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Reasons to Approach Overseas Education Consultants – education

Studying abroad is becoming an increasingly popular option for students who wish to broaden their outlook on life, and gain a meaningful education. With so many options available, students will find it hard to understand which college and which degree would be the best suited to their situation. This is where overseas education consultants play an important role.Most students who wish to study abroad are confused about which country to go to, the institute to choose, what they are looking for in their career, the procedures to apply for their visa and what tests to take. Overseas education consultants keep themselves updated on the latest compliances and requirements, and are well versed in the procedures for college and visa applications. They will be able to guide you through each and every step with precision and clarity. You will get a comprehensive idea about courses available at each college, possible career pathways, eligibility requirements, cost implications and application deadlines.Here are some of the reasons why you should get in touch with a good education consultant.They will help you chose the perfect careerMany students may not be aware of the various new career opportunities available. A good education counsellor will help you narrow down your options based on your talents and interests, and will help you take the right decision regarding your career. They will advise you on what kind of job you can do after completing a particular course and the money you can potentially earn.They are well networked with leading universities abroadIf you are wondering which countries offer good education in your field of interest, a consultant can help by suggesting the best university for a particular course that you may want to pursue. You will be given various alternatives, a lowdown on the course at each university, and will also be advised on the admission requirements.
They will help you get your visa approvalApplying for a visa can be time-intensive, complicated and very harrowing. Many students find it difficult to get together the documents and approvals required. Going through an education consultancy will be much easier, as they have good experience in documentation, know all the right channels and can get things done for you in half the time!They will give you valuable financial adviceStudying abroad is an expensive proposition, and many students do not even try to achieve their education dreams because they are unaware about how to get their finances together. Your overseas education consultants can advise you about fees, costs of living abroad, and any hidden costs that you may need to bear. They will guide you on getting education loans and /or applying for financial aid. Quite often, students can work part time while they study to reduce the burden of tuition fees, and you will be able to get advice on this as well.They will give you guidance on accommodation and travelOverseas education consultants are well networked, and can help you in finding suitable accommodation that fits your budget and is close to your college campus. If you want to stay within campus hostels, most consultants are in touch with top universities abroad and can help with this.Keeping all these aspects in mind, you will realise the importance of getting in touch with a reputed overseas education consultant before you get started on your education journey! Good luck!

Education is Power, Education is Opportunity – He Said – education

The other day I found an interesting chap sitting and having a cup of coffee at Starbucks; we got into a conversation about the follies and challenges of various folks in Wall Street and in our political leadership, and he couldn’t say enough spiteful things about Republicans in Washington DC, and folks on Wall Street, claiming that it was they who were depriving folks of their chance to work for a living wage and become successful in life. Then he made a blanket statement that:”Education is Power, It Is Opportunity.”Well, I think I disagree completely. It’s not that knowledge is not necessary or that education is “a way” or one perceived way to get that knowledge, nor is it a reality that a solid education surely would help on a resume for certain types of employment positions, sure that’s true enough, at least in our present period, however, one could also say, well me specifically would say that:”Higher Education and Student Loans, Lead to Economic Enslavement,” or that “Higher Education has Introduced so Much Political Correctness into Our Society that it has Essentially Hijacked the American Way of Life,” and look at the results today, right now. Is it good enough? Is this the best and “final answer” to an advanced and modern civilization? Student loans of $100,000 or more, and textbooks in excess of $250 per year for information you can get in lectures for free online, or from WikiPedia?Further, I would submit to you that since employment application ratios to positions open is so very high, many employers are requiring more substantial education, not because they need it but to shorten the stack of resumes. This is causing an artificial demand for high education, and as we allow students to borrow money for higher education it is inflating the bubble, thus increasing costs – but to no avail, those with lots of education, will just have more debt in the future – therefore, forced to work to pay it back.”Economic Enslavement as Opportunity Through Education?” Really, you think so?Next, and I can say this as an entrepreneur who left school to run my own company, it really appears to me that higher education in many regards merely causes linear thought and the ultimate obedience to the future employers, so is that really kind of like “dog training” and the overall domestication of humans in trade for a bone, or in this case higher salary?And still, it comes with a dog collar and chain of student loan debt, with the taxpayer’s picking up the poop when those loans default or those dogs forget? Please consider all this and if I offended you, deal with it, you are a good puppy you can handle it.

