Society - Education
  • France: 'World poverty could be halved if all adults complete secondary education' - UNESCO
    21 june 2017 15:21:47
    Paris, France (PAN) - "A new UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come." Full text...

  • Senegal: Make girls’ access to education a reality, says human rights group
    17 june 2017 04:44:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Millions of pregnant and married adolescent girls across many African countries are being denied their education because of discriminatory policies and practices, Human Rights Watch said on Friday, on the Day of the African Child. Full text...

  • France: UNICEF berates fathers who don't engage their children in early learning activities
    16 june 2017 11:45:01
    New York, US (PANA) - More than half – or 55 per cent - of children aged between 3 and 4 years old in 74 countries – approximately 40 million – have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new UNICEF analysis, published in New York, US, on Friday. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO, Global Partnership for Education support countries to push Education 2030 agenda
    16 june 2017 11:29:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - A newly-established joint programme between UNESCO and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) will support countries in maximizing Education Management and Information Systems (EMIS) to implement SDG 4 – Education 2030. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UNESCO Juba Office refurbish Aweil Women Multi-Purpose Learning Centre
    16 june 2017 11:03:32
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - As part of its ongoing support to the national and state level Directorates of Alternative Education Systems (AES) of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI), and as its contribution to the effort being exerted to improve the literacy situation in South Sudan, the UNESCO Juba Office has refurbished the Aweil Women Multi-Purpose Learning Centre (AWMLC) at a cost of close to US$76,000. Full text...

  • France: Falling aid for education putting global goals at risk - UNESCO
    06 june 2017 18:23:54
    Paris, France (PANA) – Against the backdrop of aid allocations to education falling for the sixth year in a row, the United Nations agency mandated with promoting education globally has called on the donor community to focus more attention on the vital sector, especially in countries where needs are the greatest. Full text...

  • Mozambique: Family learning approach boosts literacy, numeracy and language skills in Mozambique
    24 may 2017 15:47:21
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Children, youth and adults from the Boane district in Mozambique are improving their literacy, numeracy and language skills, thanks to a family learning approach developed by UNESCO. Full text...

  • Botswana: 3 Botswana students excel in Cambridge Int'l Examinations
    19 may 2017 14:09:59
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Three students from Botswana have received prestigious awards from the Cambridge International Examinations Board for outstanding performances in the November 2016 Cambridge examinations. Full text...

  • Botswana: China, Botswana propose to cement tertiary education relations
    12 may 2017 09:08:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - China wants to cement relations with Botswana in the tertiary sector, the Chinese Ambassador to Botswana, Zhao Yanbo, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana raises education quality bar
    05 may 2017 10:41:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has introduced a new system to coordinate education, training and skill development. Full text...

  • Chad: UNICEF says 25 million children out of school in conflict zones
    24 april 2017 09:41:06
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) – More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old, or 22 per cent of children in that age group, are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries, UNICEF said on Monday. Full text...

  • France: UN says global assessment on higher education reveals disturbing disparities
    20 april 2017 17:20:10
    Paris, France (PANA) – Noting the lack of sufficient institutions to cater to the growing demand for higher education as well as increasing disparities in its access, the United Nations educational and scientific agency has presented a series of steps to make such education more equitable and affordable. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO Convention against Discrimination consultation takes stock of Education 2030 progress
    08 april 2017 07:57:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - Following the launch of the 9th Consultation of Member States on the measures taken to implement the Convention against Discrimination in Education in 2016, 66 member states have submitted their national reports to UNESCO. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda suspends several private universities over poor quality education
    21 march 2017 14:01:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Ministry of Education has ordered the closure of several private universities as well as many other academic programmes as the East African country seeks to implement strong quality control programme in academia. Full text...

  • France: UN forum in Paris to spotlight mobile learning for refugees, displaced persons
    18 march 2017 08:49:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – Education experts and government officials will gather at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 20 to 24 March, to discuss ways of expanding the use of mobile technologies to “reach people where they are” and improve education opportunities for refugees and displaced persons and others in emergency situations. Full text...

