Today (March 8th) is International Women’s Day. It is a day for advancement of rights of females all over the planet, both young and old. The theme for Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

The day is also an important time for raising awareness of feminine issues. One such burning issue is “Education of the Girl Child”.

Facts About Female Education

While we are on this topic, there are a couple of facts we should be aware of first.

  • ‘Literacy rate’ is defined as the ability to read and write. Do you know that the world average for the female literacy rate is 79.7% while India stands at just 65.6%? Even our neighbor, the heavily populated China has surpassed us with 82.7%.
  • Are you aware that 65% of female students drop out of school when they attain puberty?
  • In India, do you know that while Kerala boasts a female literacy rate of 92%, Bihar is at a pathetic 51.5% female literacy rate?

What does all this mean? One thing: There is still a dire need to educate girls.

Even though the world as a whole may be advancing in terms of technology and transportation, one thing remains suppressed: female education. Why should we educate girls? We’ll tell you.

10 Reasons Why We Should Educate Girls

There are a lot of things that can be achieved by providing quality education to women. Educating girls has a lot of potential benefits to the society and the world. We have listed some of them here.

1. Creates a Healthy Family

According to the UNESCO, providing secondary education to mothers can save 12 million children from stunted growth and malnutrition. Since most of the infant deaths under 5% are due to malnutrition, this can be prevented by educating mothers.

An educated woman takes better care of her family and children.  She will be more aware of the importance of providing healthy nutrition and timely vaccination for her children. Mothers, especially single mothers need to be educated in order to take care of their child or children.

2. Lowers Infant Mortality

By providing girls with secondary education, we can reduce infant mortality by 50% and save the lives of 3 million newborns on Earth. The child of educated women is less likely to die before its first year. This is when they are the weakest and most vulnerable This is because an educated woman is less likely to contract HIV or AIDs and does not pass it on to her children.

She is more alert and aware of the causes of infant mortality and protects the child from infant death by taking timely vaccinations during her pregnancy and other health precautions. Thus, by educating a woman, you are not only helping one life, but saving another.

3. Decreases Deaths From Pregnancy

Women who are educated are more conscious of their health. They have fewer pregnancies and are hence less likely to die during pregnancy, childbirth, or the post-pregnancy period. Educated potential mothers are also more informed of what to do and what to avoid during pregnancy.

Educating more women also means providing more female healthcare workers to assist other women during pregnancy and childbirth. All this reduces maternal mortality and deaths during pregnancy by half. Again, we are saving not one life, but two.

4. Improves Socio-Economic Growth

Educated women stand better chances of gaining employment. This means a better quality of life, better health, education and future for the family. More well-educated people in the workforce leads to a healthier business sector and economy for the country.

It also helps in female empowerment and reduces female discrimination in offices. Educating women enhances the socio-economic growth of the family and society.

5. Stops Child Marriages

Educated girls aspire to study further, gain employment and enhance their personal standing in society. They wish to be self-reliant and independent. so they say “no” to child marriages and concentrate on pursuing their education.

Child marriages are the worst kind of social evil and cause early deaths of mothers and children. By educating girls, we can make them realize the risks of child marriage and prevent them from getting married early for their own welfare. The family will also not marry off their girl child for money.

6. Reduces Population

An educated woman knows that a “small family is a happy family”. Educating women makes them understand the perils of repeated pregnancies and the disadvantage of population explosion.

Educated women will also place more focus on their careers rather than just raising a family. Lesser population means better resources and opportunities without much competition. Women’s education is the first step to decrease population explosion.

7. No More Domestic Violence and Harassment

An educated woman knows how to exercise her rights and safeguard herself at both home and in society. The rate of exploitation, harassment, and domestic violence will go down because an educated woman will not be afraid to stand for what’s right.

Educated girls stand up boldly against domestic violence and sexual harassment or exploitation. In this #MeToo era, education gives a girl the courage to defend herself and seek social justice against such evils that plague society.

8. Better Political Participation

Representation of women in the governance of a nation is an absolute must and educating the girl child is the first step towards this process. No one knows women better than a woman herself and females deserve a right to vote and be heard. Educated women will both vote for politicians and run for political offices.

It goes without saying that women should have a say in the political process of this country, and educated women are more informed of policies. They should exercise their voting rights and choose the candidate who will work best for their cause. Educating girls from a young age helps them understand politics and gets them involved in the political process of the country. The more educated people that vote, better the future of the world will be.

9. No More Anti-National Tendencies

Uneducated girls are easy prey to terrorist organizations or enemy nations who brainwash them and force or fool them into becoming anti-nationals or terrorists.

Educating a girl child prevents her from going astray and becoming unknowingly militant. They cannot be duped or tricked as easily as an uneducated person. They are now well informed and contribute positively to the nation.

10. National Progress

Educating a woman is the first step to national progress. Educated women become better entrepreneurs, better administrators, and spokeswomen, furthering the progress of the nation. They are proud to represent the nation.

