An effort to move Uganda away from its English-only approach to education gets a boost from the strong exam results seen in rural areas, where mother-tongue learning is more common. But the practice faces challenges as it expands into urban schools.
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.
For young people living with HIV in Uganda, the lack of privacy in schools and associated stigma often stops them from taking their medication. To address the problem, the government is developing a new policy to establish a more supportive school environment.
Ever since the Indian government suspended the article granting semi-autonomous status to Indian-administered Kashmir, Kashmiri students all the way in India’s capital, New Delhi, are feeling the effects. Many of them find themselves without the means to cover education costs since they are cut off from their families.
Even though a majority of people speak Creole as their first language in Haiti, most schools teach in French. Now, one elementary school and a growing network of Creole advocates are working to breaking down learning barriers.
A former child soldier started an amateur boxing club in Democratic Republic of Congo to help other young soldiers move beyond their pasts. Now, boys and men from varying ethnic groups work together to find success in the boxing ring.