Society - Education
  • African ministers create body to monitor recommendations
    06 december 2002 19:34:00
    Dar es-Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- African education ministers have created an Education For All (EFA) regional monitoring mechanism whose role will be to assess the implementation of regulations adopted during their just-ended 8th conference in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • African Academy of Languages soon to be operational
    06 december 2002 17:23:00
    Dar Es-Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) is expected to go operational after the next meeting of Education and Culture Ministers that is to validate the conclusions of an experts session held earlier last February in Addis Ababa, inside sources affirmed on Thursday. Full text...

  • AU official says OAU did little on education
    06 december 2002 13:56:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Apart from the establishment of the Education Decade 1997-2006, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which transformed into the African Union (AU) did very little to develop education, Marcel Diouf, head of AU's Education and Culture Department, has charged. Full text...

  • World Bank warns of growing knowledge gap between nations
    04 december 2002 16:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The World Bank warned Wednesday in a new report that developing countries are at risk of being marginalised in a highly competitive world economy unless they bridge a growing proverbial "education divide" between themselves and richer countries. Full text...

  • African ministers debate use of mother tongues in schools
    04 december 2002 16:16:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- African ministers at the eighth conference of Ministers of Education of African members States (MINEDAF VIII) on Wednesday began debating the pros and cons of using 'mother tongues' in schools. Full text...

  • Gambian Minister causes stir at regional education conference
    04 december 2002 11:51:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Gambian minister Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta raised eyebrows here Wednesday when she suggested that confabs such as the ongoing conference of Ministers of Education of African Member States (MINEDAF VIII) be virtualised to avoid wasteful spending. Full text...

  • Commonwealth official advocates distance learning
    04 december 2002 09:43:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Distance learning could help alleviate problems of teacher shortage and access to education in Africa, an official of the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) has suggested at the conference of African Education ministers underway here. Full text...

  • Solidarity is not charity, rich countries told
    03 december 2002 19:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Industrialised countries should realise that they cannot keep themselves safe from the adverse effects of poverty and disease in developing countries, a delegate to the African education ministers' conference underway here warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNICEF unveils new initiative to improve girls' education
    03 december 2002 19:23:00
    Dar es-Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) unveiled here Tuesday a major initiative aimed at promoting the schooling of girls in 25 priority countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. Full text...

  • UNICEF to pick up pace on girls' education in 25 countries
    03 december 2002 18:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNICEF Tuesday announced a major initiative to get girls into school in 25 priority countries, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Full text...

  • Mkapa urges Education for All in Africa
    03 december 2002 17:06:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa launched an appeal in Dar es Salaam Tuesday, in support of Education for All in Africa by 2015, through the development of basic infrastructure with increased support from the international community. Full text...

  • 50 percent of African children lack access to primary education
    03 december 2002 13:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Primary education is accessible to only half of the population school-aged children and one in two pupils fail to complete primary education, according to a report tabled at the 8th conference of Education Ministers of African Member States (MINEDAF) underway in Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Challenges facing African Education Ministers at MINEDAF VIII
    03 december 2002 11:03:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- African Education ministers meeting in Dar es Salaam look optimistic about mobilising resources towards education for all by the year 2015 and coming up with policies in line with the international plan of action of the UN Literacy Decade running 2003-2013. Full text...

  • 8th MINEDAF opens in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    03 december 2002 10:03:00
    Dar Es-Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The 8th conference of Education Ministers of African Member States (MINEDAF) has officially opened in Dar Es-Salaam, Tanzania focusing on challenges facing education in Africa. Full text...

  • AIDS used as weapon in African conflicts
    02 december 2002 22:03:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS will exact a more devastating toll on people in conflict areas in Africa where warring parties count the virus among their weapons, the continent's education ministers meeting here were told Monday. Full text...

  • Senegalese MP cites AIDS as an obstacle to development
    02 december 2002 21:44:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS has not only become a public health problem in Africa, but is increasingly turning into a serious obstacle to the continent's development, a Senegalese MP Mame Bousso Samb Diack said here Monday. Full text...

