We asked you to share your end-of-year artwork. Here is a small selection of the hundreds of contributions we’ve received so far
- You can view all the entries or submit your own art here by 2 July
Efforts to improve the training and resources available to childminders in Nairobi’s Kibera settlement are bearing fruit – to the benefit of all concerned
Three-year-old Joy and her sister Lavine, four, are surrounded by kitchen pots, soft toys and an old wellington boot. It’s mid-morning at Kidogo’s nursery and preschool, and the sisters are playing in the dramatic centre, a place set aside for children to invent their own games. Each corner of the room is dedicated to a different activity: music, stories, art or a quiet space for reading.
The centre is one of the few quality childcare facilities in Kibera, an overcrowded informal settlement in Nairobi that houses 170,070 people, according to a 2009 national census (although other estimates have put the number significantly higher). Most centres are found in cramped rooms or homes, with one woman responsible for 20 or so children. Ventilation is poor and there are reports of babies being given sleeping pills to knock them out for the day, or children being locked in dark rooms. There’s rarely space to play.Continue reading...
The Guardian’s science editor on elixirs of life, questions of ethics, and meeting some extraordinary minds
There are people who will tell you that the elixir of life is to be found in the blood of youngsters. It’s a vampiric belief, but not unfounded. One day in February 2015, I watched Joe Castellano pull a tray of frosted vials full of human plasma from a freezer at Stanford University. The yellowy contents were bound for old mice. Infusions of the fluid have a striking effect: feeble animals perk up; they learn faster; their cognitive skills are sharpened. It seems that both bodies and brains are rejuvenated.
What gives rise to these intriguing changes is a major research question. Young plasma, it seems, may be suffused with compounds that keep tissues youthful, and lack certain factors that age us. Find these potent ingredients, and show that they can stave off ageing, and your name will go down in history. Or so the story goes.
Many of those doing revamped exams report mental health problems and extreme stress
Pupils have delivered a damning verdict on the revamped GCSEs, saying they have caused crying, mental exhaustion, panic attacks, nosebleeds, sleepless nights, hair loss and outbreaks of acne.
About half a million 16 year olds sat the tougher exams, which were initiated by the former education secretary Michael Gove and tested for the first time this summer, with grades ranging from 9-1 rather than A*-G.Continue reading...
How pupils at La Gautrais rediscovered games, dance and the art of conversation
It’s breaktime at a middle school in rural Brittany, and huddles of teenagers are chatting in the playground. Two 15-year-olds sit reading novels, while others kick footballs or play chase. One boy does some press-ups.
The hum of conversation and flurry of movement contrasts with most other French secondary schools, where playgrounds can be eerily silent as pupils stare at their mobile phones. In La Gautrais, no one looks at Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube. Here mobile phones have been banned. Few seem to miss them.
Nicht nur Gymnasiasten verdienen es, Zeit zum Lernen und Reifen zu haben. Unsere Gesellschaft sollte es sich leisten, alle Jugendlichen länger in die Schule zu schicken. Sie würde davon profitieren.
Assessments on hold until next week due to risk fire-damaged stonework could fall into street
Concerns about the safety of the surviving shell of Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building, which was gutted by fire last Friday, have delayed a full survey of the damage until next week.
Following complaints from local residents and business owners about slow progress, Glasgow city council’s head of building control, Raymond Barlow, warned there was still a chance parts of the fire-damaged stonework could fall into the street.Continue reading...
Und profitiert nicht nur finanziell, heißt es im Bildungsbericht 2018. Der Zugang zu Bildungsangeboten hängt aber weiter stark vom Elternhaus ab - und vom Wohnort.
I’m happy to have found secure work, but now I’m inside the university system I can see clearly how exploitative it is
On the day I was interviewed for my current (permanent) job, I was homeless, broke and illegally squatting in an empty flat. My low-wage, nine-month academic contract at one of the most reputable universities in the world had just ended, leaving me penniless and saddled with thousands of pounds worth of debt.
This would be my final interview. After waiting two and a half years on the job market, I received an email the next day offering me the position. I cried tears of relief. It was all over: the crippling stress, the anxiety, the unbearable precarity of short-term academic contract work.Continue reading...
Ofsted chief says data shows families bear brunt of economic hardship and lose aspiration
White working-class children have fallen behind because their families can “lack the aspiration and drive seen in many migrant communities,” according to Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England.
Spielman’s comments came as she sought to defend the Ofsted schools inspectorate against evidence showing it gives harsher judgments to schools in deprived areas with a high proportion of children from white, working-class backgrounds.Continue reading...