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Education Pages on Facebook

29 Apr

Regional Map of Africa

We invite you to use the pages linked below to promote education in your country. Even though the target of our pilot project is to promote and facilitate post-secondary education in Africa, we encourage you to use these pages to raise public awareness about any area of education relevant to your country.

Central Africa

CameroonCentral African RepublicChadDemocratic Republic of the CongoEquatorial GuineaGabonRepublic of the Congo, and São Tomé and Príncipe.

East Africa

BurundiEritreaEthiopiaKenyaRwandaSomaliaSudanTanzania, and Uganda.

North Africa

AlgeriaEgyptLibyaMauritaniaMoroccoTunisia, and Western Sahara.

Southern Africa

AngolaBotswanaLesothoMalawiMozambiqueNamibiaSouth AfricaSwazilandZambia, and Zimbabwe.

West Africa

BeninBurkina FasoCape VerdeGambiaGhanaGuineaGuinea-BissauIvory CoastLiberiaMaliNigerNigeriaSenegalSierra Leone, and Togo.

HOW CAN YOU HELP:

(1) participate, contribute, and stay on topic
(2) invite your friends to join these pages
(3) volunteer in a local NGO that cares about education

Thank you for caring about Education!

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Angola – Mapping the Country’s Education System

21 Jun

So, after a rollercoaster few weeks Jolandie has finally got her Angolan visa and is about to set off on her Cycle For Education Tour of the country. But just what can she expect education-wise?

Flag of Angola

The country gained independence in 1975, but experienced intense civil war from 1975 – 2002. Since the closure of that period, Angola has looked towards stability and rebuilding the shattered education system. There is now compulsory, free primary school education for children in Angola for the first four years (which begins at the age of 6 or 7). Primary school then lasts for another four years and secondary school education follows immediately afterwards. In 2000 this system was classed as severely sub-standard with over half of adults classified as illiterate. The Angolan government has since concentrated on shifting that situation for the betterment of the people. Education reform started in 2004, and by 2008 over 80% of students had been integrated into the new system.*

The Ministry of Education is based in Luanda, and in 2009 this Ministry made an agreement (with UNICEF) to provide quality education training to 8,750 primary school teachers over the course of three years.** In addition, just yesterday, allafrica.com reported that over 1500 adults of the Chicomba district have been attending the second phase of a programme designed to fight illiteracy. Since the beginning of the programme, 6,500 adults have been taught to read and write.

Luanda, Angola's capital city.

But what about post-secondary education? There has been considerable development in post-secondary education over the last few decades. Just after independence, the public Universidade Agostinho Neto (UAN) was established, and shortly afterwards came Universidade Católica de Angola (UCAN). A wave of political liberalisation in the 1990s saw the growth of many private universities, some of which were directly linked to Portugal. In 2010 the UAN split up, with various faculties now constituting autonomous public universities (two have retained the UAN name). Pupils hoping to continue to university level are now required to undergo a post-secondary, “pre-university” 2-3 year course.***

A class in Kuito...

Although great progress clearly has been made in the country, there are still many challenges ahead. Primary school enrollment is at an all time high, however drop out rates keep increasing. Around 20% of males and 45% of females are still illiterate, despite the programmes implemented to directly tackle this problem***. The solution is not a short-term one but the focus on education is clearly present – I’m sure Jolandie will have personal insight into this situation once she gets back on the road.

 Sources:

* i4donline.net.

** UNICEF.org

*** angola-today.com

Image of Luanda… Photo: Silje L. Bakke, Wikipedia.org

Image of schoolchildren… Photo: Living in Kuito, Wikipedia.org

 

 

Jolandie Tackles Namibian Terrain

27 May

Travelling towards Windhoek (the capital of Namibia), this is Jolandie’s update in pictures and videos…

Sunday 22nd May and howling winds…

Despite the winds, Jolandie managed 100km in ONE day!!
 