Aid for Education – education

Education is the most powerful antidote against poverty in Africa, as quoted by Irina Bokova, Director General of Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). However, UNESCO warns that the lack of aid to Africa and aid for education could derail efforts to make 32 million school children to get in to the schools. Various NGOs and some volunteers have taken up this task of education for poor in Africa. It is estimated that till 2015, there will be 23 million school children in the region, still, more than one in three adults in the continent are illiterate. Africa also has some of the inequalities in the world in education, due to factors such as sex, language or residence.Under the new education reform program 1987, the Junior Secondary Schools are aimed to impart a broad-based education in Africa, to the students, including pre-disposition to technical and vocation subjects and basic life skills which will enable them to discover their aptitudes and potentialities so and induce desire for self-improvement, and appreciate the use of both brain and hand to make them creative and self-employable. It is also ensured that all Junior Secondary Schools are day schools with mixed sexes.Education is the most powerful antidote against poverty in Africa, as quoted by Irina Bokova, Director General of Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). However, UNESCO warns that the lack of aid to Africa and aid for education could derail efforts to make 32 million school children to get in to the schools. Various NGOs and some volunteers have taken up this task of education for poor in Africa. It is estimated that till 2015, there will be 23 million school children in the region, still, more than one in three adults in the continent are illiterate. Africa also has some of the inequalities in the world in education, due to factors such as sex, language or residence.

