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TUESDAY, 01 DECEMBER 2020, 02:06


Dick Ross obituary

Yesterday at 19:38 PM, via The Guardian

Richard Ross, my mentor and friend of 40 years, who has died aged 84, was a passionate, kind-hearted intellectual and a pre-eminent figure in film education for three decades. A modest man who wore his achievements lightly, he was known by peers and students alike as Dick.

Born in Hokitika, New Zealand, Dick was the son of Paddy Ross, who owned a cycle shop, and Muriel (nee Bell) a school...

Did you solve it? The queens of chess

Yesterday at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

The solutions to today’s puzzles

Earlier today I set you the following chess-themed conundrums:

1. The quintet of queens.

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Kenya: Fear of Massive Dropouts When Schools Reopen

Yesterday at 15:09 PM, via AllAfrica

[Nation] Thousands of learners failed to show up in class when schools partially reopened last month, raising fears of massive dropouts caused by the prolonged closure of learning institutions.

Ghana: Emerging Trends of Using Open Source Software in Education

Yesterday at 13:14 PM, via AllAfrica

[Ghanaian Times] Traditionally, software has been classified into application system software and operating systems software. Application software facilitate users’ work in executing routine processes while operating systems software is designed to make all the different hardware components, as well as all the peripherals, work together and operate as an integrated machine. Examples of modern...

Sudan: South Kordofan Gov Calls Education System ‘Tragic’

Yesterday at 10:19 AM, via AllAfrica

[Radio Dabanga] South Kordofan / Jebel Marra — The governor of South Kordofan, Hamid El Bashir, described the condition of education in his state as “tragic” and said that only 12 per cent of those who enter basic school complete the eighth grade.

Can you solve it? The queens of chess

Yesterday at 09:11 AM, via The Guardian

Puzzles to have you in pieces

Thanks to the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, chess is having a moment. Today’s three puzzles are in homage to world-class female players, both fictitious and real.

1. A quintet of queens.

Continue reading…

‘I didn’t feel I fitted in’: why Gypsies, Roma and Travellers don’t go to university

Yesterday at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

A new tutoring project is ensuring students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds don’t drift away from education during the pandemic

One day at school, Jack* was accosted by his teacher while he was putting his coat on and getting ready to leave the classroom. “Leave it there,” she insisted in front of his classmates. “We donated you that. Your mum didn’t have enough money to buy...

Kenya: New Arts Curriculum to Train Talented Youths to Create Jobs

Yesterday at 07:06 AM, via AllAfrica

[Nation] The Kenya School of Government in collaboration with the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) are working on a unique creative arts development curriculum which aims to support youth innovation centres across the country to become sources of jobs and wealth creation.

Tom Winnifrith obituary

Sunday at 19:54 PM, via The Guardian

My father, Tom Winnifrith, who has died aged 82, was an academic who was instrumental in founding the department of classics at Warwick University and inspired generations of students in their love of classics and English literature.

Born in London to John Winnifrith, a civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture who became director general of the National Trust, and his wife, Lesbia (nee...

New York City public schools to reopen for in-person learning

Sunday at 19:24 PM, via The Guardian

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that schools will reopen on 7 December, starting with elementary schools

New York City’s public schools will begin to reopen for in-person learning on 7 December , starting with elementary schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday.

The schools were closed less than two weeks ago after the citywide rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive...

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