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New UNESCO Report “The hidden crisis: armed conflict and education”

UNESCO has released the 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report, ‘The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education.’ This report analyses the devastating effects of conflict on education.

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Pan-African University to launch in February 2010

The Pan-African University, envisaged as a continental network of institutions training postgraduate students and promoting research, is set to open its doors in February 2010.  The Pan African University (PAU), supported by the African Union, will not construct a new higher education infrastructure – at least not for now – but will use existing universities as satellites across the continent to train masters and PhD students. It will eventually comprise a main campus linked to a network of five regional centres, chosen for their academic and research strength and the relevance of their work to Africa’s needs. The centres will be located in North, West, East, Central and Southern Africa. To read the rest of Munyaradzi Makoni’s article on University World News Click Here!

University of Pretoria joins World Digital Library Project

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services has joined the World Digital Library Project, making it one of the 27 institutions in the world and the only one in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa to belong to this project.
Proposed in 2005 by the Library of Congress in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Digital Library project will make available on the Internet significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.
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For more information regarding the World Digital Library project, please visit http://www.worlddigitallibrary.org/project/english/index.html

UNESCO Regional Conference on Higher Education in Africa

Dakar, Senegal: 11 November 2008.

Keynote address by the Minister of Education of South Africa, Mrs Naledi Pandor, at this conference on new partnerships in African Higher Education

Research in Africa on downward spiral

Wachira Kigotho recently wrote an article in The Standard Online Edition on the “Death of Research in Africa”. In this article he indicates that the scientific gap between Sub-Saharan African countries and the rest of the world is widening to unacceptable levels as a result of weak or total absence of research policies. He reiterrates that when these countries are measured in terms of published scientific papers and patent applications, most countries are experiencing a staggering collapse of scientific output and innovation. National scientific communities that flourished between 1970s and 1980s in Sub-Saharan Africa have floundered or become too small to function effectively. He lists the following possible reasons for the decline:

  • erosion of academic oversight and direction
  • paralysis because of budgetary shortfalls
  • absence of career prospects
  • high staff turnover
  • large number of researchers emigrated or changed professions
  • virtually no recruitment of scientists in the region throughout the 1990s
  • wages paid to scientists in most African countries are no longer adequate to live on
  • funding for science and research partnerships with universities and research institutes in other countries have declined
  • vibrant scientific journals, many of them supported by university departments have disappeared and those that appear are so poorly edited that they have lost their reputed contributors or have been discarded by scientific databases, thus marginalising the scientific output of these countries

Exceptions are countries in Sub-Saharan Africa whose scientists are relatively active in agriculture and medicine.

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Survey of e-Learning in Africa

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair in ICT for Development recently released their Survey of e-Learning in Africa. This report summarises information about the status of e-learning in Africa based on 316 responses to a questionnaire circulated in 2007 to people on the e-Learning Africa database. Respondents to the survey were from 42 different African countries, with Kenya (15%), South Africa (12%), Nigeria (11%), Ethiopia (9%) and Uganda (8%) furnishing most respondents.

These respondents provided a wide variety of information about their e-learning practices, and it is difficult to draw overarching generalisations based on the evidence provided. Nevertheless, three main conclusions can be drawn: 

  • there is a wide variety of different e-learning practices in Africa;  
  • e-learning is still very much in its infancy across most of the continent;  
  • there is much enthusiasm amongst respondents for developing the potential of e-learning in their countries.

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World Youth Report 2007

The World Youth Report 2007 has recently been published by Youth at the United Nations. The report examines the challenges and opportunities existing for the world’s roughly 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Distinct from the 2003 and 2005 editions, it provides a regional overview summarizing the major youth development trends in the fifteen priority areas of the World Programme of Action for Youth. The report explores major issues of concern to youth development, including employment, education, health, poverty, and violence. It also highlights youth as a positive force for development and provides recommendations for supporting their essential contributions.

Chapters:

  • Asian youth in the context of rapid globalization
  • Latin American youth in an era of socio-economic and political change
  • Overcoming the barriers of poverty: challenges for youth participation
    in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Labour market participation among youth in the Middle East and North
    Africa and the special challenges faced by young women
  • Tackling the poverty of opportunity in small island developing States
  • Labour market challenges and new vulnerabilities for youth in economies
    in transition
  • Opportunities for youth development in developed market economies: An
    unequal playing field
  • Ensuring youth development around the world: The way forward
  • Statistical Annex

World Youth Report 2007 Click Here to download!