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Retired astronaut wants school science to reach a new orbit

How US schools are putting the fun back into science

26 Oct 2015 - 5:30AM

How US schools are putting the fun back into science

Retired astronaut wants school science to reach a new orbit
Disabled children left out of school; homework adds to family stress

United Nations Millennium Development Goal of granting every child access to primary education is not being met in the case of those with disabilities, report says.

30 Aug 2015 - 8:31AM

United Nations Millennium Development Goal of granting every child access to primary education is not being met in the case of those with disabilities, report says.

Disabled children left out of school; homework adds to family stress
Calling all girl computer coders: the world needs you

Camp for high school girls aims to combat stereotypes about coding and encourage more to study computer science. Those who try it find it empowering.

23 Aug 2015 - 10:18PM

Camp for high school girls aims to combat stereotypes about coding and encourage more to study computer science. Those who try it find it empowering.

Calling all girl computer coders: the world needs you
Wales considers a more philosophical approach to teaching religion

Government of British principality wants pupils to have "space and the time, within the school curriculum, to consider fundamental issues of faith and of citizenship and of the meaning of freedom"

16 Aug 2015 - 11:43PM

Government of British principality wants pupils to have "space and the time, within the school curriculum, to consider fundamental issues of faith and of citizenship and of the meaning of freedom"

Wales considers a more philosophical approach to teaching religion
Hong Kong teen sails to High Arctic: Hong Kong scientists in DNA breakthrough

Sixteen-year-old Emi Kingan from Canadian International School has completed a two-week expedition to Canada's High Arctic with 112 other youths from around the world.

10 Aug 2015 - 10:05AM

Sixteen-year-old Emi Kingan from Canadian International School has completed a two-week expedition to Canada's High Arctic with 112 other youths from around the world.

Hong Kong teen sails to High Arctic: Hong Kong scientists in DNA breakthrough
Can New York's Climate Museum save the planet?

Newly approved institution will focus on solutions to global warming, but before it can consider how to do that it needs to reinvent the science museum.

3 Aug 2015 - 10:06AM

Newly approved institution will focus on solutions to global warming, but before it can consider how to do that it needs to reinvent the science museum.

Can New York's Climate Museum save the planet?
Mobile schools educate Kenya's nomadic girls

At 16 years of age, Nagirasia Lengima is already a mother of two. But parenthood doesn't stop her from indulging in her latest passion: school. Like a growing number of girls from nomadic communities in northern Kenya, Lengima is defying cultural prejudices - and climate pressures - by getting an education at a mobile school. Run by non-profit groups, the schools bring learning to girls whose families are forced to move around the region to survive. In Laisamis village, Marsabit County, at a school run by the Nairobi-based development charity Adeso, it is Lengima's turn to demonstrate what she has picked up from the morning session. After playing around with some numbers on the chalkboard, she elicits cheers from the 59 other pupils in the class as she produces the answer with a double stroke.

26 Jul 2015 - 11:02PM

At 16 years of age, Nagirasia Lengima is already a mother of two. But parenthood doesn't stop her from indulging in her latest passion: school. Like a growing number of girls from nomadic communities in northern Kenya, Lengima is defying cultural prejudices - and climate pressures - by getting an education at a mobile school. Run by non-profit groups, the schools bring learning to girls whose families are forced to move around the region to survive. In Laisamis village, Marsabit County, at a school run by the Nairobi-based development charity Adeso, it is Lengima's turn to demonstrate what she has picked up from the morning session. After playing around with some numbers on the chalkboard, she elicits cheers from the 59 other pupils in the class as she produces the answer with a double stroke.

Mobile schools educate Kenya's nomadic girls
Cheaper university education doesn't guarantee a degree

Most US high schoolers from affluent backgrounds will finish college; few from poor backgrounds will join them. Scholarship funds that slash the cost of tertiary education or make it free have increased enrolments dramatically.

27 Jul 2015 - 10:48AM

Most US high schoolers from affluent backgrounds will finish college; few from poor backgrounds will join them. Scholarship funds that slash the cost of tertiary education or make it free have increased enrolments dramatically.

