Society - Education
  • Western Union unveils new football-based education initiative
    11 september 2012 14:27:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - Seventy-one million bright and hard-working students across the world are not enrolled in secondary or vocational education, the UN specialized agency UNESCO disclosed here Tuesday, saying "This is a tremendous loss of economic and human potential, since each extra year of school can increase an individual’s potential economic opportunity." Full text...

  • Nearly 10,000 Senegalese students studying in France
    10 september 2012 15:32:33
    Paris, France (PANA) – About 9,555 Senegalese students registered to study in France for the 2011-2012 academic year, an official of the International University Campus of Paris (CIUP), Ozlem Yildirim, told PANA here on Monday. Full text...

  • Morocco grants 100 scholarships to Malian students
    10 september 2012 15:26:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Morocco has granted Mali 100 scholarships, aimed at allowing Malian students pursue further studies in medicine, mathematics, economics, law and languages, PANA learnt on Monday from the Malian ministry of Education. Full text...

  • 'Over 2.6 million people are illiterate in Lagos'
    08 september 2012 20:10:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A senior government official in south West Lagos state has said that over 2.6 million people are illiterates in the state, saying the government had established different programmes in various local council areas to improve literacy level across the area. Full text...

  • Mali's new school year to start 24 Sept
    04 september 2012 16:47:37
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali's new school year for 2012–2013 will start 24 September for first timers, PANA learnt here Tuesday at the end of a meeting between the Minister of Education and Literacy, Adama Ouane, and Parents/Teachers association members. Full text...

  • Ivorian president announces establishment of three new universities
    03 september 2012 22:44:03
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara on Monday announced the creation of three new public universities from the 2014/2015 academic year. Full text...

  • Commonwealth Teachers’ Forum opens in Mauritius
    28 august 2012 15:13:19
    Bell-Village, Mauritius (PANA) - The Commonwealth Teachers’ Forum, organised in Mauritius alongside the 18th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM), opened Tuesday at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre at Bell-Village, near Port-Louis, the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • ADEA, AfDB launch Education Research in Africa Award
    17 august 2012 20:44:58
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the African Development Institute, the African Development Bank’s focal point for capacity building (AfDB/ADI) on Friday announced the launch of the Education Research in Africa Award (ERAA). Full text...

  • Libya, US discuss cooperation in Education
    26 july 2012 21:43:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Higher education and scientific research minister, Naim Al-Ghariani, on Thursday held talks in Tripoli with the ambassador of the US in Libya, Chris Stephen, on prospects of bilateral cooperation in the fields of education, scientific research and training. Full text...

  • Burkinabe president Compaoré urges African leaders to support education
    17 july 2012 21:54:15
    Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré has called on his peers to commit themselves to promotion of education in Africa. Full text...

  • Inadequate school, teaching resources challenge education in Sub-Saharan Africa
    01 june 2012 19:30:38
    Paris, France (PANA) - Overcrowded classrooms, too few trained teachers, insufficient books and few toilets, often without separation between boys and girls are some of the problems facing primary school students in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a statistical survey of school and teaching resources in the region by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Full text...

  • UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’, Women’s education comes under review
    22 may 2012 14:40:10
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, a UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, will join UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on Friday, 25 May, to review the achievements of UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education during its first year. Full text...

  • Food crisis forces 10% Niger children out of school
    16 may 2012 23:00:34
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – One child out of 10 no longer goes to school in the region of Tahoua, in Central Niger, as a result of a crippling food crisis, according to a survey of the National education service. Full text...

  • New retirement age for Nigerian professors
    15 may 2012 12:17:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Professors in Nigerian universities will now retire at the age of 70, instead of 65, after President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law a Bill for that purpose on Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi to increase duration of primary education by three years
    22 april 2012 19:19:40
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi is to increase the duration of primary education from six years to nine years under education reforms that go into force next academic year. Full text...

