See the end of this post for the latest updates on education in Africa.
How do you fix education in Africa, where students have far fewer opportunities than their counterparts in other parts of the world? There are two schools of thought on the subject: do you invest bottom up? Or top down? Listen to a report about competing approaches to building education infrastructure in Africa on the Voice of America website, which also has a story on how Africa is dealing with a surge of secondary school students.
There's so much to say about this vast topic, whose surface I have barely begun to scratch. Here's a video designed to show schoolkids in the UK what it's like to go to school in Ghana, produced by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), an international development charity that works sort of like a non-governmental UK version of the Peace Corps. In fact, it is It is the largest such NGO in the world.
Latest education news from Harare - Zimbabwe's coalition government spent three times more on foreign junkets for top government officials in 2011 than on schooling, Education Minister David Coltart said on Friday.