“Freeze – put your gun down,” the young man shouts comically, pointing a toy gun at the child. While the man wears a long white doctor’s coat, his face is painted and he has a small arsenal of amusing accessories, including the requisite red nose. When the doctor shoots the gun, colourful bubbles emerge from the barrel and the child laughs hysterically.
Environmental conservation and natural disaster knowledge have been introduced to the middle school curriculum across lower Myanmar this academic year, a Ministry of Education official said in last week.
The international community can play only a limited role in resolving a long-running ethnic conflict in Rakhine State that has in recent weeks claimed at least 50 lives, the head of the United Kingdom’s aid office in Myanmar said.
This week, world leaders gather for a momentous occasion – the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. Will it be a success? In my opinion, yes.