

The differently-abled can avail of education up to Class X in all government schools of the state.

The ambitious arrangements would be part of an “inclusive education system” sponsored by the Centre.

The scheme would be implemented with the help of NGOs. First, a team of experts including doctors, psychologists, special therapists, teachers and parents would conduct a multi-disciplinary assessment of the disabled children.

“The first step is to assess the disability of the concerned child. Then, we would study their needs, whether they require braille books or need to learn the sign language, among others,” said Diwakar, the distance education director of Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC).

Students would also be given transport allowance, hostel expenditure and can avail an escort.

The department would also work towards creating a barrier-free environment in schools.

J.B. Tubid, the state HRD secretary, who today scrutinised the proposals submitted by around 80 NGOs, directed representatives to chalk out proposals.

“NGOs have the expertise in community-based rehabilitation. The JEPC has pegged around 50,000 students currently enrolled in schools,” said Tubid.

Around 3 per cent of our population comes under some kind of disability or the other. Sources said that under the inclusive education system children in the age groups of six and 18 would be targeted.

But battling infrastructure issues would be a hurdle for the department.

More : telegraphindia.com

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Distance Education director appointed

Associate Professor Mark Brown has been seconded to be Director of Distance Education, making him responsible for the delivery of extramural programmes.

The announcement was made last week by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research) Professor Nigel Long.

Professor Long says Dr Brown, from the College of Education, has an outstanding record of teaching, research training and research mainly in the area of distance education.

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Students and Professors thoughts about online classes

Students and Professors thoughts about online classes

Taking a class on campus as opposed to staying in a warm apartment and completing the class online crosses students minds every winter morning.

Although students have the option of staying warm at home, studying in pajamas, what many students dont know is they must pay extra for the online credits.

The Distance and Continuing Education Department offers online classes for students and the classes offered are based on what students need to take and what the individual departments are able to offer.

More : ndsuspectrum.com

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Distance Learning Provides New International Oracle/Hyperion Essbase Training Opportunities

-Harbinger Consulting Group (HCG), a leader in Oracles Hyperion Essbase training and consulting, recently added International Distance Learning to its list of training opportunities. The new HCG training model enables international participants to receive Hyperion Essbase instruction without leaving their desks.

The HCG University Education Staff can now deliver clear, consistent Hyperion instruction to companies with similar needs in more places around the world, said HCGs Director of Training, Craig Mesenbring. Over the years, our training staff has traveled worldwide to deliver onsite training. That experience has prepared HCG to easily manage the logistical and cultural challenges that occur with International Distance Learning.

Clients across the U.S. and around the world use HCGs Hyperion education solutions to meet the needs of an increasingly sophisticated work force. Distance Learning provides the opportunity for companies with multiple locations to offer a coherent Hyperion education program for their staff, while significantly reducing travel costs.

More : /home.businesswire.com

UI Distance Learning Changes, Keeps Up With the Times

E-mail, laptops. Blackberries. Today we are programmed to never stop working or even learning.

Continuing education keeps changing. Today, it is known as distance learning. You take courses online, using your computer. In the old days students would mail their correspondence to professors. The process has changed, but the idea is the same. Give people an Iowa education even if they cannot get to the Iowa campus.

At 20 minutes after the hour, you will see the flood of students wash across campus. About 30,000 students attend the University of Iowa. Nancy Romine works with a small fraction who might never set foot on campus. She said, “I help them navigate the UI system which can be large and intimidating to them.”

Romine is a counselor with the Division of Continuing Education at Iowa. About 300 students take distance learning courses from their personal computer. Rachel Ayers is one of them. She spends her nights studying non-profit organization. She does not have time to physically go to class. Not with two young mouths to feed and a job teaching at southeast junior high. For Ayers it is all about the children. When she is not teaching or mothering, she is taking distance education to create an after school program for junior high and high school students. Ayers said, “Working with these kids, I would hate to see them go down the wrong path because they don’t have anything else to do.”

One day Ayers saw two former students at the mall being hassled by security. She said, “And thought, this is it. The kids really need something to do.”

Ayers needs to learn how to create an after-school program. That is why she is back in school. But her hectic schedule does not fit a classroom. Distance learning is her best option so she can help the children.

Ayers hopes to have her school work finished and an after school program up and running in two years.

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Shaheen scholarship to be awarded at ADC Convention

Shaheen scholarship to be awarded at ADC Convention

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is currently accepting applications for the 2007 Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship. Dr. Shaheen is the worlds foremost authority on media images of Arabs and the author of Reel Bad Arabs, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, Nuclear War Films, and The TV Arab.

The deadline for applications is April 12, 2007. Dr. Shaheen established this scholarship through ADC to recognize Arab-American students who excel in media studies. Recipients of the $1000 scholarship will be announced and presented at ADCs Annual Convention during the DC premiere of the groundbreaking documentary, Reel Bad Arabs.

On Friday, June 8, the ground breaking 50-minute documentary will be screened and then a question and answer session with Dr. Shaheen will follow and the scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be attending college in the 2007-08 academic year; must be majoring in mass communications, journalism, radio, television, and/or film; must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage.

More : arabamericannews.com

On Demand offers new learning opportunities, continuous training

On Demand offers new learning opportunities, continuous training

It was also the deciding factor that made more than 60 percent of participants say they were likely to do it again.

And it was just the trial course, but Marilyn Bokrass, the outreach program manager of the College of Continuing Studies, said the success and response was overwhelming.

The College of Continuing Studies is waiting on approval so it can offer On Demand courses for continuing education.

On Demand is a new technology where the user can load a program – in this case a taped course – and fast-forward, rewind or stop it.