Black Education – Bill Cosby, Thank You – education

Recently, The Kennedy Center honored Bill Cosby, giving him the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Chris Rock made a joke about being able to feel equal in the presence of country music legend Willie Nelson, but when in the presence of Bill Cosby, Rock said that Cosby let him know that Cosby was the elder and deserving of commiserate respect. My mind must have processed something about having seen this clip because I awakened with a revelation about Bill Cosby, what he appears to represent to black education, black people and why he seems constantly to get into trouble with us.Let me explain.First, I have to discuss Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month. He started Negro History Week, wanting to establish a tradition, ensuring that black people would desire to learn more about themselves. The problem is that one of the many history books he wrote is now being widely read — The Mis-Education of the Negro, written in 1933. This book was a response to what co-founder of the NAACP and Renaissance man Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois called, “the talented tenth.”According to Du Bois, the talented tenth, the top ten percent of educated black people, would lead the rest of the race to liberation from the tyranny and impunity of American lynching, race riots, segregation and discrimination. Today, however, members of the talented tenth, like Cosby, represent, not liberation, but assimilation. Since black people still seek liberation, especially from police brutality and homicide, imprisonment, and now, the ever-encroaching white backlash for the Obama Administration, Woodson’s The Mis-Education of the Negro has resurfaced.Woodson’s book posits that Western education was designed specifically to elevate the white race as supreme to all races and to destroy all other cultures, labeling them as inferior with special emphasis on the black race. This emphasis is shown in the negative — editing out of all texts the entire contribution to the world of black people. In Western education, Woodson says, blacks are only mentioned to “prove” black “inferiority”. Any cursory glance at Western textbooks from Woodson’s time period, 1933, would easily demonstrate what Woodson says. Although, today, special efforts to mention black people and other peoples of color are made, their contributions to world development, specifically those of Africans, are not mentioned or they are not placed in their proper contexts.Dr. Woodson recommended that black people study themselves first and then study others. He suggested ways to heal the wounds of this neglect and mis-education. Also, he prophesied what would happen if black people continued to learn Western education without first developing an understanding of themselves, not just as Americans, but as Africans.Bill Cosby appears to represent the mis-educated Negro, one who is thoroughly learned in Western education with little regard for what the lack of African history in education means. As mentioned before, Cosby can be classified as a member of the talented tenth. Instead of that group leading black people to liberation, many blacks consider that the talented tenth have merely led themselves to the bank, white neighborhoods and high level positions in white-dominated fields. “Is this all of the progress that we can expect?” some ask.Although Cosby and his wife have donated millions of dollars to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, they seem to epitomize a growing separation within the black community that Woodson warned against. The Cosbys have been portrayed by the media as a couple who has conformed to Western society (the society that enslaved their ancestors) and adopted its standards as the highest that humanity can offer. I do not believe that the Cosbys see themselves in this manner, but they do appear to promote Western education without stipulation.What is the harm in this?I met a young black man at the bus stop in my hometown, Shreveport, La. The city council had just passed a law against wearing sagging pants in public. The young man, of course, was sagging so I asked him what he thought about the law. He dismissed me until I told him that I was against legislating one’s manner of dress.He agreed with me and explained his disapproval of making a law against someone’s freedom of self-expression. Knowing that this young man was deliberately defying the law, which was adopted during the administration of the first black mayor, I pointed out that among all the other states, Louisiana had the highest percentage of its population in prison, comprised overwhelmingly of black people. During our exchange, the young man mentioned to me that he wanted to be a doctor. Immediately, I thought to myself that unless he conformed to society’s standards, which seemed unlikely, his dream would never come true.The inconsistencies of this young man caused me great grief. It is very easy for a young man like him to end up in prison. Although he was obviously intelligent enough to become a doctor, he seemed unaware of why he adopted the sagging culture in the first place. He seemed to care more about defying a law that limited his personal freedom. Also, he seemed unconcerned about the consequences of defying that law. Finally, and, most importantly, he seemed ignorant of the total devastation that Louisiana criminal law could bring to a young man such as himself. Remember the Jena Six? An unpaid ticket and a little attitude could snowball, very easily, into life imprisonment.The issue of conforming or assimilating into white culture was hot when Woodson wrote The Mis-education of the Negro. One could say that Bill and Camille Cosby are pieces that are helping to make clearer the puzzling effects of the talented tenth. Ronald Reagan’s trickle down economic policy did not work for him. Similarly, the trickle down liberation policy of Du Bois has not worked for black people. It merely has caused separation, abandonment, and the barren fruit of hopelessness. This imagery is even more striking while viewing the conformity of President and Mrs. Barack Obama. Their assistance to the black community is more indirect and implied than actual fact.So, what is the answer to this never-ending debate of black education? Do we rant and rave about the talented tenth? Absolutely not. It does no good, anyway. We celebrate them as a great and noble experiment. They represent a theory that has been tested and found wanting.Thank you Bill and Camille Cosby. Thank you Barack and Michelle Obama. Thank you to all black people who have contributed greatness in the name of the United States of America.Now, let us return to the drawing board and not just read, but study, Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s The Mis-education of the Negro. Let us put African history back into its proper place – at the beginning of humanity and the beginning of civilization.

