Africa News Headlines for 31 May 2015

Albie Sachs, South African Anti-Apartheid Activist, Discusses Peabody-Winning Doc on His Life (Q&A) Source: The Hollywood Reporter Zimbabwe Works To Restore Its Education System Source: NPR 10m Ugandans are under-fed – UN report Source: New Vision Burundi: Peace Sacrificed? Source: International Crisis Group Korea’s presence excites Africa Source: Korea Times U.S. Condemns Violence in Burundi …

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African languages have the power to transform universities

Russell H. Kaschula, Rhodes University A history lecturer teaching a class about the history of the Xhosa people in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province stops speaking English for a few minutes. She switches to isiXhosa, the home language of nearly 80% of the Eastern Cape’s residents. Although she translates the phrases she is using, students …

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Not all of Ghana’s children attend school — but that doesn’t mean they aren’t learning

Brendan Rigby, University of Melbourne Researchers know very little about the daily lives and education of children who are excluded from formal schooling. According to UNESCO’s definition of “out of school” these children are never expected to enrol, have dropped out or are expected to enrol later in formal schooling. But a case study in …

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PhDs in Focus: Helping Uganda’s neglected pastoralists

By Jon Spaull If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [7.4MB]   “I’m opening frontiers of research in an area where people don’t believe it’s possible to conduct research” says PhD student Anthony Egeru, who is studying the effects of climate change …

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South Africa’s doors of learning are open – but not yet to all

Elizabeth Walton, University of the Witwatersrand There is a line in South Africa’s Freedom Charter, which was drafted 60 years ago, that foreshadows the country’s current attitude to education. It declares: The doors of learning and culture shall be open to all! Twenty-one years into its life as a democracy, South Africa appears at first …

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