Society - Education
  • '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...

  • 80% of candidates fail English in high school final exam in Nigeria
    31 march 2011 09:50:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 80 per cent of the candidates who sat for the 2010 Nov/Dec Nigeria's National Examination Council (NECO), the Nigeria-specific final exam for high school students, failed English language, according to the NECO Registrar Promise Okpala. Full text...

  • Court stops 'Varsity from firing errant lecturers
    31 march 2011 08:33:12
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The High Court in the eastern city of Zomba, in a rare late-night session, on Wednesday stopped the University Council of the University of Malawi from sacking three lecturers. Full text...

  • ADEA holds education workshop in Tunis
    30 march 2011 18:05:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Agency for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) on Wednesday began the second of its two "methodological workshops", which are in preparation for the Triennial on Education and Training in Africa to be held from 27 November to 2 December in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Angola to hire Vietnamese teachers
    30 march 2011 10:56:06
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan Ministry of Education intends to hire Vietnamese teachers for the country's high schools to fill the gap in the technical and professional field. Full text...

  • SA university cuts ties with Israeli partner
    24 march 2011 10:20:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The University of Johannesburg Wednesday severed all ties with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, saying there was "significant evidence that it has research and other engagements that support the military and armed forces of Israel, particularly in its occupation of Gaza". Full text...

  • Guinea to have free primary education next year
    01 march 2011 21:07:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Guinean minister of pre-university education and civic education on Tuesday reiterated the commitment of the government to make primary education free in the country. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for more investment in education
    01 march 2011 16:22:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for more investment and the commitment of resources to improve the quality of education worldwide Full text...

  • Regional workshop on education communicators opens
    15 february 2011 22:16:40
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - A regional workshop on communication for education began on Tuesday in Cotonou for journalists and communication officers of ministries and agencies. Full text...

  • 300 Angola students studying in Algeria
    09 february 2011 17:12:12
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - No fewer than 300 Angolan students are in Algeria, attending higher education courses in petrochemical, petroleum, business administration, medicine and economy, as part of the students exchange agreement between both countries. Full text...

  • Pearson Education extends services to Gambia
    04 february 2011 17:26:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Pearson Education, the world's leading educational publisher, offering books and online resources for students of all ages from early learning, has extend its services to The Gambia, PANA reports from here Friday. Full text...

  • 26 science teachers graduate from African Virtual University e-learning programme in Dakar
    03 february 2011 15:15:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Twenty-six skilled science teachers, specializing in physics, chemistry, life and earth sciences, and mathematics, received their degrees Wednesday in Dakar at the end of a pilot phase of the e-learning programme, initiated by the African Virtual University (AVU), an official of the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD) said in a statement. Full text...

  • China grants Comoros 250 million Comorian francs for basic education
    22 january 2011 19:17:40
    Moroni, Comoros (PANA) - China and Comoros have signed an agreement for 508,163 euros, or 250 million Comorian francs, to support basic education through the construction of schools, PANA learnt from official sources in Moroni, the capital city of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President denies breaking own govt's directive
    19 january 2011 20:54:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian presidency Wednesday denied a local media report that President Goodluck Jonathan's Full text...

  • Anger as President Jonathan's kids return to school despite closure
    19 january 2011 10:00:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The revelation that two children of Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan are in school in the capital city of Abuja, despite the government's closure of public and private schools because of the ongoing voters' registration, has angered many parents, the private Punch newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO invites students to global Chemistry experiment
    18 january 2011 16:45:49
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO, in partnership with the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), has invited Primary and secondary school students to participate in an attempt to break the record for the biggest scientific experiment ever conducted, as part of the celebration of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) in 2011. Full text...

  • UN finances school nutrition programme in Cape Verde
    13 january 2011 17:28:28
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The UN System in Cape Verde will grant US$ 5,611,000 by 2014 to Praia in support of school feeding programme in the archipelago, PANA learnt in Praia from the UN agency. Full text...

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