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Inactive children ‘become middle-aged couch potatoes’

BBC – Judith Burns

“Children who lead inactive lives are likely to grow up to become middle-aged couch potatoes, a study suggests. Researchers compared the TV viewing habits of more than 6,000 British people born in a single week in 1970, at the ages of 10 and 42. Parents should increase children’s physical activity to ensure they become fit and healthy adults, the University College London authors conclude. “Do something active to displace TV,” advised co-author Lee Smith. “In the evening time when families tend to sit down and watch TV they should try to go for walks instead. “If you can’t go outside, try active computer games, anything that gets people up and expending energy rather than sitting down and snacking,” said Dr Smith, of the UCL epidemiology and public health department.”(more)

Ethiopia: Teaching a Girl Teaches a Community

All Africa – Erna Solberg and Graca Machel

“In 1990, the Italian World Cup was played to the sound of Luciano Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma. In that same year, 12.6 million under-fives died from largely preventable diseases, and 104 million children of primary school age were out of school.” (more)

Ethiopia: Drought, Floods Hit Education

All Africa – Staff Writer

“Parts of Ethiopia are still reeling from the effects of recent drought, flooding, conflict or a combination of the three, resulting in increased numbers of children dropping out of school, say officials. At least 385,000 school-children need “emergency education assistance this school year”, Alexandra Westerbeek, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) communication manager in Ethiopia, told IRIN.”(more)

Ethiopia: Lifting of Ban On Off-Campus Education Welcomed

Sudan Tribune (All Africa) – Tesfa-Alem Tekle

“Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Education has lifted a controversial ban it imposed against distance education – learning remotely over the internet, post or telephone – which is mainly provided by privately owned higher institutions of the country.”(more)