More : stateronline.com

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Going the distance for education

How far are you willing to send your child for a good education? Some Girdwood residents say: as far as necessary. Others say: bring the education closer to home.

With only one school in Girdwood, theres talk now of opening another one, a high school.

The first thing we need to do is truly understand all of the questions, concerns about education in Girdwood, said the superintendent of the Anchorage School District, Carol Comeau.

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Young Nevisians urged to pursue technical studies

Young Nevisians urged to pursue technical studies

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration, Joseph Parry, has called on the young people of Nevis to pursue studies in the technical field because it was an area of high priority for the island.

Parry made the call on Monday, while delivering the 2007 Budget address in the Nevis Island Assembly in Charlestown.

The Finance Minister explained that the Government of Cuba had been offering scholarships in areas such as Agronomy, Culture, Sports, Medicine and Engineering but Nevisians had been slow in taking up these offers.

More : caribbeannetnews.com

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Distance Education and Ashworth High School Provides Continuity for Military Families

It’s a familiar story. Military kids leaving behind their friends at one base, and then having to re-adjust at a new school. Sometimes more than once during a school year. Military parents are sensitive, but when the transfer order comes in – military personnel have no choice but to start packing.

According to a U.S. Department of Defense report, there are well over a million military kids attending U.S. public schools, and that number is expected to rise. Second only to family, school is the most important stabilizing force in the lives of young people. It’s not uncommon for military children to move as many as 15 times before graduating from high school.

Education curriculum and education requirements can vary tremendously between states and between school districts. However, for service members, distance education is one way to ensure that their high school children’s education isn’t interrupted each time a new duty station calls. Whether based in California or Germany, parents can feel confident that their child is receiving a consistent, accredited high school diploma.

Distance education institutions like Ashworth High School can provide serious relief for military families with high school age children. Students have the option of receiving a diploma from Ashworth or quickly making up lost credits. Ashworth High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and offers diplomas at the general education or college preparatory level – either correspondence or online.

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Canadian distance education technology helps train nurses in Caribbean countries

Canadian distance education technology helps train nurses in Caribbean countries

According to the Pan American Health Organization, approximately 35 percent of nursing positions in the Caribbean go unfilled. On January 26th, Ryerson Universitys G. Raymond Chang School and the University of West Indies (UWI) will launch a state-of-the-art distance education program for nurses enrolled at UWI so they can more easily access the training they need.

The program designed by Ryersons Chang School leverages educational media to enable UWI to more effectively increase its capacity and provide training to nurses throughout the Caribbean, says G. Raymond Chang (PhD Hon.), Chancellor of Ryerson University, who was born and raised in Jamaica.

In the long run, this ground-breaking collaboration with UWI will help reduce nursing shortages, which can result from a number of factors including brain drain, high cost of learning, and a lack of accessibility to learning institutions.

The program is for nurses already practicing their profession in the Caribbean, and is designed to promote regional retention of qualified graduates. Currently, 67 students are enrolled throughout Jamaica, St. Lucia
and Belize.

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BRCC technology center opens

Blue Ridge Community College proved it is prepared for the global economy after it formally opened a new state-of-the-art technology center on Wednesday.

The college that once centered on teaching horticulture unveiled its $1.6 million Technology Education and Development Center (TEDC) on the East Flat Rock Campus.

The TEDC houses computer labs and classrooms to educate students in information systems, computers and Web technologies.

It’s important to have the technological center in Henderson County, Board of Commissioners Chairman Bill Moyer told an audience at the TEDC. He said the facility is essential to the county’s economic development in the midst of a changing global economy.

There is also an increased role for knowledge, innovations and technology to compete and differentiate from other counties and international markets.

Moyer said the message the TEDC is sending is very important – that Henderson County recognizes it’s in a fast-paced global economy.

“To not keep up is to lose, and the price of losing business is extremely high,” Moyer added. “By providing the latest training for our students and workers and staying up with, and ahead of, the latest technologies is the key.”

Henderson County funded the new technological development center.

There are several facilities inside the three-story TEDC that can be used to train people for jobs in the fast-moving technology industry, including a virtual reality center known as the CAVE and a digital media center.

The new center has been in the making for three years, according to BRCC President Molly Parkhill.

“Our college had a vision to have a place where a state-of-the-art technology center could take place,” she said. “We are going to better prepare our students, attract new industries to Henderson County and have a prepared work force.”

There are several resources available for training students at the TEDC.

The Virtual Reality Center will train individuals in a virtual environment with three-dimensional displays. The new 3-D visualization technology will help firefighters and other rescue personnel train in a real-time simulation. The hi-tech learning center will be completed in three to six months.

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Open university scheme left to TNOU

Open university scheme left to TNOU

Universities in Tamil Nadu, except the Tamil Nadu Open University, will not offer study programmes under the open university scheme.

From January, all those opting for non-formal education under the distance education stream will have to go only through the TNOU, a meeting of Vice-Chancellors of all universities, held in Chennai in November, has decided.

Open stream education is best left to the TNOU that has been created exclusively for this purpose. Considering that only very few enrol under the stream in other universities, it has been decided to move all open university students to the TNOU, Higher Education Secretary K. Ganesan told The Hindu .

More : hindu.com

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Award for TERI library

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) based in Alexandria, USA, a nonprofit global organisation for innovative information professionals awarded Debal C. Kar, Fellow, Library and Information Centre, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), with the SLA Diversity Leadership Development Program (DLDP) award for 2007 for his commitment and dedication to the profession. Every year, the SLA honours individuals and organisations, which have demonstrated achievement and excellence in Fields of library and information science.

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