Press release: UK aid funds world’s biggest educational technology research project

first_img Provide evidence and research to help develop new technologies and digital tools for children to use, such as bespoke learning software that has the relevant language for the student. Educational technology can transform how children learn, but in many developing countries it is often only available in the wrong language or schools do not have the right tools to keep their software in working order. That’s why UK aid is supporting the creation of the EdTech hub to help millions more children receive the quality education they deserve and reach their full potential. For the first time there will be a substantial amount of practical research available to help teachers and governments around the world choose the right technology for their classrooms. Programme director Susan Nicolai, senior research fellow at ODI, said: Education is a fundamental right of every child and a key driver of global development. Yet shockingly, if current trends continue, by 2030 just one in ten children in the poorest countries will be on track to gain secondary-level skills. Education technology, if better understood and used, can be a game changer in supporting learning for some of the poorest and excluded children and young people in the world. The EdTech Hub will connect learning, innovation and expertise to make that happen. Senior Director for Education at the World Bank, Jaime Saavedra, said: Telephone 020 7023 0600 Today over half of children in the world are not learning. How can we separate the hope from the hype in harnessing the disruptive power of new technologies to tackle this global learning crisis? That is the question that the EdTech hub seeks to answer. The World Bank is pleased to participate in this exciting and potentially game-changing initiative. Offer technical assistance to help international governments who are keen to build up their knowledge and expertise on how to integrate digital education tools in their countries. provide a global platform for sharing ideas and effective practice for technology companies, investors and decision makers Bring innovation to communities, classrooms and ministries with a team that will work directly with users to test and tailor technology. UK aid is already being used to find innovative ways to address the global learning crisis through education technology.A maths app developed as part of a programme by tech company onebillion and funded by UK aid, is being used in schools in Malawi and the UK to help provide a better education for children. Research has shown attainment of children who used the app was 45% higher for maths and 100% higher for reading.The new EdTech hub will look at how innovations like onebillion and others can be evaluated, scaled-up and used across developing countries.The EdTech hub will also: General media queries (24 hours) The most disadvantaged children are often taught by teachers who themselves are disadvantaged, including the lack of educational opportunities. If we want to improve those children’s lives, we also have to think about how to support those teachers. This support cannot rely on the often poor and costly internet connections. Instead, we have to find smart ways of utilising what is available including digital and non-digital approaches. Email [email protected] The EdTech hub, which will run for eight years, is made up of the University of Cambridge, the Overseas Development Institute, Results for Development, Brink, Jigsaw, Open Development and Education, INJINI, Afrilabs, e-Learning Africa and BRAC.Expertise from the University of Cambridge will oversee a stream of rigorous research, meanwhile British technology company Brink, will scale promising technology ideas with governments and educators.Dr Sara Hennessy, from the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge said: Dr Björn Haßler, Director of Open Development & Education, added: £20 million of UK aid will go towards the EdTech Hub. 50% million of this will go towards low-income-country-based research on EdTech 35% on research synthesis, dissemination and supporting governments 15% on innovation and horizon scanning The EdTech Hub will shortly commence hire of additional staff through global competition, including researcher positions at the University of Cambridge. Interested parties can visit https://edtechhub.org to register their details for updates This huge investment and sustained commitment by DFID and partners to improving the educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in key low income regions is extremely welcome. The University of Cambridge is very pleased to be involved in this pivotally important research programme. Technology use has to be adapted to the cultural context and one-size-fits-all solutions simply don’t work. Rather than hoping for the best, we have to carefully review and iterate, generating insights from rigorous research and applying them in practice. UK aid is joining forces with British universities, researchers and education experts from around the world to create the largest ever education technology research and innovation project.More than 380 million children worldwide will finish primary schools without being able to read or do basic maths.One of the major challenges for education technology in parts of Africa and Asia is that while governments and schools buy hardware such as laptops and tablets, there are not many opportunities for teachers to learn how to use the technology to support children’s learning, the technology is not in the right language or schools can’t maintain or replace the technology.The new UK aid supported Education Technology (EdTech) hub is bringing together British universities, research companies and education experts to help children, teachers and governments in developing countries get up to speed with the new technology in their classrooms.The Department for International Development (DFID) is working with the World Bank on the EdTech hub, which aims to create the largest global body of research that looks at how education technology is being used and how this can be improved.Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin said: ENDSNotes to editors: If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible.last_img read more

