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Southern Africa: 210,000 textbooks for Angolan students

2010-05-07, Issue 480

About 210,000 primary school students from eight of Angola's 18 provinces will benefit from two million text-books offered to the Ministry of Education by the European Union (EU)....

Tanzania: Lecturer's strike paralyses public universities

2010-04-30, Issue 479

Skeletal academic activity enveloped Tanzania's public universities Thursday as lecturers joined a strike to press for better retirement benefits from the government. While the government remained silent about the strike, a meeting of seven public hi...

Kenya: Primary education under the gun

2010-04-01, Issue 476

The children are afraid. There are armed bandits hiding with stolen animals in the thickets behind Nawoyaregae Primary School in Kaputir Location. Cattle rustling and gory battles between the neighbouring Turkana and Pokot communities are the order o...

Africa: Education in Africa: Challenges and success stories

2010-04-01, Issue 476

High-quality education is the foundation for success and growth. There is a need for empowered teachers, strong school leaders, better curricula, and the ability for students to connect with one another and the rest of the world, says Anthony Salcito...

North Africa: Morocco mobilises pupils to recruit peers for school

2010-04-01, Issue 476

Morocco plans to train schoolchildren to help lure other youngsters into the classroom under a government initiative aimed at boosting enrolment rates. Some 500,000 schoolchildren will be trained to take part in the "Child for Child" census-taking pr...

Africa: Poor governance 'jeopardises primary education'

2010-03-26, Issue 475

Poor governance and management are jeopardising efforts to provide quality basic education in seven African countries according to a new report published today by Transparency International (TI)....

Malawi: Local language dictionary released

2010-03-19, Issue 474

The thickest book on secondary school teacher Hellen Ndalama’s desk is her indigenous language dictionary. It is also her most-used book. The front cover is partly ripped and the upper end of the spine is secured with adhesive tape. With 35,000 entri...

Sierra Leone: Government ignores demands for additional teachers

2010-03-19, Issue 474

Ismail Conteh has been teaching for the past year-and-a-half at a primary school in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown – without receiving a single cent. He is one of hundreds of teachers recruited by schools to match the ever-growing number of pupils. ...

Africa: African networks needed to improve higher education

2010-03-19, Issue 474

Higher education and research in Africa have largely been neglected, both internally and externally, since the 1980s. If Africa is to join the global knowledge community as an equal partner, it must revolutionise its research, education and training ...

South Africa: More money, less education

2010-03-19, Issue 474

Ethembeni Enrichment Centre, a school in a run-down part of Port Elizabeth, the largest city in Eastern Cape, South Africa's poorest province, has achieved a remarkable 100 percent pass rate for a dozen years. But officials from the education departm...

Uganda: Prof. Mamdani back at Makerere University

2010-03-04, Issue 472

Professor Mahmood Mamdani has been appointed to head Makerere University Institute of Social Research (MISR). This means the renowned scholar will be returning to the university after 17 years. Mamdani's five-year contract takes immediate effect. He ...

Africa: Poor governance jeopardises primary education

2010-02-26, Issue 471

Poor governance and management are jeopardising efforts to provide quality basic education in seven African countries according to a new report published today by Transparency International (TI). The report, Africa Education Watch: Good governance l...

Global: Education for all: reaching the marginalized

2010-02-19, Issue 470

Education systems in many of the world's poorest countries are now experiencing the aftershock of the global economic downturn. The 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, released on 19 January, argues that the crisis could create a lost ge...

Africa: Poor governance jeopardises primary education in Africa

2010-02-19, Issue 470

Transparency International (TI), the global leader in the fight against corruption, will release Africa Education Watch: Good Governance Lessons for Primary Education, a new report on education in seven African countries on 23 February. Despite ten y...

Zimbabwe: Private schools sprout as public system struggles

2010-02-12, Issue 469

"No disruption to learning" touts a newspaper ad for a new private Zimbabwean school, one of many springing up in living rooms, backyards and plots across Harare....