 

Wednesday 25th May

Jolandie does a happy dance because the wind changed from head to tail!

Thursday 26th May

Oops, puncture again...

The big city beckons - 187km to Windhoek

 
Jolandie has met so many interesting and supportive people along the way – word of her ‘Cycle for Eduction’ is spreading and you can be sure that, in Windhoek, she will be met with a mighty reception!

Heading Towards Keetmanshoop, Namibia!

21 May

A long way to go....

The last few days of Jolandie’s travels have been quite eventful. Cycling towards Grünau mid-week (Grünau is the border town between South Africa and Namibia), Jolandie had a 70km cycle to tackle. Late to start due to (yet another) flat tyre, Jolandie had a long uphill struggle and managed to cover 30km in four hours! The following 10km offered a little downhill break and she even stopped by the side of the road for a short while to give her first live radio interview in Namibia on 5 FM! Jolandie definitely knows how to maximise the potential of a day.

 Picking up the road again, Jolandie pushed ahead and cycled well into the moonlight hours. At 21hr15 she called it quits for the day, rolled out her sleeping bag into a nice deep ditch and was out like a light until dawn.

A nice, comfortable ditch - no tent required.

The second half of the road to Grünau was a little faster on Thursday – and Jolandie received plenty of supporting beeps from truckers that passed her by! Today will hopefully be a day of rest for Jolandie if she reaches Keetmanshoop – and very well deserved.

Jolandie is looking very happy after having a warm shower.

I shall leave the final words of this update with the cyclist herself, as she experienced a gesture of friendship and goodwill that will stay with her for the long road ahead. Such a story demonstrates how much she values all of your support along the way…

Diary entry, Thursday 19th May:
“A friend in Windhoek (although we haven’t met, I call him my friend), Raymond Spall, sent me a little gift. A woman came round the corner with a cup and a note in hand. The note read: “from Raymond Spall”. He had organised me a cup of hot milo, all the way from out Windhoek! That small gesture just about had me in tears!!”

A generous, and very welcome, gift!

 

Field Partner Application Form Now Online

20 May

The Field Partner application form is now available online. Before you start filling out the form, please make sure you are familiar with the following:

Sylvanus Murray leading AID-SL relief distribution to street beggars in downtown Freetown, Sierra Leone

If your organization is aligned with our mission and goals and can perform the roles and responsibilities of a field partner, please fill out the Field Partner Application form.
Thank you for your interest in partnering with Iduka!

A New Era of Collaboration

15 May

During the fund development phase (phase 2) that started at the beginning of May, 2011, the focus of our African Pilot Project shifted from setting up teams of student intern volunteers across Africa (phase 1) to working together with local field partners around various fundraising events that include two core initiatives: cycle for education and the creation of student portfolios in our focus areas.

School in D.R. Congo

Tired of seeing pictures like the one above? Want to change the state of education in Africa? You can make an impact by joining our team as an individual or as a field partner. Together we can usher a new era of collaboration to create educational opportunities for underserved African youth.

We would love to hear from you.

(Image credit: Appolinaire Zagabe, D.R. Congo)

10 Days on the Road

6 May

Entering Moorreesburg!

After just over a week on the ‘Cycle For Education’ Tour, Jolandie has experienced enough to fill a month! Crowds gave her a fantastic send off from Cape Town on the 27th April, but misfortune struck on the following day… Jolandie fell ill with flu. Cycling 50km, she made it to Malmesbury and then was forced to rest for a little while to recover. Pushing forward, on day three, Jolandie managed to make the cold and windy journey to Moorreesburg, but the illness would not shake off! Moreover, weather forecasts predicted rain from the 3rd May until today… so Jolandie decided to take a few days to rest and recuperate. She will need full strength for what lies ahead and already the elements have pushed challenges in her way.

Jolandie predicts that she will reach the border and enter Namibia in about 10 days time. Namibia is situated on Africa’s South-West coast. With a population of just 2.2 million, it is sparsely populated and mainly filled with desert land (this will increase the challenges on Jolandie’s journey!)

