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How a Boy from the Desert Brought Education to Millions
Field Stories / Opinions

How a Boy from the Desert Brought Education to Millions

By Harold Elletson It is baking hot and there is no breeze to stir the windsock on the edge of a tiny airstrip in the Western Australian desert.  A small light aircraft is just visible in the distance through the heat haze. In one of the buildings in what passes for a settlement on the edge of the airfield, a group of children have […]

Hope flies Drones
Field Stories / Trends

Hope flies Drones

It is amazing to think what human ambition is truly capable of; particularly turning something of great adversity into one of hope, change agent none the less. If you had asked many people a few years ago what a drone was, don’t be surprised if the responses were aligned to a killing machine. The use of remotely piloted aircraft, otherwise known as drones, were […]

A digital intervention to successfully train literacy and numeracy skills in Kakuma, Kenya
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A digital intervention to successfully train literacy and numeracy skills in Kakuma, Kenya

Along with the other arid and semi-arid lands, Turkana county has one of the lowest indicators of economic and social development in Kenya, with youth and women being the most affected. Across the county, youth not only face structural barriers to work but also deal with social and cultural blocks. This equally affects women and newly-arrived refugees. The key barriers hindering the absorption of […]

Habib serving a customer at his hotel @SwissContact
Field Stories

A digital intervention to literacy and numeracy for refugees and asylum seekers, Kakuma, Kenya

Along with the other arid and semi-arid lands, Turkana county has one of the lowest indicators of economic and social development in Kenya, with youth and women being the most affected. Across the county, youth not only face structural barriers to work but also deal with social and cultural blocks. This equally affects women and newly-arrived refugees. The key barriers hindering the absorption of […]

Mauritius Country Profile
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Mauritius Country Profile

The first Europeans to have visited Mauritius were the Portuguese at the beginning of the sixteenth century. In 1598, a Dutch naval expedition landed in a sheltered bay on a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean. Its members decided to name the island after the fleet’s main vessel, the “Mauritius”, which in turn had been named after Holland’s Prince Maurits van Nassau. They introduced […]

German Development Cooperation: Promoting the Use of ICT for Refugee Education
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German Development Cooperation: Promoting the Use of ICT for Refugee Education

It was not a coincidence that this year’s eLearning Africa was held under the patronage of the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller. 2016 is the year of digital education in Germany! This year, the German Government has declared digital education a priority of its national Digital Agenda. German Development Cooperation has also recognized the high potential of ICT […]

SPHEIR: driving innovation for higher education reform
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SPHEIR: driving innovation for higher education reform

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has recently launched the SPHEIR programme – Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform.  This is backed by £45m of UK-government funds and aims to transform aspects of higher education in low-income countries. It will support approximately twelve multi-actor partnerships to improve access, quality, relevance and affordability of higher education over an initial five-year period. Its […]