Society - Education
  • Gabonese teachers' union divided over strike action
    22 december 2008 17:17:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Striking Gabonese teachers, who met here at the weeke nd under the teachers' umbrella union, the National Convention of the Education S ector (CONASYSED), ended their deliberation a divided lot, appearing to undermin e their negotiations with government. Full text...

  • ADB supports vocational training in Kenya
    22 december 2008 12:33:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of US$37. Full text...

  • Kinshasa University teachers begin strike Wednesday
    22 december 2008 10:28:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Lecturers at the Kinshasa University (UNIKIN) have decided to go on strike on Wednesday to protest non-payment of their supplementary benefits for 2008 The decision to proceed on the six-day strike was taken at a meeting held last Saturday by the Lecturers' Association of Kinshasa University (APUKIN). Full text...

  • Education bail-out package good for Africa, By Abwao Oluoch
    19 december 2008 11:13:00
    Oslo- Norway (PANA) -- An African education bail-out package is looking more urge nt as the continent marches towards the 2015 deadline for meeting the UN set of o bjectives of keeping more children in school as a first step against poverty. Full text...

  • Norway backs teacher-training fund for Africa
    19 december 2008 10:49:00
    Oslo- Norway (PANA) -- Norway has set aside US$ 1 million towards the establishme nt of a fund for the training of teachers in Africa. Full text...

  • Group plots solution to education following global economic crisis
    18 december 2008 17:31:00
    Oslo- Norway (PANA) -- Participants at the High Level Group meeting on Education for All (EFA), organized by UNESCO and the Government of Norway, rose from their meeting in Oslo, the capital, to call on national governments to allocate at lea s t 4 to 6 per cent of their GNP and 15 to 20 per cent of public expenditures to e d ucation. Full text...

  • Meeting seeks higher funding for education
    18 december 2008 09:48:00
    Oslo- Norway (PANA) -- Participants at the High Level Group meeting on Education for All (EFA), organized by UNESCO and the Government of Norway, Thursday urgently called on national governments to allocate at least four to six percent of Gross National Product (GNP) and 15 to 20 per cent of public expenditure to education. Full text...

  • Gabon discusses higher education reforms
    17 december 2008 22:56:00
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  • Hunger, starvation threaten education gains in Africa
    17 december 2008 18:26:00
    Oslo- Norway (PANA) -- Nearly half of African children suffer from acute lack of food before reaching school age, making them vulnerable to disease and radically reducing their class concentration, says a new report released here Wednesday. Full text...

  • African education sector has hit UN targets - SA Minister
    17 december 2008 08:32:00
    Oslo- Norway (PANA) -- African ministers of education have attained most of the goals set eight years ago to expand access to education facilities, which saw 40 million more children brought back to school, a South African minister said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'UN agencies failing to deliver on expanded education initiative'
    17 december 2008 08:27:00
    Oslo- Norway (PANA) -- Efforts to increase access to education for all initiatives across Africa have not been strongly supported by the United Nations lead agencies on special issues affecting the delivery of quality education such as child labour, officials said here. Full text...

  • African leaders seek increased education financing
    17 december 2008 08:21:00
    Oslo- Norway (PANA) -- African leaders piled pressure for more funding for the continent's education needs as a group of ministers from the world's richest states kicked off a high-level meeting on education financing here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sub-regional workshop on education starts in Dakar
    16 december 2008 09:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A sub-regional, experience-sharing workshop, organised by the Regional Office for Education in Africa (BREDA), was due to open here Tuesday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Global financial crisis hits Africa's education sector
    16 december 2008 09:14:00
    Oslo- Norway (PANA) -- International development ministers and African leaders gather here Tuesday to discuss the effects of the global financial crisis and to urge donor countries not to slacken on their commitments to education in Africa. Full text...

  • France donates 2 million euros to Burundi for education
    05 december 2008 22:19:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- France will release 2 million euros to support the e ducation sector of Burundi, which is in difficulties, under an agreement signed o n Friday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches education, human resources strategy plan
    22 november 2008 10:15:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian Education and Human Resources Minis try has launched the Education and Human Resources Strategy Plan 2008/2020, PANA reports. Full text...