  • Sudan: US Embassy supports Science Enrichment in Education in Sudan
    26 february 2017 12:17:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - In yet another initiative aimed at normalizing relations between the US and Sudan, the American embassy in Khartoum hosted students and teachers from public and private schools, under a State Department sponsorship, to enable them acquire new methods on learning science and scientific subjects. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt launches nine-year basic education programme in Mauritius
    13 february 2017 17:48:31
    Beau-Bassin, Mauritius (PANA) – A National Water Safety Council will be set up in Mauritius with the aim to sensitise the public and implement all necessary precautions to prevent drowning at sea, in rivers, and swimming pools, Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana teachers condemn low education budget allocation
    08 february 2017 09:48:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) has slammed the government for not making adequate allocation to the education sector in the 2017/18 budget proposals. Full text...

  • Bangladesh: Nigeria, 8 others meet in Bangladesh to align on Education 2030 Agenda
    04 february 2017 11:45:13
    Dhaka, Bangladesh (PANA) - Ministers and senior representatives of nine of the most populated countries in the global South, including Nigeria, will gather in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 5 to 7 February, 2017, to renew their cooperation, aligning it with the education targets and commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali launches education for human rights project
    31 january 2017 16:58:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday in Bamako launched a joint project called "Education for human rights, citizenship and peace." Full text...

  • Botswana: Social media not to blame for poor Botswana examination results - Don
    23 january 2017 07:26:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A University of Botswana (UB) professor has dismissed claims that social media is to blame for the poor performance of students at the country’s junior certificate examination. Full text...

  • Egypt: UNIDO trains Egyptian teachers in entrepreneurship education
    17 december 2016 05:54:21
    Luxor, Egypt (PANA) - More than 100 teachers from technical schools in Luxor, Egypt, participated in a two-week entrepreneurship education workshop, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Egyptian Ministry of Education, and designed to promote and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship among students in secondary technical schools. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF-EU partnership supports crisis-affected children with schooling
    06 december 2016 18:07:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Braving the consequences of war, natural disaster and other emergencies, nearly 2 million children in 20 countries around the world have been able to continue their schooling over the past four years as a result of a partnership between the European Commission's department for humanitarian aid and civil protection and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum welcomes resumption of education cooperation with US
    04 december 2016 14:30:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has welcomed a declaration by the United States of America restoring academic cooperation with it, as recently announced by US Special Envoy to the Sudan, Donald Booth, in Khartoum, ending almost two decades of the suspension of the understanding. Full text...

  • Kenya: School children recalled from holidays over mathematics test
    25 november 2016 14:34:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government has ordered pupils in their second year of primary education to report to school on 28 November for a day to take part in a survey being undertaken as part of a World Bank funded project to improve literacy in schools, the ministry of education said in a circular to schools on Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kigali hosts discussions on South-South cooperation
    14 november 2016 22:17:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The General Assembly of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) kicked off its 27th session Monday in Kigali with a focus on joint efforts to promote South-South cooperation by strengthening the African continent’s research capacity in a move to fasten innovation, creativity and youth employment across different sectors. Full text...

  • UN: 69 million new teachers needed to achieve global education goals - UNESCO
    05 october 2016 20:46:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday said that about 69 million new teachers are needed to provide quality universal primary and secondary education by 2030, which is the deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR report says 6 million refugee children out of school
    15 september 2016 19:45:56
    New York, US (PANA) - More than some six million school-age children under the mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have no school go to, the agency reported Thursday, noting that refugees were five times more likely to be out of school than the global average. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UK to help improve education in Nigeria
    15 september 2016 08:19:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and the United Kingdom are to collaborate to improve the educational sector in Nigeria, the British High Commission announced in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian minister stresses role of education in poverty eradication
    07 september 2016 17:29:06
    Flic-en Flac, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Education and Human Resources Minister Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun on Wednesday said that providing education is a social enterprise and, “indeed, without education we cannot envisage the eradication of absolute poverty and achieving the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.” Full text...

