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How full is full religious freedom?

HONG KONG (SE): In the clash of heads over the inclusion by chief executive hopeful, Carrie Lam Chen Yuet-ngor, of a suggestion to set up a government Religious Affairs Unit in Hong Kong (see page 1), the phrase, “Hong Kong already enjoys full religious freedom” is being tossed about with gay abandon.

While it is a guarantee of the Basic Law, the definition of religious freedom seems to be at least up for grabs, as it is not necessarily clear who has the right to define or describe it.

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Call for a Church school comeback in Myanmar

YANGON (UCAN): Saying that in the heyday of the Christian school system during the 1950s, Burma had the best educated children in Asia, Charles Cardinal Maung Bo, from Yangon, intends to make an appeal to the government to allow Churches to contribute once again to the revitalisation of the nation.

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Fifty-nine million out of school

GENEVA (AsiaNews): About a third of all children in developing nations do not get the opportunity to go to school, because they must work. But what is more surprising, around the same number say their schools are not safe.

The results of a study carried out by the ChildFund Alliance on school absenteeism in 41 nations, found the highest out of school rate is in Afghanistan, where nine out of 10 children are not in the classrooms.

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Upholding Catholic values of education

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Education Office held a Mass on September 9 for kindergarten, primary and secondary school principals, as the new school term got underway.

The celebrant, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, encouraged teachers to help students face their trials with perseverance and wisdom.

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School lunch with love for refugee families

HONG KONG (SE): Refugee families were given a warm welcome to Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School in Pokufulam by the principal, Stephen Chen Sun-hang, on May 28, for an introductory session to the special services the school provides for non-Chinese-speaking students in Hong Kong.

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Celebrating the vocation of the teacher

HONG KONG (SE): The over 12,000 men and women responsible for the forming and informing of young minds in the 267 Catholic schools in Hong Kong were reminded that students are able to achieve things which are seemingly impossible at the Catholic Teachers’ Day held at the AsiaWorld-Expo convention centre in Chek Lap Kok on May 17.

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Do you support the K-12 education system?

Yes, I am in favour of K-12 system (Kindergarten to Year 12), because it will further develop my child’s ability and help them prepare for a better future. This programme gives them choices on what to do and who to be after the programme or before they reach university. Just like in other countries with this programme, jobs and chances of working are better after high school due to skills and subjects that have been taught during their K-12 years.








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Divergent views on the K-12 system

MANILA (SE): Bishop Broderick Pabillo lost out in his call for the newly implemented Kindergarten to Year 12 (K-12) educational system, adopted in The Philippines around two years ago, to be stopped for the time being while the Catholic Educators Association rejoiced, insisting that the programme must go ahead.

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Multi-cultural learning environment on display

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas Wu Cheung-chung Secondary School in Pokfulam held its annual open day on November 21, giving a glimpse of what students and staff say is a really happy campus.

A highlight of the day was the staging of the fourth Wu Cheung-chung Cup, which brought out the competitive spirit and school pride in students from a number of primary schools around Hong Kong.

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Catholic schools in Bangladesh escape nationalisation net

 

DHAKA (UCAN): The government of Bangladesh announced on January 9 that it will nationalise all non-government primary schools in the country, with the exception of Catholic-run institutions, which will maintain their independence.

To be fully implemented by next January, nationalisation will see 26 of the 193 non-government primary schools being fully funded by the government at an annual cost of over 12 billion taka ($1.16 billion), according to the Primary and Mass Education Ministry.

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