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▸ Published on 26 July 2018

▸ Author(s): Jonathan Chuks Mba, Kwesi Acquah Sam

After experiencing decades of challenges, higher education (HE) in Africa is presently perceived by key stakeholders as an indispensable component of development. Higher education is the gateway to sustainable development for the African continent at all levels.

▸ Published on 15 July 2018

▸ Author(s): Amara Kamaté

World Youth Skills Day represents an opportunity to renew the commitment to increase investment in youth empowerment. Offering vocational training to youth—particularly to girls and young women—provides them with the means to acquire work experience and find decent jobs to help improve their prospects.

▸ Published on 16 June 2018

▸ Author(s): Youssouf Ario Maiga, Eléonore Justine Zongo/Ouedraogo

In commemoration of the students massacred by the apartheid regime on June 16, 1976 in Soweto, South Africa, for demonstrating against their inferior education and demanding respect for their right to instruction in their own language, the African Union (AU) has observed the Day of the African Child (DAC) every year since 1991.

▸ Published on 09 May 2018

▸ Author(s): Satu Järvinen

Will emerging cutting-edge technologies increase the divide or provide an unprecedented opportunity in Africa? During the African Forum on Youth Skills and Enterprises in the Digital Age in Tunis last month, young entrepreneurs made it clear that they are comfortable and excited about the opportunities of this new era.

▸ Published on 23 April 2018

▸ Author(s): Aliou Sow, Lily Nyariki

April 23 was first proclaimed as World Book and Copyright Day by UNESCO in 1995 to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading. This day was chosen because on this date in 1616 Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died.

▸ Published on 08 March 2018

▸ Author(s): Hendrina Chalwe Doroba

On March 8, people around the world observe International Women's Day, an opportunity to inspire change for girls and women and transform the momentum into action. Without investing in women and girls it will not be possible to achieve the Global Goals.

▸ Published on 23 February 2018

▸ Author(s): Linda Hiebert

On February 21st, celebrations of International Mother Language Day remind us that the human family speaks approximately 7,000 languages. What magnificent diversity - more than 7,000 words for “love,” “child,” “rain.” More than 7,000 ways for children to express their aspirations and experiences.

▸ Published on 22 February 2018

▸ Author(s): Rémy Habou

International Mother Language Day – proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 – has been celebrated every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as multilingualism.

▸ Published on 26 January 2018

▸ Author(s): Steve Cantrell

Maggie Moore’s pupils learn more and faster for three simple reasons: time, resources, and support. Bridge helps her by providing adequate instructional time, quality instructional materials, and explicit guidance for her teaching. Bridge is designed to deliver a consistent, high-quality education to all students. So, while Maggie Moore is certainly special, every one of her colleagues receives this same backing...

▸ Published on 18 December 2017

▸ Author(s): Chimezie Anajama

The indigenous comic and cartoon industry in Africa has continued to evolve and make commendable strides despite its early days riddled with under-representation, low quality, low visibility and other issues that battle a new creative industry within the continent. 2015, it seems, was the peak of its global attention.

▸ Published on 07 December 2017

▸ Author(s): Maya Soonarane

The early years of life are a time of immense hope and possibility for young children and their families and for nations as a whole.  Conversely it is also a time of particular risk for children living in the most adverse circumstances. The ever-evolving science of early development tells us that the brain of the infant is primed to develop faster in the first 1,000 days than at any other time during their lifetime.

▸ Published on 30 November 2017

▸ Author(s): Pauline Rose, Rafael Mitchell

As experts gather at a Conference – “Education in Burkina Faso: Progress, Current Challenges and Prospects” – hosted by the Education Research Network in Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on 29th – 1st December 2017, this blog outlines what we know about research on education in the countries represented.