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Number of the Day: 10,000+ Schools

Posted on September 24, 2010
Filed Under >Faris Islam, Disasters, Education, Environment
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Faris Islam


In order to really understand the magnitude of what has happened, we need to look at the numbers and what they really signify. This became much more real to me when I read the recent news in Dawn about a press conference where Umar Amal, a UNESCO official describes exactly what this flood will mean to the children of the flood:

  • Five to six percent of all the schools in Pakistan – 9,780 government schools in total – have been either partially or fully damaged by the flooding.
  • This translates into between 1.5 to 2.5 million students, with the UN Children’s Fund saying that over ten million children – including 2.8 million under the age of five – have been affected.
  • The officials also believe that once the tally of private schools that have been damaged is added in, the number will surge above the 10,000 mark.
  • In addition to these damaged schools – 2,700 of which are fully damaged – another 5,563 schools are still being used as relief camps according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

UNESCO points out the tremendous costs of the flooding on the education sector – reinforcing how hard our recovery will be and how crucial it will be for the heart and soul of Pakistan. The statistics are sobering, the reality heart-wrenching and the need more dire than ever before.

""These numbers really do speak for themselves, painting a picture of just one of the many long-term challenges we’ll face as we struggle to rebuild and move forward. As our country lies devastated by the horrific floods that ripped through it, trying to understand the sheer scale of the destruction and its impact on Pakistan for years to come constantly boggles the mind. The UN confirmed this earlier this week with their largest ever appeal for aid and calling this disaster the largest the organization has faced in its six decade history.

The educational aspect however is especially serious given the historic problems with education in Pakistan, the costs needed to get these schools back in shape and the long-term effects this would have on the millions of children affected. While primary school enrollment and adult literacy both officially stood at 57%, many fear they are significantly lower and unfortunately it seems likely to further plunge as a result of this calamity.

It is time to use this announcement as a clarion call to refocus our efforts, to demand that we as a country refuse to accept this many children denied of an education, refuse to accept a new status quo that pushes so many further into poverty and illiteracy and pushes our country further away from our collective vision of where we want to be. However, cash-strapped and corruption-stricken, with so few funds and capabilities to tackle so large of a problem, the question arises – can we do it?

I think, we can. I think, we must.

MOTORING; Cold-start knock isn’t normal, but it’s common.(BUSINESS)

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) September 2, 2010 Byline: PAUL BRAND Q My 2002 Chevy Tahoe, with the 5.3-liter V8 engine and 93,000 miles on it, makes a rapping noise just after a cold start. After a few seconds, it disappears, and the engine is the quietest-running and most powerful truck engine I’ve ever owned. 2003 ford focus

We do no towing or hard driving, change oil and filter about every 5,000 to 6,000 miles or when the “change oil” light appears and do lots of preventive maintenance on the vehicle. This is the second GM truck with the same engine I’ve owned, and they both made the noise. A mechanic told me the noise is normal for this engine.

A Normal? No. Somewhat common? Yes. My Alldata automotive database pulled up GM service bulletin 01-06-01-028A from March 2003, describing a cold-start knock that fades after a few seconds caused by carbon buildup on the piston and cylinder wall. The bulletin does not recommend trying to repair it and says it doesn’t hurt the engine’s performance or shorten its life — but decarbonizing the intake system and combustion chambers with a product like SeaFoam can’t hurt, and might help.

Q The windshield wipers don’t work on my ’97 Ford F-150. Each time I replace the fuse and try the wipers, they will oscillate a couple of times and then blow the fuse again. I’ve taken the truck to several mechanics, the dealer and an auto electric shop with no luck. Do you have any suggestions?

A Ford outlines a simple test of the wiper motor in their service literature. With the wiper motor disconnected from the wiper linkage, amperage to the low-speed terminal should be 3.5 amperes or less, and 5.5 amperes or less from the high-speed terminal. If amperage draw is higher than that, the problem is the wiper motor itself. If amperage draw is within specs, check for mechanical binding in any and all of the wiper linkage.

Q My daughter has a 2003 Ford Focus with aluminum rims. They leak air, and I’m not sure what the fix is. I’ve heard you shouldn’t use the “fix-leak” stuff in a spray can, but I’m not sure why. Can anything be done to these rims to keep them from leaking air?

A Air leaks with alloy wheels are fairly common, particularly with the second or third set of tires mounted on the rims. It’s often caused by corrosion around the bead area where the tire touches the rim. Sometimes the alloy wheel itself is porous enough to allow a slow air loss. web site 2003 ford focus

And you’ve heard correctly, the tire “stuff” in an aerosol can should not be considered a repair. This material is just a stop-gap measure to get your vehicle to a service station or tire shop for a proper tire repair or replacement. Some of these products use a flammable propellant, so make sure the shop is informed before they attempt a repair.

Most tire shops can stop the air loss by thoroughly cleaning the bead surface of the rim and applying a special sealant to the inside of the rim.

Q I set the air-conditioning unit on my 1999 Honda CR-V to the coldest temperature, but the air blowing from the vents varies from cold to warm. I had the unit recharged, but the problem continues.

A If the air blows warmer as you accelerate, this could be normal. The engine management system disengages the A/C compressor when the engine is under heavy load. Poor engine performance could magnify this.

A diagnostic test might identify a problem with the air mix control motor or the evaporator temperature sensor.

12 comments posted

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  1. October 7th, 2010 9:01 am

    Schools, Colleges & Universities.. are destroying Knowledge! if you only knew what i mean!

  2. Tahir says:
    September 25th, 2010 6:43 pm

    I agree with the sentiment. But what is it that can be done. I wish the writer had also outlined some actions.

  3. Junaid says:
    September 25th, 2010 12:18 pm

    On the positive side, thee are also a lot of NGOs working with the flood affectees who are focusing exactly on this issue of education

  4. September 25th, 2010 8:17 am

    The figure is Hilarious !

    Education makes up a society and when there are no schools, That means the loss of a good society. In this time we need to get up and unite to make new schools and give special attention to the education infrastructure.

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