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New reports recommend best way for forward

For the Angolan authorities, the very thought of an Angola without President José Eduardo dos Santos at its helm, let alone any protest against his rule, continues to be a matter of crime and punishment.

En marge du Sommet des peuples de la SADC, qui a eu lieu à Johannesburg en Août dernier, certains de nos partenaires de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) nous ont parlé du travail qu'ils accomplissent, du contexte dans lesquelles ils travaillent et de ce qui doit se passé. De leurs propre voix:

The political elite have captured states and use their killing machinery to silence the people. Corruption, 3rd-termism, fraudulent elections, education, health and economic challenges are rising on the continent. 

There are 400,000 out of school youth in Zambia, with most of these children falling into the category of orphans and vulnerable children, along with child labourers, rural girls or pregnant girls, and children with special educational needs. If Zambia is to attain Education for All (EFA) by 2015, effort needs to be doubled to promote access to vulnerable and marginalized children. This calls for a special advocacy campaign capable of reaching children from the above hard to reach categories.

 We are particularly interested in a photo essay that depict how young women on the continent express themselves through photography. The photo essay should help our readers see how such patterns have possibly changed over years.

Basic Education in Malawi places emphasis on free basic education, but struggles to maintain a focus on other important factors of education, especially that of out-of-school youth education and special needs education. There is currently a programme for out-of-school youth, but it is a relatively new programme, and suffers from a lack of relevant curriculum for out-of-school youth, weak linkages among youth service providers/policy makers and poor access for most youth.

It is increasingly recognized that young people are central to issues of crime and violence, in particular. Research shows that young people suffer much higher levels of victimization than adults. They are also often the perpetrators of violence against other youth and the population as whole. The issue of violence against and by youth is receiving growing attention in the media, and it is increasingly acknowledged that there will be a grave cost to country governments and to society if youth issues are not addressed.

The combination of a youth bulge and failures in education represent a serious threat to the future development of many African countries. Education systems are simply not providing the youth with the skills they need to escape poverty – worse still, many are left out of the system altogether. And the situation in countries affected by conflict is even worse.

The video offers insight into the issues faced by the San in Botswana and introduces the Khwedom Council.

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