21 Chibok girls return to sit for their final exams after…

first_imgThe 21 Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram militants in October last year, have been enrolled in a secondary school to sit for their final exams, Daily Trust reports.Some of the 267 school girls were taking their final examinations when gunmen stormed their boarding school in the middle of the night in northeastern Nigeria on 14th April 2014 and kidnapped them.Since the release of the 21 girls to Federal Government after a series of negotiations with the terrorists, Nigerian authorities have been silent on where the girls are being kept in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.The 21 girls have resumed lessons in a school in Abuja to prepare for their senior secondary school examinations three years later according to chairman of the Chibok Girls Parents’ Association, Yakubu Nkenke.Mr. Yakubu Nkenke also said that two other Chibok girlas that were rescued by the Nigerian army are still undergoing rehabilitation at a facility of the Department of State Services (DSS), also in Abuja.“The officials taking care of the girls in Abuja told us that government would sponsor their education after rehabilitating them. We look forward to seeing them back in school,” said Ali Maiyanga, the father of Maryam Maiyanga, one of the Chibok girls rescued by soldiersThe parents of the Chibok girls say that they only saw their daughters once or twice since their release in October last year. A security source told the Daily Trusts that the girls were being shielded from the public and even their parents for security reason.“To prepare them for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and get them properly enrolled in a formal federal government school, we started a 9-month programme, which began in January and will end in September, the beginning of a new school calendar. By then they will be ready for school.” Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, told Daily Trust on SundayBoko Haram insurgents released 21 Chibok girls in 2016 October, in addition to about 57 of the girls who escaped immediately after the kidnap in 2014. Two others were separately rescued by the military during raids on the group’s hideout in the North-East.195 girls are still in captivitylast_img read more

KFC’s Project Book Bag Continues

first_img Tweet 186 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! BusinessLocalNews KFC’s Project Book Bag Continues by: – October 16, 2016 Sharecenter_img KFC and its franchise holder Fine Foods Inc has set a long term commitment in offering the best service and products while continuing give back to the community.KFC Project Book Bag project launched in 2014 is designed to target Primary Schools students in vulnerable areas around the island. Each year at least two schools will be selected with students in grade 2 & 3 receiving a quality school bag filled with stationary items such as exercise books, pencils, reading books, water bottle, lunch bag and other stationary items.Juliet Martin-Marketing Manger of Fine Foods Inc says that part of KFC mission is to continue its commitment to the community it serves through various programs such as The Project Book Bag which fosters the overall development of youth in Dominica. This community outreach program assist kids at an early age to maximize the opportunities to reach their full potential. The bags ensures that the kids have the necessary tool such as a good quality backpack to keep their text books and other school materials secure during the school year.The students from the Belles Primary School and Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary School in Marigot are beneficiaries of bags this year. Mr. Alven Abraham, Principle of the Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary thanked KFC for this gesture and said that provision of such bags has been a concern as a number of students do not have a proper school bag therefore this contribution will provide the students with a good bag to keep their text books safe.KFC is the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain, specializing in the famous Original Recipe® fried chicken and part of the Yum! Brands that is a global Quick Service Restaurant leader. YUM is a company that believes in giving back to the communities in which they serve both locally and globally. An initiative such as Project Book Bag allows KFC’s huge heart to shine. Share Sharelast_img read more

Teacher plans local charter school

first_imgAn Evergreen Public Schools teacher is the first person to formally declare an intention to open a charter school in Clark County. Yelena Ovdiyenko submitted a notice of intent to open Bilingual Charter Academy, a K-5 language immersion school, for the 2015-16 school year. Her plan is to enroll between 150 and 250 pupils in the school’s first year.Ovdiyenko teachs English language learners at Covington Middle School. Previously, she taught ELL and Russian at Evergreen High School.Ovdiyenko’s notice was one of 13 letters of intent statewide submitted to the state Charter School Commission. Other communities represented include Grays Harbor, the lower Yakima Valley, Pierce County, the Rainier Valley and South Seattle, South King County, Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima.In the past year, 33 groups have expressed interest in opening public charter schools in Washington, 21 prospective founders have applied and eight charter schools have been approved.No one else from Clark County has gone so far as to submit a notice of intent. Last year, a Battle Ground Public Schools teacher weighed opening an outdoors school at Camp Hope, a former Girl Scout camp, but he has not started the paperwork process.Ovdiyenko’s vision is to operate a bilingual school, similar to language immersion.“So far, we have a pretty big interest in Spanish and Russian,” said Ovdiyenko, who speaks English, Ukrainian and Russian. Eventually, the school could offer additional languages, she said. Her group has sought direction from similar charter schools in Florida and California.Ovdiyenko and her group have been visiting Latino groups, Russian churches and other groups to raise awareness, she said. They also are writing the application and are applying for grants. The full application is due July 14. Approval decisions will be announced by October. In January, the first public charter schools were approved to open their doors to students in 2014-15 and 2015-16.last_img read more