Tuesday, 1 December 2020
A Covid chronicle is a 400 word long account of personal experiences during the first national lockdown in England from March 2020, played on BBC Radio 4's PM show. My piece about home schooling three under 5s was included in this book, which brought together a collection of chronicles. I was so honoured to be among such moving, inspiring and honest windows into people's lives.
Thursday, 27 June 2019
"The chaos of Britain’s recycling system is exposed today with hundreds of thousands of tons of waste being redirected to landfill or incinerators.
"Despite residents sorting their household waste into separate bins, up to half of “recyclable” material is not being recycled in some areas of England, government data shows.
"It comes as an undercover investigation by The Telegraph and Unearthed reveals staff at a recycling centre in London are sending recyclable plastic and paper to be incinerated..."
I was part of the investigation team that exposed poor recycling practices and working conditions at a London waste processing plant.
Friday, 4 January 2019
Each month looks at a different area:
3. Special educational needs and disability
4. Sexual orientation
5. Race and ethnicity
6. Language and culture
7. Religion and belief
9. Poverty and class.
Read the series as it's published at Nursery World.
Friday, 12 October 2018
Since revelations about Oxfam in February sparked a slew of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector, agencies have been scrambling to design new policies to ensure such incidents are consigned to the past.
Creating a global register of aid workers is among several proposals made by the United Kingdom government and development organizations to improve standards and restore trust. Two groups are currently working to scope out how such a register might work in practice: One organized by international development network Bond, which is set to report at the Department for International Development’s International Safeguarding Summit on Oct. 18; the other convened by Save the Children, with experts from NGOs including Christian Aid, Oxfam, CARE International, and CAFOD, which is feeding into the Bond group...
Read the full story on Devex.com.
Monday, 19 March 2018
Globally almost half of all three- to six-year-old children (159 million) are deprived of access to pre-primary education, according to the World Bank. This is despite worldwide recognition that a child’s first years provide a window of opportunity to prevent future inequality.
Investing in this area improves children’s cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional skills, and makes them more likely to learn better at primary school and to earn higher wages later as adults.
This article looked at four examples, in Peru, Uganda, India and Costa Rica.
Read the full story on Nursery World.
Friday, 26 May 2017
Equal Times - Period pains: Menstrual Hygiene Day to raise global awareness on how traditions impact education and employment
When 15-year-old Roshani Tiruwa lay down to sleep close to an open fire in a small mud hut last December, she was unaware that the smoke from the fire would suffocate her. Why was such a young girl sleeping alone just metres from her family home? Because Roshani was on her period.
Her death on 16 December was the second within a month in Nepal’s western Achram district caused by women being banished from their family homes because of cultural beliefs surrounding menstruation. Dambara Upadhyay, 21, was found dead in a hut on 19 November under similar circumstances, according to various news reports.
The ancient Hindu practice of chaupadi considers menstruating women to be impure. Those who uphold the practice forbid women and girls from touching men or even entering their own homes, and prohibit them from eating certain foods. Disastrous consequences are believed to follow transgression, such as crop failure…
Read the full story on Equal Times.
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Before our interview, Simon Bishop — recently appointed director of policy and programs at Plan International U.K. — insists that the topic of his previous employer is off-limits.
As a special political adviser to the United Kingdom’s former Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, Bishop spent two and a half years providing political, policy and media advice that shaped the direction of the government’s development strategy.
Although some of the controversial policies announced by the Department for International Development since Greening and Bishop left in July last year may have been gestating while he was in the post, Bishop refuses to comment on them. “Mischievous journalists can turn that into nice headlines,” he told Devex. “I've got to be careful”…
Read the full story on Devex.com.
Monday, 24 April 2017
According to the World Health Organization, 40 million new health and social care jobs must be created globally by 2030 to meet Sustainable Development Goal 3 of universal health coverage. At the same time, global youth unemployment reached 71 million in 2016, according to International Labour Organization data. Could the two problems be used to solve each other?
Director of the Health Workforce Department at the WHO Jim Campbell believes they could. He says it’s time to “join the dots” between the shortage of health care workers and young unemployed people. Campbell told Devex that development practitioners need to approach the solution in a non-traditional way, and create new training models for the next cohort of skilled health professionals.
It is already happening in some countries, he says. Afghanistan and Ethiopia have both created accelerated training programs to help get more young people into health care. And while there may not be specific pots of money available for health training for youth, he points out that many international funding organizations have marked out job creation or health and education as priorities…
Read the full story on Devex.