  • FAPED to benefit from UNESCO support
    02 december 2002 19:53:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- UNESCO will help the newly launched Forum of African Parliamentarians for Education (FAPED) jump-start its programmes, which are aimed at mobilizing resources for attaining the goal of education for all in Africa by 2015. Full text...

  • Piot challenges African parliamentarians on HIV/AIDS
    02 december 2002 17:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Peter Piot, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Monday urged African MPs to break the silence on AIDS and fight against the exclusion of patients. Full text...

  • African MPs set up bureau on education
    02 december 2002 14:05:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- MPs from 48 African countries meeting in Dar es Salaam have set up an office to coordinate the Forum of African Parliamentarians for Education (FAPED) that was constituted earlier Friday. Full text...

  • Ensure education for all, says South Africa
    02 december 2002 13:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- South Africa, which held the chairmanship of MINEDAF VII hosted in Durban in 1998, Monday handed over to Tanzania the presidency of the Conference of African Education Ministers (MINEDAF), urging Africans to go through a process of self-criticism and adopt a common stance to ensure Education For All on the continent. Full text...

  • Tanzania elected to chair MINEDAF VIII conference
    02 december 2002 11:22:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's Technology and Higher Education Minister Pius Y. Full text...

  • African MPs underline education as tool for fighting diseases
    01 december 2002 18:38:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- African legislators Sunday ended a five-day meeting here after adopting a resolution on the use of education as a weapon for fighting diseases on the continent. Full text...

  • MINEDAF assesses progress to universal education goal
    01 december 2002 17:28:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- There is need for mobilising more support if Africa is going to achieve universal education, UNESCO regional director for Southern Africa Claudia Harvey said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Debt relief enhances education sector in Africa
    01 december 2002 12:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The debt relief initiative started by the World Bank and IMF in 1996 has greatly enhanced the financing of Education for All (EFA) programmes in most African countries classified as Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs). Full text...

  • Canada supports education development in Burkina Faso
    30 november 2002 17:10:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Canada is to provide 20 million Canadian dollars for the development of education in Burkina Faso over the next four years, according to sources at the ongoing meeting of experts from both countries in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • African ministers meet over progress of education
    30 november 2002 15:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- African education ministers converge on Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 2 to 6 December to assess progress in the quest to bring quality education to all. Full text...

  • Budgetary constraints hamper university education in Africa
    30 november 2002 13:50:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A rapid increase in the number of students and low budget allocations constitute the two big evils of higher education in Africa. Full text...

  • UNESCO to sensitise Tanzanian journalists on education
    30 november 2002 10:53:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- On the eve of next week's 8th conference of African education ministers (MINEDAF VIII), the UNESCO Board for Education in Africa (BREDA) and the Programme for the Development of Communication and Education (COMED) have organised a seminar for Tanzanian journalists on the problems of education in Africa during the weekend. Full text...

  • Higher education evolution: official statistics
    29 november 2002 23:12:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The demand for higher education in the world has seen the number of students rise from 13 million in 1960 to 82 million in 1985, while 100 million students are expected to enrol in universities by 2025. Full text...

  • Big student body, budgets haunt African varsity education
    29 november 2002 22:18:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A rapid increase of the number of students and low budget allocations constitute the two big evils of higher education in Africa. Full text...

  • Africa's 2015 education for all deadline elusive
    28 november 2002 14:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Achieving education for all in Africa by the year 2015 may be a far-fetched ambition. Full text...

  • Weak policies undermine Uganda's anti-AIDS campaign in schools
    28 november 2002 13:12:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Glaring policy gaps and inability to enforce existing laws have bogged down efforts to fight the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Uganda's education sector. Full text...

