Teachers, activists decry educational disparities exacerbated by outbreak

first_imgSuch dangers are part of school life for some students of SMP 16 East Seram state junior high school students in Maluku.Lissa told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that students from Tobo village had to walk along the coast and cross several rivers every day because the only road connecting Tobo village and Batuasah village – where the school is located – was “in a very poor condition”. It takes the students around an hour to reach the school each day, which is about three kilometers from Tobo.Batuasah and Tobo villages are located in the one of the few COVID-19 low-risk areas, or “green-zones”, in the nation where school are allowed to reopen. But there is no secondary school in Tobo, so most families send their children to the school in Batuasah.Read also: Students in Maluku help each other cross dangerous river to get to school As four junior high schoolers waded across a fast flowing river on their way to school, they struggled to keep their balance against the force of the current.Once the first student had made it across, she stretched out her hands to help her friends climb up the bank. By the time they had all reached the other side, their uniforms and bags were soaking wet.A video of them crossing the river has gone viral on social media in the past few days after the students’ English teacher, Weto “Lissa” Wailissahalaong, 32, recorded their treacherous journey and shared the video on Facebook. In the background, she can be heard screaming to the girls to “hold on to each other”. “Our school reopened on July 13. Before that, we visited the students at their homes, one by one, because there is no internet connection in our village,” said Lissa, who has been teaching at the school for four years. “Most of the students here are also from low income families who cannot afford gadgets, so we can’t do online learning.”“The situation has been like this for years. […] We really need the government to fix the road and build bridges because there are many rivers in these parts,” she said. “The students are so excited to go to school, but they are also often too tired once they get to class, or fall ill, because of the arduous journey.”It is not the first time the nation has seen footage or heard stories of students, especially from rural areas, having to overcome dangerous situations just to go to school, highlighting how disparities in development and wealth have long denied many young people of their right to education.For the past four months, more than 60 million students across the nation have been forced to study from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.While online learning has become the new norm during the pandemic, many students, like those in East Seram, have not been able to participate because of the country’s digital divide or because they even lack access to electricity.Read also: Distance learning threatens to exacerbate education inequality in IndonesiaThis year, for the first time ever, National Children’s Day will be commemorated virtually on July 23.Humanitarian organization Wahana Visi Indonesia has compiled 170 letters written by children in rural Indonesia to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo about their thoughts on living through the pandemic.“We cannot study. Unlike our friends in the city, we cannot do online learning,” Ririn, 12, from South Nias regency wrote. “And, during this pandemic, my parents have had a hard time finding money for daily supplies.”Another student, eighth grader Keti from Asmat, Papua, said, “I want to study but there is no internet in my village. I want to read, but there are no books.”Wahana Visi advocacy manager Junito Drias said he hoped that Jokowi would read the letters so that he and his administration could gain a better understanding of what children in remote areas were going through and could issue policies to address their problems.Children’s rights activists have encouraged parents to be more active in supervising their children at home while schools were closed down. They also urged the government to act responsibly and address the issues that prevented many students from accessing education during the health crisis.“The main problem in fulfilling the right to education in our country is very basic: disparities in the access to education. And the pandemic has only made these problems worse,” Lentera Anak Foundation chair Lisda Sunda said.“Education is the basic right of children and must be fulfilled by the government, parents and the community. Every party has a role to play, according to their authority and capacity,” she said, urging the government to also improve supporting facilities like roads and bridges for students in remote areas.Meanwhile, around 500 children from various regions have participated in a YouTube video produced by the Asia Foundation’s Program Peduli to celebrate National Children’s Day. In the video, the children share their thoughts on dealing with the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

BOEM gives more time for public input on Hilcorp’s Liberty project

first_imgThe U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has extended the period for accepting public comment on Hilcorp’s Liberty project environmental impact statement (EIS) draft.BOEM said on Thursday that the comment period would end at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 8.The Bureau published a draft EIS analyzing the potential environmental impacts of Hilcorp’s Development and Production Plan (DPP) in August 2017.BOEM is seeking public comment on the draft document, to help inform the preparation of the final environmental impact statement.To remind, Hilcorp submitted the development plan for the Liberty project to the U.S. offshore oil and gas regulator September 2015. Hilcorp proposes to build a small artificial gravel island in the shallow federal waters of the Beaufort Sea, about 20 miles east of Prudhoe Bay.To be located about five miles off the coast in Foggy Island Bay, the 36,400 square meter site would be similar to the oil and gas producing artificial Spy Island, Northstar Island, Endicott Island, and Oooguruk Island currently operating in the area’s state waters.Hilcorp plans to install a “pipe-in-pipe” subsea pipeline to deliver oil to shore. Onshore, the pipeline would connect to the Badami pipeline which further connects to an existing oil and gas infrastructure at Prudhoe Bay.The plan commits the company to several actions to minimize disruption to subsistence activities, including whaling, which play a vital role in the lives of Alaska Native communities along the Arctic coast.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Cooney delivers efficient shooting effort in Syracuse’s scrimmage against Holy Family

first_img Published on November 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass B.J. Johnson often guards C.J. Fair in practice, but he said that’s not his toughest matchup.That would be Trevor Cooney.On Friday, in Syracuse’s 79-41 shellacking of Division II Holy Family, SU fans got a glimpse of what Johnson was talking about. Cooney finished an efficient 3-of-4 from downtown and looked smooth coming off of screens.“Everybody was bashing Trev last year,” Johnson said, “but whatever he did last year, he’s not doing that no more.”On Syracuse’s second possession, Cooney caught a pass from Rakeem Christmas and gave the Orange its first points of the exhibition season with a 3-pointer. He said he felt comfortable from the get-go and that hitting his first shot helped him play without thinking.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeventy-two seconds later, Cooney swished another. This one came from the right side and extended SU’s lead to 8-0.He came off screens crisply all night, including on designed out-of-bounds plays. Syracuse’s big men made a concerted effort to set off-ball picks for him to scurry around. His stroke looked smooth.“I wasn’t worried about my shot or anything,” Cooney said.Cooney shot 27 percent from beyond the arc and 32 percent overall last season. Orange fans criticized him and called him overrated. But Friday, Cooney showed he had made significant strides in the offseason.At Atlantic Coast Conference media day, Boeheim said Cooney has been knocking down more shots in practice this year. He’s shooting in practice like he did his redshirt year, instead of how he did during a bumpy, mediocre freshman season.Cooney said he tries to do the opposite of whatever the defense does. Holy Family played a packed-in 2-3 zone. The Tigers only have two players who are 6 feet 8 inches or taller, which paved the way for wide-open looks for Cooney.The sample size was small, but Cooney delivered.“I think he improved a lot,” SU big man DaJuan Coleman said. “He’s a totally different player.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The Indigo Girls to Perform at The Washington Center March 17

first_imgFacebook76Tweet0Pin0“Their 14th studio album finds the Indigo Girls operating as powerfully as at any time in their career, on a set of uncommonly strong songs performed with the kind of typically understated Nashville polish that affords their signature harmonies the full spotlight.”– The Independent (UK)The Indigo Girls are coming to town, so reserve your seats now! Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.“Along with Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rank at the very top of all-time great duos. The sublime music-making-machine-skewering “Making Promises” is one of their finest rockers.” – The Boston HeraldThe Indigo Girls will play a full 90 minute set and will be joined by a special guest who will open the performance. FRIENDS of The Washington Center have access to an exclusive pre-sale January 30 – February 2. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, February 3 at noon.*Special guest to be announced soon.Prices from $69 – $39Tickets available now at The Washington Center website.last_img read more