Learners to Learn Maths via Mxit

Cellphone manufacturer, Nokia, and the Department of Science and Technology have announced that more school children will be able to learn maths on social network, Mxit.

Nokia's Jussi Hinkkanen says the Nokia Momaths programme, which allows pupils to get help online, perform more exercises and track their own progress, offer pupils lessons in mathematical theory.

UWC Criticised for Dismissing Students

People Against Suppression, Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) has raised its concerns after the University of the Western Cape dismissed nearly 50 foreign students who allegedly do not have valid study permits.

PASSOP says that nine of the students were Zimbabweans who were still waiting for their papers to be processed by the Department of Home Affairs under the Zimbabwe Dispensation Project.

Schools for Communities Affected by AIDS

Sharing Life, a Zambian-based NGO, together with its cooperating partners - Media Friends, Barclays Bank Micano, Bank CRA Alessandria, Rotary club Parco Madonie Palermo, Sicily and Bank Prossima - have joined forces to ensure education is taken to places such as Kamaila and Kavalamanja.

In Kamaila, a school has been constructed conveniently in the community to ease the children's burden of walking long distances.

The Myth of Academic Leadership Training Programmes: Do they Really Make an Impact?

Open up any newspaper today and you will find one or other leadership training course being offered. Many universities and other service providers are now competing with each other to offer leadership training. All of these programmes have one thing in common – they can all identify what you are going to learn even before you commence the training in neatly defined verifiable outcomes.

Sub-Saharan School Enrolment on the Increase – UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says that investment in education by sub-Saharan African countries is paying dividends, with more children than ever before now attending school.

In its new report, the organisation states that despite increasing their overall spending on education by six percent each year since 2000, many of the region's nations are still far from the United Nations-set goal of quality education for every child.

Small Drop in Number at Educational Institutions

The proportion of individuals aged between seven and 24  attending an educational institution has declined  compared to 2007, according to Statistics South Africa’s 2010 General Household Survey.

Following a steady increase in the attendance rates between 2002 and 2007, the survey found a slight decrease in attendance rates relative to 2007 in all provinces except Gauteng.

The study cites the poor state of the economy as the reason for the decline, suggesting lack of access to funds following the global recession has undermined people’s ability to pay school fees.

Parents Losing Faith in the Public School Sector

A study by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has revealed that the number of children attending private or independent schools increased by 50 percent between 2000 and 2009.

Though there has only been a 1.6 percent increase in pupils attending state schools over the same period, SAIRR researcher, Marius Roodt, was quick to point out that there were about 12 million state school pupils in 2009 and only about 400 000 at independent schools.

Towards Universal Primary Education: Africa’s Progress in meeting the 2nd Millennium Development Goal

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were formulated at the United Nations (UN) Leaders Summit in 2000.(2) The MDGs are eight internationally recognised targets that aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation by 2015.(3)

Free Education Could Reduce Pregnancies – TAMWA

The Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) has called on the government to adjust the tax system to get more revenue to finance free education for all to help reduce schoolgirl pregnancies.

TAMWA executive director, Ananilea Nkya, says the organisation has established that schoolgirls are engaging in acts leading to pregnancies because of costs associated with education services, including lack of money to pay for hostels.


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