Food aid continues in Bangladesh months after deadly cyclone – UN agency

1 July 2008Obtaining food remains the biggest priority for Bangladeshi families living in areas still devastated by Cyclone Sidr last year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, announcing it will continue its aid operations to the affected region. The next major harvest in the delta country is not due until November or December, and many households lack sufficient food reserves to last until then, according to a press release issued by WFP.The soaring cost of many basic foods, a worldwide phenomenon this year, has also left many families unable to afford to buy what they need, the agency added. Over the past month WFP has conducted its seventh round of general food distribution since Cyclone Sidr, which struck coastal Bangladesh in mid-November last year, killing more than 3,000 people and leaving millions of others dependent on outside assistance. About 1.5 million Bangladeshis benefited from the latest food distribution round, which consisted of rations featuring rice, pulses, edible oil, blended food, salt and high-energy biscuits. WFP country director Edward Kallon said the round had been completed despite logistical problems caused by the current rainy season. In total, the agency has delivered at least 63,000 tons of emergency food assistance since the cyclone. read more

Rise of study tubers is whipping up hysteria among schoolchildren experts warn

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The rise of “study tubers” is “whipping up hysteria” among schoolchildren, experts have warned.These increasingly popular YouTube videos – some of which have been watched millions of times – show teenagers studying for hours on end, while sharing tips and advice about how to revise.  Ruby, whose channel is called Ruby Granger named after her hero Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, has had over 13 million views.Among her videos are speeded-up clips of herself revising for her A-levels in English, Philosophy and Chemistry for 14 and 15 hours a day. Introducing her Study With Me: 15 Hour Study Day film, said explains: “This is the longest study with me that I have ever filmed. I just want to quickly point out that I do not do 15 hours of studying every day.“Usually if I’m not doing anything else that day I will do 10-12 hours of work. This isn’t always homework, sometimes I like to do extension projects.” Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said that on the one hand, youngsters should be congratulated for “being innovative and using technology for something constructive”.However, he added that children must be “protected” from “setting themselves unattainable goals” after watching “study tubers” post videos of themselves revising for hours on end.“Mental health is such an issue for young people. People present themselves in a way that is unattainable,” he said. “It goes back to schools helping each child to think about themselves, and not that everyone can do this or should do this.”He explained that while teachers try to give their pupils as much advice and guidance as possible, there is always the possibility that they will look elsewhere.“You always know that youngsters can access other resources, and that the quality control of these is always slightly dodgy,” he said.Barnaby Lenon, the chairman of the Independent Schools Council, has previously advised teenagers to spend seven hours a day studying for their GCSEs and A levels.He advised that pupils spend 100 hours working during the Easter holidays, covering 50 topics in two-hour slots.“Plan to work for seven hours a day most days of the Easter break. If you work for 14 days, that will be about 100 hours of revision. If each topic takes two hours to revise, that is 50 topics,” he said.center_img Meanwhile, Jade Bowler’s YouTube channel Unjaded Jade has had 10.3 million views – one of her posts shows her crying as she tells how she was rejected from Oxford University – and Eve Bennett from Revision with Eve, has had 12.6 million views.Chris McGovern, chair of the Campaign for Real Education, said that “study tubers” can offer social support and reassurance for students who may otherwise feel isolated while revising. He added that there is “rising panic” among teenagers about exams, and that YouTube vloggers can fuel their anxiety. “One of the dangers is that it creates a sense of hysteria, a collective hysteria,” he said.“We need to get away from the videos, I suspect they are whipping up hysteria. Unfortunately for youngsters, they tend to whip each other up into a frenzy.”last_img read more