Argentina, Law against Bullying Passed in Buenos Aires

Parliamentarians from Buenos Aires passed today unanimously a law that seeks to eliminate and prevent bullying in schools.

In a special session, Buenos Aires´ parliamentarians agreed on this initiative that envisages a free telephone service to take care of this situation, amid other measures.

According to the law, bullying is all forms of abuse, physical, verbal or psychological, to which a student is subjected by one or many of the classmates.

Cyber abuse and any form of discrimination on the ground of gender, color of the skin, nationality, sexual preference are also forms of bullying, said the website El Parlamentario.

Bullying cases increased in Argentina by 33 percent this year, particularly online.

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Classes Canceled Due to Aftershock in Manabi, Ecuador

Quito, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The schools of Jaramijo in the Ecuadorian province of Manabi are closed due to an aftershock of last April's earthquake.

According to the Minister of Education, Augusto Espinosa, the purpose of this preventive action is to assess the state of the infrastructure of the schools located in the area of the 5.3 magnitude earthquake registered yesterday at 20:20 local time at a depth of 10 kilometers in Jaramijo.

According to official reports, no material losses or deaths were recorded, but the aftershock was felt in the cities of Montecristi, Rocafuerte and Manta, where President Rafael Correa was checking on the status of the recovery process.

'5.3 magnitude aftershock, epicenter at Manta (I'm here). No damages were reported but people are scares, of course" Correa wrote on his Twitter account.

Experts believe that the 2.250 aftershocks reported in the last 94 days are a normal phenomenon after an earthquake like the one that occurred on last April, which claimed 670 lives and left more than 30,000 homeless people.

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Ecuador to Build 100 Schools in Earthquake-Affected Area

Quito, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Current construction of 100 schools in the provinces of Manabi and Esmeraldas is included in the strategy "Together We Rise," designed after the earthquake on April 16 in the Ecuadorian coastal region. Of the total of educational centers, 55 will admit 1,140 students in just one day, while the 45 others will receive 570 students, Education Minister Augusto Espinosa explained.

The investment devoted to execute the so called 21st Century Educational Units exceeds $90 million USD, specified the education minister in a media conference.

According to the information, the buildings occupy one hectare and will have library, multipurpose halls, two computer laboratories and two technological laboratories.

The estimated time for the project execution in 90 days. Thus, they have planned its conclusion for October, he announced.

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War Forces 24 Million Children Out of School

UNICEF said in a report that a quarter of the children living in the world’s conflict zones have been forced to stop attending school, with children in Afghanistan, Sudan and Niger being affected the most.

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LA Schools to Reopen Wednesday after FBI Dismisses Threat

LOS ANGELES - More than 900 schools in Los Angeles Unified School District, or LAUSD, the largest system of public schools in California with more than 700,000 students, will reopen Wednesday after they were shut down Tuesday following a threat, which the FBI, finally dismissed as non-credible.

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