Group passes recommendations on inclusion

first_imgStudent Senate passed a resolution concerning diversity on campus, introduced a sexual violence prevention initiative and discussed upcoming events at Wednesday’s meeting. The resolution contained a series of recommendations for promoting a more inclusive atmosphere for students submitted by the Diversity Council that will be reviewed by the offices of Student Affairs, Auxiliary Affairs and the Provost. The resolution had originally been proposed at Senate’s Nov. 6 meeting, but failed to pass. At the Nov. 13 meeting, its final clause was amended, but again the resolution was voted down, according to a Nov 14 article in The Observer. Student body president Alex Coccia said student government plans to launch a student engagement campaign next semester focused on preventing sexual violence on campus and strengthening bonds between student government and Notre Dame students. “For student government to be effective in leading, there must be direct communication between students and student government,” he said. Coccia said student government is proud of the success of the new coffee cart in DeBartolo Hall, a triumph of student government listening to its constituents, and announced more plans to collaborate with to Food Services. Coccia also said senators should promote the upcoming TEDx ND talks set to take place Jan. 21, 2014. “[TEDx ND] presents bold ideas and gives a forum for students to inspire other students,” he said. Carroll Hall senator Joe Kelly announced Carroll Christmas, the dorm’s annual Christmas celebration that will take place Dec. 6. at 5:30 p.m. Kelly said the event would feature a Christmas tree lighting, a cookie contest and free hot chocolate. Badin Hall senator Emma Herlihy also announced a hall Christmas event. Herlihy said Badin would host Conscious Christmas, a sale of free-trade items benefitting people in Nepal that will take place Dec. 6 from 12 to 5 p.m. Contact Kayla Mullen at [email protected]last_img read more

Inner-city home features stunning Picasso-like artwork inside

first_imgTHIS grand Queenslander on a 1640sq m block at 227 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo has been almost 150 years in the making.And it even has Picasso-like artwork on its kitchen floor.227 Cavendish Rd, CoorparooOwners Barry and Laraine Kelly said the time was right to sell their family property in which they raised their six children.“We bought the house in 1980 and if the walls could talk you’d hear lots of fun, with plenty of family gatherings and parties,” former schoolteacher Mrs Kelly said.“The house was so big that there was always somewhere you could go for a little peace and quiet.“The tennis court and swimming pool were well used.”227 Cavendish Rd, CoorparooMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020227 Cavendish Rd, CoorparooMrs Kelly said together with her second son they chose the kitchen flooring.“It always looked to me like a Picasso. The new owner will probably rip it up but I always loved the colour, it’s so vibrant.’’The Kellys added a wing with six bedrooms but the home features many of its original features, and dates back 150 years.227 Cavendish Rd, CoorparooRay White East Brisbane selling agent Sam Battel, who is selling the home via tender, said the property had not been on the market for 37 years.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:10Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe art of selecting art03:11last_img read more

