Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Happy Birthday Dalai Lama

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Is it just me or did anybody else sense Alan Yentob’s surprise when he asked the Dalai Lama, at the Edinburgh Festival, ‘Does music make you happy?’

I’m sure Alan, and many in the audience, did not expect the response, “not much”. After the initial laughter from the crowd, the Dalai Lama’s (DL) more detailed response provided the scenario of countries such as Iraq or Syria, where humans are killing each other and whether music being played would reduce their anger and violence towards each other. The DL’s response being “I don’t think”. (more…)

Inclusive School Health and Nutrition Programmes

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 93 million children in the world – 1 in 20 children aged 14 or younger – have a moderate or severe disability. The majority of them live in low- and middle-income countries, are not enrolled in school and have very poor access to the most basic health and nutrition opportunities. Whether it is due to poor data or a lack of knowledge and understanding, school health and nutrition (SHN) policy makers and programmers have previously struggled to visualize this group and respond effectively to their needs. These children have been left behind.

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Exclusion with Inclusion? How can we tell the difference?

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

If you are reading this, my guess is that you believe in inclusive education for all children and young people, however how do we know when inclusion becomes exclusion? To achieve inclusion in an inclusive setting, is educating a child outside of the classroom necessary? When and if it happens what stops it from turning into another form of exclusion? (more…)

Inclusion in Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

You’re going WHERE?’ was the anxious response from most people when I told them that I had accepted a job in Afghanistan, where I would spend a month evaluating an inclusion project for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA). (more…)

Dickens on Inclusion

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Everybody seems to be talking about the 200th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth.

I started reading Nicholas Nickleby on my new gadget at Christmas.  For someone who can only use one hand I have put off reading any big books long ago.  My gadget solved that.

Into the second chapter and enter the Muffin Company, a great ruse for making money that wasn’t really there (modern day parallels, Fanny Mae and RBS, abound). (more…)