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Passion Islam I March 2010 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 9
UK adopts new approach
to Palestinian aid
Britain’s Department for International
Development (DFID) announced it
had agreed to a new approach with
the Palestinian National Authority
(PNA) to tackling poverty in the
occupied territories.
“The agreement will see the UK
work with the PNA over the next two
years to strengthen state institutions,
including government Ministries and
the civilian police, thereby building
Palestinian leaders’ ability to meet the
needs of its own people,” DFID said.
The new approach was agreed
in the first partnership Memorandum
of Understanding between Britain
and the PNA, signed by International
Development Secretary Douglas
Alexander and PNA Prime Minister
peace in the region, it is vital that and projects support the Palestinians’
Salaam Fayyad.
we continue our joint efforts to build own development priorities. The UK
Fayyad said the agreement “reflects
and maintain strong Palestinian is committed to this task and our
the trust the British Government has
institutions capable of delivering high- support is making a real difference.”
in the Palestinian government and
quality services to their people,” he The DFID said the new approach
its governmental program ‘Palestine:
said. will allow the PNA to better plan for its
ending the occupation, establishing
The memo set out four objectives: immediate, mid-term and longer-term
the state’.”
reducing poverty, respecting human needs, by giving upfront confirmation
Alexander said that it reflects the rights and relevant international of UK spending plans - comprising up
“importance both parties attach to our obligations, strengthening financial to £82 million in 2009-10 and up to
development partnership.” management and accountability of £74 million in 2010-11.
“To enhance the prospects for PNA institutions and ensuring funding passionislam.com
Ethnic minority graduates find it hard to get jobs
The number of ethnic minority students graduates are failing to find employment outside of London, BAME representation
in higher education is growing but they as easily as their white counterparts is by comparison poor. Only
still experience more difficulty in finding despite being highly represented at Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham
jobs than their white counterparts, new UK universities. Just over half (56.3%) and Warwick universities are attracting
research reveals. of BAME students who graduated a representative proportion of the UK
According to Race for Opportunity, in 2007/08 found work within a year ethnic minority population.
almost one in six (16.0%) of UK compared with two thirds (66%) of white Across different ethnic groups the
university students are from a black students. picture is mixed. British Bangladeshi
Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Oxford and Cambridge are failing to and British Pakistani students continue
background. This is up from 8.3% in adequately represent BAME students. to be the most underrepresented
1995/96. Only Chinese and mixed ethnicity within UK universities. Those from
Number of ethnic minority graduates students were better represented black African and black Caribbean
is growing but they still find it hard to at Oxbridge than average, whereas backgrounds typically go to university
get jobs those from all other ethnic groups are in large numbers. But while males
Based on detailed analysis of both underrepresented. and females of most ethnic minority
the Office for National Statistics’ Labour Similarly, ethnic minorities are groups go to university in very similar
Force Survey and the Higher Education underrepresented at the majority of proportions, this is not the case for
Statistics Agency’s HESA Student Russell Group universities. BAME black British Caribbeans where there
Record, the report, Race into Higher representation at these elite institutions are more than twice as many females
Education, sets out how this increase is unbalanced and heavily regionalised: in higher education. The number of
is in line with the growth in the BAME the four London-based universities, black British Caribbean males attending
population from 7.7% of 18 to 24 year including the London School of university has increased only fractionally
olds in 1995/96 up to 14% in 2007/08. Economics and King’s College, have a since 1995.
But the report also reveals BAME high proportion of BAME students but, passionislam.com
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