Van Gaal: I’ll turn United around

first_img Van Gaal’s appointment was greeted with great fanfare at Old Trafford this summer, and a near-perfect pre-season tour raised hopes of a tilt at the title. But after 10 matches United are 10th in the Barclays Premier League having gained just 13 points. The fact that David Moyes, who was eventually sacked after just 10 months in charge, had four more points at this stage last year shows just how poor United have been in the first quarter of the season. ”It’s not good enough,” the United boss said. ‘I feel, myself, very lousy for the fans firstly, but also for the board because they have a great belief in me and my players and my staff and when you have 13 points out of 10 matches you are not doing well.” Unlike Moyes, Van Gaal had a favourable run of fixtures at the start of the campaign, b ut only took a point from the games against Sunderland, West Brom and Burnley. Last week’s derby defeat to Manchester City, as well as losses against Swansea, Leicester and MK Dons have also been hard to stomach for the Dutchman. The pressure on Van Gaal is compounded by the fact he spent over £150million on six new players in the summer. But Van Gaal, not for the first time this season, demanded patience from the supporters in his press conference the day before United host Crystal Palace. He thinks his philosophy will make United a better team in the long run. “Yes, that is what I am doing,” said Van Gaal, who has previously enjoyed success with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax. “I am training in another way than most of the other managers are doing. I train them in their brains. Every player has to know why they are doing things on the pitch.” In fact, the former Holland coach says it may even take three years to rebuild a club whose name is synonymous with success. ”We are in a process and that process shall take more than one year,” he said. ”It shall take three years. “I cannot say when the results are coming. When I did it with Bayern Munich it was December 8. It can be February 1. But it doesn’t matter. This is a process of three years. I have signed for three years. “Our goal (this season) is to get back in the Champions League.” Van Gaal struck the table in front of him on one occasion during a tense press conference at the club’s training ground in Carrington. His mood has been soured by the news that he will be without any fit senior centre-halves for Saturday’s game at Old Trafford. Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, who is out for up to 12 weeks with a dislocated shoulder, are all unavailable, while Chris Smalling is suspended following his silly dismissal against City. When asked whether he would enter the transfer market for a defender in January, Van Gaal, who has been linked with Aston Villa’s centre-back Ron Vlaar, said: ”It is clear that a lot of things happen and you can judge better in good times than you can in bad times. ”Maybe you are right (about buying in January) but we have to see that.” Van Gaal also has injury problems up front. Radamel Falcao has missed the last two games after receiving a kick to the calf in training and he looks set to miss the Palace game on Saturday too, much to his manager’s dismay. Van Gaal was unable to say when the Colombian will be back. “That is always dependent on the progress on his injury,” he said. When asked whether Falcao’s injury was serious, Van Gaal replied with a blunt: “No.” Meanwhile, Palace boss Neil Warnock feels Wayne Rooney will play a major role in turning Manchester United back into a title-winning force. The Crystal Palace boss takes his side to face Rooney’s Red Devils looking to arrest an alarming slide in form. The Eagles have taken just one point from their previous four Barclays Premier League games and slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland on Monday night. A trip to United may not be as daunting as in previous years but, with Rooney likely to be pulling the strings, Warnock believes the 29-year-old skipper remains a key figure at the club. “I think he’s been a mainstay in Man United and he will be instrumental in them getting right back to the top in the next two or three years,” Warnock said of the England captain – who is set to win his 100th cap next week. “I know he’s on a lot of money and so he’s open to criticism but, just the way he is, the fans love him and he comes back in and plays in midfield and he’ll pop out wide and up front and he just wants to play. Despite being named as United’s captain after the departure of Nemanja Vidic, Rooney’s place in the United side is arguably more under threat than ever with the signings of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao adding to the likes of Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj – as well as Rooney. The British transfer record was broken to bring in Di Maria from Real Madrid but Warnock refused to criticise United for throwing money at the squad as they look to become title contenders once again. “To be fair it’s not my business,” he said. “If they’ve got the money, spend it. I don’t blame him for spending it, I wish I could have bought Di Maria, I think he’s one hell of a player. “That’s the kind of club they are, they’re looking for those players and world-class players and that’s why they’ll always come back up.” Louis van Gaal may be feeling “lousy” at the moment, but he remains convinced his methods will bring success back to Manchester United in the long term. Press Associationlast_img read more

