European Union/European Commission announces €25 million to Education Cannot Wait for crisis-affected children and youth

‘Team Europe has to date contributed to more than 40% of the funding of Education Cannot Wait, and the new €25 million contribution from the EU will further support it to reach the most vulnerable children and bring them back to education.’27 September 2021, New York – The European Union/European Commission today announced €25 million (approx. US$29.3 million) in new funding to support Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the United Nations…

28 Abducted Baptist School Students Freed in Nigeria

Armed kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were abducted at the beginning of July from the Bethel Baptist High School in the northern town of Damishi.Church officials returned those children to their parents at the school on Sunday. But the Rev. Israel Akanji, president of the Baptist Convention, said more than 80 other children are still being held by the gunmen.So far 34…

140 Students Abducted in Northwestern Nigeria?

Armed kidnappers have taken 140 students from their boarding school in northwestern Nigeria, local officials announced Monday. Attackers opened fire on the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state early Monday, abducting most of the 165 pupils boarding there overnight. Teachers at the school told reporters they don’t know where the students were taken. Police in Kaduna state said they have rescued 26 people, including one teacher.Monday’s abduction is one…

South Sudan: WFP to provide meals to over 530,000 children

June 15, 2021 (JUBA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday signed an agreement with South Sudan to provide meals to more than 530,000 children in schools across the country.The WFP deputy country director for South Sudan, Adeyinka Badejo said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Ministry of General Education and Instruction is aimed at increasing enrollment, in addition to encouraging parents to keep children in…

South Sudan Students, Teachers Back in School After 14-month Lockdown

JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN - Primary and secondary schools across South Sudan reopened Monday, a little more than one year after they were closed in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Hussain Abdelbagi, head of the South Sudan task force on COVID-19, urged teachers and students to continue social distancing and adhere to all other preventative guidelines as they return to classrooms. At the launch of the…

Students demand the reopening of Upper Nile University

Students at the University of Upper Nile are calling for the resumption of lectures as the month-long Covid-19 lockdown ended April 3. The call was made to the university administration during a peaceful demonstration held in the environs of the campus on Monday. Speaking to Radio Tamazuj, several students decried the continued closure of the institution since December 2019, calling it a denial of their right to education. “If it…

NATIONAL CONSULTATION HELD ON THE IGAD TEACHER TRAINING INITIATIVE; IGAD TO FORGE STRONG PARTNERSHIP WITH SUDANESE UNIVERSITIES

Khartoum, Sudan. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in partnership with the Government of Germany through GIZ, and the Government of Sudan conducted a two-day national consultation on the IGAD Teacher Training Initiative (ITTI) on 10 - 12 February 2021 in Khartoum, Sudan.The IGAD Teacher Training Initiative (ITTI) will provide training to 100 secondary school teachers in Sudan as well as an additional 100 teachers in refugee settings and host…

Hamdok accused of bowing to Islamist pressure over Sudanese school curricula

(KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is facing widespread criticism over his decision to freeze new school curricula that were rejected by Islamist and religious groups.   A number of Islamists known for their affiliation with the former regime, but also conservative religious groups launched a campaign against the director of the National Curriculum Center, Omer al-Qarray, who belongs to the Republican Brotherhood, a reformist Islamic group calling for…
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