Education in Southern Africa

  • World Teacher’s day: Gov’t urged to improve teachers’ productivity

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 Cameroonian teachers nationwide have exhorted the Cameroonian government to empower teachers with the requisite tools to be able to deliver their best in the present fast-paced world. While commemorating the 23rd edition of world teacher’s day today, the teachers noted that the theme for this year’s celebration, “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers,” reaffirms that peace and security are needed for the development of any country.
  • UN Chief Underscores Need To Invest In Africa’s Youth

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/09 The Group of Seven (G7) leaders has in its ‘Taormina Communiqué‘ underscored that “Africa’s security, stability and sustainable development are high priorities”. But it has from presently on to respond to UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ specific call for the need to invest in young people, with stronger investment in technology and relevant education and capacity building in Africa. The two-day G7 summit in Italy, in which the leaders of six other industrial nations – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.S. as well took part, concluded on May 27 in Taormina, a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. Speaking at a session on reinforcing the partnership between the G7 and Africa, the UN Secretary-General noted on the concluding day that the international community has a role in helping the continent adapt as it heads for a new wave of industrialization.
  • Study of mathematics on the decline in Africa – Prof Allotey

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 Despite the increasing importance of mathematics to economic and societal evolution, the study of the subject in Africa is declining, Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ghana (AIMS-Ghana) has said. He said several reasons had been attributed to the poor national of affairs in mathematics in Africa such as: “Inadequate student number, particularly females due to poor teaching of mathematics in primary, junior and senior high schools, lack of motivation and incentives and poor employment prospects in mathematics in a lot of sections of the economy other than teaching”.
  • Basic Education Minister Praises the Matric Class of 2016

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/01/13 There have been significant improvements in the Eastern Cape matric results, despite it being the country's worst-performing province from presently on again. Education MEC Mandla Makhuphula said on Thursday that the 2016 matric class improved the province's pass rate by 2.5 % points, from 56.8% in 2015 to 59.3%. This figure includes the results of progressed pupils. Progressed pupils are those who failed Grade 11 repeatedly before being automatically put into Grade 12. While the results did not recover all the ground lost by the drastic 8.6 % point drop between the 2015 and 2014 matric pass rates, it was at least an indication that things were turning around.
  • Higher earning Why a university degree is worth more in some countries than others

    AFGHANISTAN, 2016/12/11 A university education may expand your mind. It will as well fatten your wallet. Data from the OECD, a club of rich nations, show that graduates can expect far better lifetime earnings than those without a degree. The size of this premium varies. It is greatest in Ireland, which has a high GDP per chief and rising inequality. Since 2000 the unemployment rate for under-35s has swelled to 8% for those with degrees – but to additional than 20% for those without, and nearly 40% for secondary school drop-outs. The country’s wealth presently goes disproportionately to workers with letters next their names.
  • Young Namibian “Ambassadors” off to Germany: 19 Namibian German Language Learners on AGDS Student Exchange to Germany

    GERMANY, 2016/11/24 On 21 November 2016, the Association of German School Societies in Namibia (AGDS) and Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Namibia Ullrich Kinne saw off 19 students from different Windhoek schools, who were leaving on a student exchange to Germany. In return, the guest children from Germany will spend 6 to 8 weeks in Namibia during their summer holidays to as well get to know the people and the country
  • Pan African University Council Convenes in Second Ordinary Session

    BOTSWANA, 2016/11/11 The Pan African University Council has concluded its Second Ordinary Session at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Council is the highest governing body of the PAU, an African Union flagship programme established to address quality, relevance and excellence in accordance with the Aspiration 1 of Schedule 2063. The conference deliberated on a inventory of significant policy questions bordering on the implementation of a full-fledged university structure and network, inclunding budgetary, financial and administrative issues.
  • South African teen wins Google prize for orange peel innovation

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/09/29 A 16-year-old South African schoolgirl has won the grand prize at Google's science equitable for using orange peel to develop a cheap super-absorbent material to help soil retain water. Kiara Nirghin beat students from around the world for a $50,000 (£38,000) scholarship with her "fighting drought with fruit" submission. Her work was in response to the recent drought that has hit South Africa .
  • The Foundation of Africa's Future High quality education is key to overcoming Africa's economic challenges.

    BOTSWANA, 2016/08/18 The conversation about Africa has been shifting from one about shortfalls to one about opportunities. Africa is a known leader in commodity exporting, but the economic potential far succeeds that. Africa has an enormous coastline and is additional proximate to both European and North American markets than Asia. Currently, Africa leads the world in mobile adoption, which continues to offer the biggest cross-sectoral economic opportunities. In addition, Africa has recently been cited as being a potential leader in technology, sustainability and agriculture.
  • The Time is Now: Building a Human Economy for Africa

    AFRICA, 2016/05/13 For Africa this could not be additional evident as our major and best-educated generation is coming of age. By 2025, half of Africa’s people will be under the age of 25. They stand at the epicenter of the African Union’s people-driven schedule for the next half-century: it is they that will build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. Leaders of Africa’s governments, business and civil society gather in Kigali for the World Economic Forum on Africa conference this week. They must place young people - particularly our most squandered talent, our girls - front and center of public policy discussion. These young people will need jobs, challenges, and outlets for their creativity. Investing in them, and building the “human economies” that can support them with opportunities, is paramount.