  • Gambian minister says research neglected in Africa
    14 november 2008 11:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambia’s Education minister, Crispin Grey Johnson, Thurs day called for more “meaningful research” to strengthen Africa’s knowledge base, saying research “for most part is neglected” in Africa. Full text...

  • Gabonese govt meets teachers' demands
    14 november 2008 11:00:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Classes were suspended in Gabonese schools on Friday (14Nov) to allow secondary school teachers to get their back pay, the government said. Full text...

  • Top UNESCO official identifies challenges to quality education
    10 november 2008 23:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Deputy Director-General, Noureini Tidjani Serpos, on Monday identified several challenges African governments face in meeting qua l ity higher education. Full text...

  • Senegalese PM deplores falling standard of education in Africa
    10 november 2008 20:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The higher education sub-sector in Africa has undergone a deep crisis in the last two decades, Senegalese Prime minister, Sheik Hadjibou Soumaré declared Monday at the opening ceremony of the Regional conference on hi g her education in Africa (CRESA) here. Full text...

  • African experts lament waning interest in literacy campaigns
    05 november 2008 16:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African education stakeholders, gathered here Tuesday to discuss the implementation of continental policies required to effectively deli v er on the Education For All (EFA) initiatives, have criticised the lack of progr e ss on that front. Full text...

  • International meeting on education opens in Burundi
    03 november 2008 23:20:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A four-day international meeting on the essential fa ctors of quality education opened on Monday in Bujumbura with the authorities pl e dging to give priority to education. Full text...

  • Togo grants FCFA1.5bn to universities
    20 october 2008 11:11:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government has granted FCFA1. Full text...

  • OIF to train 300,000 teachers in Africa, Caribbean
    16 october 2008 07:46:00
    Quebec- Canada (PANA) -- About 300,000 school teachers will be trained in Africa and the Caribbean by the International Francophonie Organization in an effort to contribute to education for all by the year 2015, Clément Duhaime, the Administrator of the Francophonie, declared on Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • New strategy to improve teaching in Mauritania
    13 october 2008 18:35:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian National Education Ministry has unveiled a five-point strategy to improve the quality of teaching in the country effective from the 2008/2009 school year. Full text...

  • Mozambican schools providing low quality education
    29 september 2008 18:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Education Ministry has admitted that there are serious problems of quality education provided by the country's school s , particularly in the initial years of primary education. Full text...

  • Microsoft donates 50 laptops to Malian secondary school
    20 september 2008 16:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The American computer software giant, Microsoft, on Friday donated 50 laptop computers to Bamako Secondary Technical School, one of whose former students is Dr Cheick Modibo Diarra, current president of Microsoft Africa. Full text...

  • Cameroon sets up 104 new secondary schools
    22 august 2008 16:34:00
    Yaoundé- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon is to set up 104 new secondary schools for t he next school year, the Ministry of Secondary School announced Thursday in a re l ease issued here. Full text...

  • Kufuor announces US$60m birthday grant to University of Ghana
    12 august 2008 10:22:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor has announced a GH¢60 million (US$60 million) 'birthday grant' to the University of Ghana in Accra on its 60th anniversary this year. Full text...

  • Activists repulse bid to re-introduce caning in Kenyan schools
    07 august 2008 09:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan civil society groups Thursday termed as retrogressive a fresh attempt to re-introduce caning in schools to curb riots in schools, warning they would sue the government for violating the constitution and child rights. Full text...

  • Nigerian teachers get 27.5% pay rise
    07 august 2008 09:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A week after they suspended their crippling five-week strike, professional teachers in Nigeria's public schools have bagged a 27. Full text...

  • Major emphasis on education despite historic racial imbalances in SA
    30 july 2008 18:49:00
    By Craig Urquhart Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has 12 million learners, 366,000 t eachers and around 28,000 schools - including 390 special needs schools and 1,00 0 registered private schools. Full text...

  • Nigerian teachers suspend 5-wk strike
    29 july 2008 18:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Public secondary and primary school teachers in Nigeria Tuesday suspended. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela Institute for inauguration September
    29 july 2008 07:42:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela is expected to join Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua in September 2008 to inaugurate the African University of Science and Technology (also known as Nelson Mandela Institute - NMI), according to a member of the University's board of directors. Full text...

