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Students Battle in Knowledge Competition, as Haiti Works to Raise Education Levels

Region: Haiti

Topics: Education

The education sector in Haiti has long been marred by poor literacy rates and low levels of public spending. As the government and NGOs strive to raise education levels, a knowledge competition promotes learning through a contest for students in the area including Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.

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Despite More Government Spending, Buenos Aires Schools Struggle to Feed Students

Region: Argentina

Topics: Education

In Buenos Aires, public-school cafeterias were struggling to feed every student, so a government increase in spending per plate was a welcome change. But it’s been one year since the increase took effect, and some students are still going home hungry.

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Former Child Soldier Hopes Amateur Boxing Club Brings Peace to Other Young Soldiers

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

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.

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DRC Center Uses Art, Cultural Activities To Promote Peace and Combat Unemployment

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

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.

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Bright Colors Mean Bright Future for Maker Of Hand-Dyed Fabrics in Western Rwanda

Region: Rwanda

Topics: BusinessEducation

A 30-year-old entrepreneur has created a successful business in her home, with a small number of employees, and she hopes to expand. Local clothing makers are encouraged to increase production, since imported secondhand clothes will soon be banned.

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To Break Cycle of Rural Illiteracy, Tutoring Organization Focuses on Children

Region: Haiti

Topics: Education

In rural Haiti, a lack of quality schools and instruction contributes to a generational cycle of illiteracy, and parents are often unable to help their children with schoolwork. One small volunteer group started by a local health care worker is stepping in to interrupt that cycle by teaming university students with local students for Saturday tutoring sessions.

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When Rwandan Mothers Work in DRC, Small Children Wait Alone at Border

Region: Rwanda

Topics: EducationHuman RightsPolitics

Rwandan children of all ages are left alone each day near the border crossing with Democratic Republic of Congo as their mothers peddle food and other goods there. The women say they have no other way to earn money, even though their work forces their children to fend for themselves during the day.

This article refers to a March 26th speech by Paul Kagame. The speech has been intentionally paraphrased, rather than quoted, to comply with Rwandan law that forbids the president's words to be used out of context.

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In a Haitian Town Full of Mass Graves, An Orphanage Looks to Children’s Futures

Region: Haiti

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

In Haiti, most children in orphanages have at least one living relative, but no family members able to care for them. That is true of all the children at one community-based private orphanage in Titanyen.

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DRC Students Drop Out as Parents Struggle To Pay Rising Required Teachers’ Bonuses 

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Education

Children whose parents can’t afford the rising cost of bonus payments to augment teachers’ pay are being turned away from schools. Teacher salaries are a major challenge for Congolese communities, where schools require parents to augment government salaries. Meanwhile DRC, with an estimated 3.5 million primary school-age children out of school, is among nations with the highest numbers of out-of-school children in the world.

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Fighting Poverty, Illiterate Dad in Haiti Struggles to Send Kids to School

Region: Haiti

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

In recent years, school enrollment rates in Haiti have gone up, but the average Haitian age 25 or older has attended school for less than five years, half the adult population is illiterate, and there’s a lack of experienced teachers. The government is straining to ensure that children attend school while few teachers receive proper training.

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