Steps on the road to learning

From Global development | The Guardian Sun Nov 25 2012, 19:01:18

South Africa spends a large proportion of its budget on schools, yet 80% are failing. But new initiatives are helping the 'rainbow nation' move toward its education goals

A schoolboy drags his rucksack up the rocky path to the dilapidated mud house he has shared with his uncle since his parents died from HIV/Aids.

As so often, 11-year-old Sanele returns from school to find the door padlocked. A glance through the greying torn curtains confirms no one is home. Once more Sanele picks his way back down the hill to beg a meal from his neighbour.

His is a childhood lost, an innocence betrayed not just by the regular beatings of his alcoholic uncle but by frustrated expectations here in the Umzinyathi district of KwaZulu-Natal. This is one of South Africa's poorest regions with 50% HIV infection and 80% unemployment.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Africa:   What Africa Needs to Boost Trade With the U.S. (guest column)
allAfrica.com
30 July 2014

Ahead of the United States-Africa summit which President Barack Obama is convening next week, southern African trade expert Joshua Setipa outlines what he would say if he was to present Africa's case ... [read more]

Africa:   White Paper on 'Africa Forum' Pre-Summit Dialogue Released (press release)
FEEEDS Initiative
30 July 2014

Sponsors of the Africa Forum on July 10, 2014 have release their White Paper Report on the Forum - a Dialogue on Key African Issues prior to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit event August 4-6, 2014. [read more]

Liberia:   Sirleaf Doubling Down on Ebola - Sending VP to U.S.-Africa Summit (document)
Liberia Government
30 July 2014

My fellow citizens: Today, in continuation of our efforts to combat the deadly Ebola virus, I am pleased to launch the National Action Plan presented by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!