Every day at Mango, we write a bulletin summarising the latest education news from all the major news sources for the sector. Today, one of the stories really stood out to me, simply because of how incredibly positive it was. While it’s not always “doom-and-gloom”, the news often focuses on the issues at hand and how we can address them, rather than the incredible things that are already happening. So, here are just a few of the positive education news from the past week:
Sesame Street in support of refugee children
This week, TES published a wonderful story entitled “Sesame Street characters deliver early-years education for refugee children” that reported the efforts of the International Rescue Committee and The Sesame Workshop in providing emotional and educational support for young children who have found themselves displaced by conflict and war. The project seeks to create multimedia resources for children that feature the fun and beloved characters of the popular TV series, with the hope that it will “mitigate the trauma” they have faced.
While the rest of the world looks to address these conflicts, it’s heart-warming to see the smiles on these children’s faces, and to know that there are people making a real difference in their lives.
Google CEO responds to young girl’s job letter
Chloe Bridgewater, a young girl from Hereford in the UK, has made headlines this week by taking the initiative to write to the CEO of Google in anticipation of a full job application when she’s older. “I like computers… and my teachers tell my mum and dad I am very good in class… My dad told me if I carry on being good and learning things one day I will be able to have a job at Google”, wrote the seven-year old to the “Google Boss”, in which she also talks about her proficiency in literacy and maths.
Much to her excitement and pride, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, responded to the letter, expressing how impressed he was by her love of computers and robots, saying that he looked forward to receiving her job application when she was finished with school. A fantastic example of how businesses can get involved in the education of young children, inspiring them to follow their dreams and think about the real, exciting careers they could have. You can read the full story on Business Insider UK.
Turn up the music
In another story from the education news on the BBC in Wales this week, the National Endowment for Music has set up a £1million fund to support young pupils in taking up music. With such a rich musical history, the project hopes to inspire more young people to start lessons for musical instruments so as not to lose this critical part of Welsh culture.
Phil George, from the Arts Council of Wales said: “It’s more important than ever that we provide opportunities for young people to enrich their lives through artistic expression.” Indeed, it would be fantastic to see more of these projects around the UK and worldwide to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to learn music and other creative activities to enrich their learning experience.