Society - Education
  • WB provides US$500m to prop up education reforms in Egypt
    15 april 2018 07:53:33
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The World Bank has announced a new US$500 million investment in Egypt’s education reforms, to support increasing access to quality kindergarten education, improving the quality of learning and adopting technology as a vehicle to achieve the reform objectives. Full text...

  • Rights group says Mauritania's administrative obstacles keep children from School
    29 march 2018 09:40:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Mauritania’s national civil registration process is preventing some children from attending public school and taking mandatory national examinations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Despite decades-long effort, one-in-five children worldwide out of school – UNESCO
    02 march 2018 20:22:57
    Paris, France (PANA) - Updated data reveals that some 263 million – one-in-five – children, adolescents and youth worldwide are out school, a figure that has barely changed over the past five years, according to a new United Nations cultural agency report. Full text...

  • One in three Sub-Saharan Africa youth out of school - UNESCO
    28 february 2018 15:50:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Figures from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) have said that across sub-Saharan Africa, one in every three children, adolescents and youth are out of school - with girls more likely to be excluded than boys. Full text...

  • Gambian teachers, gov’t reach deal to end strike
    12 february 2018 10:32:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The standoff between the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) and teachers in the Gambia that led to teachers embarking on a strike one week ago has ended, according to a joint statement obtained by PANA in Banjul on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Education ministry urges teachers to abandon strike
    08 february 2018 12:05:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has asked the nation’s striking teachers to abandon their action and return to school. Full text...

  • Gambian teachers on strike over pay
    06 february 2018 14:54:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian teachers on Monday embarked on industrial action over "poor pay and lack of better incentives", the group’s spokesperson confirmed to PANA Tuesday in Banjul. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief lauds pledges for education
    03 february 2018 13:03:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Director-General Audrey Azoulay, has commended the pledges announced by over 60 countries at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference in Dakar, Senegal, co-chaired by France and Senegal, and of which UNESCO is a partner. Full text...

  • Millions of Children Denied Free Secondary Education
    01 february 2018 06:52:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The slow growth of free secondary education for all is jeopardizing the futures of millions of children globally, Human Rights Watch has said, in advance of the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) 2018 Replenishment Conference which opens in Dakar, Senegal, on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO advocates for 'Quality Education for All in Africa'
    20 january 2018 08:24:10
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, has advocated for education as a priority investment for sustainable development in Africa. Full text...

  • President Barrow urges university graduates to commit to human rights
    16 january 2018 15:26:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow, conferred with the Doctor of Laws and Human Rights (Honoris Causa) degree on Monday by the University of The Gambia, says, while he will not like to be addressed as Dr. Barrow, the honour is a challenge to him, his government and Gambians to maintain and keep improving on "our human rights as a country”. Full text...

  • Youth League of Botswana's opposition party asks education minister to resign
    16 january 2018 11:05:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Youth League of the opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCL) is demanding the resignation of the minister of Basic Education, Dr. Unity Dow, because of "gross incompetence". Full text...

  • UN urges comprehensive approach to sexuality education
    10 january 2018 19:08:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - Close to 10 years after its first edition, a fully updated International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education published on Wednesday by UNESCO advocates quality comprehensive sexuality education to promote health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality, and empowers children and young people to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. Full text...

  • South African scholars flying high
    03 january 2018 06:39:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Pupils attending private schools in South Africa have recorded their highest ever results. Full text...

  • Young students getting better at reading, finds international study
    05 december 2017 21:35:15
    Paris, France (PANA) – Reading literacy levels are on the rise across the globe, giving young students a set of strong skills to serve them in their futures as well as contributing to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular those related to inclusive and quality education. Full text...

  • UNESCO calls for synergy in education management
    24 october 2017 19:52:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has warned governments against blaming teachers for poor performance of students in examinations, saying quality education is a result of complex processes. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Civil society group alerts gov't on discriminatory education law for pregnant girls
    09 october 2017 12:50:55
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Child-based civil society group, Defence for Children International (DCI), has called on the Sierra Leonean government to engage in a serious discussion on allowing pregnant girls to attend school. Full text...

  • Togo: West African ministers support proposed education fund
    05 october 2017 18:33:17
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – West African ministers of education have agreed to support the proposed African Education Fund and an enhanced quality assurance system, a regional education organisation said. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to experience shortage of 19,000 teachers for the 2017-2018 school year
    03 october 2017 13:39:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Minister of primary and secondary education, in charge of literacy, Anatole Collinet Makosso, said on Tuesday that the country will experience a deficit of almost 19,000 teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. Full text...

