Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

South Africa sets up Teach For All programme

ABN – South Africa is the first African country to sign up to a Teach First-style scheme set to spread across Africa.

Teach For All programmes are modelled on the UK’s Teach First scheme and aim to attract graduates to the classroom.

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp said: “The message we’ve got from folks all across Africa is that, as relevant as this model may be in a very developed context, it’s even more relevant to the needs that exist in the developing context, where it’s true that there are many basic needs not being met.”

Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda are also in talks with the intention of setting up the programme within their country.


Avanti launches African internet education service

ABN – Avanti Communications (LSE: AVN) has launched a new internet education service to African children for less than 10p per day.

The Avanti Connected Education service combines technology with teaching skills in an attempt to address the problem of poor education in Africa.

A number of other education services have been deployed by Avanti in Africa, most recently the iMlango project in Kenya.

Paul Feenan, Director of Avanti Government Services, said: "Our 'Connect-Develop-Sustain' strategy uniquely addresses the numerous challenges facing decision makers within the Education sector across Africa.

“Our leading Ka-band satellite technology provides a resilient, high-speed and quick-to-deploy solution beyond fibre, capable of meeting long-term socio-economic goals for African education."

Avanti leads a consortium in partnership with the Department for International Development to reach 100,000 children.


Camfed founder wins $500,000 award

ABN – Ann Cotton the founder of Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) has won an award for her work helping African girl’s access education.

Cotton was awarded the 2014 Prize for Education Laureate at the World Innovation Summit for Education held in Qatar.

Camfed’s work has benefitted three million children across Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Cotton who was appointed OBE in 2006 has also received a US$500,000 prize alongside the award.

Wise chairman Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani said: “Ann Cotton has dedicated her life to improving the education of girls and the empowerment of young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

“She has created a successful education model not only benefiting millions of children from the poorest areas but also ultimately entire communities”.

Around 1,500 education experts from all over the world attended the summit in Doha.


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