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Nepal, South Africa and Venezuela to receive UN prize for boosting education - 0 views

  • Three institutions from Nepal, South Africa and Venezuela will be recognized for supporting and improving teachers’ effectiveness in developing countries, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today.

    The Rato Bangala Foundation, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre, and the Banco del Libro will be awarded the UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers during a ceremony in Dubai in April.

    The three institutions will be recognized for their outstanding work in the education field in developing countries or within marginalized or disadvantaged communities, UNESCO said in a news release.

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Put teacher development first - Education - Mail & Guardian Online - 1 views

    South Africa produced more engineers than schoolteachers in 2009, which suggests that education planning and priorities need urgent revision.
Teachers Without Borders Uganda: All Teachers Colleges Close, Citing No Cash - 0 views

  • All the 45 government-aided primary teachers colleges in the country have closed due to lack of funds to meet their operational costs less than a month after the term opened.

    Students were sent home on Monday and some who had remained at the institutions left yesterday.

    "We have no option," said Mr John Arinaitwe, the Principals Association of Uganda (PAU) chairman. "We have sent the students home to avert possible strikes because they are apparently doing nothing here."

  • Government pays a unit cost of Shs1,800 daily for each student in a college. The money covers the students' meals, medical care and stationery.

  • A senior principal, who preferred anonymity to speak freely about their predicament, said the government has for a long time been releasing money in instalments, making the institutions accumulate debts.

    "We have too many debts and the suppliers can no longer give us things on credit," he said. "If you give me money in halves, do you want me to teach half of the syllabus or you want me to teach half of the term?

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  • The action taken by the colleges comes a day after private secondary schools implementing the free education scheme also threatened to close at the end of this month if capitation funds are not disbursed to them.
    Uganda: All Teachers Colleges Close, Citing No Cash
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International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) | IREX - 0 views

    The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) brings outstanding secondary school teachers from around the globe to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States.
    The program also brings US secondary school teachers to the home schools of international alumni to collaboratively develop workshops and share best practices. International alumni are eligible to apply for small grants to implement self-designed projects that benefit their home schools and communities.
    ILEP is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.
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Providing education with equity and quality in the run-up to 2015 - - 0 views

    This briefing focuses on MDG2 - to achieve universal primary education - and its target: to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. Developing young minds can help lift countries out of poverty and contribute to a better future for all.
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EI teacher union leaders meet in African Region - 0 views

  • More than 200 participants from education unions have taken part in EI’s seventh African Regional Conference in Brazzaville, Congo, from 29 November to 3 December.

    The conference theme of ‘Unity for Sustainable Investment in Quality Public Education’ was the focus of out-going EI Regional President Irene Duncan-Adunusa’s opening address.

  • "Investing in teachers means: investing in teachers' training, investing in teachers' working conditions, and investing in teachers' human and trade union rights. Dear colleagues, now, more than ever, is time for African educators to reaffirm Africa's ability to build a new future for its citizens through education."
  • “the voice of teachers is critical in ensuring that governments in Africa focus on the quality dimension in education and channel more money towards attaining this.”
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Asabe Yar'Adua Lauds Teachers - 0 views

  • She  said this at the Award of Millennium Development Ambassador (MDA) organised by Teachers Without Borders (TWB),  an international Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to advancing human welfare through teacher professional development and community education hosted in Abuja where she was given an award in recognition of her efforts in the foundation.
  • She stressed that teachers constitute the cornerstone in building a world without borders and other forms of barriers that retard growth, development interactions and integration of thr world.
  • She however lamented that the society has a lot to do to place teachers on a better pedestal, particularly in developing countries .
     Africa Regional Coordinator, Raphael Ogar Oko , said TWB works to support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) through the Millennium Development Ambassadors (MDA)and Millennium Development Volunteers (MDV) program.
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  • He said that the MDA initiative was launched as a TWB program in response to the United Nations Millenium Summit Declaration in New York in 2000, which led to the formulation
    of the MDGs. 
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