Abby Grant flashes 3-point shooting ability in limited minutes

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 9, 2015 at 12:15 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Abby Grant was rusty. She missed her first shot. Then the second. But as former Syracuse assistant coach Kelley Gibson kept watching, Grant, then in high school, showed the collegiate potential she had from 3-point land, hitting her next four in a row.“Don’t panic when you first see her, the first couple times she shoots the ball,” Hillsman recalled Gibson saying after she watched Grant on a recruiting trip. “She’ll get it going.”When the Orange played in Europe in August, Grant was rusty again, missing her first few shots. But the incoming freshman regained the confidence she had in high school and proved to her new teammates that she could eventually succeed senior Brianna Butler as SU’s primary 3-point option.And it’s that same trigger-happy approach that Grant has brought into No. 19 Syracuse’s (5-2) young season. Grant was sick for the Orange’s most recent game but has racked up a 39.3 percent field-goal percentage from beyond the arc and only attempted one 2-pointer this season. Grant’s averaging under eight minutes per game, but her 3-point efficiency has led her to rank second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in points per 40 minutes, according to WBBState.com.“Her coming in as a freshman hitting shots four or five steps behind the 3-point line and knocking them down, even contested ones,” Butler said of how Grant impressed teammates in preseason pick-up games. “I definitely knew from that standpoint she was going to come in and be big for us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHillsman said there shouldn’t be any learning curve for Grant. Three-point shooting doesn’t require any learned skills. She simply has to do the same thing she did in high school. Catch the ball and shoot the ball.It’s the same mentality that he preaches to Butler, a player who Grant saw bits of herself in during the recruiting process.“(Hillsman) tells me everyday, ‘Shoot the ball, shoot the ball,’” Grant said. “He’s kind of drilled it in me.”Against Morgan State on Nov. 23, Hillsman lifted three fingers into the air and marched up and down the Syracuse sideline whenever Grant hit a 3. His reaction to her makes were far more boisterous than to anyone else’s.Against Fordham on Nov. 28, Grant’s back-to-back 3s in the third quarter pushed the Orange’s lead to nine en route to a 22-point win and a season-high nine points.“I just tell her to run to where she feels comfortable shooting the ball,” Hillsman said. “… Her learning curve might be having a coach that says every time you touch the ball, you have to shoot it.”Now that Butler, Syracuse’s all-time leader in 3-pointers, has seen Grant’s potential manifest in game situations, she said she thinks Grant will eventually break her record. In Butler’s first seven games, she went 8-of-27 from deep, three less makes and only one fewer attempt than Grant.In high school, Grant’s job was the same as it is now and it’s not an accident that she’s been SU’s most productive freshman this season.“She’s just a phenomenal shooter,” Hillsman said. “She creates problems and she definitely creates space so for us, she’s been awesome.” Commentslast_img read more

Crunch time for local athletes

first_imgFor the local track and field athletes, there is no more room for error.On Saturday, they will travel to Del Norte for the Humboldt-Del Norte League prelims, with qualification for the league championships and the North Coast Sections on the line.“It’s do well or go home,” McKinleyville head coach Rudy Garcia said.With several rainouts this season, progress has been slow at times for the local athletes, although with the season winding down the field will be looking to peak over the new few …last_img read more

South African women in arts honoured

first_img15 September 2015The winners list at the Mbokodo Awards reads like the ultimate who’s who of creative South African women.“The awards are a huge applause for women. It celebrates the incredible things they do to advance our heritage,” said executive producer Carol Bouwer on SABC news.The awards, which were handed out on 11 September, are held to “celebrate and acknowledge women who have not only articulated the aspirations of the South African people but have also fortified their democracy by empowering communities and individuals through their art”, reads the official awards website.Through your work as artists we must celebrate”HER stories” not just”HIStory” -Susan Shabangu,Min Of Women in the Presidency#Mbokodoawards— BUSISWA (@BusiswaNgoku)September 11, 2015The 20 awards categories, falling under the arts, culture, and heritage umbrella, are judged through a peer review mechanism.The winners in each category were:Women in Indigenous Arts: Helen SebidiPromotion of Language and Story Telling: Nise MalangeCreative Writing: Lauren BeukesPoetry: Mbali VilakaziCreative Photography: Lindeka QampiVisual Arts: Berni SearleArchitecture: Nadia TrompCreative Design: Thandiwe TshabalalaFashion Design and Innovation: Hangwani NengovhelaDance: Dada MasiloOpera: Goitsemang LehobyeTheatre: Maralin VanrenenComedy: Irit NobleWomen in Film: Ryley GrunenwaldWomen in Jazz: Thandi NtuliMusic: Zolani MaholaPromotion of Arts in the Media: Brenda SisaneArts Ambassador: Yvonne Chaka ChakaArts Ambassador: Marianne FasslerLifetime Achievement Award: Thandi Klaasen and Dr Thembeka Nkamba van WykPhoto of the year! SA Stalwarts. What an honour#mbokodoawards.Presidency support….pic.twitter.com/MGzhhbowoW— Vuma Reputation (@janinehills)September 11, [email protected]@GautengProvince @namhlasiqaza We here celebrating the #WomenintheArts2015#MbokodoAwardspic.twitter.com/DGDaRuCGla— Mash (@MashuduMag)September 11, 2015SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

