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Kenyan science teacher Peter Tabichi wins $1m global award

Franciscan brother who gives away 80% of his income scoops Varkey Foundation prizeA science teacher from rural Kenya who donates most of his salary to help poorer students has been crowned the world’s best teacher and awarded a $1m prize, beating 10,000 nominations from 179 countries.Peter Tabichi, 36, a maths and physics teacher at Keriko secondary school in Pwani Village, in a remote part of Kenya’s Rift Valley, has won the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019. Continue reading...
Tags: Education, Africa, World news, Teaching, Schools, Kenya, Rift Valley, Varkey Foundation, Teaching awards, Peter Tabichi, Keriko, Pwani Village, Varkey Foundation Global


‘We spoke English to set ourselves apart’: how I rediscovered my mother tongue

While I was growing up in Nigeria, my parents deliberately never spoke their native Igbo language to us. But later it became an essential part of me. By Adaobi Tricia NwaubaniWhen I was a child, my great-grandmother, whom we called Daa, came to live with my family in Umuahia in south-eastern Nigeria. My father had spent most of his infancy in her care, mostly during a period when his mother was preoccupied with her role as one of the founders of a local Assemblies of God church. As Daa grew olde...
Tags: Books, Education, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Language, Languages, Umuahia, Adaobi Tricia NwaubaniWhen


Inspiring girls and women to pursue their career ambitions

Today is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, is all about achieving a gender-balanced world. If we’re going to achieve that, it’s important to know that boys and girls begin making pivotal decisions about their future at a very young age. But education options, career interests and gender stereotypes quickly begin to widen the gap between the ambitions of girls and their ability to pursue them. This trend often continues into adulthood (a 2018 McKinsey study indi...
Tags: Google, Europe, Education, Africa, Middle East, Mckinsey, Diversity and Inclusion, Miriam Gonzalez, Grow With Google, Inspiring Girls International


40,000-Year-Old Symbols Found in Caves Worldwide May Be the Earliest Written Language

We may take it for granted that the earliest writing systems developed with the Sumerians around 3400 B.C.E. The archaeological evidence so far supports the theory. But it may also be possible that the earliest writing systems predate 5000-year-old cuneiform tablets by several thousand years. And what’s more, it may be possible, suggests paleoanthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger, that those prehistoric forms of writing, which include the earliest known hashtag marks, consisted of symbo...
Tags: Google, Europe, College, Africa, History, Portugal, TED Talks, George, Facebook Twitter, Jacobs, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Genevieve von Petzinger, Frank Jacobs, Petzinger, Von Petzinger


Dean, Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts

Webster University seeks a talented and creative leader in the arts to serve as the dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. Webster University seeks a talented and creative leader in the arts to serve as the dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. Applications and nominations are invited; the University will begin reviewing candidates immediately and hopes to have the new dean in place by the summer of 2019. Webster University’s entrepreneurial spirit drives its mission t...
Tags: Art, Jobs, College, Africa, University, St Louis, Council, Webster, EEO, Europe Asia, The University, Higher Learning Commission HLC, Webster Groves Missouri, Webster University, Department of Dance, Dean Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts


Egypt frustrates Giulio Regeni investigation, three years on

Italian doctoral student’s family seek truth about his torture and murder in early 2016Three years after the disappearance, torture and murder of Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni in Cairo, Egypt is stonewalling Italy’s efforts to investigate.In November, Italian prosecutors officially named five members of Egypt’s security services as subject to investigation in the case of Regeni, who went missing on 25 January 2016 aged 28. But two months on, Egypt has barely acknowledged the development...
Tags: Europe, Students, Education, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Higher Education, Italy, Cairo Egypt, Giulio Regeni


Moebius Draws Adventurous Ads for Maxwell House Coffee (1989)

What do you do after you’ve helped create one of the “first anti-heroes in Western comics”; pioneered the underground comics industry and heavy metal album covers; won the enduring admiration of Federico Fellini, Stan Lee, and Hayao Miyazaki; and brought your distinctive creative style to the look of sci-fi classics like Blade Runner, Alien, Tron, and The Abyss? Sit back, have a coffee, and design a series of ads for Maxwell House. Why not? You’re Moebius. You can draw whatever you want. No one...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Art, College, Mexico, France, Africa, Algeria, Seattle, Hayao Miyazaki, Tintin, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Dune, Facebook Twitter, Moebius, Maxwell House


