Telemedicine saves lives in disaster zones

By Imogen Mathers Another year, another record smashed for the number of people forced by war and disaster to flee their homes. On World Refugee Day (20 June), a report by UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) revealed that 65.3 million people were living displaced from their homes in 2015, more than 21 million of them …

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New partnerships bring hope to South African schools

By Imogen Mathers If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or go here to download.   The state of education in South Africa has been the focus of sustained protest and political debate over the past 18 months. With the rise of the student-led Rhodes Must Fall and Fees …

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Who is going to pay for higher education in Africa?

By Imogen Mathers The past 18 months have been turbulent for many universities across the African continent. From Cape Town to Ibadan to Nairobi, campuses have become sites of protest and debate about fees, equal access to education, the colonial character of curriculums, social inequality, and many other issues. Under the spotlight has been the …

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South African student politics 40 years after Soweto

By Imogen Mathers On 16 June 1976, thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets of the Johannesburg township of Soweto, in protest at the apartheid government’s imposition of Afrikaans as the language of instruction, as well as at broader government oppressions. The brutal police response to the Soweto uprising shocked the world and became a …

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S. Africa must retell its past to shape a fairer future

By Imogen Mathers If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or go here to download.   Last year was an explosive one for South African higher education. University protests across the country sparked nationwide debates on fees, access to education and how university curriculums could be decolonised, for example …

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