Society - Education
  • Tanzania: Mobile-based tools bringing education to millions in Africa - Report
    22 august 2014 08:36:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The ubiquity of mobile phones is providing a new low cost tool for teaching in some of the poorest communities, according to a news update published Thursday by global telecoms industry monitor Pyramid Research. Full text...

  • Senegal: Teachers suspend lectures at public universities in Senegal
    16 august 2014 08:46:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegal's Autonomous Union of Teachers of the Tertiary Education (SAES) on Friday called all its members to boycott lectures in public universities until the resignation of the ministers of Tertiary Education and Home ministers, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Tunisia: ADEA announces 2014/2015 education research competition
    08 august 2014 17:29:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) on Friday announced the opening of the third and fourth editions of competition for the Prize of Education Research in Africa (PREA) with the aim of promoting quality education research by African universities, research centres and networks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Polytechnic teachers suspend 10-month-old strike
    12 july 2014 16:38:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 10-month-old strike embarked upon by Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), the umbrella body of polytechnic teachers, which started in October 2013, was Saturday suspended by the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union held in Abuja. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. launches Safe Schools Initiative
    09 july 2014 18:31:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday decried the high percentage of school dropouts in Nigeria, saying the figure, which is as high as 70 per cent in some parts of the country, was “too high”. Full text...

  • Mozambique: 'Pupil/teacher ratio higher than recommended figure'
    04 july 2014 22:14:50
    Namaacha, Mozambique (PANA) - The pupil/teacher ratio in Mozambique is still higher the recommended average, despite a reduction of 7% between 2010 and 2013, the Mozambican Education Minister, Augusto Jone, has said. Full text...

  • US: UN education envoy urges focus on kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls
    16 june 2014 18:03:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the Day of the African Child, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, on Monday urged the world to remember the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, Nigeria, while also praising young people around the world as they mobilise to demand education for all. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Open University of Mauritius to establish Uganda campus
    21 may 2014 13:17:08
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The Open University of Mauritius will open a branch in Uganda as part of Mauritius’ contribution and moral responsibility to widen access to tertiary education on the African continent, Mauritian Tertiary Education Minister, Rajesh Jeetah, said Wednesday at the opening of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Regional Focal Points Meeting, Africa and the Mediterranean, at Ebène, 20 km south of the capital, Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegalese PM urges African countries to take up education challenge
    20 may 2014 20:56:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Senegalese Prime minister, Mrs Aminata Touré, on Tuesday urged sub-Saharan African francophone countries to give top priority to education. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says Nigerian girls' abduction attack on education
    13 may 2014 19:34:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Tuesday stressed need to educate all children, saying that the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria "is an attack against the aspirations of these girls". Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF, partners say education system in CAR 'on its knees'
    09 may 2014 19:26:41
    New York, US (PANA) - A survey by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners released on Friday says that more than half way through the 12-month school year, almost two-thirds of schools in the conflict-ridden Central African Republic (CAR) remain closed. Full text...

  • Cameroon: World Bank invests 26bn FCFA on education in Cameroon
    16 april 2014 18:21:57
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The Cameroonian government Tuesday launched a programme for the improvement of equity and quality in education (PAEQUE), worth 26 billion FCFA and funded by the World Bank, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Senegal: Toward a harmonization of higher education in West Africa
    14 april 2014 22:06:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - In order to create a common space of higher education in West Africa, the Network for Excellence in Higher Education in West Africa (REESAO) met on Monday in Dakar to reflect on how to improve and harmonize education in the various universities of the sub-region. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya holds conference on higher education reform
    14 april 2014 09:49:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A national conference aimed at outlining the strategy to reform the higher education sector in Libya has opened in the capital city, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Demonstrating students arrested in Mauritania
    09 april 2014 17:52:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Some students were arrested Wednesday while participating in a strike called by the National Union of Students of Mauritania (SNEM), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Burundi: Public university students urged to strike
    03 april 2014 12:33:46
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Striking public university students in Burundi have been issued with an ultimatum to end their strike and enroll afresh by 11 April or face tough sanctions, including outright expulsion. Full text...

