Trained teachers have not kept pace with a boom in universities, leading to massive staff shortages and leaving hundreds of students in limbo. School closures tied to the coronavirus pandemic threaten to further delay their future.
Mongolia has closed state-run schools temporarily in hopes of preventing an outbreak of the coronavirus. But Mongolian students have faced another health crisis for much longer – insufficient nutrition in school meals. Will a long-overdue increase in the country’s school nutrition budget do anything to help?
Even though the DRC Constitution has long guaranteed free, compulsory public education, parents have been paying into public-school teacher salaries for years – and students faced expulsion for nonpayment. This year, the government finally made good on its promise, but public schools are struggling to meet the sudden demand.
The country's rural schools are turning away from English-only instruction as mother-tongue language learning grows in popularity. But the practice faces bigger hurdles in urban classrooms. Do local languages stand a chance?
Parents and religious groups have criticized the government’s plan to teach sexuality education to children as young as 3. Meanwhile, police report a rise in cases of sexual abuse of children, and some civil society groups say the delay is partly to blame.
In DRC’s North Kivu province, forced marriages are often the unhappy result of unplanned pregnancies – even though the practice is illegal. But if you consider forcing your daughter to marry these days, you’ll likely receive a visit from the staff of a women’s organization to talk you out of it.
In Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, more than 50,000 students compete for just 6,000 places at the state university. That’s why one organization is helping secondary students prepare for the university’s tough admissions test.
The dire circumstances in local refugee camps – including lack of services, dependence on aid and general uncertainty for the largely South Sudanese population – make it more likely that girls will get married and have children before they turn 18. Authorities in Uganda’s Palorinya Refugee Settlement believe education could help, but reversing the trend is an uphill battle.