Japan closed the last of its 54 nuclear reactors on Saturday, May 5th 2012. Yet Tokiko Noguchi, Director of citizen's group 'Civil Board of Education', told a press conference on May 6th 2012 that 20 schools in the Fukushima area still contain harmful levels of radiation. The civic group's figures were drawn from local government documents. In light of its finding, the group is pressing for the restoration of a restriction limiting schoolchildren to playing in schoolyards for less than three hours a day (a restriction that had previously been lifted in April 2012). The call has been endorsed by other Japanese NGOs, including children's group Ekombuds.
The 'Every Disabled Child Matters' campaign (EDCM) has raised concerns at some of the findings contained in a UK Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, ‘Healthcare for Disabled Children and Young People’, published on Thursday 22nd March 2012. The report indicates that primary-care trusts/PCTs (which are a set of administrative bodies running healthcare services in the UK at local level), when replying to a self-assessment questionnaire, declared "high levels of access and user-centred care". The EDCM campaign, however, insists that this finding is at odds with feedback from families with disabled children, who refer to long waits for diagnosis, disjointed provision, and a lack of responsiveness to the problems experienced by the families.
'Every Disabled Child Matters' is a national campaign to gain rights and justice for every disabled child, and is run in the UK by four leading organizations working with disabled children and their families: Contact a Family, the Council for Disabled Children, Mencap, and the Special Educational Consortium. Find out more at: http://www.edcm.org.uk