  • Burundi: Public universities fail to re-enrol students on strike
    27 march 2014 13:34:45
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Less than 650 of the 18,000 students from the different public universities in Burundi have re-enrolled after 10 days of strike, following a decision by the authorities to restrict access to scholarships and training. Full text...

  • DRC: Teachers’ Union welcomes “100,000 teachers for Africa” project
    21 march 2014 16:49:44
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The General Secretary of the Teachers’ Union of Congo (SYECO), Jean Pierre Kimbuya, has welcomed the project called "100,000 Teachers for Africa", launched by the French government Thursday on the occasion of the celebration of the International Francophone Day, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Guinea: Japan gives Guinea US$122,000 for education
    06 march 2014 22:53:02
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Japanese government on Thursday granted Guinea US$122,000 to build a primary school block in Pita, central Guinea. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kigali to host Pan-African forum on Science, technology
    06 march 2014 21:15:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan capital, Kigali, will on 12 March host the first Pan-African forum on sharing better practices in science, technology and innovation in higher education. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNESCO says education sector is in crisis
    26 february 2014 18:35:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 10% of the world expenditure, devoted to primary education, are lost in bad quality education and therefore children are unable to learn, says the 11th world report on monitoring of education for all (EPT), released Wednesday by UNESCO. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Authorities award 20 scholarships to African students
    15 february 2014 10:42:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius has awarded 20 scholarships, at tertiary level, to African students from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Namibia in 2013, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritania: EU, Church of Sweden provide education, water projects
    21 january 2014 21:36:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The European Union, Church of Sweden and International Lutheran Federation (ILF) have between 2011 and 2013 jointly provided dozens of water and education projects in several communities in Mauritania. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New school year begins
    06 january 2014 21:35:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's new school year opened on Monday but with many parents and guardians facing the challenge of how to pay school fees of their children and wards. Full text...

  • Mauritian President seeks more sacrifice from citizens in 2014
    26 december 2013 09:59:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Kailash Purryag has urged his compatriots to be ready for more sacrifices in 2014 because the economic situation will remain difficult. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches University for the Elderly
    30 november 2013 10:20:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) –Mauritius on Friday launched its first University for the Elderly (U3AM) that will ease the feeling of loneliness and inactivity during retirement. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. to public university teachers: Return to work or be sacked
    28 november 2013 19:59:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government Thursday ordered public university teachers, who have been on strike since 1 July, 2013, to resume work immediately, according to the local PUNCH newspaper. Full text...

  • EU, UNICEF to support Libyan education programme
    18 september 2013 12:57:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have said they will continue in their efforts to improve the quality of the country’s education system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. Full text...

  • Mauritius "widens" access to tertiary education
    02 september 2013 15:41:48
    Rose-Hill, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, said Monday that the government will invest 13 billion rupees (about US$ 420 million) in the education sector, including for the free transport facilities to all students to enable everybody to have access to education in 2013. Full text...

  • Pan-African University receives US$45 million boost
    22 august 2013 17:18:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Pan African University has received a major boost with a grant support of US$45 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB), according to a statement from the African Union received by PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Armed conflict destroys hope of education for millions of children – UN report
    12 july 2013 22:08:20
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday warned that classrooms, teachers and pupils will continue to be seen as legitimate targets unless there is tougher action against human rights violations, an overhaul of global aid priorities and strengthened rights for displaced people. Full text...

  • Tripoli, UNICEF sign agreement to provide basic education in Libya
    25 june 2013 14:14:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UNICEF and the Libyan government on Monday signed an agreement under which basic education in the North African country will be improved. Full text...

  • 112,503 take secondary school leaving certificate examinations in Mali
    11 june 2013 18:54:07
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Some 112,503 candidates are sitting for the Secondary School Leaving certificate examinations, which began Tuesday in Mali, except in the northern part of the country which is gripped by political crisis. Full text...

