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Video: Learning to Succeed in South Africa

Students at the Centre of Science and Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, have high hopes: to become doctors and engineers, win top awards, and lift their families out of poverty. This video introduces a year-long series chronicling the struggles of these exceptional students from Khayelitsha, one of South Africa's most densely populated, low-income areas.

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We rise

 

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Kenyans win one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships

Kenyans win one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships | African News | Scoop.it
Nine Kenyans have won one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships to study postgraduate courses in the United Kingdom.
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Great news - nine people will be able to return to Kenya better equiped to lead it forward into even greater successes.

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Kenya: We Should Devolve Education System

Kenya: We Should Devolve Education System | African News | Scoop.it

 

Over the past couple of months, there has been a national debate on whether or not to devolve education. Predictably, Governors have been leading the campaign for devolution of education, arguing it will result in better educational outcomes than the current centralised system.

 

The National government on the other hand has flatly rejected this proposal, arguing that education is a first of all a national function according to the Constitution.

 

Secondly, counties lack the capacity to be involved in education management. Amidst this debate, it is possible to lose sight of the bigger issue; the Kenyan education system is simply not living up to its goals.

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With the management of education this is, and only ever should be, ONE question: what best benefits the students?

 

Turning education into a political football for point-scoring against your opposition will only ever do more harm than good - just look at the harm done the British state education system since Thatcher (enthusiastically followed by Blair) made it a political football.

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KCE Everyday Life

KCE Everyday Life | African News | Scoop.it
Photo by Megan Orr, 2012 Peace Fellow at the Kakenya Center for Excellence, Kenya
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I've starred this for the top because the girl's smile represents everything that is good about Kenya, and about Africa as a whole.

There is so much amazing human potential in the continent.

Watch Kakenya Ntaiya's phenomenal talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/kakenya_ntaiya_a_girl_who_demanded_school.html

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