Society - Education
  • 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...

  • Guinea education fair opens on Monday
    03 september 2011 12:35:04
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Guinean president Alpha Condé will on Monday open the First Education Fair aimed restructuring the education system in the West African country. Full text...

  • Japan donates 4 billion FCFA for Benin teacher training college
    17 august 2011 21:59:12
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Japan has granted Benin 4 billion FCFA to support a teacher training college in the northwest of the West African state, official sources said in Cotonou in Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Poorest countries spend more on arms than on basic education'
    07 august 2011 16:26:22
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The poorest countries in the world spend significantly more on arms than on basic education of their citizens, according to the 2011 Global monitoring report on Education for All (EFA). Full text...

  • 'Peace education alone won't prevent conflicts in Africa'
    05 august 2011 05:26:44
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Peace education alone will not prevent or resolve conflicts and other forms of violence in Africa, unless combined with a firm determination at the political level to tackle the main causes which are essentially economic, according to conclusions reached at the Full text...

  • Armed conflicts keep 40% of African children out of school
    04 august 2011 17:57:59
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Lingering armed conflicts have kept 40 per cent of African children out of school, according to a global report released recently in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Kenya's peace education programme 'model' for Africa
    03 august 2011 09:50:04
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Kenya’s experience in implementing a “peace education” programme was held up as a model for other African countries at the just-concluded Round Table on the issue by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Grim statistics from African conflicts highlight role of education for peace
    03 august 2011 09:25:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Grim statistics from the last 10 years of conflicts in Africa have highlighted the role that education can play in ensuring peace across the continent. Full text...

  • Togo publishes baccalaureate results
    23 july 2011 18:04:14
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo on Saturday published the results of the baccalaureate, an academic qualification in the French system, which saw a pass rate of 43.79 per cent. Full text...

  • 18,695 candidates write pre-university examinations in Niger (Corrected)
    21 july 2011 18:31:09
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Some 18,695 candidates Thursday sat for the baccalaureate examinations in Niger, according to official sources here. Full text...

  • University of Lome students protest against leader's expulsion
    01 july 2011 19:53:12
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Students of the University of Lome staged a violent demonstration on Friday to press for the reinstatement of the president of the Movement for Togolese Students' Survival (MEET), Séibou Adou, who was expelled last week for leading protest actions on the campus. Full text...

  • 11 foreign military officers graduate from Nigeria's Senior Staff College
    01 july 2011 16:22:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Eleven foreign military personnel from seven African countries Friday graduated from the Senior Course 33 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, in Northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • '78% Angolan children attend school'
    23 june 2011 16:33:52
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola's Education Minister Pinda Simão, said Wednesday in Luanda, that the percentage of school-age children who are really within the official education system was 77.2 per cent. Full text...

  • 73,000 candidates sit for university entrance exam in Benin
    20 june 2011 14:50:24
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - About 73,310 candidates Monday sat for the 2011 university admission examination in 98 centres across Benin, the admission office said here. Full text...

  • Japan grants Congo US$ 6.6m for education
    20 june 2011 14:14:41
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Japanese government Monday donated US$ 6.6 million to Congo, through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), for a project aimed at promoting an enabling environment for children's education. Full text...

  • UNESCO DG salutes launch of US$ 360 million fund for education in Haiti
    14 june 2011 14:49:01
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova has welcomed the launch of the National Fund for Education (FNE) by the recently-elected president of Haiti, Michel Martelly. Full text...

  • Guinea education stakeholders want more funding
    10 june 2011 18:46:29
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Rising from a three-day workshop on reform of technical and vocational education here, officials of the education sector in Guinea on Friday called for an increase, by 25 percent, of the budget allocated to education in the country. Full text...

  • Lecturers unimpressed as Mutharika orders university to reopen
    06 june 2011 13:57:15
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Lecturers at two colleges of the University of Malawi, closed for three months now over concerns of interference in their academic freedom, have expressed disappointment at President Bingu wa Mutharika's 'half-hearted' assurances of academic freedom, a key demand in the 110-day old stand-off. Full text...

  • Malawi President assures lecturers, students of academic freedom
    04 june 2011 20:24:46
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika Saturday said he will "soon" make a statement assuring students and lecturers of the University of Malawi of their academic freedom, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • China to finance construction of schools in Burundi
    03 june 2011 21:44:07
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  • Malawi president offers to meet lecturers over academic freedom wrangle
    01 june 2011 19:49:20
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has said there should be a round-table discussion involving concerned parties in the current academic freedom wrangle between authorities and university lecturers. Full text...

