Looking on the bright side

By Samson Dada

September 2012 edition

Clayton Methodist Church Magazine

When we hear negative news stories like the economy not growing, we may forget that there are positive ones happening that should give us hope that the future of this country will be prosperous.

Last month, a 2012 State of the City report published by the Manchester Partnership revealed that the number of GCSE students achieving five or more A* to C grades in Maths and English rose from 45.7 per cent in 2010 to 51.8 per cent last year.

Tourism, truancy rates and pregnancy rates also fell.

It is fantastic news that more people can confidently read, write and do calculations which will allow them to progress to college and help find employment.

What a source of pride for our country that more people are deciding that Manchester is an appealing place to help them relax before returning to their busy schedules.

However, the report did highlight an 11 per cent increase in the number of alcohol – related hospital admissions, and 11 per cent of reception class children being classified as obese.

While these problems must not be overlooked, we should not lose sight of the improvements being made in Manchester.

Our city is heading in the right direction – and for that, we must give thanks to the Lord.

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