EDUCATION

UK Aid education investments handed over to Malawi Government to improve learning outcomes

UK Aid education investments handed over to Malawi Government to improve learning outcomes

AFRICA, EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL
LILONGWE, MalawiThe Government of Malawi has received education infrastructures worth £11.09 million (circa MWK11 billion) from the UK, aimed at improving the learning environment in primary and secondary schools so as to support children, especially girls to attend school regularly and succeed in their learning. The UK handed over 158 classrooms, 52 teacher houses powered by solar energy, 21 administration blocks, 312 latrines and 46 urinals and six digital learning centres in 28 of the most remote and disadvantaged primary schools in Malawi. The symbolic handover took place at Maro Primary School in Karonga, one of the schools that benefited. At Ngerenge CDSS in the same district another symbolic handover of sanitation infrastructure built by UNICEF through UK Aid support
Facebook to introduce a Youth Portal

Facebook to introduce a Youth Portal

AFRICA, BUSINESS, EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL, REST OF THE WORLD, TECHNOLOGY
MENLO PARK, United States of America Facebook has launched an exciting Youth Portal, a central place for teens that includes Education, Peer voices, ways to control work experience, and advise/some guidelines for how to get the most out of the internet. Facebook management claims that the Education portal with include Information on how to get the most out of products like Pages, Groups, Events, and Profile, while staying safe. Plus, information on the types of data Facebook collects and how they will use it. The Peer Voice portal will include the First person accounts from teens around the world, about how they are using technology in new and creative ways. While the portal on controlling experience and advise will include Tips on things like security, reporting c...
Uganda Police Officers complete AU Training

Uganda Police Officers complete AU Training

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
BWEBAJJA, Uganda A total of 38 Police Officers have today completed African Union AU/United Nations (UN) mandatory pre-deployment training for peace keeping Mission in Somalia. The officers have been on a one week training at the Police Senior Staff and Command College Bwebajja in Wakiso district. The course is basically for commanders. Speaking at the closing ceremony , Associate Training Officer Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) Mrs Joyce Mbugua thanked the Uganda Police Officers for being disciplined during the training. "I want to take this opportunity to thank you for being very disciplined I have interacted with you for a few days but I want to tell you that am totally impressed with your behavior and all I can say is that we are taking to Somalia a very good group," Mr...
Kenyan First Lady urges concerted efforts to break barriers hindering girl child education

Kenyan First Lady urges concerted efforts to break barriers hindering girl child education

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, KENYA
NYAMIRA, Kenya Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has expressed the need for concerted efforts to break the barriers that impede girl child education. She emphasized that girls must be given an opportunity to reach their full potential. “Let us prioritise and support our girls by presenting them with safe spaces to pursue their dreams and be treated as equals alongside boys,” she said. The First Lady was speaking today when she officially opened the Magura Secondary School in Nyamira County constructed by the Zarina and Naushad Merali Foundation, in partnership with Sasini Limited, at a cost of Kshs 50 million. She asked the students benefiting from the new school, not to waste the wonderful opportunity that has been provided to them. The school provides secondary education to
Ethiopian Prime Minister impressed by President Kenyatta’s mentorship programme

Ethiopian Prime Minister impressed by President Kenyatta’s mentorship programme

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, KENYA
NAIROBI, Kenya Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited students attending a mentorship programme at State House, Nairobi, where he fielded questions on leadership and his views being one of Africa’s youngest leaders.  The Ethiopian leader, who was on a State Visit to Kenya, and his host President Uhuru Kenyatta dropped in at the students residence without prior notice. The President and the PM had finished a bilateral meeting and were expected to attend a luncheon hosted in honor of the Ethiopian leader and his delegation but instead, they headed to the building hosting the students undergoing the Pupils Reward Scheme (PURES) programme.   The two leaders fielded questions on leadership from the 54 students who are form ones from various national schools within the country.    The
Kenya’s First Lady calls for urgent, bold actions to restore and protect the country’s forest cover

Kenya’s First Lady calls for urgent, bold actions to restore and protect the country’s forest cover

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for urgent, bold and decisive actions to restore and protect the country’s  diminishing forest cover. She said it will require the collective resolve and resilience of all Kenyans to recover what has been wiped out through human actions and the devastating effects of climate change.  “This is no longer a waiting game. Our actions require urgent, bold, decisive response from all stakeholders, both private and public to promote behavioral change to address the threats posed by our human actions”, she said. H.E Margaret addressed this issue at Kibiku forest, Ngong in Kajiado County where she joined scores of female members of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Ministry of  Environment officers in planting thousands of
Kibabii University to get Sh100 million for upgrades, President Kenyatta says

Kibabii University to get Sh100 million for upgrades, President Kenyatta says

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, KENYA
NAIROBI, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has held a meeting with the council and management of Kibabii University where he promised the institution a funding of Sh100 million to support its ongoing upgrades. President Kenyatta, who is the chancellor of Kibabii University, was briefed on upgrades of programmes and infrastructure during the meeting at State House. Council chairman, Dr Ernest Mwangi, and the Vice Chancellor, Prof Isaac Odeo, led the delegation. They told the President that all programmes in the university were running well and the expansion of infrastructure was on course. "We shall support the university with Sh100 million to equip a laboratory and to improve the institution’s water supply." said the President
Four Sudanese citizens charged with defamation and cyber crimes for social media activity

Four Sudanese citizens charged with defamation and cyber crimes for social media activity

AFRICA, EDUCATION
KHARTOUM, SudanAs the international community commemorates World Press Day, the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) expresses concern over the targeting of Sudanese citizens by the authorities for their online activity. ACJPS has documented four incidents where four Sudanese citizens have been charged with defamation under the Cyber crimes Act, 2007 and Criminal Act, 1991 as well as breach of public order and morality under the Cyber crimes Act following statements shared via social media platforms. Over the years, social media platforms have been increasingly used by Sudanese citizens to voice concerns over the governance of their country. Given the restrictive space, the online platforms are seen as a medium to freely express concerns and commentary on diffe...