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Extreme heat shuts schools for millions, widening learning gaps worldwide

Reuters Hena Khan, a grade nine student in Dhaka, has struggled to focus on her studies this week as temperatures surpassed 43 degrees Celsius in the Bangladesh capital. “There is no real education in schools in this punishing heat,” she said. “Teachers can’t teach, students can’t concentrate. Rather, our lives are at risk.” Sheikh Tamim […]

Philippines’ ‘dangerous’ heat prompts shift to online classes, power crunch

Manila, The Philippines Reuters The Philippines has cancelled in-person public school classes for the next two days and said the power grid on its main island could be strained as the country grapples with a heatwave that is also affecting other parts of South-East Asia. The state weather agency on Monday forecast temperatures in the […]

Bangladesh reopens schools amid scorching heatwave

Dhaka, Bangladesh Reuters Schools in Bangladesh reopened on Sunday despite a heatwave continuing to sweep the South Asian nation, with temperatures expected to climb above 40 degrees Celsius in the days ahead, according to the weather department. Schools that had closed last week reopened on what is the first day of the week in Bangladesh, […]

Gaza children yearn for their school days before conflict

Gaza Reuters Traumatised 10-year-old students stare at their destroyed schools in Gaza, a grim reminder of the education and time with friends in the playground lost since the war erupted over six months ago. “We would go out during recess. We would go to the classroom and walk around. The principle would come to the […]

Sydney school, supermarket tainted with asbestos amid widening crisis

Sydney, Australia Reuters Seven more public sites in Sydney, including a school, sports hub and supermarket, were exposed to asbestos, authorities said on Monday, as the contamination of the toxic material widened and officials rushed to remove it from public spaces. Traces of bonded asbestos in mulch have been found in 41 spots scattered across […]

East Ukraine’s Kharkiv builds underground schools as Russia keeps up attacks

Workers build a heavily fortified underground school that will allow children to safely return to in-person studies, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, on 15th November, 2023.

Kharkiv, Ukraine Reuters Faced with the constant threat of Russian air strikes, officials in eastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region have begun building heavily fortified underground schools that will allow children to safely return to in-person studies as Moscow’s invasion grinds on. Schools in the region of around 2.5 million people, which borders Russia, were forced into […]

Schools in Jerusalem, Brazil and India among world’s best in global prizes

London, UKReuters Five schools, including a bilingual, integrated Jewish-Arab one in Jerusalem, triumphed at the World’s Best School prizes on Saturday for feats including fostering unity, helping the local community and supporting mental health. The winners, also in Brazil, Colombia, India and South Africa, shared a $US250,000 prize at the awards, launched last year by […]