At Yolé! Africa, young people from multiple ethnic groups work together to create art and learn job skills. In a country where ethnic tensions often result in violence, the center is an unusual environment where people collaborate to promote peace.
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.
Zimbabwe used to have one of the finest school systems in Southern Africa, but, despite its policy of inclusive education, 67 percent of school principals in Zimbabwe have had difficulty recruiting specialist teachers, according to one survey. Lack of funding is blamed, and some educators fool themselves into thinking that handling special-needs students is an easy job.
In 2016, Uganda categorically banned corporal punishment in schools. But two years later, as students continue to report being beaten, and experts debate the merits of caning, the issue remains far from settled.
The education system in Guatemala lacks teachers and materials, while student enrollment and performance are spotty at best. But rural classrooms are integrating a new feature: 28,000 state-of-the-art, education-oriented tablets, donated by outside organizations.
Disabled Haitians, including those with auditory impairments, struggle against prejudice and marginalization in their daily lives. Now, an institute is teaching sign language to young professionals – and raising awareness in the process.
In Haiti, students older than 13 aren’t allowed to enter secondary school. The result of the overage policy here forces many students to drop out after sixth grade, advocates say. But the École de la Réussite blends vocational training with traditional subjects to give older students another chance.
Cheaper fees tantalize low-income parents to send their children to for-profit institutions. But many of these schools fail to meet even basic standards, such as separate dorms or toilet facilities for boys and girls.
In Democratic Republic of Congo, many children are lured into joining armed groups but soon begin looking for an escape. A school in Lubero is offering these former child combatants food, shelter and training in a variety of trades.