Health, education, water, environment: Key issues highlighted in Resident Coordinator’s visit to Basra – Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq; 05 October 2020 -The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Ms Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano visited Basra yesterday, reaffirming the UN’s long-term commitment to supporting the Government of Iraq in current challenges, particularly in the wake of COVID-19.

Ms Vojáčková-Sollorano was accompanied by Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Iraq and Hamida Ramadhani Lasseko, Country Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Iraq.

During a meeting with Basra Governor H.E Mr. Asaad al-Eidani, the Resident Coordinator discussed the challenges facing communities in Basra, including adequate healthcare amidst the pandemic and the need to encourage continued education, particularly for girls. She also met with representatives from civil society to express support for more robust environmental protection measures, long-term employment opportunities, and respect for human rights.


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How Physical Education Works In A Virtual Learning Environment : NPR

For our series “Learning Curve,” Megaera Regan explains how she’s teaching physical education to elementary students in Port Washington, N.Y.


OK. We’re going to move to something else now. Needless to say, this school year has already required a lot of flexibility and creativity on the part of parents, students and teachers. And that word, flexibility – it made us wonder how you teach physical education during a pandemic. It’s a great subject for our series Learning Curve, where we check in with educators and families.

Today, we hear from Megaera Regan of Manorhaven Elementary School in Port Washington, N.Y., where the schools are phasing in a hybrid plan. She’s a PE teacher, and she’s had to learn a few new tricks to keep her students active, engaged and happy.


MEGAERA REGAN: We have the students who are fully virtual. And right now, what’s

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces New Family-Friendly Online Environment to Support Caregivers in At-Home Learning | News

BOSTON, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Learning Company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt today introduced Family Room™, a brand new, family-friendly online space that supports diverse teaching environments and makes at-home learning more manageable for families and caregivers using HMH solutions. Family Room provides an intuitive, ever-growing library of on-demand resources created with parents in mind, to provide families with engaging, practical recommendations with no teaching background required so that all caregivers can help their children thrive.

As schools and families across the country are navigating remote, in-person and hybrid learning environments this fall, much of the instructional burden has been placed on parents. Over half of K-12 caregivers say they are actively teaching skills to their children, as HMH found in a survey conducted earlier this year. Within this new framework of primarily digital instruction, HMH seeks to streamline communication and strengthen relationships between educators and families to create a

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Best Books on Climate Change and the Environment

A lot of the US is literally on fire right now. Sometimes, when events like this happen, it’s difficult to bring myself to learn more about them. It’s already depressing, and then the more you learn, it only becomes more so. But on the other hand, I feel as though it’s a worthwhile endeavor — to learn more about our planet and our impacts upon it. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite books on the subject. These are ones that while, somewhat depressing, are ultimately, we think, hopeful. And hopefully there’s something in it for everyone, from well-seasoned environmentalists, to those who can’t stand narrative non-fiction. 

In 1989, Bill McKibben penned a piece in the New Yorker declaring “the end of nature.” Thirty years later, not much has changed. McKibben argues that the survival of the planet is dependent on a philosophical shift in the way

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