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An official of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says Ghana and some other Sub-Saharan nations will not achieve universal primary education by 2015, as originally targeted.
Professor Kwame Acheampong, UNESCO’s Senior Policy Analyst in Ghana, also said over 100 countries worldwide will not achieve basic education for all children by 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number two.
Author Pa Abdou Sarr says a prime goal is to lead people with disabilities to create their own media content, rather than being simply passive consumers.
A physically challenged himself, Sarr says this is the driving force behind his effort to develop a film based on a book he published earlier this year on the difficulties facing disabled people.
A three-week training course for young researchers to strengthen their analytic capacities on issues affecting children and youth in Africa and globally is underway in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
The training is initiated by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and brings together participants from across the African continent.
Political campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on 17 November is gaining momentum, but with adverse impact on schools and commercial activities in the capital, Freetown.
This is so when the two leading parties – the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) and main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) – take to the streets.
Over 20, 000 public school students in Liberia have been affected by a strike action by teachers in the capital, Monrovia.
Teachers of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), the largest public school body, said they will not return to the classrooms until their demands are met for salary increment proportionate to their qualifications.
Several school teachers have received recognition for their role in the promotion girls’ education in the West African state.
The honorees, including a female teacher of 38 years service in the classroom, received cash prizes of two million Leones (about US$500) and certificates of recognition from a local NGO.
The awards, the first of its kind in Sierra Leone, formed part of celebrations marking the first International Day of the Girl, which focused on the need for quality education for girls.
Since Sierra Leone’s civil war ended over one decade ago, the country has been striving to improve girls’ education by encouraging parents to send their girl child to school.
As our Freetown correspondent Mohamed Konneh reports, the latest award program for teachers was organized by Youth Advocacy Network, with support from Plan International Sierra Leone.
A spirited debate is underway in Ghana over whether or not there is a need for free senior high school education and general education policies ahead of presidential and general elections in December.
This issue has taken center stage in the campaign messages of the various political parties in the country, with the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and lead opposition National Patriotic Party (NPP) in heated debate.
A local non-governmental organization has kicked off a massive sensitization across the country promoting tolerance and non-violence in the run-up to and after Sierra Leone’s November 2012 elections.
Pampana Communications, with support from the Open Society Initiatives for West Africa (OSIWA), will use a multi-media approach that includes community theatre, radio drama, radio jingles and mobile public address system to spread the message for peaceful polls in the West African nation.
Children in Sierra Leone have been debating whether television is doing more harm than good to the society, with positions being divided.
A new report has revealed that “for the first time since record keeping on poverty began” in 2000, “the number of Africans living under $1.25 per day has declined.”
However the report has warned that despite the progress, “Africa needs to do more to meet all the targets agreed in the MDGs document.”