YC-backed Our World in Data wants you to know what’s changing about the planet

News is exhausting. Mexican murders are sky-high. Ebola is ravaging the eastern Congo. China is erasing an entire culture of Islam from its Western hinterlands. That news — negative and intense though it is — can easily occlude the many positive, longer term stories that are fundamental drivers of the world. Africa is reaching new levels of prosperity. Violence around the world is in retreat. Famine is down, a lot. These trends are present, but getting high-quality data around them and correctly...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Media, Education, France, Africa, Tech, Bloomberg, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Non-profit, University of Edinburgh, YCombinator, Yc, Eric Eldon


YC-backed Our World in Data wants you to know that the planet is doing okay

News is exhausting. Mexican murders are sky-high. Ebola is ravaging the eastern Congo. China is erasing an entire culture of Islam from its Western hinterlands. That news — negative and intense though it is — can easily occlude the many positive, longer term stories that are fundamental drivers of the world. Africa is reaching new levels of prosperity. Violence around the world is in retreat. Famine is down, a lot. These trends are present, but getting high-quality data around them and correctly...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Media, Education, France, Africa, Tech, Bloomberg, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Non-profit, University of Edinburgh, YCombinator, Yc, Eric Eldon


The Only Surviving Text Written in Arabic by an American Slave Has Been Digitized & Put Online: Read the Autobiography of Enslaved Islamic Scholar, Omar Ibn Said (1831)

Several important pieces of primary documentary evidence have now become freely available to scholars, students, and anyone interested in the history of American slavery, one an autobiography written in Arabic by Omar Ibn Said, an enslaved Muslim man who was actively encouraged to read and write by his North Carolina owners. The Library of Congress announced this month that it had acquired the 1831 manuscript in 2017 and has now uploaded digital scans of Said’s Arabic original and several other...
Tags: Google, Congress, College, Africa, America, Senegal, History, Smithsonian, North Carolina, University Of North Carolina, Facebook Twitter, UNC, Charleston South Carolina, Moreau, Katz, Josh Jones


America at War: Infographic Reveals How the U.S. Military Is Operating in 40% of the World’s Nations

Earlier this month, NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin ended a 30-year career as a journalist, announcing in a “scathing letter,” Democracy Now! reports, that “he would be leaving the network. Arkin accuses “the media of warmongering while ignoring the, quote, ‘creeping fascism of homeland security.’” He does not equivocate in a follow-up interview with Amy Goodman. “The generals and the national security leadership" are also now, he says, “the commentators and the analysts who populate the...
Tags: Google, Maps, Politics, Nbc, College, Africa, America, Cnn, Fox, Current Affairs, Middle East, Army, Smithsonian, Cornell, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones


The schoolgirls who warned of Rwanda's genocide

Katori Hall’s play Our Lady of Kibeho is the story of three friends who insisted that they were visited by the Virgin Mary and told of the horror that lay aheadThe 16-year-old schoolgirl Alphonsine Mumureke said she was in the cafeteria of the Catholic boarding school Kibeho College, Rwanda, when she heard a voice “soft as air and sweeter than music”. She saw a beautiful woman – neither white nor black – floating above the floor in a flowing seamless dress, with a veil that covered her hair. She...
Tags: Education, Africa, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Catholicism, Stage, Schools, Catholic, Rwanda, Virgin Mary, Katori Hall, Kibeho, Alphonsine Mumureke, Kibeho College Rwanda


Why You Should Pre-Order Digital Minimalism

A copy of my new book, hot off the presses, on the custom-built minimalist library table I use to find focus in an otherwise noisy world. My new book, Digital Minimalism, which comes out on February 5th, is available for pre-order. If you live in the US, you can pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or a local bookstore (as well as many other retailers). If you live in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India or Africa, you can pre-order the UK edition at Amazon UK. (The book is also ...
Tags: UK, College, Africa, Uncategorized, US, New York Times, Amazon UK, Amazon Barnes Noble, Europe Australia New Zealand India, Digital Minimalist Book Club


This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks

Computer Science (CS) education is critical to preparing students for the new global economy, but unfortunately many young people lack the opportunity to develop these technical skills. As part of our commitment to help one million Europeans find jobs or grow their businesses by 2020 and to train 10 million Africans by 2022, we want to change that. That's why this October, we supported Europe Code Weekfor the fifth consecutive year, and Africa Code Week for the third consecutive year, funding 76...
Tags: Google, Europe, Education, Nigeria, Africa, Ireland, European Commission, Slovenia, Romania, Computer Science, Gambia, Sap, ICT, Computer Science CS, Kitale, Tuzla Bosnia


Byju’s targets global expansion for its digital education service after raising $540M

