In Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, many students are not enrolled in school or are attending without basic supplies, because their parents, many of whom are textile workers, can’t afford the costs. Across the city last year, textile workers went on strike for an increase in the minimum wage, to no avail.
When a Ugandan graduate student completes coursework on time and writes a thesis or doctoral dissertation according to the schools’ timelines, they still have to wait years to receive their degrees. Why? A bureaucratic snafu over money is keeping them from getting their hard-earned degrees.
Haiti’s Cité Soleil area, a densely-populated neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, is known for violence. A group of mental health professionals now work with children in their schools to help them manage the stress they experience living there.
This year, special needs students across Uganda were better able to take their exams, thanks to support provided by the national exam board. The initial response has been positive, but many argue that the new effort is only the first step.
Since the 1990s, privately owned schools have been cropping up in DRC’s Tshopo province, as the numbers of school-age children have increased. But these flimsy schoolhouses are prone to flooding, overheat in the daytime, often lack basic hygiene and frequently rely on corruption to avoid getting shut down.
In Argentina, the peso is plunging, inflation is rising, and the state is making deep cuts to its science budget. The lack of money and the faltering economy mean that researchers can’t afford to publish their research or to attend conferences.
Public school classrooms in Buenos Aires are bursting at the seams, but new construction projects are at a standstill. Meanwhile, teachers worry that the poor learning environment will come at a cost for students.
Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, is growing quickly, and the government struggles to meet the city’s education needs. In neighborhoods without public schools, illegal for-profit schools are springing up, providing students with education – and a host of challenges.
High fees keep many children in Zimbabwe out of public schools that are supposed to be open to everyone. In one Harare neighborhood, young adults who lost their chance at education as children say a brand-new public school is too expensive for them to attend.