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£80 million SEN funding boost

The UK government has announced new funding to help improve opportunities for children and young adults with special educational needs. Local authorities are to receive £35.8 million – an increase of £4 million on last year. A further £27.3 million will go to the Family Fund to support low income families with disabled children. The Council for Disabled Children is also to get £15 million and a further £2.3 million has been allocated for Parent Carer Forums. (SEN Magazine)

Children must be engaged for them to be more creative

Parents need to devote more quality time to ensure their children take up problem solving and role playing.  It is a well-known fact that the more you engage with a child, the more the brain develops. The child becomes creative and the power of analysis increases. This also helps in problem solving which is a key and increasingly necessary attribute in the modern world.

Female employment in India

Despite annual income growth of over 8% and a compounded annual population growth of 1.4%, the workforce in India has only grown by 0.03% pa. Between 2005 – 2010 female worker numbers have reduced by 21 million! Why? Perhaps the answer is due to jobless growth. There has been a big decline in the rural and urban workforce due in large part to a spurt in the demand for higher education, slow pace of job creation, agricultural stagnation and global recession. Additionally, improvements in family income as a result of a rise in wage levels has resulted in more women staying at home.  However 77% of India’s population are poor and vulnerable living on less than Rs 20 per day.

UAE focuses on future education

In the past 10 years the GCC countries have made significant progress in transforming their oil-based economies into knowledge economies. Whilst Gulf countries rank between 42 and 64 on the World Bank Institute’s Knowledge Economy Index (KEI) 2012, many Gulf states still rank much lower in education and innovation – one of the four pillars of a knowledge economy – and need to improve and upgrade their education systems as well as focus more on innovation to establish knowledge- based economies.