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Oromo children’s books keep once-banned Ethiopian language alive | Education

Toltu Tufa grew up in Australia, so she couldn’t understand why her father insisted on teaching her Oromo, a macrolanguage spoken in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Egypt. But what she went on to discover about the language prompted her to launch the first publishing company to print children’s books entirely in Oromo, which she exports from her home in Footscray, 5km west of Melbourne, to schools and families throughout the world. Tufa’s father is from Ethiopia where Amharic,…

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Townsville primary school student arrested after allegedly stabbing teacher | Australia news

An 11-year-old girl has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a teacher at a Queensland primary school. Police tasered the girl at the school at Heatley, in Townsville, just before midday before taking her into custody. Police said they found the student inside the school grounds armed with a knife after responding to reports of a student stabbing a female teacher. Senior sergeant Scot Warrick said the girl received immediate medical attention after she was subdued by officers. “The student was brought…

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I was a poor kid at a wealthy private school. It gave me social mobility, but also a sense of shame | Education

I can’t remember why or when I set my pre-adolescent sights on a fancy private high school. I certainly don’t recall being pushed into applying for scholarships when my time was winding up at the local state primary school. If anything, I was the one marching my slightly bewildered and sheepish parents around to open days, on a quest to fulfil my burning desire to make it among the Toorak set. I was an upwardly mobile 12-year-old. I vividly remember…

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Out of control: is too much work the real cause of burnout? | Life and style

Carolyn King reached a crossroads moment in her life, ironically, while negotiating a roundabout on the way to work. She hated her job, but had always been able to push through the Sunday night dread to turn up on time. Yet on this particular Monday morning, almost two years ago, King couldn’t exit the roundabout. “It was like I was possessed, my body was telling me not to go to work,” she says. “Instead, I turned around and drove to…

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Workers feel more stress and anxiety than ever before. We need to talk about this | Elliot Perlman | Books

In towns and cities across Australia, one gets the sense that many people are just barely hanging on. You see it on their faces, hear it in their voices, and sometimes even fear the consequences of it via spontaneous outbursts of public incivility over things that, decades ago, one would not have expected to cause any disturbance of the peace. You see it on the street in the menacing – or at least defensive – looks people give one another,…

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‘An enormous price to pay’: can politicians live a sane and balanced life? | Australia news

When the 2019 class of new MPs came to Canberra this week, one of the people who spoke to them about their impending political life was a doctor. Mike Freelander, a paediatrician and MP for the suburban Sydney seat of Macarthur, had a clear message to the 27 new MPs who will take their seats in parliament’s bear pit for the first time on Monday: “Don’t lose track of your family.” The pointed message comes amid an ongoing discussion about…

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