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Issue 59: Advancing mental health priorities in education

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Every week, HEADlines brings you the latest news, stories and commentaries in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments in education. image Advancing mental health priorities in education Responding to chronic levels of stress and anxiety amongst young Australians, Monash University and the University of Melbourne are set to open the Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies – the first centre in the country to offer courses on mindfulness, meditation and contemplation. Similarly in Singapore, mental health awareness and support have gradually been enhanced in institutes of higher learning, as pandemic-era challenges strain students’ well-being and resilience. More than just a fad, such initiatives have shown encouraging results. Students who took the UK’s first “science of happiness” course at Bristol University were found to be happier and more resilient, having gained skills such as practical meditation techniques, and greater awareness of the habits that make them happy. Such positive developments in mental well-being and support in educational institutions are more than timely. In an uncertain and increasingly disruptive future, imparting key techniques for regulating their well-being will prove essential for students to thrive. Education in the Spotlight The Straits Times: NIE launches new research centre to study science of learning The Science of Learning in Education Centre in the National Institute of Education, Singapore, will translate research into pedagogical designs that can work for all students. The Straits Times: Yale-NUS welcomes NUS College of Humanities and Sciences With the launch of the College of Humanities and Sciences in Singapore, NUS students will have the flexibility to choose from multiple educational pathways. The Hechinger Report: Beer making for credit: Liberal arts colleges add career tech Sacred Heart University is launching career-focused programmes to give its students vocational credentials that can speed them into their first jobs, while expanding the university’s market to older adults who are hoping to get new ones. Microsoft News: One teacher’s vision turns a poor village school into an educational powerhouse Microsoft Innovative Educator Ranjitsinh Disale wins the Global Teacher Award for his work in engaging students and transforming the lives of girls. The Hechinger Report: Paper beats pixels on most picture books, research finds Add-ons like games, sound effects and moving text can distract young children from comprehending story and content. Brookings: Unleashing the creativity of teachers and students to combat climate change: An opportunity for global leadership There is an opportunity to spearhead a new way of engaging children and adults in climate solutions by unleashing the creativity of teachers and students to implement climate action projects. Reuters: Most British teachers say they lack training on climate change – poll Nearly 75% of British teachers say they have not had enough training to educate students about climate change, the implications of global warming and how best to confront them.

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