  • US: UNESCO stresses 'greater headway' in education
    07 september 2016 10:45:37
    New York, US (PANA) - There is an urgent need for greater headway in education without which, on current trends, the world will be half a century late for achieving the education-related goals contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new United Nations-backed independent report. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts stress inclusive education for persons with disabilities
    01 september 2016 14:06:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Inclusive education is central to achieving high quality education for all learners, including those with disabilities, and for the development of inclusive, peaceful and fair societies, UN human rights experts stated in new guidelines on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WB provides US$125m to enhance teacher education in Nigeria's rural areas
    11 august 2016 18:50:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The World Bank has set aside US$125 million for programmes to motivate and attract teachers to Nigeria's rural areas and enhance teacher development in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials task govts on indigenous peoples' right to education
    09 august 2016 14:00:18
    New York, US (PANA) - To mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, senior UN officials are calling on governments to improve access to education and ensure that the most vulnerable are not left behind in the journey to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC academic institutions challenged to raise the bar
    13 july 2016 08:51:38
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has challenged academic institutions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc to raise the bar and align training and research to market demands. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: UN backed e-schools initiative targets humanitarian education
    09 june 2016 17:22:39
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The UN-founded Global E-schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) plans a new push in the use of information technologies to educate children caught in conflict and refugees under a new strategic plan launched in Abidjan on Thursday at an African ministerial forum. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Ministers discuss technologies to empower marginalized communities
    08 june 2016 14:13:35
    Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire (PANA) - Ministers of education in Africa opened a debate here Wednesday on how to effectively ensure proper delivery of educational material to communities affected by conflict, including refugees, the disabled and women traders disadvantaged by the lack of basic education. Full text...

  • UN: UN conference adopts global education action plan to mobilize civil society
    01 june 2016 14:21:29
    New York, US (PANA) - A global education action agenda affirming the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which stresses the need to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities for all was adopted on Wednesday in Gyeongju, South Korea. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges working together to foster education for global citizenship
    30 may 2016 16:05:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The 66th UN Department of Public Information and Non-Governmental Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF launches new fund to address education in crisis zones
    24 may 2016 05:33:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Monday launched a new fund to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises. Full text...

  • UN: UN, NGOs to hold forum on education for sustainable development
    23 may 2016 21:17:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The Annual UN Department of Public Information (DPI) Full text...

  • UN: UN report says refugee children suffer lack of adequate education
    20 may 2016 18:08:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Just 50 percent of refugee children are in primary school Full text...

  • UN: 'New education fund to be launched at UN World Humanitarian Summit'
    16 may 2016 22:49:50
    New York, US (PANA) - At next week’s World Humanitarian Summit, more than Full text...

  • UN: Protection of schools essential to boost access to education in Africa - UN envoy
    10 may 2016 18:12:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Protecting schools from attacks and military use is essential to ensuring access to education for all children in Africa, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Khama urges private sector in Botswana to prioritize education
    26 april 2016 19:46:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s President Ian Khama has reiterated his government’s commitment to develop a vibrant tertiary education system in the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: US offers material to support Rwanda's new education curriculum
    31 march 2016 16:41:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's primary education had a boost Thursday when the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) donated teaching and learning material worth US$ 4.1 million in support of the newly introduced competence-based curriculum and learning in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: African Leadership College inaugurated in Mauritius
    18 march 2016 07:43:07
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on Thursday night said the time has come for Sub-Saharan African nations to make a concerted effort in mobilizing quality higher education, science and technology for sustainable development of the continent. Full text...

  • Mauritius: African Leadership University opens Mauritius campus
    17 march 2016 07:46:37
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - African Leadership University (ALU), a newly established tertiary institution offering programmes aimed at developing Africa's future leaders, on Wednesday opened its Mauritius campus, called the African Leadership College. Full text...

  • Italy: UN hails launch of 'Day of School Feeding' as vital to Africa's devt efforts
    02 march 2016 07:31:09
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United Nations joined the African Union on Tuesday hailing the inaugural 'Africa Day of School Feeding,' as part of a key strategy to address the continent's development challenges through home-grown school meal programmes. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS launches academic mobility scheme
    23 september 2015 17:55:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has, in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU), launched its Academic Mobility Scheme in Abuja with its president, Professor O.Oyewole, disclosng that the programme will not only promote mobility of students but also the internationalization of universities in West Africa. Full text...

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