Stories: Education

  • Math-Based Adventures Animate Innovative African TV Show

    Watch out, Dora. This winter, Tanzania expects to launch its own educational cartoon television show. Purported to be the first animated series to teach math in East Africa and the first cartoon for kids in the country, its aim is to boost children’s math skills. The show, entitled “Bunga Bongo,” traces the adventures of three kids...

  • In Conversation with Paulette Joseph

    During his campaign for presidency of Haiti, Michel Martelly made education was of his priorities.  Once elected he quickly established the “Program for Universal Free and Obligatory Education (Programme de scolarisation universelle gratuite et obligatoire –PSUGO)” PSUGO was supposed to increase access to education for millions of primary school children through the allocation...

  • Teaching Our Boys

    Last week, sexual violence was at the top of our minds. Even as the four men convicted in the Delhi gang-rape case awaited their sentence, the UN released a report that said one in four men in the Asia-Pacific region had admitted to raping a woman once in their lives. If the statistics were horrifying, the reasons even more so:...

  • iSchool Unlocks E-Learning in the Developing World

    Rachel Ngongola's second grade class at the Tico Community School is learning to count multiples of 10 on a Wednesday morning in late July. The class of 30 is divided into three groups: one counts clusters of plastic bottle caps, one scribbles addition problems into lined paper notebooks and a third sprawls across the floor, huddled in groups of two...

  • Lesson Learnt: I’ll Never Make it as a Teacher in a Zambian School

    I think anyone who knows me would say that I am a pretty loud person. A question I regularly get asked by my friends is: “How are you so small and yet so noisy?”  But on my #ZambiaHealth trip I finally found a place I wasn’t loud enough. I had gone on a...

  • Zambia: A Fertile Ground for Infection

    I sat quietly among the elders—the men seated on stools as an emblem of authority, while the women sat demurely on a reed mat. The occasion was to give counsel to my male cousin, who was complaining that his wife was denying him sex. Why was she denying him sex? My cousin’s wife had learned...

  • The Face of the Zambian AIDS Epidemic

    "It’s the elephant in the room, in the country," says Dr. Manasseh Phiri, renowned physician, journalist, and activist. He goes on to say it’s large, hard to ignore, and consumes a massive amount of resources. He’s talking passionately about HIV and AIDS in his community, and he has every right to be impassioned. Zambia,...

  • ‘Safe Love Club’ for the Hearing Impaired in Zambia

    In the Minali township of the Zambian capital, Lusaka, some 20 pupils join together at a local high school to talk about sex, relationships and HIV/AIDS. As part of a campaign called the "Safe Love Club", around 1,500 people between the ages of 18-49 meet at least once a week across the city to discuss the virus that has -...

  • Young Zambian Women and Their Fight Against HIV/AIDS

    Africa, I’m sure you know, is an expansive continent, but did you know it is filled with 1.3 billion youths between the ages of 15 – 24? Experts have called the growing number of youths in Africa the “youth bulge” and everyone from multinational companies to governments are taking notice. Many positive stories are emerging from the continent...

  • Lusaka’s “Love Games” Tackles Sex, Love, and HIV

    In Zambia, where HIV/AIDS rates are some of the highest in the world, Zambia’s Ministry of Health has been thinking outside of the box beyond pamphlets, brochures and signs on the sides of in-town buses in order to spread HIV/AIDS education and awareness. They have stepped into the proverbial limelight with a weekly television series, Love...