Cheaper university education doesn't guarantee a degree
Open University of Hong Kong institutes to drive research
Nobel laureates urge more cash for education in poor countries

According to the UN, 58 million children remain out of school and 781 million adults are illiterate.

13 Jul 2015 - 6:36AM

According to the UN, 58 million children remain out of school and 781 million adults are illiterate.

Nobel laureates urge more cash for education in poor countries
US high school student loses two science projects to rocket explosions
Hong Kong academics patent method to verify herbal medicine's quality

US grants patent for low-cost means of authenticating supplies of body-strengthening medicine tiepi shihu.

29 Jun 2015 - 10:53AM

US grants patent for low-cost means of authenticating supplies of body-strengthening medicine tiepi shihu.

Hong Kong academics patent method to verify herbal medicine's quality
Open University to offer part-time master of nursing, the lasting legacy of Sesame Street
99-year-old graduates from US university with inspiring message for young

This is graduation season, and there are lots of good tales of perseverance out there. But it would be hard to top the story of Doreetha Daniels. You know how some people take some time off between high school graduation and the start of college? That's what Daniels did. And last Friday, Daniels, who lives in California, was due to receive her Associate of Arts degree in social science from College of the Canyons. Not bad for a 99-year-old whose high school years ended almost eight decades ago.

8 Jun 2015 - 6:02AM

This is graduation season, and there are lots of good tales of perseverance out there. But it would be hard to top the story of Doreetha Daniels. You know how some people take some time off between high school graduation and the start of college? That's what Daniels did. And last Friday, Daniels, who lives in California, was due to receive her Associate of Arts degree in social science from College of the Canyons. Not bad for a 99-year-old whose high school years ended almost eight decades ago.

99-year-old graduates from US university with inspiring message for young
Students who don't get enough quality sleep will perform badly in school

The installation of a sleeping pod in the University of Manchester library in Britain follows hard on the heels of the University of East Anglia's sleep room, and no doubt heralds a new era of beanbags, futons and chaises longues popping up on campuses across Britain. But does this mean we are finally caring about our students' sleep, or is it an indication that students are now so chronically sleep-deprived that universities are having to provide for those who cannot get through the day without napping? The cognitive benefits of a nap are well documented, most notably in Dr Sara Mednick's book Take a Nap! Change Your Life. We know that as little as six minutes' sleep can not only sharpen thinking, but also improve memory, mood and mental flexibility.

1 Jun 2015 - 6:04AM

The installation of a sleeping pod in the University of Manchester library in Britain follows hard on the heels of the University of East Anglia's sleep room, and no doubt heralds a new era of beanbags, futons and chaises longues popping up on campuses across Britain. But does this mean we are finally caring about our students' sleep, or is it an indication that students are now so chronically sleep-deprived that universities are having to provide for those who cannot get through the day without napping? The cognitive benefits of a nap are well documented, most notably in Dr Sara Mednick's book Take a Nap! Change Your Life. We know that as little as six minutes' sleep can not only sharpen thinking, but also improve memory, mood and mental flexibility.

Students who don't get enough quality sleep will perform badly in school
Kids make sure their Minecraft website is clean
HK$142,000 raised to rebuild schools in earthquake-devastated Nepal

ICHK Hong Lok Yuen has raised HK$142,000 towards building new schools in Nepal, which was hit by two devastating earthquakes. Parents, staff and students raised more than HK$100,000 in just one day. Students held a dress-down day, giving cash donations to wear their own clothes to school.

25 May 2015 - 6:13AM

ICHK Hong Lok Yuen has raised HK$142,000 towards building new schools in Nepal, which was hit by two devastating earthquakes. Parents, staff and students raised more than HK$100,000 in just one day. Students held a dress-down day, giving cash donations to wear their own clothes to school.

HK$142,000 raised to rebuild schools in earthquake-devastated Nepal
Plea for funds to help rebuild Nepal schools damaged by earthquake; Sweden's wake-up call
Children's education becomes a casualty of war, report finds

Eleven-year-old Karim can barely lift the axe, but he's putting his family first. "I can't go to school as my family needs to eat, so I work with my father and my brother instead," says Karim, who lives in a camp in northern Syria near the Turkish border. In nearby Lebanon, in a makeshift camp in the agricultural hinterland of the Bekaa Valley, another boy chops wood under the watchful eye of his grandmother. In harvest season, many boys and girls in the camp work at farms for as little as HK$15 a day, says Abu Mohammed, the camp warden.

