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Education leads to bright future for Myanmar’s young people

MANDALAY UCAN): Around 130 Catholic young people in Mandalay, Myanmar, are benefiting from a new approach to education at a centre set up by Columban Father Neil Magill.
 
The young people, who are of  Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Chin, Burmese and Akha ethnicity, come from 10 dioceses and are taking a three-year residential course at the Mandalay Archdiocesan Higher Education Centre(HEC) in the compound of St. John’s Catholic Church in Mandalay. 
 

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Education is formation not just relaying information says nuncio

UNITED NATIONS (CNS): “Education is far more than instruction. As the Latin word educere indicates, it means leading people out of the darkness of ignorance into the light of knowledge, from immaturity to true maturity,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s nuncio to the United Nations (UN), said in a statement on the inaugural International Day of Education on January 24. 
 

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Appeals for help in education of Marawi’s children

COTABATO (UCAN): A year after the end of the conflict in Marawi, in Mindanao, the southern Philippines, over 100,000 children have yet to return to school, according to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Almost half a million people were affected by the five-months of fighting that ensued after extremist gunmen from the Maute Group attacked the city in May last year.
 

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School showcases joy of learning

Hong Kong (SE): Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School in Pokfulam, welcomed parents and students from primary schools in Hong Kong’s Southern District to its Spring Open Day on Saturday March 10.
 
The event showcased various workshops organised by subjects and groups, including school-based projects based on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) education; a Nerf Hunt, a fun sport activity; handicrafts and cooking, to name a few. 
 

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Education through intercultural exchange

HONG KONG (SE): On November 15, the Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School in Pokfulam hosted 30 teachers and students from the Chua Chu Kang Secondary School in Singapore for a day of enriching understanding of life on an educational campus with a mixed nationality student body.
 

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Tiananmen and riots not history

HONG KONG (UCAN): A revised curriculum for the teaching of Chinese history in junior secondary schools in Hong Kong was opened up for consultation to the public on October 3, but unlike that presented in 2012 when the content was the contentious issue, this time around it is more likely to be the lack of it that will draw flak.
 

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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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