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Myanmar: UNICEF Tells Govt to Increase Education, Health Spending

RANGOON — UNICEF is calling on the government to drastically increase government spending on education and health care in order to boost socio-economic development and improve the child rights situation in Burma. Two UNICEF studies released on Wednesday analyze current government spending and conclude that revenues from the country’s rich...

Burma must invest its earnings in education sector

Education opportunity is a basic necessity in Burma (Myanmar) in terms of equal right of entry in higher education. The large part of the population has been excluded from higher and tertiary education since the 1962 military coup d'état. As Myanmar goes beyond the doorstep of socio-economic transformations, education must...

UNHCR to airlift aid to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Philippines

Baku – APA. The UN refugee agency announced on Monday, 11 November 2013, that it was organizing an emergency airlift to the Philippines, where an estimated 9.8 million people have been affected by last Friday’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan, United Nations Department of Public Information in Azerbaijan told APA. UNHCR has...

Cambodia: Villagers fight mining venture

Nearly 70 representatives from 278 families in Preah Vihear’s Rovieng district are seeking intervention after a national mining company began drilling on their farmland last week, locals said yesterday. According to villager Yean Bunchan, 47, representatives from a company based in Kandal province called T P B-TV Development met with...

Fighting land-grabs in Cambodia; A justice of sorts

In the past decade hundreds of thousands of Cambodians have been pushed off the land they occupy. In the countryside, it is often to make way for rubber plantations developed by government cronies, including Chinese and Vietnamese ones. In the booming capital of Phnom Penh, the government has seized...

Singapore: Think Centre International Human Rights Day 2013

Think Centre calls for the protection and promotion of human rights for every individual in Singapore as we commemorate International Human Rights Day 2013. The United Nations’ (UN) General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to establish the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as the...

DepEd playing catch-up for ASEAN 2015

Manila, Philippines – Is the Philippines late for the ASEAN 2015 in terms of education? Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the Philippines might be considered “late” for the ASEAN economic integration in 2015 in terms of basic education but “only in the sense that there are many things that we...

3rd ASEAN Disability Forum opens in Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The 3rd ASEAN Disability Forum opened here on Wednesday aiming at reducing poverty amongst people with disabilities (PWDs) and enhancing their employment prospects in order to promote and protect their basic rights. In the context of Brunei Darussalam, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak...

Indonesia: Towards neoliberal urbanism in education – Setiono Sugiharto

The best perspective we can borrow to envision what Indonesia's educational policy looks like is the notion of neoliberal urbanism — a neologism first unveiled by educational sociologist Pauline Lipman. Taking a specific case from the US’ urban school system, Lipman argues that urban areas have undoubtedly become the forefront...

ASEAN and Universal Health Care

ASSOCIATION of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has traditionally relied on a mixture of public and private health care with an emphasis on the latter. It is a structure that is likely to continue as more countries in the region begin to move toward the provision of universal health care. For...