India-based educational startup Byju’s was widely reported to have raised a massive $400 million round and now the company is making things official. The ten-year-old company revealed today it has pulled in a total of $540 million from investors to go after international opportunities. The round is led by Naspers, the investment firm famous for backing Tencent that also includes educational firms Udemy, Codecademy and Brainly among its portfolio. The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CP...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Education, China, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Tencent, General Atlantic, Latin America, Naspers, Lightspeed Ventures, World Wide Web


Stream 48 Classic & Contemporary German Films Free Online: From Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the German Expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. As soon as Robert Weine’s 1920 film came out, it was described as essential. Or as one reviewer wrote, “so-called cultured people who fail to see it are neglecting their education.” There are dozens more German films to which that sentence might apply. Films from the country’s explosive Weimar moment—which also produced Metropolis, Nosferatu, M, Faust, etc.—to those of the New...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hollywood, Film, College, Germany, Africa, US, Hitler, Weimar, Goethe Institut, Werner Herzog, Facebook Twitter, Marlene Dietrich, Herzog, Fritz Lang


David Byrne Creates a Playlist of Eclectic Music for the Holidays: Stream It Free Online

Whose music do you put on when the holiday season comes around? Perhaps musicians like Lonnie Holley, Gurrumul, Erkin Koray, and Juan Luis Guerra? Maybe you've just thrilled with recognition at one or more of those names, or maybe you've never heard of any of them — but in either case, you should get ready for a highly unconventional holiday experience featuring their songs and those of many others, all of them curated by David Byrne. Each month the peripatetic, oft-collaborating musicia...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Africa, Christopher Lee, Turkey, James Brown, Paul Mccartney, Alan Turing, St Vincent, Seoul, Istanbul, Caribbean, David Byrne, Melbourne Australia, Facebook Twitter


Stanley Glasser obituary

My friend and former colleague, the composer and academic Stanley Glasser, who has died aged 92, was head of music at Goldsmiths College, London, for more than 20 years, and forged one of the most forward-thinking university music departments. Its electronic music studio, which he helped to establish, bears his name. He believed that contemporary music, composition and ethnomusicology all had vital contributions to make to modern university teaching and research.As a composer, Stanley was prolif...
Tags: Music, Education, Africa, UK News, World news, South Africa, Higher Education, Electronic Music, Stanley, University of London, Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths College London, Stanley Glasser


Riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna's new t-shirt line pays for girls to attend school in Togo

OG riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre has launched a new t-shirt line with all the money going to Peace Sisters, a non-profit that helps pay school tuition for underprivileged young girls in the West African nation of Togo. The shirts feature the likes of Kim Gordon, Jill Soloway, Chuck D (all seen below), Patton Oswalt, W. Kamau Bell, and Carrie Brownstein. The money from each $40 t-shirt sends a girl to school for a year. Buy 'em at Tees 4 Togo. From Rolling Stone: Hann...
Tags: Post, News, Education, California, Africa, Women, Feminism, Togo, Carrie Brownstein, Pasadena, Le Tigre, Hanna, Tina, T-shirts, Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl


Statue wars: what should we do with troublesome monuments?

The global protest movement to tear down urban memorials that reinforce racism is rewriting the very story of our cities. Should any monument be safe?Cape Town was the first. In March 2015, a student named Chumani Maxwele brought a bucket filled with shit to the University of Cape Town, where there stood a statue of Cecil Rhodes, the British diamond magnate, colonial politician and avowed white supremacist. “There is no collective history here – where are our heroes and ancestors?” Maxwele annou...
Tags: Education, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, US politics, Race issues, Heritage, Higher Education, Slavery, Colonialism


'I'm a living manifestation of possibility': South Africa's emissary on disability – podcast

Eddie Ndopu defied expectations as the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford. Now he wants to be the first wheelchair user in spaceEddie Ndopu was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was two. His mother was told he wouldn’t live past five. But he defied the doctors and now aged 27 insists no child with a disability should be left behind. He became the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford University. He describes himself as young, black, disabled an...
Tags: Education, Africa, Society, World news, Disability, South Africa, Oxford, Global development, Namibia, Global Education, Eddie Ndopu, Oxford University He


'I'm a living manifestation of possibility': South Africa's emissary on disability

Eddie Ndopu defied expectations as the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford. Now he wants to be the first wheelchair user in spaceEddie Ndopu was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was two. His mother was told he wouldn’t live past five. But he defied the doctors and now aged 27 insists no child with a disability should be left behind. He became the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford University. He describes himself as young, black, disabled an...
Tags: Education, Africa, Society, World news, Disability, South Africa, Oxford, Global development, Namibia, Global Education, Eddie Ndopu, Oxford University He


