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Girls worldwide lag behind boys in math: Unicef

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New York: Girls around the world lag behind boys in math, with sexism and gender stereotyping among the leading causes, according to a new report released by Unicef.

The report titled “Solving the Equation: Helping Girls and Boys Learn Math” features new data analysis covering more than 100 countries and territories.

Released on Wednesday, the report finds that boys are up to 1.3 times more likely to gain math skills than girls.

Negative gender norms and stereotypes often held by teachers, parents, and peers regarding girls’ innate inability to understand math are contributing to the disparity.

This also undermines girls’ self-confidence, setting them up for failure, the report says.

An analysis of data from 34 low- and middle-income countries presented in the report shows that while girls lag behind boys, three-quarters of school-age children in class 4 are not learning basic skills. of arithmetic.

Data from 79 high- and middle-income countries show that more than a third of 15-year-old schoolchildren have not yet achieved minimum proficiency in mathematics.

Household wealth is also a determining factor.

The report notes that schoolchildren from the richest households are 1.8 times more likely to acquire numeracy skills by the time they reach fourth grade than children from the poorest households.

Children who attend early childhood care and education programs are up to 2.8 times more likely to reach minimum proficiency in mathematics by age 15 than those who do not.

The report also notes that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has likely further exacerbated children’s math skills.

In countries where girls are more likely to be out of school than boys, overall disparities in math proficiency are likely to be even greater.

“Girls have the same ability to learn math as boys, what they lack is the same opportunity to acquire these critical skills,” said Unicef ​​Executive Director Catherine Russell.

“We need to dispel the gender stereotypes and norms that hold girls back, and do more to help every boy learn the critical skills they need to succeed in school and in life.”

(IANS)


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33 persons killed in Colombia landslide

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Bogota: At least 33 people died from a landslide that buried vehicles along a highway in Colombia, Interior Minister Alfonso Prada said.

The landslide that occurred on Sunday buried a bus carrying passengers from Cali to Condoto, along with a car and a motorcycle on the Pereira-Quibdó highway, in the central-western department of Risaralda, the Xinhua news agency reports.

“We have identified 33 deceased people, including three minors. We have rescued nine people, four of them are currently in critical condition,” Prada said Monday.

Personnel from Colombia’s Risk Management Unit and the Transportation Ministry’s Transit and Transport Directorate, as well as the police department and the army, rushed to the rescue, he said.

Following the landslide, authorities plan to declare a nationwide high alert to prepare for weather-related disasters amid a cold snap that is expected to continue for several more months, Prada said.

President Gustavo Petro ordered the installation of a Unified National Command Post in the capital Bogotá by Tuesday at the latest to determine the state of the roads in adverse weather conditions, he said.

Risaralda Governor Víctor Manuel Tamayo told reporters that the road where the accident occurred is in poor condition, complicating efforts to find survivors and recover the bodies of the victims.

(IANOS)


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At 6, Indian-origin boy is youngest S’porean to trek to Everest Base Camp

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Singapore: A six-year-old boy of Indian origin has become the youngest Singaporean to reach Everest Base Camp in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres.

Om Madan Garg walked for 10 days in October together with his parents, covering an elevation gain of around 2,500m from Lukla village at 2,860m to the base at 5,364m, according to the Singapore Book of Records.

Om, a Kindergarten 2 student at Canossaville Preschool, “managed well despite bad weather, flight cancellations, lack of amenities, hot days and cold nights.”

The Garg family reached Lukla, which is the starting point and also the gateway of the base camp trek on September 28, and arrived at the base on October 7.

They were accompanied by a licensed guide and two porters.

From Lukla, they walked to Phakding and continued until they reached Namche Bazaar, the commercial center of the Everest region.

From Namche Bazaar the trail goes to Tengboche and eventually to Everest Base Camp at 5364m.

“I threw my hat into the sky and caught it and we climbed to the top of the rock at Mount Everest Base Camp and took a photo. “We flew the Singapore flag,” he told Channel News Asia in an interview.

The preschool student received a certificate from the Singapore Book of Records.

Their entire stay has been documented in a seven-part series on the family’s YouTube channel, The Brave Tourist.

Three-year-old Heyansh Kumar from India is the youngest person to reach Mount Everest Base Camp.

Kumar was three years, seven months and 27 days old when he achieved the milestone.

(IANOS)


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AAP looks poised to sweep MCD elections

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New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to sweep the civic polls held in Delhi on December 4 and end the BJP’s 15-year stronghold in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), according to the results of the mouth-of-mouth polls. ballot box from different agencies published on Monday.

According to the India Today-Axis My India survey, in the 250-district MCD, AAP is projected to win 149-171 districts, followed by BJP 69-91, Congress 3-7, while others may get 5 to 9 seats.

In Chandani Chowk, which has 30 districts, 20 can go AAP while BJP is projected to win 10 districts.

In East Delhi, where there are 36 districts, AAP can win 22, followed by BJP with 14.

Out of 25 districts in New Delhi, AAP can win 21 followed by BJP in 4.

The exit poll further predicted that out of 41 districts in the North East district, 21 will go to BJP, followed by AAP with 17, Congress with 2, while 1 district will go to others.

According to the India Today exit poll, AAP will get 43 percent of the vote while 35 percent of the vote will go to the BJP. Congress will finish a distant third with a 10 percent vote share.

The India News-Jan Ki Baat exit poll gave AAP 159-175 constituencies, while the BJP is projected to win 70-92 constituencies.

The Times Now exit poll predicted the AAP to win 146-156 districts, followed by the BJP in 84-94 districts. The exit poll projected that Congress would win only 11 districts.

The Zee News-BARC exit poll projected the AAP to win 134-146 constituencies while the BJP will win 82-94 constituencies. Congress is likely to win between 8 and 14 districts, while others will win between 14 and 19 districts.

The MCD elections held on Sunday witnessed a low voter turnout of 50 percent. The results will be announced on December 7.

The BJP has been in power in the MCD since 2007.

(IANOS)


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