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How playing on swings can help children understand physics

The Conversation – Francis Mavhunga

“What they may not realise is that they’re learning while playing. The swing allows children to physically experience a wide range of physics concepts: velocity, gravitational potential energy – the sort of energy that allows a large swinging mass to be used to break down buildings – weightlessness, period of swing and the rush of wind resistance.” (more)

Michelle Obama, daughters and mom promote girls’ education in Morocco

Reuters – Aziz El Yaakoubi

” U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, her mother and daughters Sasha and Malia were joined by Meryl Streep in Morocco’s Marrakesh on Tuesday on a six-day tour to try to promote girls’ education. More than a third of Morocco’s population of 34 million is illiterate – one of the highest rates in North Africa, and the rate is higher for women at 41 percent, official data shows. “I am sitting here now as the U.S. first lady, talking to you, because of my education,” Michelle Obama told a dozen girls from different towns.”(more)

Michelle Obama to visit Africa to highlight girls’ education

Reuters – Isma’il Kushkush

” U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Africa on Sunday with daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother as part of an effort to promote girls’ education, her office said. The upcoming, six-day trip will include visits to Morocco and Liberia. She will also visit Spain. The trip will highlight the work of Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative launched by U.S. President Barack Obama and the first lady in 2015. That project is part of “a U.S. government effort to address the barriers that keep over 62 million girls around the world out of school, particularly adolescent girls,” the first lady’s chief of staff, Tina Tchen, told reporters on a conference call.”(more)

7 Ways Learning a Foreign Language can Improve Your Life

Nigeria Today – Staff Writer

“Learning a foreign language can enhance your life in so many ways. It can help improve things like health, job opportunities, relationships and personal development. Unfortunately, and maybe generally, those of English-speaking heritage are notoriously lazy when it comes to learning a language other than our own. Once you can speak another language, it can open so many doors. We’ve listed seven excellent reasons as to why you should learn a foreign language.”(more)

Better Education Will Mean Better Health for Young Women and Girls

The Huffington Post – Julia Gillard

“If we invest in girls’ schooling, health benefits will follow. A better-educated girl is less likely to get HIV and more likely to be able to make her own choices about when she marries and how many children she’ll have. And it not only makes a difference for her, it makes a difference for generations to come…We must continue to place a high premium on access to and the quality of education; because this is the best tool we have for keeping our girls healthy…Given the virtuous cycle between a young woman’s health and access to quality education, we must ask ourselves – what can we do to make a difference?”(more)

Can learning languages make your child more intelligent

The Standard Media – Lee Mwiti

“Naima Karimi is proud that her daughter Tiffany Nkatha can speak four languages. English, Kiswahili, French and her mother tongue, Kimeru. Tiffany, 16 years old and in Form Three, started learning French when she was 13 and seems to have an affinity for languages. “She is good at languages and always excels in them. She is also good at writing. She intends to learn German too and, if possible, Chinese,” Ms Karimi says proudly. Such a revelation from a parent, no matter how humble, brings to the core the level of importance we place on children learning other languages apart from the English they encounter in schools and in middle class homes. To a larger extent, Kenyans are progressive when it comes to mastery of languages since most children grow up learning English, Kiswahili and, for some, their mother tongue. Majority of schools also teach a host of foreign languages including French, German and recently Chinese.”(more)