Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two-thirds of refugee children might never get to secondary school, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday, as it called for an international effort to confront “critically low” levels of school and university enrolment. Recent progress “is now under threat”, said UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi, describing it [...]
©- - 07 september 2021 - 07:35:51 - thread Society (415 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced intentions to consider remodeling the country’s tertiary education financing policy to bring it at par with current economic realities. The Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr. Douglas Letsholathebe, on Monday said available funds can only cater for continuing students who are [...]
©- - 23 august 2021 - 17:46:11 - thread Society (229 words)


Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia has made considerable progress in improving access to education, especially for girls, the UN Children's Education Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.   Between 2010 and 2018, the number of primary school-age children in school has risen from 63% to 78%, while the percentage of out-of-school primary school-age [...]
©- - 16 june 2021 - 16:03:28 - thread Society (357 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Friday urged international support for young refugees to access higher education by funding their scholarships for university and technical skills training. Launching a new campaign called Aiming Higher seeking to enable talented refugees to get into higher education, the UN agency [...]
©- - 28 may 2021 - 15:05:40 - thread Society (500 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA)  -  The Nigerian Army has confirmed the recall of its personnel studying in various civil institutions across the country, such as the universities, polytechnics and to  colleges of education, an official source said here Sunday. The army has effected the immediate stoppage of sponsorship of any of its [...]
©- - 16 may 2021 - 16:04:33 - thread Society (539 words)


Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The countrywide reopening of schools in South Sudan is a welcome step on the road to “normalcy” for youngsters, two in three of whom need humanitarian assistance, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Describing the “joy” felt by children and aid workers as classrooms [...]
©- - 05 may 2021 - 05:13:02 - thread Society (480 words)


Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The UN Country Team in Madagascar, UN Human Rights and the Ministry of National Education have signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MOU) to integrate basic human rights education into the curricula of primary and secondary schools throughout the country. This breakthrough is the result of the [...]
©- - 14 april 2021 - 13:40:20 - thread Society (530 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - A new study released on Friday by the UN cultural agency, reveals that more than 100 million more children than expected, are falling behind the minimum proficiency level in reading, due to COVID-related school closures.   According to the study from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNECSO), "One [...]
©- - 27 march 2021 - 06:02:09 - thread Society (355 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – As part of the activities to commemorate the International Women’s Day, the UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, Helen Grant, met with young activists from countries, including Nigeria, to discuss how increasing access to education around the world can help us to build back [...]
©- - 22 march 2021 - 19:34:25 - thread Society (911 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Despite the escalating COVID-19 infections in Botswana, government has committed to ensure academic learning continues across the country. Botswana’s minister of Basic Education, Fidelis Molao, on Thursday told parliament that though the country is not yet out of the woods with rising COVID-19 cases, education remains a [...]
©- - 04 march 2021 - 20:11:43 - thread Society (215 words)


Washington, DC, US (PANA) – The average annual cost of educating refugees is less than 5 percent of public education expenditure in developing nations hosting 85 percent of the world’s refugees, according to a joint World Bank – UN refugee agency - UNHCR - report released on Thursday. The principle of [...]
©- - 26 february 2021 - 06:19:27 - thread Society (544 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), recently-launched replenishment campaign, calls on world leaders to pledge at least US$5 billion for the next five years to help  transform education in up to 90 countries. The 'Raise Your Hand' campaign will culminate in a pledging conference in mid-2021 co-hosted [...]
©- - 19 february 2021 - 18:23:22 - thread Society (258 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, has urged the African Union Summit to back a global education financing conference to be held in July with the United Kingdom and Kenya as co-hosts. The two-day conference on global partnership for education financing, scheduled for 25 and 26 July, would advocate [...]
©- - 06 february 2021 - 22:12:23 - thread Society (693 words)


New York, US (PANA) - Although school feeding programmes are a lifeline for millions of boys and girls, nearly 40 billion in-school meals have been missed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report published on Thursday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Office of Research, Inocenti, and the World [...]
©- - 29 january 2021 - 05:22:44 - thread Society (410 words)


New York, US (PANA) - To mark the third International Day of Education on Sunday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres paid tribute to the resilience of students, teachers and families in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic that, at its peak, forced almost every school, institute and university to close its doors. “When [...]
©- - 24 january 2021 - 05:47:16 - thread Society (533 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Director of "Education Cannot Wait" (ECW) Fund, Ms Yasmine Sherif, began a 72-hour visit to Burkina Faso on Wednesday to assess the needs in the education sector for children and youth affected by the multiple crises affecting the country and announce new funding to [...]
©- - 13 january 2021 - 18:00:33 - thread Society (389 words)


Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - UNICEF and the American Toms shoes have granted young high school and college girls in three Beninese departments more than 45,000 pairs of shoes, as part of actions by UN institution to back girl’s education in the country. Altogether, 45,030 pairs of shoes from TOMS SHOES will [...]
©- - 10 january 2021 - 19:39:30 - thread Society (171 words)


Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a grant of $11.26 million to the Government of Chad to finance the Girls' Education and Women's Literacy Project– the first Bank grant exclusively targeting women and girls. Announcing the grant on Friday, the AfDB [...]
©- - 08 january 2021 - 13:04:02 - thread Society (478 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Classes have been suspended for three weeks in all higher education institutions in Mali because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research announced on Tuesday. There has been a resurgence of the pandemic in Mali where a total of 5,878 confirmed cases [...]
©- - 16 december 2020 - 11:36:49 - thread Society (84 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) announced here Tuesday that the development of Botswana’s education system remained an important part of the country’s growth agenda. Thapelo Tsheole, BSE Chie Executive Officer, said the bourse was committed to work with government and other stakeholders to promote education. Tsheole said delivery [...]
©- - 08 december 2020 - 20:39:47 - thread Society (320 words)


New York, US (PANA) - Countries fighting the coronavirus should not impose nationwide or large-scale school closures, which is the wrong response and compounds the societal cost of the disease, with 320 million children locked out of school at the start of December, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said on [...]
©- - 08 december 2020 - 05:54:27 - thread Society (424 words)


Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The World Bank Board of Directors has approved an education programme supported by a $61.5-million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the Sudan Basic Education Support Project (BESP). This constitutes the largest education financing project in Sudan, the Bank said in a news dispatch on [...]
©- - 19 november 2020 - 10:09:37 - thread Society (366 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  The Kigali Institute of Management (KIM) University, one of the private institutions of higher learning in Rwanda, has been closed down by its management due to financial constraints. The move follows a prolonged period during which classes were suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, the institute’s failure to [...]
©- - 04 november 2020 - 19:07:16 - thread Society (213 words)


Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Students of pre-school, primary, middle and high schools in Togo, resumed classes on Monday, under high health measures, because of the Covid-19, PANA reported in Lomé. In total, 2,600,000 children from these schools returned to classes wearing protective face masks. The wearing of protective masks and respect for [...]
©- - 02 november 2020 - 17:16:19 - thread Society (270 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The COVID-19 pandemic has robbed children in the poorest countries of nearly four months of schooling, compared to six weeks of lost education for their counterparts in high income countries, according to a report published on Thursday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization [...]
©- - 30 october 2020 - 06:29:55 - thread Society (672 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO, in partnership with the governments of Ghana, Norway and the United Kingdom, Tuesday organized a 72-hour virtual meeting on education around the world, PANA learned from an official source here. The meeting is intended to secure commitments from world leaders to protect education funding during post-epidemic [...]
©- - 20 october 2020 - 20:16:42 - thread Society (307 words)


Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - With Covid-19 regulations requiring increased capacity to ensure adequate space to comply with physical distancing measures, South African modular buildings manufacturer ‘Kwikspace Modular Buildings’ is seeing increased demand for its mobile classroom solutions, producing 497 classrooms so far this year. Traditionally, demand for these classrooms is [...]
©- - 19 october 2020 - 12:37:28 - thread Society (464 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) -The World Food Programme (WFP) will increase its allocation to school canteens to help more than 160,000 children in vulnerable areas of Niger to keep them in school during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Niger Press Agency (ANP) reported on Friday. The pandemic comes on top of climatic shocks, [...]
©- - 16 october 2020 - 13:16:07 - thread Society (572 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay is due in Central Africa on Wednesday for a 48-hour official visit to Brazzaville and Kinshasa, to remind people of the importance of returning to school and attention to girls' education. “More than 1.6 billion students around the world were suddenly deprived of [...]
©- - 14 october 2020 - 15:17:04 - thread Society (404 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Kingdom and Kenya will co-host a high-level summit next year to lead global action to educate every child. The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Global Partnership for Education (GPE) unveiled the new development on Monday. The GPE is a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform [...]
©- - 13 october 2020 - 09:36:52 - thread Society (502 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on Friday said that 337,432 tutors have reported back to schools ahead of reopening on 12 October.  Grade IV, Class 8 and Form 4 students are expected to return in partial reopening of schools on Monday to prepare for national examinations. Schools and other [...]
©- - 09 october 2020 - 12:27:53 - thread Society (209 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - One of the startups in Rwanda has developed a mobile platform that will be used effective 1 November in teaching and learning at primary and secondary levels amid the COVID-19 situation. Via SMS technology, the platform developed by 'Eneza Education', one of the local startups in Rwanda, [...]
©- - 09 october 2020 - 11:11:44 - thread Society (323 words)


Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – One of Zambia’s main church bodies, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), has voiced its concerns at the introduction of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools and has since called for its withdrawal. EFZ has proposed that a family-centred sexuality education approach that secures Zambia’s posterity must [...]
©- - 28 september 2020 - 08:23:24 - thread Society (486 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) -  Tunisian President Kais Saeid Friday stressed the important role the Arab Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ALESCO) plays in strengthening strategic vital sectors for the development and progress of Arab peoples. Saïed, who was receiving the ALESCO managing director, Mohamed Ould Amor, asked for absolute priority for [...]
©- - 25 september 2020 - 21:14:41 - thread Society (108 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien authorities Thursday launched the “Breaking Barriers to Girls Education (BBGE)” project to promote girls' education in conflict zones, an official source told PANA here.  The project, funded by some organisations of the United-Nations system and the Canadian government, is being implemented within the framework of [...]
©- - 24 september 2020 - 22:02:03 - thread Society (342 words)


Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The government and other education actors in South Sudan should intensify the fight against sexual violence and child marriages as schools re-open in the country, an aid agency said on Tuesday. Rama Hansraj, Save the Children’s Country Director in South Sudan, said the barriers to children’s [...]
©- - 15 september 2020 - 17:12:17 - thread Society (395 words)


New York, US (PANA) – The Central Sahel has seen a significant spike in attacks on students, teachers, and schools since 2018, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) in New York.  The report is launched ahead of the first ever [...]
©- - 09 september 2020 - 05:04:28 - thread Society (669 words)


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia has received a US$14.85 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to boost its response to disruptions in education caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the bank said on Friday. The World Bank said it will be the grant agent for Ethiopia: COVID-19 [...]
©- - 04 september 2020 - 22:52:34 - thread Society (509 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Classes for more than 450 million students starting the new academic year are expected to be entirely remote – or for some, a mix of distance and in-person learning – the UN Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has said.  UNESCO, the lead UN agency for education globally, [...]
©- - 01 september 2020 - 13:00:59 - thread Society (406 words)


New York, US (PANA) - For at least 463 million children whose schools closed due to COVID-19, “there was no such a thing as remote learning,” the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, as the agency launched a new report outlining the limitations of remote learning [...]
©- - 27 august 2020 - 05:06:04 - thread Society (465 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian acting minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Lobna JRibi, said here Monday his country was willing to receive 200 Lebanese university students to enable them to continue their studies for the 2020-2021 academic year. This was contained in a message of condolences and solidarity [...]
©- - 10 august 2020 - 19:45:38 - thread Society (148 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption to education in history and prolonged school closures could further entrench inequalities in access to learning, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday, underlining the need for “bold steps” to address the crisis. Describing education as “the key to [...]
©- - 04 august 2020 - 05:52:55 - thread Society (522 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The World Bank has approved a US$500 million credit for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) towards improving secondary education opportunities among girls in seven States in Nigeria.  The World Bank said, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, that the [...]
©- - 29 july 2020 - 19:12:36 - thread Society (548 words)


Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - An educational project in Lesotho, financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and implemented between 2008 and 2016, is providing the country with new primary and secondary school infrastructure and teacher training to enhance educational quality, according to a recently published report by the Bank. Known as [...]
©- - 29 july 2020 - 16:14:15 - thread Society (426 words)


Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - For many youth in Malawi, achieving a university-level education remains a distant dream due to the associated costs. But a project financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) hopes to alter this reality. According to the AfDB media channel, students, like Twambilire Mwambembe, have received scholarships financed [...]
©- - 27 july 2020 - 18:42:29 - thread Society (252 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - A young Guinean migrant, Amadou Diallo, in asylum in Greece where he obtained his baccalaureate at the French-Hellenic High School of Athens and gained admission to enter Sciences Po of Paris, will come to France to continue his studies, the French authorities said here Wednesday. “From June, [...]
©- - 22 july 2020 - 23:57:53 - thread Society (270 words)


Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Final year students of Ghana's second cycle schools on Monday began their exit examinations after months of uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The examinations are going ahead despite calls from four teacher unions, the national parent-teacher association, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and several [...]
©- - 20 july 2020 - 11:52:06 - thread Society (386 words)


      Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - An "education crisis" has plagued students the world over during the first half of 2020, and it continues in many parts of the world, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Koumba Boly Barry. Boly Barry was presenting her report on Friday on [...]
©- - 10 july 2020 - 13:04:04 - thread Society (663 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government has reversed itself on the re-opening of schools, saying that no school should open or participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSE), earlier scheduled for August 5 to September 5. The examinations were postponed indefinitely due to the spread of [...]
©- - 08 july 2020 - 18:19:48 - thread Society (217 words)


Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinea and France, through the French Development Agency (AFD), on Tuesday signed a funding agreement worth 33,581,000 euros for the African nation's education sector, an official source said on Wednesday. According to a statement, sent to PANA, the Guinean Economy and Finance Minister, Mamadi Camara, and the [...]
©- - 08 july 2020 - 13:38:01 - thread Society (219 words)