Society - Education
  • 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...

  • 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...

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