ASF Outbreak Shifts in China

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lin TanDTN China CorrespondentBEIJING, China (DTN) — The impact of China’s African swine fever outbreak has grown, as the disease arrived in one of the country’s largest production areas while pork stockpiles are rapidly falling as well.The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) announced on Tuesday that an African swine fever (ASF) case was found in Bobai County in South China’s Guangxi Province. It was just one hog infected within a small farm, but the location created immediate concerns for the industry. Another outbreak was reported last Saturday on a farm of 104 hogs in Yunnan Province, another southern China province.Industry observers are now speculating whether this latest report out of Bobai County will be used as a policy to curb pork shipping out from Guangxi Province.Bobai County is one of the largest hog-producing counties in China. The county typically has stocks of 500,000 sows and produces 6.2 million head of hogs annually. In the U.S., such production would rank Bobai County behind only Iowa, North Carolina and Minnesota for hog production.Since at least April, there have been questions about a possible outbreak in Bobai County because of hog fatalities, but there was no official confirmation of the outbreak in the county. Hog farms started selling their hogs as early as possible to reduce their risk. Many hog farms have already emptied their barns at a lower price. Those hogs had been shipped to other regions of the country.“The situation is getting worse in South China,” said an industry expert who asked to remain anonymous. “Hog stocks in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces had left only less than half of the pig population.”Guangdong and Guangxi are two provinces in southern China and export pork to other regions, include Hong Kong and Macao.The Ministry of Agriculture said its sow herd in China is 22% smaller than at the same time last year, but many in the industry say this number could be more than 30%.ASF does not harm humans, though it is deadly to pigs and there is no vaccine or cure yet.Government officials have now started testing all pork stockpiles in China for possible contamination.“Many companies and restaurants had stored frozen pork early this year when the price was low and also later on when farmers wanted to sell off pork as there was an outbreak of ASF. It is highly possible frozen pork in storage has been contaminated,” said the expert.Surprisingly, pork prices in Beijing and Shanghai were not creeping higher because companies were selling the stockpile before the mandatory ASF testing.Tang Ke, head of the Market and Economy Information Department of MOA, said last month that the price of pork had already shot up in March and could rise by as much as 70% year on year to record levels in the second half of this year.Industry is expecting a pork shortage in China in the second half of the year. Imports will be the only help to China to fill the market demand for pork. Currently, USDA shows 122,000 metric tons of pork sales to China this year, with 72,800 metric tons already shipped. Canadian pork exports to Chin rose in value over the first three months of the year with a significant increase in March in variety meats such as offal. China also recently approved Argentina as an exporter as well.In the U.S., the pork industry and USDA officials have ramped up efforts to keep ASF out of the country. USDA officials testified earlier this month that biosecurity and import controls have been increased, though they acknowledged ASF would be a difficult disease to control once it arrives in the country. The economic impact, especially from lost exports, would be devastating to the industry. USDA officials also indicated ASF is a difficult disease to find a vaccine for or decontaminate a farm once an outbreak occurs.Over the past few weeks, ASF has spread in Asia with Vietnam reporting more than 2,500 outbreaks and 1.55 million diseased animals since early May, according to the latest report from the World Organization for Animal Health, known by its French acronym OIE.African swine fever has become a greater focus for the OIE. The group announced just Tuesday that it was launching a global initiative with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to curb the spread of ASF. The OIE called on countries that are both infected and free of the disease to tighten biosecurity and traceability controls, as well as manage wild populations of hogs.“Because of its complex epidemiology, it isn’t possible to control ASF without a coordinated response from the different sectors involved,” the OIE stated. (http://oiegeneralsession.com/…)(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Google Releases CloudCourse, an Open Source Learning Platform