Outcry as boy, 13, dies after beating from teacher in Tanzania

Death of Sperius Eradius has led to demands for review of corporal punishment in schools, where violence is widespreadCampaigners have urged the Tanzanian government to review corporal punishment in schools after a 13-year-old boy died following a beating by his teacher. Sperius Eradius, from the northern Kagera province, died on 27 August, a few days after the punishment. Sperius had been accused of stealing from another teacher. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Education, Africa, World news, Global development, Tanzania, Global Education, Sperius Eradius, Kagera province


Paul Rankin obituary

Paul Rankin, my dad, who has died aged 72, was a research physicist and an adventurer. He worked for the electronics company Philips for 36 years, and filed more than 40 patents in that time. He was an innovator, with projects in the favelas in Brazil, the wastes of Mali, the temples of Thailand and the peaks of Peru.He visited more than 70 countries in his lifetime. After retirement he became involved in research into pangolins in Namibia, helping to track and understand these creatures, someti...
Tags: Science, Education, Africa, Environment, World news, Physics, Thailand, Wildlife, Higher Education, Brazil, Mali, Peru, Philips, Electronics and electrical engineering, Namibia, Paul Rankin


Class acts from across the globe – in pictures

As schools in the UK prepare for the start of another academic year, we celebrate the work of Unicef in providing the opportunity for children in some of the world’s poorest countries access to education Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, UK, Education, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Unicef


British universities criticised over pursuit of Egyptian links

Academics accuse colleges of overlooking human rights abuses and student’s murderLeading British universities have been accused of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in Egypt in pursuit of opening campuses under the country’s authoritarian regime.More than 200 prominent academics and others in the UK university sector have signed a letter to the Guardian opposing the collaboration against the backdrop of unanswered questions about the abduction and murder of the Cambridge PhD student Giu...
Tags: Business, UK, Education, Africa, Research, UK News, Egypt, Higher Education, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, University teaching, Research funding, Giulio Regeni


UUK’s cynical Egypt links put profit before human rights | Letters

More than 200 academics voice concerns about government attempts to forge partnerships between British and Egyptian universities, despite Cairo’s crackdown on dissentUniversities UK (UUK) and the British government are promoting partnerships between UK and Egyptian higher education institutions (HEIs). A series of memoranda of understanding signed over the past few years have laid the groundwork for UK HEIs to establish international branch campuses and other programmes.Yet the government offici...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Education, Law, Africa, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Higher Education, Cambridge, University Funding, Cairo, Giulio, Giulio Regeni, UUK


'Dance has done so much for me': the leader of Kenya's slum ballet school – podcast

Mike Wamaya discusses how performing ballet helps children transcend the chaos and violence of life in KiberaMike Wamaya’s life was turned upside down when his father died and he had to drop out of school to earn money for the family. A chance audition for a visiting performing arts company led to an international career as a performer, but Wamaya wanted to use his skills to help children growing up in the most challenging circumstances in Nairobi. Today, children who complete the programme in K...
Tags: Education, Africa, World news, Dance, Culture, Stage, Global development, Kenya, Nairobi, Kibera, Global Education, Mike Wamaya, KiberaMike Wamaya, Wamaya


About Blackness, Africanness and When It’s Enough

What is Blackness? Is it based on where you’re from? Is it based on your skin tone? Is it based on your heritage? Is it a lived experience? What is BLACKNESS? As someone whose Blackness was questioned loudly because of a question asked about a Black American musician, I must ask. It brought to the surface whether I was qualified to speak on Black American culture, and it also had some folks wondering if my Blackness was enough. Chisos! In the words of R&B songstress Deborah Cox, “How did you get...
Tags: College, Jay Z, New York City, Nigeria, Africa, Race, US, Chicago, Culture, United States, United Nations, Humor, Catholic, Martin Luther King, Caribbean, Black


The Best Instagram Captions to Use When You Study Abroad

Pictures say a thousand words, but captions can only say so many. Fall semester is just around the corner, which means that summer in unfortunately over and it’s time to return to campus. However, for a lucky few, they get to spend the next semester studying abroad at a university in a different country (or countries). Being in a foreign place comes the opportunity to travel, and I highly suggest you do.No matter where you go, one thing is a given: you'll want to take pictures! Once you've sele...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Instagram, College, Africa, Rome, Czech Republic, Italy, Pictures, Tim Cahill, Study Abroad, Lily James, Henry David Thoreau, ROME Italy, Moher Ireland, Susan Sontag



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