Entries tagged with “education” from Kathryn Elliott's News Blog

Britain offers $316 million in aid to Ethiopia

      Britain announced Tuesday that it will be responding to Ethiopia's October call for aid for over 6 million starving people with a package amounting to 4 billion birr, the Ethiopian unit of currency, the Sudan Tribune said.

      The UK Minister of State for International Development, Gareth Thomas MP, said that the massive aid package will provide health and education services plus sustainable water and road construction over the next three years, the Global Times said.

      Among other services, the Global Times said, the aid will help fund an effort to enroll 2.8 million children in school, hire 150,000 more trained teachers and provide safe water to 6 million households.

      With assistance coming from Britain, the United States, and the World Bank, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zanawi told the British minister that the international media have made the nation's food shortages seem larger than they actually are, the Sudan Tribune said.

To see images of the drought in Ethiopia, click here.


Anoka-Hennepin board chooses schools to be closed down

     Anoka-Hennepin school board members decided on Monday to close down six schools in the district, The Star Tribune said.
     In a 5-1 vote, the board handpicked five elementary and one middle school to shutter beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year. The board hopes to save $3.1 million a year and recoup budget defecits, The Strib said.

     The district created a Facility Use Task Force several years ago to determine how to respond to large dips in enrollment. Since 2004, the district has lost 2,000 students and stopped using 67 of its classrooms, The Pioneer Press said.

     The one dissenting board member, Scott Wenzell, told The Star Tribune that he withheld support partly because the savings from closing the schools amount to more than what is needed to recover low enrollment costs.

     The article in The Strib put the closings into the context of other districts that have been impacted financially in recent years. It also added details at the end for topics it mentioned in the beginning. Although both papers have sections for comments, many more readers tend to give feedback on The Strib website.



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