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Unicef Denmark sends emergency school supplies to stricken Japan
Staff Reporter
update on Friday, March 25, 2011

Unicef in Denmark has sent a shipment of emergency school supplies to disaster-hit Japan. The supplies contain everything from pens and notebooks, to footballs and sports equipment, and educational and developmental materials.

Several thousand Japanese school children have been left homeless and traumatised by the magnitude-9 earthquake and 10-metre high tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, and are now in temporary relief shelters.

According to Unicef in Denmark, the Danish chapter of the world's biggest humanitarian organisation for children, a new school term is scheduled to start in Japan next month, making it necessary for school supplies to reach the affected children as soon as possible. Xinhua

Britain tightens student visa rules

Britain is toughening its student visa rules, closing bogus colleges and turning away students who can't speak English well in a bid to reduce immigration. The clampdown could cut the number of foreign students and their dependents by about 100,000 people a year under the plan, Home Secretary Theresa May says.

The number of foreign students coming into the country has more than trebled in the past 10 years and account for a far larger number of incoming population than those who apply as workers or family, May says.

The minimum English proficiency for degree-level students will be raised and assessed with tests, May says. AP

Safe drinking water for rural China

A non-profit Chinese social welfare organisation has launched a philanthropic programme to provide safe drinking water for more than 30,000 rural teachers and students.

The programme, called Safe Drinking Water for Schools, was the latest move taken by China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) as part of its Water Cellar for Mothers Project. Altogether 100 schools in China's remote and rural areas are expected to benefit from the safe drinking water programme, according to CWDF. Xinhua

Asian rant student to quit UCLA

A student who posted an internet video of her tirade against Asians at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) says she is leaving the school, despite the university's decision not to discipline her.

In a statement, Alexandra Wallace (pictured) cited "the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats and being ostracised from an entire community" in the wake of the three-minute video.

In the video, Wallace says she didn't target any individual and people shouldn't take offence, but "the problem is these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year". AP

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