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Plan-UK Releases Educational Materials About Forced Marriages

Anti-Early-marriage campaign posterAn organization in the United Kingdom, Plan-UK, is partnering with thousands of schools in the country to educate students about an issue that is affecting young girls around the world: early and forced marriage. Plan has created an animated film and learning plan called “The Right to Say No,” which can be used to help educate students about this issue.

“Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights, a form of domestic abuse and, where it affects children and young people, child abuse,” said Lynne Featherstone, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Equalities and Criminal Information. “The government is already taking action, both in the UK and abroad, to raise awareness of the issue and protect those at risk. …I welcome the involvement of NGOs like Plan UK, whose new school resources pack is an example of the valuable work a number of charities are doing to provide information and support to local communities.”

Around the world, ten million girls who are under the age of 18 are forced to marry every year. This is 27,397 girls every day, or 19 girls every minute. In England, there were 1,735 cases of forced marriage last year. The holiday season is when many of these girls are forced into marrying a man who lives in another country and could be three times as old as them.

In order to draw attention to this problem, many schools will begin using “The Right to Say No” education materials before the end of the term. “The Right to Say No,” is based on the experiences of one 16-year old British girl who was forced into an early marriage in Pakistan.

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Study Abroad Programs React to UK Rioting

Masked Rioters in the United Kindom, August 2011The rioting that started in London a few days ago has made a serious impact on the way the city is perceived abroad. Those living outside of the United Kingdom have had mixed responses to the unrest, but any parent of students studying in London or the other cites affected by the violence are bound to feel concerned for the safety of their children.

Thus far, it appears that the day-to-day lives of students studying abroad in the UK have not been much affected. In Oxford, just north of London, students from American universities were asked to stay inside housing at Trinity College, according to Red and Black, a student newspaper from the University of Georgia. The students were participants in study abroad programs run by the University of Georgia, Georgetown, University of Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure University.

Many summer programs are currently ending, and US students will be returning as scheduled. Syracuse University has 31 students participating in a short-term program who were scheduled to return on August 11th. “The areas currently affected are ones where students are unlikely to go, and bystanders do not at present seem to be at great risk,” states the University’s website. Similarly, 17 Indiana University students are scheduled to return to the states this week.

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British Students Encouraged to Attend College Abroad

HockerillIn light of Britain’s recent tuition hikes, one prestigious boarding school is encouraging their students to attend university abroad. Hockerill Anglo-European College, a boarding school that prepares students to take the International Baccalaureate,  says that its students should leverage their foreign language skills to apply for university outside of England. Students at Hockerill can study German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin or Japanese.

The school’s principle, Simon Dennis, told The New York Times that Hockerill has hired a counselor specifically to help students apply to less expensive programs in other countries. “If you can get into the École Normale Supérieure in France and pay about £180 a year for an education at one of the best institutions in the world, why would you pay £9,000 a year in Britain?” asked Mr. Dennis. Some students even feel that international programs offer broader areas of study, in addition to lower fees.

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Kate Middleton’s Education Background

Catherine (Kate) Elizabeth Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 in Reading, England. Her parents are Carole and Michael Middleton and she has two younger siblings: Philippa and James. Middleton’s parents founded Party Pieces, a mail order company that sells party supplies and decorations and the company has made the family millionaires. Kate is most famous for dating, and recently becoming engaged to, Prince William of Wales. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this young woman.

Middleton was raised in Bucklebury, England. She attended St. Andrew’s School for primary school, then Marlborough College in Wilshire. After Marlborough, Middleton attended University of St. Andrews where she earned her degree in history of art. It was while Middleton was attending the University of St. Andrews that she met her soon-to-be husband, Prince William.

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Prince William of Wales’ Education Background

Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales was born on June 21, 1982. He is second in line to the British throne, behind his father, Prince Charles. Prince William was born in London, England and is the eldest child of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and has a younger brother, Harry. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of a future king of England.

Prince William received the best education possible; he is royalty, after all. He first attended Jane Mynor’s nursery school, then the pre-prep Wetherby School in London. He studied geography, biology, and history of art at Eton College. He was the house captain at Eton for his football team and also played water polo.

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