  • Classes resume at Lome University
    28 may 2013 20:28:34
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Academic activity resumed on Tuesday at Lome University following days of a shut down in protest against violence targeting teachers. Full text...

  • African peacekeepers provide education assistance to North Darfur primary schools
    10 may 2013 20:29:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The African peacekeeping mission in Darfu, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), has provided education assistance to five primary schools in and around Sortoni, North Darfur. Full text...

  • Nigerian candidates achieve poor results in 2013 university entrance exam
    04 may 2013 15:18:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Only 10 candidates of the 1.6 million students who sat for the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), scored 300 and above of the maximum 400 marks, according to local media reports which quoted the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Full text...

  • Ex-Nigerian state governor stripped of university degree
    03 march 2013 10:08:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A former governor of Nigeria's South-east Abia State, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has been stripped of the degree certificate awarded to him while in office by the state-owned Abia State University for failing to meet the requirements for the award of such certificate. Full text...

  • Congolese teachers shelve planned nationwide strike
    26 february 2013 15:25:25
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese teachers, scheduled to embark on a nationwide strike Monday, shelved their plan after a meeting of top government officials and various Trade Union organizations, according to a Radio Congo report here Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU backs Djiboutian Rachad Farah for UNESCO D-G post
    28 january 2013 20:19:21
    Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders on Monday threw their weight behind the candidature of Djiboutian Rachad Farah for the position of Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO) which would decided on in October. Full text...

  • American star Madonna builds 10 primary schools in Malawi
    31 december 2012 20:50:02
    Paris, France (PANA) – American star Madonna has announced the construction of 10 primary schools in rural areas in Malawi for orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi, a press release in Paris said on Monday. Full text...

  • Schooling: 'Nigeria loses US$500m yearly to European, American varsities'
    02 december 2012 13:23:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As Nigerians increasingly seek education in foreign universities, the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC) has revealed that Nigerians spend an average of US$500 million annually on schooling in European and American universities. Full text...

  • Peacekeepers support education of nomads' children in Darfur region
    25 november 2012 12:34:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations hybrid force in Darfur has donated tents to be used as mobile classrooms to help thousands of nomad children in the region. Full text...

  • Namibia to host key meetings on Education 27-30 Nov
    20 november 2012 14:11:56
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) - The International Task Force on Teachers for Education for All (EFA), in collaboration with UNESCO and the Government of Namibia, will organise three important meetings in Windhoek, Namibia, 27-30 November 2012, the task force said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Odinga says education reforms key to Kenya's industrialization
    16 november 2012 16:21:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said that national development is closely linked to radical reforms in education system. Full text...

  • New Kenyan University campus to admit refugee students in Dadaab
    10 october 2012 16:41:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Nairobi's Kenyatta University has opened a campus in the north-east town of Dadaab and courses there will be open to both Kenyan citizens and refugees living in the nearby refugee complex, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Nairobi Wednesday. Full text...

  • France grants Togo 700,000 euros for education
    10 october 2012 11:44:28
    Lomé, Togo PANA) - France has given Togo a grant of 700,000 euros or FCFA 459 million for the reform of the West African country’s higher education system. Full text...

  • Mauritania, Palestine sign protocol on higher education
    03 october 2012 20:46:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania and Palestine on Wednesday signed an agreement under which Palestinian students will undertake further studies in Mauritanian universities, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Four-day ECOWAS Ministers of Education meeting begins in Abuja
    03 october 2012 18:40:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A four-day meeting of the ECOWAS Ministers of Education opened in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, on Wednesday with the Nigerian Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’I, calling on participants to support new initiatives towards improving education in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Institute for civil protection studies opens in Ouagadougou
    02 october 2012 22:52:57
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – An institute for civil protection studies (ISEPC), which will train civil protection actors from African countries on the prevention, coordination of risks and management of crisis was inaugurated in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, on Tuesday. Full text...

  • MDGs: UN scribe secures US$1.5 billion to meet education target
    26 september 2012 18:09:25
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday secured over US$ 1.5 billion in commitments for a new initiative to make education a top global priority and boost progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on education. Full text...

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