  • Parliamentarians see need to revive education in Africa
    28 november 2002 08:41:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- African lawmakers gathered here to launch an ambitious network aimed at solving problems facing education in Africa, on Thursday expressed enthusiasm that their efforts would improve the standards of education on the continent. Full text...

  • Civil war stifles education in Angola
    24 november 2002 18:46:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- An official survey has shown that thousands of Angolan children have been denied access to education by the country's protracted civil war. Full text...

  • Schools to resume in rebel-held areas of Cote d'Ivoire
    22 november 2002 08:38:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nursery, primary and secondary schools in rebel-held areas of Côte d'Ivoire may resume classes for the current academic year 4 January 2003, according to Education Minister Michel Amana N'Gessan. Full text...

  • Church in Mauritius wants identity of own schools
    21 november 2002 22:24:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Catholic schools in Mauritius should maintain their identity, leaders of the church have bluntly told the government. Full text...

  • UNICEF appeals to Nigerian MPs to reconsider children's bill
    20 november 2002 12:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- UNICEF has renewed its appeal to Nigerian federal lawmakers to reconsider the Children's Bill they threw out recently. Full text...

  • African leaders converge to expand childhood education
    20 november 2002 11:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- African leaders, educationists and donors converged on Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Tuesday to expand and improve early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children on the continent. Full text...

  • UNESCO sets up chair in Nigeria's Open University
    20 november 2002 10:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UNESCO chair in Open and Distance Learning, established at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), was inaugurated in Abuja Tuesday night as part of efforts to improve the country's capacity to deliver open and distance learning programmes to students across the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria inaugurates model science school
    19 november 2002 10:36:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Monday inaugurated a 700,000 US dollar child-friendly primary school in Kuje, a satellite town of the country's federal capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Compaore attends education meeting in Abuja
    18 november 2002 12:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and his Nigerian counterpart, Olusegun Obasanjo, will co-chair the 2nd UNESCO high-level meeting on Education for All (EFA) in Abuja from 19 to 20 November, according to a Burkinabe presidency statement issued Monday. Full text...

  • Benin gets US education grant
    16 november 2002 18:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The US is providing Benin with a grant of 135 million CFA francs (about 205,000 dollars), to help finance some education projects, the US Embassy said in a statement. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa University launches six new departments
    16 november 2002 15:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA -- Ethiopia's Addis Ababa University Saturday said it had launched six new programmes in post-graduate studies, in addition to having plans to begin two PhD level programmes. ) Full text...

  • France donates textbooks to Cape Verdean schools
    14 november 2002 18:51:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The French Co-operation Mission in Cape Verde has donated 1,640 copies of a textbook to the Cape Verdean Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, to boost the teaching of French language in the country. Full text...

  • Education goals remain elusive in over 70 countries
    14 november 2002 14:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 83 countries are on track to achieve Education For All (EFA) by the deadline of 2015 set at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, two and a half years ago. Full text...

  • Mexican Academy wins 2002 UNESCO human rights education prize
    12 november 2002 20:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Mexico's "Academia Mexicana de Derechos Humanos" (AMDH), has won the 2002 UNESCO Human Rights Education prize. Full text...

  • The Netherlands supports Cape Verde's education
    11 november 2002 21:28:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The government of the Netherlands is to disburse some 54,500 Euro to support Cape Verde's education over the 2002-2005 period, official sources said in Praia Monday. Full text...

  • WFP institutes the ARGOS system in Cape Verde
    11 november 2002 20:37:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has initiated a programme in Cape Verde aimed at instituting a system on following up activities of school canteens via satellite, sources close to the agency have said in Praia. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire's crisis renders over 595,000 students idle
    08 november 2002 20:50:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Since school resumed in Cote d'Ivoire late September, some 595,000 students have not attended classes due to the political and military crisis in the country, academic sources reported Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Govt bans vernacular in Sierra Leonean schools
    05 november 2002 20:28:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Education and Technology Minister Alpha Tejan Wurie has announced a ban on the use of vernacular in Sierra Leonean schools. Full text...

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