Power of Childbirth Choices – Education and Information – education

Childbirth professionals, birthing networks, birth professionals, natural childbirth advocates…are all names used to describe the growing community actively advocating for childbirth as a normal healthy part of a woman’s life cycle. Through the use of childbirth education, this community’s life goal is to empower women to make informed choices around their pregnancy and delivery options using evidence-based research as the foundation.As a member of this growing community, I am often caught between what I view as two worlds. My reality, in which I am childbirth professional certified in childbirth education, perinatal fitness, and a breastfeeding peer counselor trainer. Then there is the other real world, where my work in a community-based agency allows me to witness the politics of being pregnant and giving birth in the “inner city.”I listen to my professional daytime colleagues express opinions indicating that what we birth advocates do is ‘cute’, but distracting to the bigger picture, their picture. They ask if our services are free, as if we shouldn’t dare dream of earning a living this way. They even sometimes dismiss our credentials with statements such as, Yes, what you do is nice, but clients prefer to have someone qualified with them.”, when they talk about providing quality education.To be fair let’s examine the flip side of the coin. The same people who I treasure for their insightfulness and dedication to mothers and their families can sometimes be overwhelming with their crusade. Exaggerations are made about obstetricians and the quality of hospital births and bashing sometimes becomes part of the circle of sharing.What is childbirth education and why is it important?The definition of childbirth education can be as varied as there are education modalities. Although definitions can vary among educators and or certification institutions… it can be simply defined as follows:Childbirth Education Classes prepare a woman for the experience of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Through the use of a series of classes a woman is educated on the anatomy, physiological changes, nutrition, risks and benefits of medical interventions, pain coping strategies, cesarean risk reduction, and breastfeeding. Some educators are also taught to encourage women to recognize and use their innate abilities and intuition to birth.Did you know the Healthy People 2010 update section 16:7 directly addresses childbirth education? The Healthy People 2010, a set of health objectives designed to guide health professionals in achieving improved health results for Americans over the first decade of the new century, speaks to the importance of improving maternal, infant and child health in this quote:Section 16:7As part of comprehensive prenatal care, a formal series of prepared childbirth classes conducted by a certified childbirth educator is recommended for all women by the Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care.[49] These classes can help reduce women’s pain [50] and anxiety [51] as they approach childbirth, making delivery a more pleasant experience and preparing women for what they will face as they give birth. A full series of sessions is recommended for women who have never attended. A refresher series of one or two classes is recommended for women who attended during a previous pregnancy. At a minimum, the childbirth classes should include information regarding the physiology of labor and birth, exercises and self-help techniques for labor, the role of support persons, family roles and adjustments, and preferences for care during labor and birth. The classes also should include an opportunity for the mother and her partner to have questions answered about providers, prenatal care, and other relevant issues, as well as to receive information regarding birth settings and cesarean childbirth. Attendance is recommended during the third trimester of pregnancy so that information learned will be used relatively soon after presentation. Classes should begin at the 31st or 32nd week and be completed no later than 38 weeks. The refresher class should be completed at any time between 36 and 38 weeks.This recommendation is important and should be highlighted by all advocates and prenatal care providers. It validates the need for childbirth education as a routine part of comprehensive women’s prenatal healthcare. Independent childbirth educators are an excellent choice for women who want to receive unbiased information not driven by hospital policy and procedures. For those educators whose work does come under the parameters of organizations’ policy and procedures, they must remember their main function is to work for the betterment of their client “the expectant mother”. In evaluating the quality of childbirth education classes, the curriculum should be consumer focused and the materials and information presented should be honest and forthcoming in presenting the risks vs. benefits based on evidence-based research.What is the bottom line?We live in a fast paced society, particularly here in the New York metropolitan region. As a result, many consumers are requesting shorter classes and fewer sessions. It is our responsibility as birthing advocates to give them quality services, and if this means an increase in the quantity of time we devote to instruction then that’s a responsibility we need to meet. Many online classes and weekend intensives are now replacing traditional 6 week plus classes. This new trend is essentially depriving women of the support that is traditionally found in longer face-to-face settings. Although the Healthy People 2010 statement does not specifically spell out what a full series of classes consists of, one can intelligently conclude that based on the amount of recommended information to be covered a realistic time allotment is needed for the human mind to receive, accept and digest.As childbirth professionals we need to continually refer back to the evidence-based literature around childbirth which includes research findings which can be found online (at sites such as Childbirth Connection (formerly the Maternity Center), the Coalition to
Improve Maternity Services and the World Health Organization (WHO) to name a few).
The Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care has officially validated the value of childbirth education classes essentially confirming what we know anecdotally. It is now our responsibility to know what that truth is and speak it boldly to our clients. The truth about pregnancy is that childbirth education classes should be a routine part of every woman’s comprehensive prenatal care. Recognizing that every pregnancy and birth is unique, for the woman who has delivered before a refresher course would update her on her options and also allow her and her support person to ask related questions. These two scenarios are examples of knowledge as power because they create an opportunity for the mother to be educated and as a result make decisions that are best for her and her baby.This article is a product of Just Us Women Productions.

