World Bank report on Malala Day

In a report of world bank ‘Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls’, not educating girls or creating barriers in their school education globally costs between USD 15 to USD 30 trillion. According to the report,132 million girls around the world below 17 are still not in school. The report was released on 12 July 2018, on the eve of United Nations Malala Day.

Cabinet approved scheme for School Education

The Cabinet has approved an Integrated Scheme on School Education by combining Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Teacher Education from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020. The aim is to support the States in universalizing access to school education from pre-nursery to XII across India. The main emphasis of the scheme is to improve the quality of school education.

Mascot chosen by children for 2020 Olympics

The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics selected by elementary school kids were unveiled. The Olympics mascot is a blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and ?special powers?, while the Paralympics mascot sports pink checks and can ?talk with stones and the wind?. A total of 6.5 million children cast their vote to select the mascots.

Kids aged less than 5 yrs to get blue Aadhaar

24 : UIDAI tweeted that children below the age of five years will receive a blue-coloured ‘Baal Aadhaar’ card.While the Baal Aadhaar will not carry biometric details of the child, it will be updated with the information after the child crosses the age of five. Several schools across Delhi have reportedly made children’s Aadhaar numbers mandatory for admissions.

Trump pushes for ban on gun ‘bump stocks’

US President Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices, which were used by a gunman who killed 58 Las Vegas concert-goers last year.Such devices enable a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. The gun control debate took on a new urgency after 17 people were killed at a school in Florida last week. He also said arming teachers could ‘solve the problem’ of school shootings.

Vaccination compulsory for school admissions

Kerala government has made vaccination compulsory for school admissions from next academic year onwards.Parents will have to show details of shots given to children at the time of enrolment in schools. The move comes in the wake of stiff opposition from certain communities against the vaccination drive.

Maharashtra govt to roll out “Asmita Yojana”

Maharashtra govt is all set to roll out Asmita Yojana on the International Women’s Day next month.Under the scheme, girls in Zilla Parishad schools will get sanitary napkin packet at Rs 5 while rural women can avail it at a subsidised rate of Rs 24 & Rs 29. Beneficiary girls will be given Asmita Cards while participating SHGs will be entrusted with the task of supply & sale of sanitary pads

India’s largest train the trainers programme

Pullela Gopichand has initiated country’s largest train the trainers programme, inducting 1500 Physical Education teachers from across Gujarat for advanced training.It aims to develop the skills of PE teachers so that they can impart the right techniques to children aspiring to make it big at sports. It will look at all-round development in sports, targeting PE teachers, students & schools.

Govt to set up 562 more Ekalavya schools

Centre will set up 562 more Ekalavya Model Residential Schools in tribal areas of the country.It has been announced in the Budget that by 2022, every block with at least 20,000 tribal persons will have an Ekalavya School. These schools will provide boarding & lodging facilities to tribal students & will be brought at par with the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyala through high-quality education.

NITI Aayog & KPIT Tech to promote innovation

KPIT tech has announced 2-year statement of intent with NITI Aayog to promote innovative skills among students of senior secondary level as part of AIM.It aims to push students to understand the concepts of science, technology, engineering & maths through new-age technologies. KPIT will provide 2 volumes of booklets named ‘Chhote scientists’ that will help schools to prepare the curriculum.