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Education in Benin

  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • African Union merges science and education bodies

    BOTSWANA, 2016/01/13 The Africa Union has merged its science and education bodies in a move designed to improve sectoral relationships, effectiveness and efficiency. The African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology and the Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union will presently operate as one entity. “The decision of the heads of states was as well motivated by the need to streamline ministerial conferences, limit their number and confer the power to convene them to the African Union Commission and save costs,” Dr Mahama Ouedraogo, the African Union’s chief of human resources, science and technology, told University World News.
  • Global Confucius Institutes Day celebrated in Benin

    BENIN, 2015/09/29 The University of Abomey-calavi on Saturday afternoon hosted second annual World Confucius Institutes Day aims to promote the Chinese language and culture, Xinhua reporter witnessed on spot. Students from the Confucius Institute of Abomey Calavi University, Chinese culture lovers, officials of the Chinese Cultural Center in Cotonou and academic authorities of Benin universities were on the forefront of spectators to cultural and artistic events that occurred as part of the celebration. For over three hours, students of the Confucius Institute performed music, traditional Chinese dance and martial art demonstration.
  • Education workers union urges members to continue strike

    BENIN, 2014/03/18 An education sector union in Benin has called on its members to continue with their strike following a failed negotiation with the country's President. In a statement made on Sunday, the union said the outcome of the talks was not positive for teachers as far as their specific demands are concerned, which is the cause of the strike that started 24 Jan. 'The union urges male and female teachers from all sectors, from pre-school stage to the secondary, to continue strongly the strike in order not to fall once again into the governmental trickery by presently experienced in 2012,' the statement said. The union expressed regret that the 25% fee increase for all civil servants in August 2011 is still being confused with the incentive allowance for teachers, which was granted in 2005.
  • Beninese authorities; primary education for all by 2015

    BENIN, 2013/12/11 Beninese authorities statement they are on track to ensure primary education for all by 2015, provided current efforts can be maintained. By presently last year, school enrolment reached 109 %(!). This are the findings of a appropriate statement reviewing Benin's evolution toward the succcess of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), prepared by the government of Benin with the help of the UN. The MDGs are to be reached by 2015 and include universal primary education. According to the statement, primary education gross enrolment ratio increased to 109.1 % in 2009 from approximately 68 % in 1980.