Source: U.S. Department of State |

Record number of African students enrolled in U.S. institutions

Ghana sends third-highest number of students from the continent

The latest Open Doors report on international education has revealed that the United States hosted 1.08 million international students during the 2016/2017 academic year. This marks a 3 percent increase over the prior year. The number of African students hit a record high at 37,735, marking a 7 percent increase…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Basic education committee welcomes declining trend in teenage pregnancies

The Committee further welcomed the directive by the DBE that stringent vetting will occur for all people working with children

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has welcomed the declining trend in teenage and learner pregnancies in South Africa. Committee Chairperson Ms Nomalungelo Gina said: “We are excited that the trends are going down, but even so, we are still worried. One teenage pregnancy is one school pregnancy too many.”…

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Source: Merck Foundation |

Merck Foundation announces their Merck Diabetes Award 2017 Winners to Mark World Diabetes Day

Merck Foundation marks today the World Diabetes Day themed ‘Diabetes & Women- Our right to a healthy future’ with the announcement of the winners of 2017 “Merck Diabetes Award” “Every Day is a Diabetes Day”

The award was launched in April 2016 in partnership with African and Asian universities with the aim of building a platform of diabetes experts across the globe. After the official launch of the Merck Foundation ( in Cairo, Egypt on 24th October 2017, Merck Foundation has embarked on a strong…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Presidency |

President Zuma to Release Report of the Commission on Higher Education and Training

President Jacob Zuma will release the Report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa at 12h00 today, 13 November 2017.   The President established the Commission in January 2016, chaired by Honourable Justice Jonathan Arthur Heher, assisted by Adv Gregory Ally and…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Destructive impact of conflict on education highlighted in four-country African youth survey

Brussels event calls on African Union-EU summit to prioritise investment in learning opportunities

Unsafe or damaged schools, absent teachers and dangerous journeys to class are among the destructive ways that conflict is impacting the learning prospects of young Africans according to a new UNICEF survey carried out in four countries. Based on polling among 128,000 young people* in Central African Republic (CAR), Uganda,…

Source: UNICEF Uganda |

Launch of the First-Ever National Child Participation Strategy

The Strategy aims to provide an enabling environment for children to voice their views on issues affecting their lives, for children to be recognized as key stakeholders, and for children’s issues to be addressed in Uganda’s plans, programmes and services

WHAT: The Government of Uganda will launch its first-ever National Child Participation Strategy, which provides direction for key stakeholders – families, communities, parents, leaders, teachers, policy makers, etc -  to promote meaningful child participation at all levels of Ugandan society. WHEN: Wednesday, 15 November 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00noon WHERE:…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Presidency |

No fees announcement was due in SONA2017

The thrust of SONA2017 was radical economic transformation flowing from the governing party, the ANC’s January 8 statement and the Cabinet and governing party Makgotla

The story in the Sunday Times newspaper reporting that President Jacob Zuma was planning to announce free education in the State of the Nation Address in February this year and was stopped by the National Treasury is a fabrication.   The President never planned to make such an announcement. The…

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Aliko Dangote Foundation joins global leaders to fight malnutrition - pledges US$100 million for Nigeria

The Global Nutrition Report 2017 launched at the Summit, showed that despite progress, 155 million children globally are stunted and the world is off track on meeting internationally agreed nutrition targets

What problem can be found in every country in the world and affects one in three people globally? What problem is so rife that the World Health Organization (WHO) terms it “the new normal.”? The surprising answer is malnutrition. It is not an issue that grabs many headlines or attracts…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Higher Education Committee Urges University of Cape Town Transformation and Completion of Academic Year after Oversight Visit

The Committee conducted an oversight visit to the University of Cape Town yesterday with the intention of understanding the disturbances that resulted in classes being suspended last week

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has called on protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students to allow the institution to complete the academic year without disturbances. The Chairperson of the Committee, Ms Connie September, said it was critical that the academic year is completed at the university…

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8th l’Oréal-UNESCO for women in science regional programme honours young scientists from across Africa

Since 1998, the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation and UNESCO have been committed to women in science and to increasing the number of women working in scientific research

The 2017 edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa ceremony celebrated 14 young female scientists. As part of the programme launched in 2010, female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa were honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field. Their fields of research vary across different…