UNESCO seeks focus on inclusive education

A called has gone to governments of every country to promote more inclusive education systems that reach all children, as well as the need to evaluate how they address exclusion in practice, especially in regard to children with disabilities.   The call, according to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is coming based on the worrisome and alarming estimate that 58 million children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old and 63 million adolescents, who are out-of-school, global attention has again shifted to the need…

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PROF SOPHIE OLUWOLE: Even at 83, I don’t read with glasses

Prof Sophie Oluwole retired from the University of Lagos 18 years ago as a Professor of Philosophy. She told FLORA ONWUDIWE in this interview how treatment using traditional African medicine cured her of cataract years ago while urging Nigerians to accept herbs as a viable form of treatment.   You are an advocate of traditional African medicine and its inclusion in the list of courses under medicine in Nigerian universities. Why has this not happened yet? There is Faculty of Medicine in the universities. Medicine is a faculty on its…

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UNESCO, FCTA spend N138m to empower 418 youths in ICT

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have spent over N138 million to empower 418 youths on Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills.   Mr Mohammed Bello, the FCT Minister said this during the graduation ceremony of 418 youths on Application Development, Networking, Hardware Repairs and Entrepreneurship through UNESCO’s YouthMobile Project Initiative in Abuja.   The project, which ran for 10 months, the graduated the trainees with the launch of its second phase aimed at training over 600 youths.   Bello, represented by…

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UNESCO: 263m youths out of school

Indications have emerged that an estimated 263 million youths are out-of-school globally, even as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) painted a gloomy picture that if the governments of various countries affected failed to put in place concerted efforts to reverse the trend it will grow worse, New Telegraph has learnt.   According to the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) in its 10th Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) for 2018-2021, an estimated 15 million girls of primary school age would not have the opportunity to learn to…

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Four African Presidents meet to save Lake Chad

The Presidents of Chad, Cameroon and Niger are expected to join their Nigerian counterpart, President Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja this week to address challenges bedevilling Lake Chad. The International Conference with the theme, “Saving the Lake Chad to Revitalize the Basin’s Ecosystem for Sustainable Livelihood, Security and Development.” is organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC). It was also learnt that apart from the Presidents from the member countries of Lake Chad Basin…

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UNESCO launches global report reshaping cultural policies

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Sweden to UNESCO, Annika Markovic, representing the Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke, last Thursday, launched UNESCO’s new 2018 ‘Global Report, Re|Shaping Cultural Policies’. This report, “published with the support of the Swedish Government, monitors how countries around the world are designing policies pursuant to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). “Diversity remains a battle, in 2018 as in 2005.  Culture is not a commodity:…

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UNESCO, CBAAC celebrate FESTAC: Our Heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), a Parastatal in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, last Friday commemorated the World Day for Audio-Visual Heritage, with the theme, “Remembering FESTAC – Our Story”. The event, which was part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of the 2nd World Blacks and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77), took place at the UNESCO Office in Abuja, in line with the proclamation of UNESCO’s 21st…

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