13 Apr 2015 - 6:13AM

Eleven-year-old Karim can barely lift the axe, but he's putting his family first. "I can't go to school as my family needs to eat, so I work with my father and my brother instead," says Karim, who lives in a camp in northern Syria near the Turkish border. In nearby Lebanon, in a makeshift camp in the agricultural hinterland of the Bekaa Valley, another boy chops wood under the watchful eye of his grandmother. In harvest season, many boys and girls in the camp work at farms for as little as HK$15 a day, says Abu Mohammed, the camp warden.

Children's education becomes a casualty of war, report finds
Rhodes Scholarships open to Chinese students; HKU scholar honoured
Students in Myanmar seize chance to assert political freedom

Every morning Su Wai Phyo wakes before dawn to do something that was banned in Myanmar until recently: study politics. The 23-year-old is one of a handful of students taking part in a new political science diploma for postgraduates at the University of Yangon - a course that would have been unthinkable under the country's military junta.

30 Mar 2015 - 6:06AM

Every morning Su Wai Phyo wakes before dawn to do something that was banned in Myanmar until recently: study politics. The 23-year-old is one of a handful of students taking part in a new political science diploma for postgraduates at the University of Yangon - a course that would have been unthinkable under the country's military junta.

Students in Myanmar seize chance to assert political freedom
How to help toddlers overcome fear of bedtime

About six months ago, our four-year-old daughter began complaining of being afraid to be alone at bedtime. She told us she was afraid of monsters in her closet and under her bed. We were unable to convince her otherwise. In fact, the more we talked to her, the more her fears grew to the point where she was becoming nearly hysterical at bedtime. 

17 Mar 2015 - 6:01AM

About six months ago, our four-year-old daughter began complaining of being afraid to be alone at bedtime. She told us she was afraid of monsters in her closet and under her bed. We were unable to convince her otherwise. In fact, the more we talked to her, the more her fears grew to the point where she was becoming nearly hysterical at bedtime. 

How to help toddlers overcome fear of bedtime
Why reading books and writing longhand is better for learning

Reading is a young activity in evolutionary terms. Humans have been speaking in some form for hundreds of thousands of years; we are born with the ability to acquire speech etched into our neurones.

The earliest writing emerged only 6,000 years ago, and every act of reading remains a version of what my son is learning: identifying the special species of physical objects known as letters and words, using much the same neural circuits as we use to identify trees, cars, animals and telephone boxes.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:05AM

Reading is a young activity in evolutionary terms. Humans have been speaking in some form for hundreds of thousands of years; we are born with the ability to acquire speech etched into our neurones.

The earliest writing emerged only 6,000 years ago, and every act of reading remains a version of what my son is learning: identifying the special species of physical objects known as letters and words, using much the same neural circuits as we use to identify trees, cars, animals and telephone boxes.

Why reading books and writing longhand is better for learning
Nasa's doddering Martian rover Opportunity is losing its marbles
Sensory rooms for child behaviour therapy
Who said it?
22 Nov 2014 - 5:15AM
Who said it?
Mainland orders local governments to review Ebola preparations

The mainland's health commission has ordered local governments to review whether public health facilities are prepared to handle Ebola cases.

21 Jun 2018 - 2:54PM

The mainland's health commission has ordered local governments to review whether public health facilities are prepared to handle Ebola cases.

Mainland orders local governments to review Ebola preparations
Tusked marauder: Wild boar lets Japanese TV cameraman have it

A wild boar has become the ultimate media critic, savaging a Japanese television cameraman sent to cover its rampage through a city’s streets.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

A wild boar has become the ultimate media critic, savaging a Japanese television cameraman sent to cover its rampage through a city’s streets.

Tusked marauder: Wild boar lets Japanese TV cameraman have it
What limits should we set to children's exposure to new media?
Who said it?

I thought it was better to have 90 per cent of the book available here than zero.

21 Oct 2013 - 3:23AM

I thought it was better to have 90 per cent of the book available here than zero.

Who said it?