Category Archives: Africa

Egypt: Online program connects students across cultural and national borders

Universities around the world are looking for ways to give their students a more international outlook, notes the Chronicle of Higher Education, in order to prepare them for a future that will increasingly involve global problems and partnerships. ‘There is … Continue reading

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Angolan army general stresses the importance of English

The vice chief of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), General Abreu Muengo “Kamorteiro” called for the need of teaching of English language within the staff members of the Angolan army. The training programme, noted the Angola Press, was … Continue reading

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English-Zulu dictionary helps break down language barriers in South Africa

English speakers visiting South Africa could soon find this easier after the publication of an English-Zulu dictionary – believed to be the first of its kind for more than 40 years. Oxford University Press Southern Africa, notes the Guardian, also … Continue reading

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Africa – Asia – Middle East news roundup

Time for a look at the magical world of TEFL in Rwanda, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE and Pakistan. Rwandan teachers back at school to help country’s anglophone ambitions Although French now ranks as an official language alongside Kinyarwanda and English, … Continue reading

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Ireland: African pupils more likely to be bullied

African children are more likely to be bullied at Irish schools than Eastern Europeans, a new report claims. According to the Irish Independent, ‘Adapting to Diversity: Irish Schools and Newcomer Students‘, compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute, surveyed … Continue reading

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Swaziland: Brigadier Fonono joins the siswati/English language debate

For a number of years now, English has remained a passing subject and despite calls from certain sections of society for a review of this, things have remained unchanged, notes the Observer. Retired Army Commander and cultural connoisseur Brigadier Fonono … Continue reading

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Uganda lays mother-tongue foundations

Uganda: The first-language teaching policy highlights the rural-urban education divide, notes the Guardian. On a hot Friday afternoon at Katine primary school, in north-east Uganda, Santa Awiyo points her large wooden ruler at the blackboard as her year-three pupils chant … Continue reading

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Somali students share memoirs from Kenya to Lewiston

Somalia and the United States: The crowd listened intently as the soft-spoken, sometimes shy writers took the stage to read excerpts from their new book, notes the Sun journal. They read poems praying for a better life, autobiographical accounts of … Continue reading

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Ethiopian streetkids turn to PCs in language challenge

Ethiopia: In the shadow of Addis Ababa’s biggest Orthodox church, notes Reuters, more than 100 street children cluster around gazing as Amharic script flashes on computer screens before them. Ethiopia, one of Africa’s biggest and poorest countries, has more than … Continue reading

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MTN Moves to Stem Decline in Education Standard in Nigeria

Nigeria: allAfrica reports that, in an effort to stem the declining standard of education in Nigeria, leading GSM provider, MTN, has introduced an interschool quiz competition, tagged MTN Smarter Brains Competition. The competition which will draw participants from junior secondary … Continue reading

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