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Ugandan NGO to Build ICT School

LEAD Uganda, a NGO that provides education to orphaned and needy children, is set to build a post-primary institute to teach information and communication technology (ICT).

LEAD Uganda founder, Stephen Shames, says that there is no reason why ICT should be a preserve of developed countries.

Shames says that the institute will not only help impart ICT skills but will also bolster efforts in bridging the digital divide between Uganda and the developed world.

Teen Pregnancies on the Decrease – Study

A survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on behalf of the Department of Education, shows that teenage pregnancies are declining though the rate remains ‘unacceptably’ high.

Provinces that currently show high pregnancy rates include Eastern Cape, with 69 pregnant pupils per 1 000 registered, KwaZulu-Natal with 62 and Limpopo with 60 per 1 000 registered.

The report states that the decline can be attributed to increased access to information and improved contraception use.

Improve Education to Solve SA’s Problems – Jansen

The University of the Free State vice-chancellor, Jonathan Jansen, says South Africa will be able to solve its problems only when it has sorted out its educational stumbling blocks.

Speaking at the first of a series of discussions called ‘Education Conversations’ in Bloemfontein, Jansen noted that, “If we are not going to get students from schools who understand democracy, we are not going to get the country right."

Technology Blamed for Poor Literacy in SA

Poor schooling, television, video games and the use of "SMS language" have all played a part in producing the poor state of literacy displayed by South Africa's university entrants. This is according to the University of the North West Chancellor and chairperson of the Higher Education South Africa, Theunis Elloff.

Eloff, who presented a report on the issue to the parliamentary portfolio committee, says the literacy standards of more than half of university entrants are too low for them to succeed without help.

Motshekga Pledges Textbooks for 2010

The Presidency and the Department of Basic Education have undertaken to provide 60 percent of all learners in no-fee schools with textbooks and other learning materials at the start of next year.

This is in addition to the provinces’ provision of learning materials and was part of the government’s commitment to implementing its policy, after years of praise for good policy and criticism for poor delivery.

Education the Most Powerful Weapon to Change the World

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” These are the wise words of former president Nelson Mandela who celebrates his 91st birthday this month. Indeed prophetic words calling on all South Africans to account for the way in which education is used to ensure the success of South Africa’s nation-building project.

Potential Centre of Excellence in Journalism Training in Africa, Walter Sisulu University to Train Community Broadcasters

UNESCO and the Walter Sisulu University’s broadcast school have entered into a partnership to train community radio broadcasters from Lesotho and Swaziland. The training seminar will focus on starting up community radio stations in both these countries. The training will take place at the broadcast studios at the Walter Sisulu University’s media school in East London from the 16 – 21 August 2009.

Protesting Zimbabwe Students Arrested – ZLHR

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) says police have arrested four representatives of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) after a foiled protest, over new tuition fees at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.

ZLHR says the four were arrested as they addressed students over a decision by authorities at the institution to bar students who have not paid their tuition fees from attending lectures or using the library.

Creecy Criticises ‘Unacceptable’ Education Quality

Gauteng MEC for Education, Barbara Creecy, has acknowledged that there are still a significant number of schools that do not deliver quality when measured in terms of pupil outcomes.

Creecy says that the consequences of this are that many of the youth end up having education without the basics they will need to make their way in the world. She says that the main challenge for any school system is to provide every child with almost one million minutes of quality education.

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