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  • Ghana's girl-child and the education struggle
    04 september 2001 21:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Fifteen years ago Dorothy and John started elementary education in a village in Ghana's Eastern Region but, today, Dorothy who could not make it beyond junior secondary school is expecting her second child while John is in the University. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Teachers' Union issues strike threat
    04 september 2001 21:11:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- The Sierra Leone Teachers' Union (SLTU), has given the government until Wednesday to pay its members their salary arrears or risk an industrial action. Full text...

  • Magistrates in Burundi go on strike
    04 september 2001 19:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Magistrates in Burundi are on a four-day strike to press for payment of salary arrears and improvement of working conditions, sources in Bujumbura said. Full text...

  • Strike paralyses Malawi railway services
    04 september 2001 15:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A nation-wide strike has paralysed locl and international rail services in Malawi with its workers demanding higher pay rise. Full text...

  • Commercial sex workers want to change for the better
    03 september 2001 22:48:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian prostitutes, seemingly on a dead end road, are shattering the stereotype of the silent victim. Full text...

  • Diamond exporting company donates drugs to Kono
    03 september 2001 15:58:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A licensed diamond exporting company in Sierra Leone, Stanton Mineral Resources, has donated drugs, medical equipment and used clothing worth three million US dollars to the population in the diamond-rich district of Kono. Full text...

  • Report details growing incidents of torture in Kenya
    02 september 2001 12:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Patrick Kamau, a 34-year old Kenyan was arrested during a police swoop on 14 June 2000 at his home and taken to a police station at about 1700 (1400 GMT) by two Administration Police (AP) attached to a chief's camp. Full text...

  • Trade unions press on meeting over wages
    01 september 2001 12:58:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Four trade unions in Cape Verde have asked Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves to call an extraordinary meeting of the Social Consultation Council (CCS) to discuss the issue of raising wages. Full text...

  • Ghana Launches Road Safety Strategy
    31 august 2001 21:44:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's National Road Safety Commission has launched a strategy that seeks to reduce accidents by 20 percent by 2010. Full text...

  • Govt announces housing scheme for low-income citizens
    31 august 2001 21:19:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government will spend about 110 billion meticais (five million US dollars) on a housing programme for low income families. Full text...

  • Elf-Bissau workers on strike for higher pay
    30 august 2001 22:50:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A five-day strike by Elf-Bissau workers entered its second day Thursday to press for higher wages. Full text...

  • Rats munch bodies in hospital ward
    30 august 2001 17:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Marauding rats Thursday threw authorities at a hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe in hot soup with two families after they sneaked into a ward where two patients had died overnight and munched huge chunks of flesh from the bodies before the remains were moved to the mortuary. Full text...

  • Botswana University Students Boycott Classes
    29 august 2001 23:07:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Students of the University of Botswana started an indefinite boycott of classes Wednesday to express dissatisfaction with the way their grievances were being addressed by the administration. Full text...

  • Govt. shuts satellite campuses for good
    29 august 2001 17:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The hopes of thousands of Nigerians seeking university education through satellite campuses scattered across the country were finally dashed Wednesday, as the government announced the closure of all such centres. Full text...

  • Road accidents rising in Ethiopia
    29 august 2001 16:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The high rate of road accidents in Ethiopia may force insurance Companies to hike their premiums, industry sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Iridium Satellite in deal with South African company
    29 august 2001 10:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Iridium Satellite, the only provider of global, mobile satellite voice and data solutions, has signed a service partner agreement with South Africa's satellite communications solutions provider, Global Plus. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela Children's Fund in hi-tech centre launch
    29 august 2001 09:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A computerised community centre established by the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) in partnership with the local community, has been opened in Alexandra on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Teachers, Parents and Politicians Blamed for School Chaos
    28 august 2001 20:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- While politicians and education administrators suggest that caning be restored to bring back sanity in restive Kenyan schools, pupils are pointing accusing fingers at those who care for them. Full text...

  • Impact Of HIV/AIDS On Education In Africa
    28 august 2001 19:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The ravages of HIV/AIDS in schools took centre stage as the conference on education in Africa got underway in Nairobi Tuesday, with many participants highlighting the pervasive impact of the disease on education. Full text...

  • Conference opens on education in Africa
    28 august 2001 17:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A three-day conference on how to strengthen education in Africa rolled off in Nairobi Tuesday focusing on the management of teachers and support programmes. Full text...

  • Domestic violence linked to alcohol abuse on the rise
    28 august 2001 16:04:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian women's rights and development of the child minister Arianne Navarre-Marie said Tuesday alcohol abuse was the second cause of domestic violence in the family. Full text...

  • Nairobi University offers Master's programme in Communication
    27 august 2001 17:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The University of Nairobi has announced the introduction of an MA programme in communication studies with effect from October this year. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts regional education conference
    27 august 2001 17:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Specialists and stakeholders have converged in Nairobi for a three-day key conference on the state of education in Africa, which opens Tuesday in the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe order schools to drop colonial names
    27 august 2001 12:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government, locked in a bitter diplomatic fall-out with former colonial master Britain, Monday ordered schools with colonial names to change them to local ones. Full text...

  • Motor industry strike called off after agreement
    26 august 2001 17:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African motor industry workers have called off their three-week strike after they reached an agreement with their employers on wage hikes. Full text...

  • Tanzania conducts pilot census
    26 august 2001 11:06:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Readying for a nationwide count of the population in 2002, the Tanzania government Sunday conducted a pilot census in selected areas to determine the level of its preparedness for the exercise. Full text...