  • Africa's Education ministers meet in Abuja
    21 april 2012 08:53:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African ministers of Education, under the umbrella Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union (COMEDAF), will meet in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, for five days, starting Monday, the local Vanguard newspaper reported Saturday. Full text...

  • President Sall promises to save "troubled" Senegalese school system
    04 april 2012 14:41:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Fulfilling his pre-election promises on education, Senegalese President Macky Sall, on Tuesday urged education stakeholders in the country to join hands in saving the country's school system. Full text...

  • 74-year-old retired soldier to read law in Nigeria varsity
    04 april 2012 10:37:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A 74-year-old retired army Colonel, Layiwola Adegunju, was among the 5,000 students who were matriculated on Tuesday by the authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, South-west Nigeria, the university said in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria opposition calls declining educational standard 'national emergency'
    01 april 2012 13:59:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Alarmed at the results of Nigeria's national examinations held recently, the main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has described as a ''national emergency'' the declining standard of education in Africa's most populous nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria thanks Macedonia for schorlarships
    29 march 2012 13:08:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked the Republic of Macedonia for offering scholarships to train Nigerian youths in Macedonia. Full text...

  • Study shows Africa is facing poor quality education
    23 march 2012 19:38:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries have made progress in school enrolment, but struggle to get quality education, according to a paper on the continent’s economic and social situation for 2011, conducted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Commission of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • UNESCO launches World Atlas on Gender Equality in Education
    05 march 2012 14:28:55
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO is to launch a new atlas on gender and education, showing the disparity in the educational pathways for boys and girls, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Anti-riot police storm Nouakchott Islamic University, arrest protesting students
    23 february 2012 17:47:10
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Anti-riot police in Mauritania on Thursday invaded the premises of the Institute for Higher Islamic Studies and Research (ISERI) in Nouakchott, the capital, to quell student protests, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Global Partnership for Education to release US$1.3b over three years
    15 february 2012 20:48:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, (PANA) - The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) will release, over the next three years, US$1.3 billion, sources told PANA Wednesday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • ADEA meeting examines Arab Spring
    14 february 2012 20:21:58
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The five-day meeting of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) entered its second day in Ouagadougou on Tuesday with the plenary session devoted to lessons from recent political revolutions in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Full text...

  • Compaoré calls on Africa to invest in knowledge-based economies
    13 february 2012 21:49:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, on Monday opened the Triennial meeting of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in Ouagadougou with a call on Africa to give priority to knowledge-based economies. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to get five universities in five years - Ouattara
    13 february 2012 21:32:44
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The president of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, announced on Monday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, that five universities would be established in the next five years in his country. Full text...

  • Nigeria gives 152 students scholarships for foreign studies
    23 december 2011 10:23:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 152 students have bagged scholarships to study abroad under the Nigerian government's Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Scholarship Scheme. Full text...

  • Nigeria universities short of 30,000 teachers, says ASUU
    18 december 2011 09:35:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (ASUU), Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, has decried what he called "the insincerity of government" to revamp the education sector, according to local media reports on Sunday. Full text...

  • AU launches Pan African University
    15 december 2011 11:49:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Pan African University has been officially launched at a ceremony held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union (AU) said in a statement Thursday. Full text...

  • South African scholars shine in Ghana
    09 november 2011 06:29:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Ten high school pupils from the Meadowlands Secondary school have returned home to South Africa after attending the second annual Junior Achievement (JA) Africa Region Company of the Year (COY) Competition in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • UNESCO tasks South Sudan on educational development
    30 october 2011 08:14:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Saturday urged South Sudan to dedicate resources to address shortfalls in its educational sector. Full text...

  • Sub-Saharan Africa struggles to meet demand for secondary education, says UNESCO
    25 october 2011 17:42:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new UN report has said that the global demand for secondary education has risen exponentially, with governments, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, having a hard time keeping up and many children being left out. Full text...

  • Kikwete urges private sector participation in higher education programmes
    20 october 2011 14:40:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has called on the private sector to team up with his government in exploring innovative ways of advancing implementation of its newly-unveiled higher education programme. Full text...

