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Higher Education in Science and Technology is Critical for Africa’s Development

Higher Education in Science and Technology is Critical for Africa’s Development | Africa | Scoop.it
Higher Education in Science and Technology is Critical for Africa’s Development
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This article is about Africa not having enough engineers, scientists, health professionals, and technicians for it to reach one "Millennium Development Goal" such as access to safe water and improved sanitation. The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank are going to help improve education in Africa in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. This is going to educate Africans and build Africa's future.

This article helped me understand Africa by showing me that Africa has the ability to  improve with a little help. This also showed me that right not enough people are educated enough to build up Africa and that Africa needs to improve it's education before it can improve anything else. I think this article is interesting because it shows the potential in what Africa can become if it focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and not on any other problems.

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Rhinos to be moved from South Africa to Botswana in anti-poaching drive

Rhinos to be moved from South Africa to Botswana in anti-poaching drive | Africa | Scoop.it
Relocation of up to 100 rhinos comes after record numbers of the animals were killed in South Africa last year
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This article is about the relocation of up to 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana. These rhinos are being relocated, because of the poaching of a record of 1,004 rhinos were killed last year. These rhinos are being poaches so much, because of the demand for their horns in Asia. 80% of the world's rhino population lives in South Africa, about 25,000 rhinos. Most of the rhinos in South Africa live in the Kruger national park, where more that 60% of South Africa's rhino poaching occurs. At a global summit in London, a discussion is taking place, aimed at fighting the illegal wildlife trade. Conservation companies said that each rhino will be monitored and researched by tagging and micro-chipping them.Then, a anti-poaching team will work with Botswana's government to monitor them.

This article helps me understand Africa, by showing me that there is a lot of illegal activity in Africa, such as the illegal wildlife trade. The good thing is though, African's governments are trying to end these activities. I think this article is important, because  if people don't become aware and act fast enough, like many other extinct animals, rhinos will become extinct too. 

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South Africa to Proceed With Nuclear Energy Program, Zuma Says

South Africa’s government will push ahead with plans to develop new nuclear power plants as it seeks to reduce its reliance on coal, President Jacob Zuma said.
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President Jacob Zuma says that South Africa will push ahead plans to develop new nuclear power plants to reduce it's reliance on coal. The Energy Ministry published a revised 20-year energy plan which says that new nuclear power will not be needed until at least 2025. Zuma says that the government also wants to use it's shale gas reserves for profit, which could prove as a "game changer" for the economy.

This article helps me understand Africa better by showing that Africa is improving it's economy and power. The government is also planning and preparing for the future. I think the topic discussed in this article is important, because some African countries are moving out of their problems and are focusing more on improving on what they already have. 

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Nigeria to become Africa's biggest economy - BDlive

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Nigeria to become Africa's biggest economy
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WHETHER we like it or not, Nigeria is set to displace South Africa as the continent's largest economy. Other than the "bragging rights" that come with being top of anything, what does this mean?
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Welcome to Hell: Photographer documents Africa's e-waste nightmare - Fox News

Welcome to Hell: Photographer documents Africa's e-waste nightmare - Fox News | Africa | Scoop.it
Welcome to Hell: Photographer documents Africa's e-waste nightmare
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It used to be wetlands, a recreation zone. Today the locals call it Sodom and Gomorrah.
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This  article is about the electric waste dumping ground in called  Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana. The trash is every and the smoke from the burning junk will deduct years from your life if it's inhaled. The people who work in the dumping ground scavenging know that the the junk is poison but it's one of the only ways for them to make some money.The people say that they don;t have enough food to eat and that they are doing this job because there are no other jobs available. Lots of people who have this job get injuries that later lead to some side effects. Much of this waist is coming from the US and UK.

This helps me understand Africa better by showing me that there is not many good jobs for the people to have which forces them to have really bad jobs for a living. Africa is also an electronic dumping ground for the rest of the world. I think this article is very important because when people throw away their used electronic devises, they just forget about is and what they don't realize is that the cost for throwing away that devise is a human life.

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Afghan Taliban condemns attacks on Muslims in Africa

Afghan Taliban condemns attacks on Muslims in Africa | Africa | Scoop.it
The call is a rare statement about a conflicts outside it’s region that was soon echoed by al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch.
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This article is about Christian fighters in the Central African Republic hunting down and and killing Muslim civilians. This as been happening for the recent weeks despite the French and African peacekeepers. Tens of thousand Muslims had been displaced because of the violence; this is what the United Nations’ human rights body has called “ethnic-religious cleansing.” On Saturday, the Taliban says that they want the violence against Muslims to end and that all the killing is being ignored and the world is doing nothing to help. They warned that the situation will spread throughout Africa and they are pushing the international community including the Pope to stop the killing.

This made me understand that there is a lot of racial tension in Africa's unstable countries. This tension can sometimes lead to violence and mass-bloodshed. I think the topic that was presented by this article is very important and should be terminated. If the international community (including the Pope) ignores this and stands idly by, chaos will spread throughout Africa, killing many people, infecting them, and the whole world too. 

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New lives ahead for DR Congo child soldiers

New lives ahead for DR Congo child soldiers | Africa | Scoop.it
Millions have died and over 400,000 have been displaced by the ongoing battle for control of the country's resources.
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This about the Democratic Republic of Congo attempting to rehabilitate some of its former child soldiers. These children were recruited by rebel groups when their village were looted and burned.

Some of the children lived in the bush with rebels who wanted independence for Katanga, a mineral rich province in the Democratic Republic on Congo. Some of the children were rescued when some of the rebel surrendered to the Congolese Army. These children were then taken to Lubumbashi while the grown-ups stayed behind.

The girls get psychological help there and learn a trade, but some where forced to join the rebels when their villages were destroyed. Some of the girls there where forced into marriage and raped, girls between 8 and 17 years old with some even carrying babies. The boys stay in a different part of Lubumbashi and they can't go back into their communities, because of their communities don't want them back.

The Recruitment of child soldiers is a war crime now being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Millions of people have died from violence, disease and hunger in the Democratic Republic of Cong since the 1900's, as rebels have fought for control over it's natural resources. About 600 homes have been destroyed and over 400,000 people have been displaced. 

This article has helped me understand Africa more by showing me that there are children who had innocents taken from them, their parents, and apart of their lives. Even though there is a lot of bad in Africa there are still organizations who are trying to help, save people, by improving and giving them opportunities. I think this article is of very important matters, because the lives of children have been taken advantage of and are being abused. People world-wide should be aware of this topic and it should not be ignored.

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South Africa World's Most Attractive Emerging Solar Energy Country ...

South Africa World's Most Attractive Emerging Solar Energy Country ... | Africa | Scoop.it
Global information company IHS has released an analysis which paints South Africa as the world's most attractive emerging country for solar energy, pointing to the country's target of 8.4 GW of solar PV capacity by 2030 ...
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