Society - Education
  • UN: UNESCO report says US$2.3 billion needed to send children to school in war-torn countries
    29 june 2015 16:59:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Full text...

  • Niger: Niger launches project for quality education
    26 june 2015 13:53:05
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger on Friday launched a project to support quality education in the country in the next five years, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia lawmakers approve two loan agreements for education
    23 june 2015 21:53:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Lawmakers on Tuesday ratified two loan agreements of US$5 million each between the government of The Gambia and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) to finance basic and secondary school education in the West African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches education appeal in fight against child labour
    13 june 2015 06:42:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says education "powerful weapon" against violent extremism
    19 may 2015 16:14:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Education is not only a powerful weapon against the rise of violent extremism, it is also a key for global peace and stability, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Egypt sign MoU on scholarships
    06 may 2015 21:13:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egypt and Rwanda on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the North African country will grant scholarships to Rwandan students to study mining related courses in Egyptian universities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Experts meet on academic mobility in West Africa
    20 march 2015 14:23:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Regional education experts are meeting in Abuja on the ECOWAS Academic Mobility Programme (AMP), designed to boost access to education in areas of strategic importance to the region, including by providing scholarships at Masters and PhD degree levels. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for more efforts to end child rights abuses, promote safe schools
    18 march 2015 22:19:19
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, on Wednesday in New York called for "fundamental changes" to strengthen the global commitment to defending the rights of schoolgirls and boys, saying that 2015 should be the year to end violations of children’s rights. Full text...

  • Botswana: University of Botswana explores collaboration with Finland
    11 march 2015 11:20:14
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The University of Botswana (UB) is exploring possibilities of collaborating with Finland after the country’s government officials toured Botswana’s oldest institution of higher learning last month. Full text...

  • Senegal: Two Commonwealth bodies agree to collaborate in education
    26 february 2015 16:57:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Commonwealth Foundation Thursday said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in London, signalling their renewed commitment to project collaboration and organizational learning. Full text...

  • Togo: Govt. reopens schools after reaching agreement with striking teachers
    23 february 2015 12:15:34
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese government on Monday reopened schools across the country after they were closed for three days following a strike called by teachers and backed by the students. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional platform for quality early childhood development launched
    11 february 2015 15:10:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A regional platform to improve the quality of Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes in Africa has been inaugurated in Kigali, Rwanda, PANA reported Wednesday, quoting a statement posted on the African Development (AfDB) website. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights report says attacks on girls seeking education persists
    09 february 2015 21:40:59
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN human rights report seeking to analyse the problem of attacks against girls trying to access education has found that schools in at least 70 different countries were attacked in the five years between 2009 and 2014, with many attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education. Full text...

  • Mauritius: University of Mauritius launches Strategic Plan 2015/2020
    04 february 2015 15:31:06
    Le Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) - The University of Mauritius has launched a six-point strategic plan for the period 2015 to 2020, in a bid to provide quality education to students and promote knowledge creation and dissemination through research and innovative teaching while responding to the developmental needs of the country and the global community, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal to host African Higher Education Summit
    04 february 2015 13:53:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal will play host to the African Higher Education Summit which runs here from 10-12 March, the country’s Minister of Higher Education and Research, Prof. Mary Teuw Niane, announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO report says education saves lives, help reach sustainable development goals
    18 september 2014 18:26:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Full text...

  • Cameroon: 15,000 Central African Republic refugee kids out of school in Cameroon
    12 september 2014 19:48:36
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – About 15,000 school-age refugee children from Central African Republic are in urgent need of primary education but their country of asylum, Cameroon, cannot cater for their needs, according to a representative of the Ministry of Primary Education in the Eastern region. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Gabon to recruit a thousand teachers from Tunisia
    10 september 2014 17:39:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian National Education Minister Fathi Jarray announced Wednesday that Gabon will soon recruit a thousand Tunisian teachers to work in the west-central Africa country. Full text...

  • 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...

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