26 novembre 2017

South Africa can’t afford to see its universities pitch over the precipice

The ConversationFor the past two years the actions of government and protesting students have slowly started squeezing South Africa’s universities into a shadow of their former selves. More...

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Six barriers that make it difficult for African states to use research for policy

The ConversationAfrican policymakers need access to high quality evidence to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) successfully. The SDGs are arguably the most broad-ranging development goals to be ratified by United Nations member states. Their overall aim is to “leave no one behind” by 2030. More...

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Distance learning: the five qualities student teachers need to succeed

The ConversationInternational bodies, politicians, policy makers and researchers have always been interested in the way teachers are prepared for the classroom. This is because the quality of a country’s teachers is an indicator of its developmental level. More...

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Why developing countries are particularly vulnerable to predatory journals

The ConversationEvery day academics wade through emails riddled with spelling errors promising almost immediate publication of their research. These publications assure the reader that they can skip the tough realities of rejections and revisions. More...

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Agriculture training in South Africa badly needs an overhaul. Here are some ideas

The ConversationAgriculture delivers more jobs per rand invested than any other productive sector. If the entire agriculture value chain is considered in South Africa, its contribution to GDP reaches approximately 12%. More...

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The belief that Africa’s Quranic students are passive victims needs to change

The ConversationThe presumption that children are passive is particularly evident in debates around Islamic education, and Quranic schooling especially. This affects policies regarding the sector, as well as the way in which researchers approach the subject. It’s time for a change, where the voices and agency of Quranic school pupils are heard and acknowledged. More...

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Family, community and university support helps lesbian students thrive

The ConversationHow, in an environment that is considered conservative and even sometimes openly homophobic, did these women develop such a strong sense of self-confidence? I was able to find out through a project I conducted as part of my ongoing research about youth, sexuality and gender. The purpose of all my research is to try and shift attitudes towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGTBIQ) community at Fort Hare through increased visibility and the normalisation of queer identities. More...

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Jobs and paid-for schooling can keep Tanzanian girls from early marriages

The ConversationSub-Saharan Africa is home to four of the top five countries in early marriage – or child marriage – rates: Niger, Chad, Mali and Central African Republic. Despite decades of campaigning to restrict or forbid early marriage, little has changed for the world’s poorest women. More...

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South Africa must do more to keep teachers from seeking ‘greener pastures’

The ConversationAround the world, many teachers are choosing to leave their home countries once they’ve qualified. It’s a global phenomenon, and one that impacts both developed and developing nations – in some positive ways, but with negative effects particularly for the source country that’s losing skilled teachers to supposedly “greener pastures”. More...

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Options on the table as South Africa wrestles with funding higher education

The ConversationA report into the feasibility of offering free higher education at South Africa’s universities has finally been released. It has been nearly two years in the making, developed by a commission of inquiry that President Jacob Zuma set up in response to nationwide fee protests. More...

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