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Alioune Tine, Director, West and Central Africa Regional OfficePresident Alpha Conde, Chairman, African Union Amnesty International

Representatives from leading civil society organizations, professional associations, governments, African Union (AU), academia, and key media leaders in West Africa are scheduled to participate in a two-day consultation on the Malabo Protocol in Dakar from 2-3 May, 2017.

The Malabo Protocol or the “Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights” was adopted by AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014.

The Protocol extends the jurisdiction of the yet to be established African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR) to try crimes under international law and transnational crimes, meaning that, if and when the new court becomes operational, the international criminal law section of the court will serve as an African regional criminal court, operating in a manner akin to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but within a narrowly defined geographical scope, and over an expanded list of crimes.

The two-day consultation, which is on the theme “Understanding the Malabo Protocol: The potential, the pitfalls and the way forward”, is organized by Amnesty International, IHRDA, RADDHO, and TrustAfrica.

Madrasa Early Childhood Programme- Kenya’s (MECPK) reading for Comprehension (RFC) innovation, implemented in the Mombasa Kilifi, and Kwale counties of costal Kenya is an early learning innovation which supports the use of local languages, engagement of community stakeholders, peer learning processes, adaptation of ICTs and the use of creative and artistic modalities, in the promotion of a reading culture, through mobile libraries and a teacher mentoring system. As a result, reading scores of children have increased, both reading and assessment methodology has improved, with an increased trust from parents on the teachers. This is the story of Madam Fatuma Shighi Maliso who has rekindle her joy for teaching, with a revived faith in her students at Taqwa school, a direct outcome of MECP-K’s RFC innovation.

Link Community Development, Uganda (LCDU) works with teachers, communities, parents, and the Ministry of Education to better understand how best to improve literacy levels and to implement the government policy, of mother-tongue instruction. Learning outcome are raised through context-specific strategies and learning innovations. As a result, teachers adapt tasks based on the needs of the students, create locally accessible learning materials, children’s writing and reading have improved, and trust between the community and school has also increased. This is the story of Patience Angela, who, a result of LCDU’s intervention, has developed high competence in reading and writing, segmenting words in Runyoro, constructing words from clusters of sounds and reading with understanding.

Ndeye Khady Faye joined TrustAfrica in May 2013 as an intern in the operations unit, she was recruited as the administrative assistant in July 2016. Prior to joining TrustAfrica, she held administrative assistant positions at Transrail and Dakar Port. She holds a bachelor degree in Logistics and Transports and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Human Resources at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Tanzania Commission for Universities and the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals Tanzania with the generous support of Trust Africa are jointly organizing the Higher Education Summit 2016which will be held at The Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre on 21st and 22nd November 2016. 

The main objective of the Summit is to develop strategies that will enable the higher education sub-sector to accelerate the production of the needed human and research outputs to support the drive towards sustainable industrialization in Tanzania Accordingly, the main theme for this Summit will be “ Enhancing the Contribution of Higher Education in the Industrialization Process of Tanzania” The Summit will bring together key stakeholders in higher education including government officials, academics, industry, development partners and other representatives of both the public and private sectors.

The University of Uyo, UniUyo, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UniZik, Awka, have emerged the two most outstanding universities at the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities(AVCNU) awards night on Tuesday in Abuja.

The awards night was part of the three-day 2016 Nigerian Higher Education Summit organised by AVCNU, Committee of Vice-Chancellors (CVC) and Trust Africa, Dakar, Senegal.

UniUyo and UniZik emerged first and second overall winners, respectively, in the Research Excellence Award category, while Federal University of Technology, Minna, came third.

UniUyo also bagged the Science and Technology award while UniZik won the Arts and Humanities award.

JegaThe former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission and Pro-Chancellor of the Plateau State University, Professor Attahiru Jega, has identified the lack of focus of Nigerian leaders as a major setback to the education sector.

Professor Jega made the observation on Monday at the ongoing 2016 Nigeria Higher Education Summit in Abuja which is aimed at building an effective platform for the revitalisation of the Nigerian education system.

He believes that identifying the challenges facing the sector is a first step in the right direction in boosting the education system in Nigeria.

The academia in the Nigerian University System (NUS), business organizations and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector on Monday met to chart a course for improvement of higher education in the country.
 
Speaking at the 2016 Nigeria Higher Education Summit organised by the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, in partnership with Trust Africa, Dakar and the National Universities Commission (NUC), the academia noted that the landscape of higher education in the country, despite having some vista of hope, remained stunted and underachieving.
 
The theme of the summit was “Exploiting Diversity, Differentiation and Quality Assurance in Revitalizing the Nigerian Higher Education System.”
 

African philanthropic institutions are demonstrating how donors can more effectively foster independent action and strengthen movements for change. This different approach may hold the key to durable developmenton the continent.
By Elizabeth Coleman and Halima Mahomed

Although many donors recognize that top-down approaches and solutions that are not rooted in context are less likely to succeed, few manage to include partners and beneficiaries in decision making in very meaningful ways. One of the exceptions is TrustAfrica, an independent foundation based in Africa and led by Africans. It was established in 2006 to practice a kind of philanthropy that not only benefits Africans but actively supports their agency.

It is also the subject of a new book, Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica’s First Decade. As the book’s editors, we sought to understand what this kind of African philanthropy looks like in practice and what difference it has made. In our analysis, five elements stand out:

15 November, 2016 - 31 December, 2016

Curated by ''la Caixa'' Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Erste Stiftung, European Cultural Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Fondation de France, Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione CRT, Fondazione di Venezia, Fritt Ord Foundation, Fundación ONCE, Körber-Stiftung, Mama Cash, Mozaik Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Estonia Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Stefan Batory Foundation, The Velux Foundations, TrustAfrica,

EFC’s brand new ‘Championing Philanthropy’ exhibition is open from 15 November until the end of the year.  Championing Philanthropy showcases how institutional philanthropy improves lives through projects by its members, and brings to life a wide range of projects that have been devised and carried out by members of the European Foundation Centre’s Governing Council.

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