  • Mozambique launches education support mechanism
    28 july 2008 17:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Education Ministry has launched a nat ional programme to set up Pedagogic Support Commissions (CAP) as mechanisms to p r ovide supervision and educational support for schools and teachers. Full text...

  • Other Nigerian workers may join teachers' strike
    11 july 2008 08:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the strike by public school teachers in Nigeria enters day 12 Friday, there are indications that other workers may join if the government fails to meet the teachers' demand for a special teachers' salary scale by the end of the week. Full text...

  • Enrolment in Nigerien schools on the rise
    05 july 2008 15:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The gross enrolment ratio in Nigerien schools increased f rom 57 per cent in 2007 to 62 per cent in 2008, while the disparity between girl s and boys in school experienced a significant reduction, official sources told P A NA here Friday. Full text...

  • 130 Education ministers meet at UNESCO/Microsoft forum
    05 july 2008 10:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 130 education ministers, senior officials and othe r policy leaders from 45 countries are expected at the Education Leaders Forum ( E LF), to exchange experiences and discuss how public and private sectors can work together to find innovative solutions in tertiary education. Full text...

  • Teachers' strike continues in Nigeria
    04 july 2008 08:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The strike by teachers in public primary and secondary schools in Nigeria, to press for better remuneration, entered the fifth day Friday with no solution in sight. Full text...

  • Nigerian teachers begin nationwide strike
    30 june 2008 08:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Primary and secondary teachers in Nigeria resumed their suspended strike Monday to press for the implementation of a unified salary structure, which they believe will enhance their pay. Full text...

  • 5,500 temporary teachers to be regularised in Cameroon
    19 june 2008 11:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The contracts of about 5,500 temporary teachers in Cameroon are to be regularised for the 2008/2009 school year, said the Minister of Basic Education, Ms. Full text...

  • Nigeria's teachers threaten full-scale strike over pay
    18 june 2008 09:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Public sector teachers in Nigeria's primary and secondary schools have threatened a full-scale strike if their demand for an enhanced pay is not met in the next seven days. Full text...

  • Stakeholders advocate multi-sector approach to education in Africa
    18 june 2008 07:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A stakeholders' conference on the educational challenge facing Africa has recommended an inclusive multi-partnership approach as a preferred option for resolving the crisis in the sector, whose role is very critical to the development of the continent. Full text...

  • 'Education is the key to Africa's development'
    16 june 2008 16:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- ECOWAS Commission President Mohamed Ibn Chambas has said education is indispensable if Africa is to develop and the enormous potentialities of the continent's youths are to be unlocked. Full text...

  • Guinean teachers, researchers threaten strike
    11 june 2008 12:10:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The Guinean Teachers' and Researchers' Union (SLECG) has threatened to go on indefinite strike from 19 June, a statement issued here on Wednesday said. Full text...

  • Teachers' strike begins in Nigeria
    11 june 2008 08:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A last-minute effort to avert a teachers' strike in Nigeria failed Tuesday, setting the stage for the three-day warning strike to begin Wednesday. Full text...

  • Access to secondary education in Rwand very low - Report
    29 may 2008 21:36:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) - – Only 8% of Rwandan youths aged between 13 and 18 years h ave access to secondary education, according to a research bulletin of Rwanda's N ational Statistics Institute (NISR), "The Rwandan Statistician". Full text...

  • Lome to host conference on Education in Africa
    23 may 2008 19:52:00
    Lomé- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese capital, Lomé, will host an extraordinary confe rence of Ministers of the Regional Council for Education and Literacy in Africa f rom 26 to 28 June officiall sources told PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Mali gets higher education Council
    22 may 2008 13:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government Wednesday approved a draft decree se tting the composition, organisation and working conditions for a Higher Educatio n Council which aims, among other things, at implementing the national policy on e ducation and training in the country, an official source told PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Govt/teachers talks collapse in Senegal, unionists plan march
    14 may 2008 09:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's teachers' union was scheduled to organise a protest march here Wednesday (14 May), after talks between the government and the union collapsed Tuesday. Full text...

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