Girls must be educated in order to promote the welfare of the family, society, and nation. We must put a stop to female infanticide, child marriage, discrimination, and harassment against women if we want our planet to prosper. Female education is the answer.

Educate Girls to Improve the Country and World

Online practice learning sites like LetsPractise are dedicated to contributing to the cause of women education and further female participation in the education system.

We offer many educational plans for various subjects and school boards. Your daughter can learn about history, maths, science, languages, and more in fine fashion. Test sheets, practise papers, sample worksheets, and quality assessment reports will all be at her disposal. The more she learns, the more she knows. Contact us now if you have any questions that need answering.

On this Women’s Day 2019, let us all take a pledge towards women education and empowerment. Beti bachao, beti padhao.

Kids, especially young kids, love to ask questions. Children are curious by nature and their most favorite questions to ask are ‘why?’, ‘what?’ and ‘how?’. Children between the ages 5 – 6 ask the most questions. Unfortunately, most people shun children for their curiosity and it is misinterpreted as annoyance.

It is not right on our part as educators to dismiss the genuinely curious. As educators, why not use this trait to our advantage and get students to ask the right kind of questions, creating room for effective learning to take place?

There has been a decades-old misconception in our educational system that it is the teacher’s duty to do all the talking and students, the listening. With this in place, it is quite clear to us that learning takes place on a minimal level.  

Teachers spend hours of chatter and explanation, droning on and on about a subject. This is not welcome in a classroom any more and students have frankly been bored out of their minds. Students can be taught effectively only when they are interested in a subject.

Engaging Students Through Science

Science is beautiful because it is a field of study that raises one’s curiosity. We have written posts about science before, such as How to Make Science Class Interesting? and How to Make Science Fun for Students?

Science is a wonderful subject. However, because of the constant stigma about Science being difficult to master, there is a mental block in the student’s minds. This block limits their ability and decreases their interest in the subject.

This means that the methods of imparting education should be changed. Human beings are constantly evolving,  so why shouldn’t evolution take place in the teaching methods?

Here is a list of methods that could be adapted for your classroom in order to make Science more interesting for the students.

1. Experimental Methods

One way we can make Science interesting for students is by the good old method of getting one’s hands dirty.

Statistically, students have displayed progress at the rate of 52% towards the learning of science when experimental activities had been introduced to their class. We are not talking of complex experiments with many systems and tools, but encouraging students to understand concepts and thus, creating models from scratch.

Let them explore the surroundings. Let the students perform experiments and dissections. Take the students on field trips to farms, lakes, or even just the Science Lab. Once they aren’t just constrained to the boundaries of the classroom, they have room for understanding theories, and conceptual learning takes place.

2. Cultivate the Habit of Thinking

When the teacher rattles off about the theories and mechanics of physics or anatomy, students simply tune out after some time when the lesson gets monotonous. With this method of teaching adopted in almost every educational institution, students are barely given the opportunity to think. Therefore, instead of putting information out there, put forth questions to them that would require technical and logical thinking in order for them to come up with a solution.

Have you looked at a group of students react when a puzzle is given to them? They frantically search their minds for the knowledge they have acquired to apply and bring forth a solution. To them, it is a challenge, and they seldom turn one down. Science is a great opportunity for friendly debates and to question others. It is a good idea to have a Question of the Day or Question of the Week and let students figure out the answer themselves. This way, they are actively engaging in classroom sessions rather than just noting down whatever you say.

3. Bring in Technology

It’s the modern age, and the educators need to get with the times if they wish to capture the attention of their students. With the constant exposure of children to screens, we as educators opt to give them a break from screen time, thus shutting the doors to technological advantages in a classroom.

Give students the opportunity to learn Biology, Physics, and Chemistry through stimulators and activities. Diagrams of structures are precise and accurate, and showcase everything visually which will also make it easier to understand.

Utilize video facilities to demonstrate experiments in Physics and Chemistry. For a better understanding of the Periodic Table, you can use images, pictures, and infographics. There are also audio tools you can use such as songs for the Periodic Elements, songs about the Water Cycle, and more.

With all the above mentioned, allow your main aim to be the creation of a learning space that is free to think and speak, to question and to learn. It’s important to always keep an open mind. So, let students ask questions and listen to what they have to say.

LetsPractise Makes Science Fun

Whether it’s Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, Science will often leave you in awe and amazement. You can relate almost everything to science, so why not use this to your advantage? Dropping a scientific game or two will always shift the atmosphere of the classroom enabling students to embrace learning and enjoy it in the process.

Science is the study of life and universal laws and substances that surround us. Just like maths, it is absolutely important for the real world. Whether your child grows up to be a doctor, an inventor, or a programmer, they need to have a solid grasp of Science and a understand it well. LetsPractise can help you achieve this.

We are a group of teachers and parents who offer training in the form of practise sheets and test papers for various subjects, and practise papers for students from 1st to 10th studying Science in the CBSE, IGCSE, State, and ICSE Boards are one of our specialties.

We offer worksheets with challenging questions and puzzles. These are specifically designed to check whether students are able to apply concepts taught in the classroom and whether they have understood them. You can view all of our plans and find one that suits you. Contact us now for additional details or enquiries.

