Children being put off science, says Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust has claimed that children's interest in science and their understanding of it is being crushed by compulsory tests at primary school. Pupils are taught to perform well in the tests, rather than having their "natural curiosity of science cultivated and harnessed", according to researchers from Bristol and Durham Universities in a report. The report, Perspectives on Education: Primary Science, is published by the trust, which funds biomedical research.
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Girlguiding UK joins forces with other charities
Girlguiding UK is to work with 18 charities to teach young girls about issues their communities face. The Changing the World scheme includes the British Red Cross, which will contribute help on issues including responding to emergencies and first aid skills. Other charities involved include Asthma UK, Friends of the Earth, the National Deaf Children's Society and WWF-UK.
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Government urged to prevent dumping of computers
A British charity is calling for a ban on illegal dumping of PCs abroad. Computer Aid claims that thousands of PCs used in the UK are illegally exported to countries such as Nigeria and China, before being handed to illegitimate dumping firms. Louise Richards, chief executive at the charity, said that according to consumer group federation Consumers International, more than 500,000 second-hand PCs arrive in Nigeria every month, but only one in four works.
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Pet food manufacturer supports dog charities
A pet food manufacturer has agreed to donate a share of sales of its products to greyhound and lurcher rescue charities. Christine Neasham, marketing director at Burgess, which is running the scheme on its Supadog brand, said: "At least 10,000 greyhounds are retired from racing every year, and less than half of those are found homes by the industry."
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