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google made a number of announcements in the past week that are of interest to educators: opening Google Wave to the public and extending Google Voice accounts to students. But one announcement that didn’t receive much press was its release of CloudCourse, the new internal learning platform.Built on Google’s App Engine, CloudCourse is a course-scheduling tool, fully integrated with Google Calendar. CloudCourse also features approval processes, wait list management, as well as room and user profile information and can be further customized to sync the data with other internal systems.Google hopes that by releasing this under an open-source license that it can “help developers who want to port or build enterprise applications on App Engine.” According to Irwin Boutoul, a software engineer at Google, “We actually didn’t design this system with universities in mind – we designed it as a course scheduling tool for enterprises. Nevertheless, CloudCourse can certainly help school administrators, who most likely don’t have the time or resources to worry about hardware hosting and dealing with traffic bursts like the ones that occur during class enrollment periods. We’d love to see universities pick up this platform and code additional features on top of it to make it more relevant to the higher education ecosystem. “While course management is part of what makes a learning tool appealing, CloudCourse does not yet contain all the functionality that would make it an alternative to the other learning management systems available But as Katie Christo, an instructional technologist at the American International School in Chennai, India says – echoing the frustrations that many teachers have with these alternatives – “I would love something from Google. Moodle is still very basic, Blackboard is worse. It’d be nice to have something that is free, cleanly designed, and integrated with other solid programs.”And as the source code is open, and as more and more schools explore and embrace Google’s Apps for Education, CloudCourse may become another part of the ed-tech arsenal. Related Posts audrey watterscenter_img Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Post 50-over success, Mithali says India must play more Tests

first_img(EDS: Repeating with correct date) By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, July 27 (PTI) Twenty20s and one-dayers are the formats driving womens cricket forward but it is only the ultimate challenge of playing Tests that will help India produce more world-class players, said skipper Mithali Raj who has played just 10 Tests in an 18-year-old career. Speaking at felicitation function organised by the BCCI, where each of the squad member was presented Rs 50 lakh by the Board, Mithali spoke of the importance of playing more Tests. The Ashes between Australia and England is the only regular Test fixture in womens cricket while other teams mainly play the shorter formats. India have played just five Tests in the last 10 years. “Test matches are the ultimate test for cricketers, whether it is your temperament, skill or endurance. However, womens cricket needs promotion and so far it has been done mainly through T20s and ODIs by the respective cricket boards,” said Mithali at a special felicitation ceremony organised by the BCCI. “As of now, it seems every board wishes to market the sport through T20 and ODIs as they think they are the ideal formats. I feel Test matches should be played as frequently as limited over games because it churns out quality players. If the Indian team wants to play, the other teams should also be ready to play Test matches,” she added. The Indian womens team has been busy attending a host of felicitations ever since it returned from England, where it exceeded expectations by reaching the World Cup final. They are not used to it but the entire squad was mobbed by the media and the fans. Mithali said it feels good to be wanted, as it was never the case earlier. “I am one of those players who have seen days before the BCCI took over and after that as well. I am fortunate that I continued to play. Today I am seeing this phase in womens cricket, the reception we have got has been overwhelming. “I clearly remember, despite doing well in 2005 World Cup, we never had this kind of a reception. It is a nice feeling after what we have all gone through, we feel wanted, feel appreciated for the effort we have put in all these years. Mithali said Indian Railways played a huge role in giving support to the players through jobs. “A special mention to the Indian railways for supporting us and extending jobs to the girls. If it was not for the Railways, many more talented cricketers would have quit the game to focus on getting jobs for financial security,” said Mithali, who played her fifth World Cup. Despite India losing the final from a comfortable position, Mithali said it was a brilliant team effort. “Not many gave us a chance to reach the semis or final. This world cup has been very tough. “What the team has achieved in this World Cup, the seeds were sown in the ODI series against Australia, the West Indies tour, the Quadrangular Series in South Africa, the Qualifiers in Sri Lanka and into the World Cup. The preparation was very good,” she said, adding that she will continue playing for another 2-3 years. Sharing the stage with her captain, batting sensation Harmanpreet Kaur too felt good about getting a grand welcome. “It is only when you do well, you are recognised. This is exactly what has happened. It is a big achievement to play the final, considering we did not do well in the earlier editions,” said Harmanpreet, who is seen as Mithalis successor in ODI cricket. Her 171 against Australia in the semifinal has made the history books. She is the first Indian to play in Womens Big Bash in Australia and now hopes the country can have a league of its own. “Playing Big Bash was a very big achievement for me. I learnt a lot there and that helped me a lot in the World Cup. I hope more Indian players get the opportunity post the World Cup. It has only been Smriti Mandhana and myself so far. “If womens IPL happens, other countries players will come and play here, and sharing the dressing room with international players will be a big confidence booster to the the local players,” said Harmanpreet. PTI BS PM PDSadvertisementlast_img read more