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‘Zero Tolerance’ for School Sex Offences

‘Zero Tolerance’ for School Sex Offences

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has zero-tolerance for teachers or staff members accused of sexual offences against pupils, said executive director Sanet Steenkamp. She said this at a time student organisations have accused the ministry of neglecting its duty to protect pupils from sexual predators. “I want to state that the ministry upon […]

Govt Eases Restrictions, Opens All Schools

Govt Eases Restrictions, Opens All Schools

All academic institutions in Rwanda will open and resume physical tutoring starting Tuesday, February 23, ending the prolonged shutdown that particularly affected learning institutions in the capital Kigali. According to the World Bank, at least 3.5 million students in Rwanda have been out of school due to restrictions imposed by the government to contain the […]

Kenyatta Warns Headteachers Not to Send Learners Home for Fees

Kenyatta Warns Headteachers Not to Send Learners Home for Fees

President Uhuru Kenyatta has cautioned headteachers in day primary and secondary schools across the country against sending learners away for fees. Speaking on Inooro, Kameme and Gukena radio stations Monday morning, President Kenyatta said that headteachers have no authority to send learners with fees balance home. “Let me be very clear, no child should be […]

Why We Can’t Reopen Schools Now – Govt

Why We Can’t Reopen Schools Now – Govt

The Federal Government says it cannot reopen schools now as it is not yet safe to do so. The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this in Abuja on Monday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He described as fake, reports that the government would reopen schools on June […]

Teen Pregnancy Risk Rises As Schools Shut For Coronavirus

Teen Pregnancy Risk Rises As Schools Shut For Coronavirus

School closures due to coronavirus in West Africa risk exposing girls to sexual violence and unwanted pregnancy, experts said on Thursday, basing the warning on past experience with Ebola. Activists said countries should take preventative measures now, such as reinforcing sexual violence hotlines, making public announcements about the penalties for rape and using technology to […]

Ghana’s Ministry Of Education Urged To Consider Free Sanitary Pads For School Girls

Ghana’s Ministry Of Education Urged To Consider Free Sanitary Pads For School Girls

Activists and teachers in the Upper East Region have called on the Ministry of Education to consider in its budget, the provision of free sanitary pads for schoolgirls from very poor homes who could not afford to purchase the commodity during their menstrual periods. The stakeholders including teachers and students made the call at separate […]

‘Rescue Community’ Launches Attack Against Female Genital Mutilation And Child Marriage In Kenya

‘Rescue Community’ Launches Attack Against Female Genital Mutilation And Child Marriage In Kenya

Almost one in four girls in Kenya are married before they reach the legal age of 18, says the United Nations. The rare rescue of a 12-year-old Kenyan girl forced to marry and have sex with a man almost three times her age shows community policing is key to ending child marriage, campaigners said on […]

Schools Act As Haven For Girls Fleeing FGM, Marriage In Uganda

Schools Act As Haven For Girls Fleeing FGM, Marriage In Uganda

FGM, which involves the partial or total removal of external genitalia, became illegal in Uganda in 2010 but continues in secret Gertrude had barely hit puberty when her father agreed to marry her to an older man in exchange for 30 cows so she did something unusual in her Ugandan tribe – she ran away […]

Investing In Young Talent In Malawi

Investing In Young Talent In Malawi

Rehema is quiet and soft-spoken, introducing herself shyly when we first meet at her high school in Namwera, in rural Malawi. She sees that I have a stack of notes and questions that I want to ask her about her life and education. She asks to look at my notes, and I can tell that […]

China-Sponsored School Helps Kenyan Slum Children Nurture Talents

China-Sponsored School Helps Kenyan Slum Children Nurture Talents

 Stacy Awuor developed a love for football at a tender age while growing up in Nairobi’s Mathare slums where poverty and other social ills have always conspired to deny youngsters a chance to realize their dreams. The 16-year-old student at MCEDO Beijing school, whose construction was financed by Chinese firms, has defied cultural stereotypes and […]

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