`Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric Condemns Boko Haram Saying Group is Set to Smear Islam ‘

 

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – May 09 – Saudi Arabia’s top cleric has condemned Nigeria’s Boko Harem and its kidnapping of 200 school girls, saying the militant Islamic group is “set up to smear Islam.” Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh said the radical movement, which wants to create a pure Islamic state in Nigeria, was “misguided”.

His comments come as religious leaders in the Muslim world, who often do not comment on militant violence condemned Boko Harem’s leader Abubaker Shekau, for saying that Allah had told him to sell the kidnapped girls as forced brides.

Boko Harem kidnapped 270 girls from a secondary school on April 14, fifty have since escaped.

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British teachers form partnerships with Lebanese and Jordanian schools to provide support for Syrian refugee children.

British teachers form partnerships with Lebanese and Jordanian schools to provide support for Syrian refugee children.

British secondary school pupils will help Syrian counterparts who are refugees affected by the crisis, through a twinning initiative announced today by International Development Secretary Justine Greening.

The scheme, run through the British Council, will partner UK schools with Lebanese and Jordanian schools teaching Syrian refugee children. British school children will get the chance to link up with refugee children and hear first-hand about the reality of life from those who have been affected by the situation in Syria.

Under the initiative, British teachers and educators will form partnerships with schools in the region and provide support to their counterparts on a range of issues such as:

  • specially tailored teaching and learning resources to show schoolchildren in the UK the impact of the Syria crisis;
  • Syrian, Lebanese and British children sharing their experiences through Skype and letter writing; and
  • opportunities for teachers to share ideas, lesson plans and to work on joint projects together.
Coat of arms of Lebanon Deutsch: Wappen von Li...

Coat of arms of Lebanon Deutsch: Wappen von Libanon Español: Escudo de Líbano עברית: סמל לבנון (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The scheme will focus initially on schools in Lebanon, which currently hosts more than a quarter of a million Syrian refugee children, an even higher number than there are Lebanese children. The scheme plans to expand to other schools in Jordan and more widely across the region.

Justine Greening said:

“Syrian secondary school children should not miss out on an education because their country is at war. We must do all we can to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children, and I want to give their UK counterparts and teachers the chance to play their part in our support.

Teachers in Syria’s neighbouring countries are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone in their classroom has the chance to learn, no matter where they are from. But they are under tremendous pressure from cultural and language differences and the sheer weight of numbers of refugee children.

“This initiative will give British teachers and educators the chance to make a direct difference. It will also pave the way for British school children and Syrian refugee children to build friendships, share their experiences and gain a better understanding of the wider world they are all growing up in.”

The initiative will build on the Connecting Classrooms programme that the British Council already runs, drawing on existing partnerships with 20 schools in Jordan and Lebanon. In particular, it will work with schools in Lebanon where 20-30 per cent of pupils are refugees, in order to identify areas where support is most needed. The UK is already working with partners in Lebanon to identify the particular needs of schools there and how best to respond to these.

Over the next two months, the British Council will run a recruitment drive to find new UK schools to partner with 16 Lebanese partner schools already looking for links with the UK. It will also prioritise UK-Lebanon/Jordan links for future school partnership application rounds (25 October 2013 and February 2014), with a focus on those schools in Lebanon and Jordan particularly affected by high numbers of refugee pupils.

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Gove Allows Junk Food Back On The Menu Through Backdoor

Junk food copy

Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches has found that a third of academy schools are selling junk food which is excluded from mainstream schools under regulations to protect children’s health. Out of 108 academies that responded to freedom of information request, 29 were selling chocolate and other confectionary, nine admitted selling fizzy drinks and seven sold energy drinksDispatches also revealed that less than a quarter of children at the secondary schools that responded were having school dinners. There was also a wide variation on the money spent on dinners – from East Lothian Council which spent £3.30 per meal on ingredients to Pembrokeshire, which spent 53p.

The fact that people like Jamie Olivier has fought against this very situation, this government has allowed people under the auspices of “Free Schools” and “Cameron’s Big Society” to allow business back into our schools! The fact that no school makes a profit as it was intended,to teach our children, right from wrong and the basics of reading,writing and arithmetic, has alluded many governments for years.

But this government has found a way to ” Profit from our children’s education” by allowing junk food companies into schools by changing the rules, to suit themselves! So by using these so-called do gooder’s,wanting to prove themselves, they can profit from franchising junk companies and their cash for contracts buddies! Whilst our children are fed rubbish, with less nutrition than the cardboard box, these politicians stand-on and spout their garbage!

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