  • Angolan university students on study visit to UN headquarters
    26 may 2011 15:15:19
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A group of seventy persons, including students and teachers from Angola’s private Lusiada University (ULA), is due in New York, US, Thursday to begin a visit to the UN headquarters. Full text...

  • Jonathan pledges to raise standard of education in Nigeria
    18 may 2011 17:41:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Saying that improvement in the education sector was central to his Administration’s Agenda for National Transformation, President Goodluck Jonathan declared Wednesday that the recommendations of the Presidential Task Team on Education would be diligently implemented to significantly raise the standards of education in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mali officially launches textbook repair programme
    16 may 2011 17:04:29
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - After a pilot programme in the region of Kayes in Western Mali from 2006 to 2008, Bamako officially launched its school textbook repair project, in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), official sources in told PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Japan to help Senegal improve science and technology teaching
    12 may 2011 22:40:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A Japanese preparatory mission for a project to improve mathematics, science and technology teaching is expected on Sunday in Dakar, a statement from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) made available to PANA on Thursday said. Full text...

  • School meals raise pupil enrolment, reduce dropout rate in Tanzania
    06 may 2011 10:40:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Fighting against hunger and under-nutrition in Tanzania’s drought-prone regions should be addressed as a collective societal responsibility so that no child would go to school hungry or die of malnourishment, UN Resident Coordinator Alberic Kacou said here at the launch of ‘Walk the World 2011’ campaign to raise public awareness about the fight against hunger. Full text...

  • France grants Mauritania 6.7m euros for education
    05 may 2011 13:30:53
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - France will make available to Mauritania 6.7 million euros to support the second phase of the National Programme for the Development of the Education System (NPDES), under an agreement signed by the two countries Wednesday in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Kinshasa university clash claims one life
    26 april 2011 22:14:53
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – One person died and three others were injured in clashes that broke out on Tuesday at Kinshasa University (UNIKIN) following a students’ protest against the increase in examination registration fees. Full text...

  • DRC govt. to provide cars to university teachers
    24 april 2011 19:50:37
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A first batch of 500 vehicles will be distributed from 25 April to 1 May to university teachers of DR of Congo (DRC), the Minister of Higher Education and University, Leonard Mashako Mamba said. Full text...

  • University of Nouakchott suspends lectures
    24 april 2011 15:41:22
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Rector of the University of Nouakchott, Mauritania, has decided to suspend classes until 2 May, following clashes on Wednesday and Thursday between members of two students' organizations, authoritative sources told PANA here Sunday. Full text...

  • Group says obeying ECOWAS right to education judgment will end poll violence
    24 april 2011 10:48:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has been urged to use his “good offices and leadership to ensure full compliance with the judgment by the ECOWAS Court of Justice on the right of the country's children to free, quality and compulsory basic education, as the most effective way to address the root causes of the post election violence and killings.” Full text...

  • Niger to introduce Internet in schools
    20 april 2011 15:50:38
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's Ministry of Communication and New Technology Wednesday set up a committee charged with installing high-debit Internet in the schools across the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt orders closure of universities in Abidjan
    20 april 2011 09:43:39
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government has ordered the indefinite closure, with effect from Thursday, of the two universities in the country's economic capital, Abidjan, for "clean up and rehabilitation". Full text...

  • African leaders urged to honour 20% budget pledge to education
    15 april 2011 22:14:38
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – West African journalists specialising in education on Friday asked African leaders to honour their pledge to allocate 20% of their budget to education. Full text...

  • Seminar on African, European University partnership holds in Togo
    15 april 2011 10:02:22
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - A one-day seminar on African and European University Partnership was being held in Lome, Togo, Friday. Full text...

  • Africa needs 4 million teachers to meet EFA, MDG goals
    14 april 2011 10:57:25
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Africa needs between 2.4 and 4 million qualified teachers to meet the goal of Education For All (EFA) as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, hence the need for continuous teacher development across the country, experts have said. Full text...

  • Niger university lecturers may not supervise degree examinations if.....
    06 april 2011 11:39:50
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The National Union of Teachers and Researchers in Higher Education (SNECS) in Niger has threatened to boycott the supervision of the upcoming bachelors degree examinations if the government continues to entrust the organization to an institution outside the university system. Full text...

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