  • Guinea to adopt anti-corruption plan
    24 august 2001 22:23:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea this week appeared set to step up its fight against corruption following a workshop in Conakry organised by the country's anti-corruption committee. Full text...

  • Namibia launches census next week
    23 august 2001 20:18:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Some 5,000 enumerators - secondary school students, teachers and census officials - have been deployed in the country's 13 regions to conduct independent Namibia's second national census. Full text...

  • WFP sends out SOS for hunger-stricken Somalia
    22 august 2001 17:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Food Programme Wednesday renewed an appeal for 20,000 metric tonnes of food assistance to save more than half a million people in Somalia threatened by famine due to protracted drought in that country. Full text...

  • 26,000 tonnes of food for famine victims
    21 august 2001 23:27:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Niger government as at 31 July received up to 26,000 tonnes of food, including 25,211 tonnes of millet, sorghum and corn in response to an appeal for assistance to victims of famine. Full text...

  • Catholic Church to help improve hygiene in prisons
    21 august 2001 12:43:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's "Santo Egidio" Catholic community is providing some 2,000 prisoners in three prisons in Maputo with basic food and health education courses in a bid to improve their living conditions. Full text...

  • About 10,000 houses to be built in northern Bujumbura
    21 august 2001 09:02:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian authorities have embarked on a pilot project to construct about 10,000 houses in northern Bujumbura's Kamenge residential area. Full text...

  • Mugabe appoints loyalist to top judicial post
    20 august 2001 19:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Monday appointed a Supreme Court judge widely seen as a loyalist to head the country's judiciary. Full text...

  • Prison wardens ask released criminals to return to jail
    20 august 2001 11:45:00
    Karoi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Prison authorities in the small farming town of Karoi in northern Zimbabwe Monday appealed to 16 hardcore criminals mistakenly released from jail in a general amnesty last week to come back and finish their sentences. Full text...

  • Air Afrique workers' union applauds Air France plan
    16 august 2001 14:07:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Air Afrique's employees and flight personnel union said it was satisfied with the decisions made by leaders of member states to adopt Air France's restructuring plan in which the social component is given priority, union sources in Brazzaville said Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa turns to Canada for development aid
    16 august 2001 10:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Education minister Kader Asmal Thursday signed the South African Teacher Development Project (SATDP) with the Canadian government in Pretoria. Full text...

  • Malian students, others quit Sudanese University
    13 august 2001 08:53:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Following campus unrest, some 28 Malian nationals among 114 West African students who abandoned studies at the Khartoum-based Africa International University were expected back home in Mali Sunday night, after receiving flight tickets from their home government. Full text...

  • Nigeria To Get National Policy On Children
    12 august 2001 16:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Child Rights Implementation Committee will meet in the northern city of Jos this week to fine-tune a draft national policy on children, sources close to the committee said. Full text...

  • Nine persons killed in jinxed bus accidents
    12 august 2001 12:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Nine persons were reported killed at the week-end in two separate accidents involving a notorious Kenyan commuter bus service, fuelling calls for the renewal of a ban slapped on the accident-prone company last April. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire moves towards health insurance for all
    11 august 2001 17:36:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government is working on a bill to prescribe universal health insurance for the entire population including foreign nationals, a release in Abidjan said Friday. Full text...

  • UN, Senegal satisfied with World Youth Forum
    11 august 2001 16:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN and Senegalese government officials Friday hailed the adoption of the 'Dakar Youth Empowerment Strategy' at the 4th World Youth Forum hosted this week by the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Police clear African refugees from UNHCR office
    09 august 2001 23:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger police have dispersed some 60 African refugees who were occupying the premises of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Niamey, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde gets development network
    09 august 2001 19:58:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Parliament in Cape Verde has set up a committee to prepare the statutes of a network on population and development. Full text...

  • Unemployment rate drops 3.5 per cent in Cape Verde
    09 august 2001 19:50:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Urban unemployment rate in Cape Verde dropped by about 3. Full text...

  • Police Nab Two Bank Managers Over Kshs 6.2 Million Robbery
    09 august 2001 17:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya police have arrested two managers of Universal Paramount Bank in Nairobi after armed robbers made away with Kshs 6. Full text...

  • Two striking workers shot dead in Zimbabwe
    09 august 2001 13:50:00
    Kwe Kwe- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Two striking workers at a Government-owned steel works in Zimbabwe were shot dead by soldiers Thursday after a scuffle, police said. Full text...

  • World youths chart empowerment strategy
    08 august 2001 20:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A coordinator of one of the panel discussion groups at the ongoing World Youth Forum in Dakar, Wednesday averred that the welfare of youths world-wide would improve tremendously if the UN fully implemented recommendations emanating from the gathering. Full text...

  • Kenya Leads In World Road Accidents
    08 august 2001 12:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has been ranked as leader of the world's road accidents cases, according to the Road Safety Council of the Automobile Assembly of Kenya. Full text...

  • Lesbian couple fights for the right to co-adopt children
    08 august 2001 09:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Pretoria High Court has reserved judgement of an application by a lesbian couple to have part of South Africa's Child Care Act that prevents them from co- adopting children declared unconstitutional. Full text...

  • Mauritius gives new impetus to cinema
    08 august 2001 08:59:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Arts and Culture Minister Motee Ramdass said late Tuesday that local cinema was bursting with activities and more would come in future weeks. Full text...

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