Swaziland: Dreams of free education deferred

2010-01-29, Issue 467

Ten-year-old Tembuso Magagula sat outside her classroom with her shoulders hunched against the cold today, tears streaming from her eyes. Her long-awaited first day of school had turned into a nightmare. Magagula expected to start grade one this year...

Global: Poor nations’ children’s education at stake

2010-01-22, Issue 466

The global financial crisis threatens to deprive millions of children in the world’s poorest countries of an education, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, with a knock-on effect on future economic growth, poverty reduction and progress in health and o...

Zimbabwe: Police arrest 25 students over Bindura University demo

2010-01-15, Issue 465

Twenty-five students were arrested at Bindura University on Thursday, after a demonstration over exorbitant tuition fees which have resulted in at least 40 percent of students being denied access to write their exams....

North Africa: Algeria fines parents to curb drop-out rate

2010-01-15, Issue 465

Algeria's Ministry of Education, faced with a worrisome drop-out rate, has begun fining parents who do not send their children to school....

Zimbabwe: WOZA demand changes in education system in 2010

2010-01-08, Issue 464

Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) has launched a report on the state of education in Zimbabwe entitled ‘Looking back to look forward - education in Zimbabwe: a WOZA perspective’. The recommendations contained in the report form the basis of WOZA...

Somaliland: School enrolment up

2010-01-08, Issue 464

School enrolment has risen sharply in Somalia's self-declared independent region of Somaliland since 1991, raising the literacy rate from 20 percent to 45 percent, education officials have said....

Morocco: Schools improving access for disabled children

2009-12-18, Issue 462

Morocco is working to improve services for Down's syndrome and other handicapped children, many of whom have no access to local primary schools. Halima, 45, lives in Sidi Kacem with her husband and four children, including an 8-year-old boy with Down...

Africa: Education ministers discuss continent's progress, prospects

2009-11-27, Issue 459

Education ministers from member states of the African Union (AU) have converged in Mombasa, Kenya, for two-day meeting on the continent's progress and prospect in education, the AU has said....

Kenya: In and out of school in Samburu

2009-11-20, Issue 458

Many Kenyan children are in school, but enrolment in the north has been adversely affected by insecurity, food scarcity and traditional attitudes, residents and teachers said....

Senegal: Report denounces decline in early childhood education

2009-11-13, Issue 457

The findings of a study on early childhood education in Senegal shows that 92 per cent of children in that country are out of the pre-school system. According to the report, out of 1,306,214 who can get pre-school education in the country, only 99,03...

Morocco: Strike shuts public schools

2009-11-06, Issue 456

Four Moroccan teachers' unions paralysed public schools nationwide on Thursday (October 29th) by striking to protest problems that include shortages of instructors and overcrowded classrooms. The unions are also protesting poor infrastructure and cha...

Africa: African universities need affordable and reliable broadband

2009-10-30, Issue 455

With the click of a mouse, students at Canadian universities find information quickly and download what they need at high speeds. They could not imagine doing research without using the Internet to supplement material from their university library.Bu...

Africa: Countries urged to upgrade education systems

2009-10-30, Issue 455

The conference on contractual teachers, called Bamako +5, ended in the Malian capital, Bamako, with an appeal to African governments to mobilize more resources to ensure a better quality of their education systems and the training of contractual teac...

Uganda: Lifting silence on menstruation to keep girls in school

2009-10-30, Issue 455

More than half of Ugandan girls who enrol in grade one drop out before sitting for their primary school-leaving examinations. The fact that girls are dropping out between age 11 and 13 is being linked to the beginning of the menstruation cycle and it...

Senegal: Struggling to keep up with Education for All

2009-10-09, Issue 451

In Diohine, a village of some 3,000 inhabitants in the Fatick region of central Senegal, real progress has been made towards educating all children, in spite of a lack of infrastructure. Diohine has two public primary schools, each serving different ...

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