Category: Education

UN Mongolia initiates graffiti art campaign on SDGs

UN Mongolia initiates graffiti art campaign on SDGs

Young graffiti artists painted the outside wall of the UN House in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals this month. Each unique art piece represents the artist’s interpretation of one of the 17 goals. More info available here from the UN in Mongolia:  https://unitednationsinmongolia.exposure.co/un-mongolia-launches-urban-art-on-sdgs   Photo: UN Mongolia Monday August 28th, 2017|News

Climate change threatens agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies, UN agency warns

Climate change threatens agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies, UN agency warns

With global warming expected to significantly impact future yields in countries located closer to the equator, the United Nations agriculture agency is calling on Asia-Pacific economies to take a leading role in adaptation and mitigation. “Many APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] economies have already felt the full force of agricultural losses from natural disasters in recent years, with the vast majority of these being climate related,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. Geographically, the negative impact of climate change on agricultural output could result in lower yields of rice, wheat, corn and soybeans in countries...

Azerbaijan: Charges against Journalist, News Agency Silence Independent Media

Azerbaijan: Charges against Journalist, News Agency Silence Independent Media

 By Freedom House Washington  –  August 25, 2017 —  In response  to a court in Baku sentencing one of Azerbaijan’s most prominent independent journalists, Mehman Aliyev, to three months pre-trial detention before being tried for alleged “abuse of power” and on other charges, Freedom House issued the following statement: “The charges against Mehman Aliyev and now his pre-trial detention are part of Azerbaijan’s effort to silence independent journalism and all critical voices,” said Marc Behrendt, director of Eurasia programs at Freedom House. “Mehman Aliyev directs the Turan news agency, the country’s last remaining independent news agency, which has announced it has no...

Making Ghanaian Girls Great!

Making Ghanaian Girls Great!

Home Our Mission About us Programmes Advocacy Grants News & Blog Home | Programmes | Making Ghanaian Girls Great! Making Ghanaian Girls Great! Making Ghanaian Girls Great! (MGCubed) Background Making Ghanaian Girls Great! (MGCubed) is Ghana’s first interactive distance-learning project. The Project has impacted over 10, 000 marginalized girls and boys in 72 schools, within two regions in Ghana (Volta and Greater Accra) by providing them with an enhanced quality of education to improve their lives and transform their future. MGCubed aims at addressing the challenges of teacher quality, teacher absenteeism, and poor student learning by equipping two classrooms in every school with solar-powered...

Towards Democratic Developmental States in Southern Africa

Towards Democratic Developmental States in Southern Africa

By Editorial | August 14th, 2017 During the 1980s and 90s – the lost decades of development for Sub-Sahara – African states implemented Structural Adjustment Programmes at the behest of the IMF and World Bank. The new millennium, however, witnessed a change of fortunes, marked by rising growth at an annual average of at least 5% during the period 2000-2015. This sustained growth was driven by increased demand for Africa’s primary commodities largely from emerging economies, especially China, as well as improved economic management. The 3 December 2011 edition of The Economist changed its ‘basket-case’ prognosis of the previous decade towards a positive outlook for...

Varkey Foundation-Instructional Leadership Training, Uganda

Varkey Foundation-Instructional Leadership Training, Uganda

Low-Cost, High-Impact Teacher Training The Varkey Foundation designed the ‘Instructional Leadership Programme’ a low-cost training, high impact programme that addresses the issue of teacher quality. The 5-day intensive face to face course, aimed at school principals and senior management team members, focuses on the skills required to improve pedagogy within the school and includes an embedded “train-the-trainer” course so principals can cascade their learning to teachers at their schools. Building on the success of the Instructional Leadership Programme, and to maximise the sustainability and embed the impact of our interventions, we have since broadened the scope of the project:  Training...

SanDance! And the Kuru Dance Festival: Promoting and Celebrating Indigenous Culture Thursday, Aug 10th, 2017

SanDance! And the Kuru Dance Festival: Promoting and Celebrating Indigenous Culture Thursday, Aug 10th, 2017

In the face of cultural and social erosion and erasure, the San continue to hold fast to the traditions, dances and ancient songs which form the core of their identity as a people. By Delme Cupido | August 10th, 2017 In 2016, the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Programme of OSISA, in collaboration with the Youth, Arts and Culture Initiative, provided a grant to renowned filmmaker to document the 2017 Kuru Dance Festival. The Kuru Dance Festival is the largest gathering of San communities in southern Africa and has played a critical role in preserving and revitalising a culture that continues to be under threat in an,...

Zambian Chiefs ‘Girls Education’ Champions cheer ZOCS’s Cleopatra Chona-Muma

Zambian Chiefs ‘Girls Education’ Champions cheer ZOCS’s Cleopatra Chona-Muma

By Jessie Zimba in Lusaka, Zambia Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS) Programme and Advocacy Manager Cleopatra Chona-Muma has commended Zambian Chiefs for their active participation in championing girls’ education in their villages. Mrs. Muma disclosed that Chief Singani of the Southern Province has set up measures in his village to promote educating children especially the girl child. Mrs. Muma expressed delight following positive participation in interventions spearheaded through ZOCS Programme championing girls education in Zambia. Said an appreciative Mrs. Muma:“If you visit Chief Singani, you will see how households have been sensitized and those that have married out young girls...

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