Supermoon – Everything you need to know about it.

supermoonYou may have heard about Monday’s supermoon, but what exactly is it, and is it really all that super?

In order to understand this phenomenon, you need to know a little bit about the orbital mechanics of  our solar system and how the sun, Earth and moon move.

The distance from Earth to the moon is an average of 384,000 km. However, the moon’s orbit is elliptical — as opposed to circular — and its distance varies by roughly 30,000 km over the course of one month. That means that once a month the moon is at a position closest to earth known as perigee, and farthest, apogee.

This phenomenon occurs when the full moon is closest to the Earth on its orbit.

How the supermoon got its name?

While astronomers refer to this phenomenon as a perigee full moon. The term supermoon has gained a foothold in popular culture.

Astrologer Richard Noelle says he coined the term supermoon in a 1979 article he wrote for Horoscope magazine. It described “a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”

November’s supermoon is also known as the Beaver Moon or Frost Moon. The names were coined by Native Americans due to the time at which the weather started getting colder and more pelts were needed to keep warm.

What can you expect to see?

In 2016, we’ll get a total of three supermoons:

  • one that passed on October 16,
  • the second on Monday, November 14  and,
  • the third on December 16.

But what makes Monday’s supermoon so special is that it’s the closest supermoon since January 26, 1948. It becomes full about two hours before perigee, at which time the moon will be roughly 356,509 kilometres from Earth.

Nasa says that we will not see a supermoon this close to earth  again until November 25, 2034. The moon will appear up to one-third brighter and 14% bigger than average.

If you missed the supermoon this Link will show you the 11 eye catching  images of this event from across the world.

Funny English – When English was murdered

As they say English is a funny language, here are some examples :

 

English

So it seems like you should contact them if you need a free WIFE.

 

English

I wanted a solid tea, and my friend wanted a balloon of gaseous tea.

 

English

They are probably going to give you a LAUNCH.

 

English

I am pretty sure they’re way ahead of their competitors.

 

English

This guy “Passed Away”.

 

English

I fell sick after reading this.

 

English

Happy Marriage “University” Bro.

 

English

Don’t WAIST your talent.

 

English

The College name was perfectly PLANNED.

 

 

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Elder just got LARGE.

 

 

English

This guy is in trouble now.

 

 

 

English

His friend passed way. May he R.I.P. just like his English.

 

 

English

This guy is probably a genius.

Exam Stress : Symptoms and handling techniques

Everyone gets stressed during exams. exam_time_014A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it motivates us to knuckle down and work hard. But exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can prevent us from performing our best. So it’s important to address it and get it back under control.

Stress Symptoms :

  • Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Constant tiredness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Poor appetite
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Increased anxiety and irritability
  • Increased heart rate
  • Migraines/headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness

How to cope with Exam Stress?

  • Keeping well : First and the foremost thing to cope with exam stress is to keep well. The three vital things your body needs to keep well is food, water and sleep.blockexams_2
  1. Water : Keeping hydrated is important for brain functions, distributing nutrients around our body and removing what we no longer need.
  2. Food : Nourish your body with lots of healthy food. Stock up on healthy snacks fuel your body and mind with lots of greens, fruit, nuts and seeds for healthy energy boosting snacks and make sure you have a balanced diet of three meals a day.
  3. Sleep : Sleep is so important, it’s your body’s healing time, when the cells repair and your brain archives and detoxes the millions of thoughts that have raced through your mind during the day.
  • Keeping yourself focused : When you wake each morning don’t rush to the nearest set of notes or textbook. Sit quietly in bed or look out of the window, place your hand on your heart and take deep breaths. Once you have found a rhythm that works for you – say one thing you are grateful for and set an intention for your day.
  • Setting yourself study goals : Always set yourself a study goal for the day which can be broken down into smaller tasks to become more manageable. This will help you stay relaxed and focused on what you need to complete.
  • Stick to what makes you happy : A routine is so important – if you love to run regularly, or like to have a kick around at the park, keep it up. It releases happy hormones and keeps you feeling grounded. Exercise itself won’t make you completely stress-free but getting sweaty does help you to detox the emotional intensity that you have been feeling, giving your brain a re-boot and improving mental clarity.
    If you are a creative sort and enjoy painting, sewing, drawing keep going. These kinds of activities will help you to zone out, giving the body and mind a much needed rest.
  • Let it go : Accept the things that you can’t change. Your exams are coming, they will happen and then they will be over. Instead of leaking energy on worrying about them create solutions and focus on what you can control.'It's not his fault Miss! He's been awake all night worrying about the exam!'
  • Steer clear of any exam ‘post-mortem’ : It doesn’t matter what your friend wrote for Question 3, it’s too late to go back and change your answers, so it will just make you worry even more.
  • Learn to recognize when you’re stressing out. A break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you’re under will get things into perspective.
  • Ultimately, don’t lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won’t last forever.

This article mentions few more tips to deal with the exam stress.