  • African youth, meeting in Rabat, discuss Educational development in Africa
    19 october 2011 16:53:56
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Nearly 50 young people drawn from 22 African countries and the Diaspora began a meeting here Wednesday, discussing the development of education in Africa. Full text...

  • Only 2 African universities among top 400 universities worldwide
    19 october 2011 14:54:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Only two universities, both of them in South Africa, were ranked among the top 400 universities in the world, according to the latest U.S. News' World's Best Universities rankings released Wednesday and obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • Nigeria to change system of education
    19 october 2011 13:37:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Following the recommendation of the Presidential Task Force on Education, the Nigerian Government Tuesday unfolded plans to change from the existing 6-3-3-4 education system to the 1-6-3-3-4 system, the local Nation newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'African school children fed on wrong literature'
    04 october 2011 17:38:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African book publishers Tuesday launched an appeal to protect school children from relying on literature that is less suitable for their learning. Full text...

  • Experts meet in Nairobi to uplift "demonised" local Africa languages
    03 october 2011 14:08:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African experts have kicked off an international meeting here to promote the use of African languages in school curricula amid complaints that governments were responsible for "demonising" the local languages and making its use largely unattractive to book publishers. Full text...

  • ADEA advocates book industry for African education system
    02 october 2011 12:25:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - African authors, publishers, printers, booksellers (distributors) and representatives of libraries and book development councils are scheduled to attend a seminar on books and educational materials Monday in Nairobi, Kenya, organized by Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). Full text...

  • ICQN conference ends in Abidjan
    22 september 2011 11:33:23
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The second conference of the Inter-Country Quality Node (ICQN), organized by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), ended Wednesday night in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan. Full text...

  • Africa to establish effective education systems
    21 september 2011 17:50:17
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - At the 2012 TriennIal, to be organized by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in Burkina Faso in February, African nations will commit to designing and building effective and relevant training and education systems, the Triennial head said. Full text...

  • Darfur lawyers take English language course from peacekeeping mission
    18 september 2011 18:17:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Africa's peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region has started offering local lawyers lectures in English language to help enhance their educational standards and improve performances, the African Union-United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) said in a press statement Sunday. Full text...

  • ADEA conference scheduled for Abidjan to discuss skill development
    18 september 2011 11:38:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The second conference of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) Inter-Country Quality Node (ICQN) opens Monday in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, featuring experts on the development of technical and professional skills (DCTP) in Africa. Full text...

  • Teachers' protest may delay start of new school year in Egypt
    15 september 2011 10:36:13
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Continued wage protest by thousands of Egyptian public school teachers may delay the opening of the new school year on 17 Sept. Full text...

  • Over 6 million Moroccan pupils return to school Thursday
    14 september 2011 12:06:23
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Over six million Moroccan pupils will return to school on Thursday for the start of the 2011-2012 school year, the country’s Ministry of Education announced. Full text...

  • AU Commission seeks support to make African history compulsory in schools
    09 september 2011 19:03:08
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The African Union Commission has said it will request African Ministers of Education, when they meet in March 2011, to recommend to their heads of state and government to make the teaching of African History compulsory. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe commits to support introduction of General History of Africa
    08 september 2011 20:35:58
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwean government has committed itself to support the Pedagogical Use of the General History of Africa project scheduled to be introduced in African schools. Full text...

  • Guinea Education Fair opens
    05 september 2011 21:11:25
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The Guinean Prime Minister, Mohamed Saïd Fofana, on Monday opened the three-day Education Fair in Conkry with the pledge that the government would reform the education system to make it more competitive. Full text...

  • 12 Malian high school diploma holders for further studies in France
    05 september 2011 16:49:53
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Twelve Malian holders of high school diploma and winners of the grants offered by the French Cooperation departed Bamako Sunday for France for further studies in France, official sources told PANA here Monday. Full text...

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