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Ethiopia Was Colonised

Ethiopia Was Colonised

Like many African countries that were colonised by the British, Ethiopia’s educational system strongly privileges the English language. I learnt this first hand going through school in the capital Addis Ababa. Along with my classmates across the vast country, I was taught in my local language from Grades 1 to 6 (ages 6 to 12). […]

South Africa Has Failed Its Young People. What Can Be Done About It

South Africa Has Failed Its Young People. What Can Be Done About It

It is more than 40 years since young people, first in Soweto, and then around the country, rose up against the apartheid regime. Initially their protest was against the introduction of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. But it quickly spread into a general uprising against apartheid. Four decades later and more than […]

Zambia Trains 1,400 Math & Science Teachers

Zambia Trains 1,400 Math & Science Teachers

The Ministry of General Education says it has trained over 1,400 teachers in mathematics, science and technological subjects under the fast track education program between 2015 to date. The fast track teacher education program which has been running since 2012 is a modular distance education program which enables teachers to attend residential school during holidays […]

Where Pupils, Teachers, Parents Prefer Gold Mining to Schooling

Where Pupils, Teachers, Parents Prefer Gold Mining to Schooling

As early as 10am, seven-year-old Joseph Ouma is standing in a muddy stream, filtering gold from the water channels connecting to River Okame in Amonikanine village, Buteba sub-county in Busia district. As ZURAH NAKABUGO reports, Ouma is just one of many children who have all but abandoned school in favour of more ‘lucrative’ activities. Asked […]

Ddumba-Ssentamu Speaks On His Chaotic 5 Years As Makerere Vice Chancellor

Ddumba-Ssentamu Speaks On His Chaotic 5 Years As Makerere Vice Chancellor

During a tumultuous five-year term as vice chancellor of Makerere University, PROF JOHN DDUMBA-SSENTAMU has put down at least two strikes in a semester by either students or lecturers. The chaos peaked with the closure of the university last year by President Museveni who later set up a probe team to look into the persistent […]

Young Rescuer of School Mates From Lake to Be Rewarded

Young Rescuer of School Mates From Lake to Be Rewarded

A brave young child, Tisekwa Gamungu, who sacrificed himself to rescue nine schoolmates from drowning in Lake Victoria after the dhow they were sailing capsized. A brave young child, Tisekwa Gamungu, who sacrificed himself to rescue nine schoolmates from drowning in Lake Victoria after the dhow they were sailing capsized, is now to be rewarded […]

Education Minister Lazarus Dokora to wield axe on Zimbabwean headmasters

Education Minister Lazarus Dokora to wield axe on Zimbabwean headmasters

The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora has said his Ministry will wield the axe on headmasters whose schools have recorded zero percent pass rates in public examinations. In an interview on the side-lines of the commissioning of a Form Three classroom block and the donation of 22 000 books worth $10 […]

Six Seychellois Students to Participate in Robotics Challenge in U.S. Capital

Six Seychellois Students to Participate in Robotics Challenge in U.S. Capital

Six secondary students from Seychelles will participate in an international robotics challenge in Washington D.C. in July. A robot kit was handed over recently to the team in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, by the International First Committee Association through the local National Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation […]

What a New University in Africa Is Doing to Decolonise Social Sciences

What a New University in Africa Is Doing to Decolonise Social Sciences

It’s not often that you get to create a new university from scratch: space, staff – and curriculum. But that’s exactly what we’re doing in Mauritius, at one of Africa’s newest higher education institutions. And decoloniality is central to our work. I am a member of the Social Science Faculty at the African Leadership University. […]

Albino Children Abandon School Due to Stigma in Uganda

Albino Children Abandon School Due to Stigma in Uganda

Two primary school pupils with albinism were forced to abandon education for one year due to unending stigma by fellow pupils. Daniel Rubangakene, 13, and his sister Rebecca Masala, 14, could not stand the endless taunts by fellow pupils and decided to drop out of school. The duo were studying from one of the schools […]

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