Why Not Consider Continuing Education To Add to Your Expertise – education

In today’s uncertain economic times it is vital we all stay up to date with a chosen profession or working knowledge of expertise in the industry we work within. With the rise in unemployment in all age groups and a significant rise of unemployment in under 25’s, it is now a serious cause for concern and important to identify and decide on a sustainable education and employment route.The “Department for Education and Skills” (by the UK’s Government) has confirmed plans to raise the school leaving age in England by 2013, thus young people will be required to stay in either; full-time education or training, including school, college and home education, or work-based learning, such as an Apprenticeships, part-time education, training or volunteering more than 20 hours a week.The new law is called the “Education and Skills Act 2008”. Essentially this may not necessarily mean that pupils have to stay in the classroom or continue with academic lessons however students will have to continue to receive training at a certain level until they reach the age of 18.This might mean a student is encouraged to stay at school and do (or complete) their GSCEs and A levels, if they have not already done so. Students could improve their skills through taking a course in “Foundation Learning” which will benefit them if they decide to go in to further education eventually. Another option for a student is to gain some practical experience in a subject that interests them by doing a “14 to 19 Diploma.” All of these options will be beneficial for future development, educational progression and future employment, as it shows commitment to future employers.Students can start an apprenticeship and get some on-the-job experience of work and training, whilst some carrying on with part-time study. Many companies are offering the new style “modern apprenticeship” which means a student has a way of earning an income, whilst gaining a valued vocational education. Thus lessening the financial burden for the student, but adding a valuable hands-on experience whilst continuing their studies and educational progression.Another option is to study at school until the age of 18, then go college part-time whilst having part-time employment. This could possibly make the study process longer by possibly one or two years (depending on the course or area of study), but it could be very beneficial in reducing the overall cost and educational burden to the student.Although at the same time this could be to the students’ advantage as within 2 to 5 years the employment landscape should have started to recover and the opportunities available should be significantly increased for graduates. Because the chosen path for education was a “Continued Education” this will have added to the student’s expertise and working maturity, whilst showing commitment and having valuable work experience over their non part-time counterparts. The same can also apply to mature students or people wanting to update their qualifications to better their chance in future employment progression.

Education Loans – Help Shape Your Fate – education

With the expensive fees of higher education, everyone is finding it tough to avail a higher education easily. The unchecked hike in the fees is the only reasons for worries felt by the students, as no one will find them comfortable at their current financial condition with this. At this time education loans now can help you escape from the instant burden of the fees and can arrange sufficient sum to finance your education bills whatever you have.Besides the government agencies, a number of private lending houses are ready to help you at such purposes. An online search is the best way to find these lenders, as it helps you find several lenders at a time. Here, you can be helped to get the desired sum to meet any kind of your fees plan, moreover, education loans are not only to finance the fees but, it can be invested at other places too that are attached with your education like, boarding charges, buying computer and stationary or books, mess bill etc.Since, you are a student and you do not have any income source, you get some unique privileges while availing education loans. You have a much relaxation on the repayment. These facilities make provision for the exemption of the repayment until after six months of completion of course or you get a new job.Generally, a education loan is taken to reimburse the entire expenses related to education. These are basically, tuition fees, library fees, buying computers, accommodation charge etc. The amount of loan depends upon one’s requirement. However, the income level of student’s family also matters while loan is being provided.Students can obtain the education loans either with secured or unsecured form. Secured loans require pledging of an asset from the borrowers. Whereas, unsecured form have nothing such obligations. Secured form of education loan has always a benefit of lower rate of interest and a longer period of repayment. However, unsecured form charges a slightly higher rate of interest and a shorter period of repayment, as to compensate the risk involved with the lent amount.Education loans are the best solutions for every of them who do want to take that big burden of fees at a time. It provide the desired amount to help you get your desired course without the hassle of availability fees with you or not. The easier and helping terms and conditions makes way for everyone, as one can easily bear the cost of such loans for its liberal repayment option.