  • US: Global ‘learning crisis’ threatens future of millions young students – World Bank
    27 september 2017 05:49:57
    Washington, US (PANA) – Schooling without learning is a terrible waste of precious resources and of human potential, the World Bank said on Tuesday, warning in a new report that millions of young students in low- and middle-income countries face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to educate them to succeed. Full text...

  • France: More than half of children and youth worldwide 'not learning' – UNESCO
    21 september 2017 19:12:08
    Paris, France (PANA) – About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signalling “a learning crisis” that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows. Full text...

  • US: World leaders gathered at UN commit to boosting investment in education
    20 september 2017 22:31:41
    New York, US (PANA) – World leaders on Wednesday pledged to tackle the education crisis that is holding back millions of children and threatening economic development, at a high-level event at United Nations Headquarters in New York aimed at securing finance for this critical goal. Full text...

  • US: Conflict keeps 27 million children out of school, with girls at high risk of abuse – UN report
    19 september 2017 05:58:40
    New York, US (PANA) – Some 27 million children are out of school due to conflict, with girls facing a heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence, the United Nations said in a report released on Monday in New York, calling on States and international organizations to integrate all uprooted children into the education system where they live. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to endorse Kigali Initiative on tertiary education
    18 september 2017 07:55:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will endorse the Kigali Initiative to mobilise African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education in line with Government’s vision to transform the island into an Education Hub and a Centre of Excellence for Higher Education. Full text...

  • DRC: 'Children’s access to education under threat from violence in Kasai region'
    16 september 2017 07:23:56
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – A large campaign to get 150,000 primary school-aged children back to the classroom has kicked off in the volatile Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following months of clashes between militias and security forces. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana president launches free secondary school programme
    12 september 2017 12:23:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday launched his government's flagship free second cycle education programme in Accra with the pledge that it will not compromise on the quality of education. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Millions of children miss school because of war and drought in East Africa'
    08 september 2017 08:26:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While students around the world go back to school, millions of children who fled conflict and drought in East Africa have no classes to attend, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has said. Full text...

  • Libya: Italian companies to build prefabricated classrooms in Libya
    21 july 2017 06:18:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Senior officials of the Libyan Educational Facilities Authority (EFA) and representatives of a consortium of Italian companies have ended a meeting in Tripoli, agreeing to cooperate in implementing some urgent educational projects. Full text...

  • Angola: Study wants reforms in Angola's education system
    15 july 2017 05:57:31
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A report on the role of the private sector in higher education and research has called attention to the need to prioritise the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the secondary school level in Angola. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO moves to protect the right to education for refugees
    12 july 2017 11:26:33
    Paris, France (PANA) - A new UNESCO working paper designed to provide an overview of the international legal framework protecting the right to education of refugees worldwide has been unveiled by the UN education agency. Full text...

  • France: Education critical in preventing adolescent pregnancy - UNESCO
    11 july 2017 06:40:44
    Paris, France (PANA) – Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to have an early and unintended pregnancy, the United Nations education agency said on Monday, launching a new technical paper with recommendations for the education sector. Full text...

  • China: Int'l Forum on ICT, Education 2030 opens in China
    10 july 2017 05:15:42
    Qingdao, China (PANA) - UNESCO, in collaboration with the Chinese government, is organizing a 2-day international forum on ICT and Education 2030, designed to deepen North-South knowledge exchange, facilitate the design of cooperation strategies, and outline action plans to scale up the digital innovations and capitalize on best practices that accelerate progress towards Education 2030. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU supports Gambians' access to justice and legal education
    05 july 2017 16:23:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government on Wednesday launched a European Union funded project aiming to contribute to better democratic and economic governance through improved access to justice and legal education. Full text...

  • US: UNESCO seeking to make quality education for all a reality
    29 june 2017 08:14:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The Steering Committee of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)-Education 2030 begins a two-day meeting in New York, US., seeking to provide a forum to coordinate global education efforts and guide action at country levels. Full text...

  • US: UN event stresses ‘inclusive, equitable, quality education’
    29 june 2017 05:22:31
    New York (US) – Education leaders from around the world convened on Wednesday at the United Nations to discuss ways to advance action on Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.” Full text...

  • 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...

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