Jolandie on the road

Namibia will be holding a national ‘Conference on Education’ from June 27 to July 1 in the capital city, Windhoek. The Conference will provide an in-depth analysis of the education system at all levels and will seek to improve the system for ‘Quality Learning Outcomes and Quality of Life’ (Source: The Namibian). Jolandie’s Cycle for Education through Namibia could not be better timed – by delivering her open letter to the leaders of Namibia when she crosses the border, Jolandie will be helping to raise the profile of higher education at a time when the country itself will be reflecting on educational issues.

News Source:

The Namibian (2011), ‘Conference on education in June’, (Accessed 5 May 2011)

National Volunteer Week 2011

11 Apr

Happy National Volunteer Week To You!

It’s that time of the year that in the US we celebrate volunteerism and the national media creates a buzz to promote volunteer work for one entire week.

Being an all-volunteer organization, we understand how vital each of you is to our grassroots project. Our volunteers deserve our appreciation all year-long, so it is only appropriate that we take this opportunity to once more recognize the contribution made by all of you this past year from coast…

Maria Block-McKenzie, Florida Volunteer Coordinator and Joan Barnes, Chair of the Board of Directors at Iduka's Thrift Store in Port Saint Lucie, Florida

to coast…

Monica and Sara, Dublin High School in California at a Red Cross Club and Iduka activity.

…and beyond!

Sylvanus Murray, Iduka African Pilot Project Vice-Chair volunteering in Sierra Leone.

We are specially thankful to the many student volunteer interns who helped us design, develop, and successfully complete phase 1 of our African pilot project these past six months. Much of the success of establishing volunteer teams in all African regions is owed to our country coordinators and community organizers.

Special thanks go to our student volunteer internship coordinators Caleb Thole, Emmanuel Tanifum, Frank Kamanga, Gilbert Bita, Mokhtar Omar, and Sylvanus Murray. Thanks to your leadership, we are present today in almost every single African country.

Mokhtar Omar, Egypt, Iduka African Pilot Project Secretary, volunteering in India.

Our  field partner John Ndegwa at Kisima also deserves special recognition for sponsoring our first scholarship recipient in Kenya and helping us kick start phase 2 our African pilot project.

John Ndegwa, Iduka African Pilot Project Vice-Chair in Kenya with a group of volunteers.

If you’d like to get involved in our organization’s activities but are not sure where to start, please visit the Volunteer page and check out our current needs.

Once again, thank you for your support!

Scholarship Deadline Extension

11 Feb

Raphael Njararuhi, Somalia Coordinator

We have extended our application deadline for the Iduka Scholarship Contest from February 28 to April 29. To apply, be sure to submit the online nominee application form, the nomination form, and the essay form. Also, please make sure to sign our current online petition by requested deadline.

Click on the link to learn more about the Iduka Scholarship Contest.

Best of luck to all students!… and a word of appreciation to all our student outreach members, including those not pictured below!

SOME OF OUR STUDENT VOLUNTEER INTERNS WORKING HARD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN


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Call For Scholarship Nominations

4 Feb

Junior Kashala, D.R. Congo Student Volunteer Intern

The 2011 Iduka Scholarship Contest is now accepting nominations.

Iduka will be awarding two scholarships to underserved, underrepresented, and/or underprivileged African students who reside and intend to pursue post-secondary education in an African country participating in Iduka’s Africa Pilot Project (iAPP).

We encourage all eligible African students, including our student volunteer interns to participate in this contest.

  • Student application must be completed and submitted by February 11, 2011.
  • The nomination, the student essay, and the online petition signing are due on February 28, 2011.

To learn more about the 2011 Iduka Scholarship Contest, please visit this…

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Neville Albert, Kenya - Scholarship Recipient

Micro-financing education, one student at a time.

Do not hesitate to contact our representatives in your country if you need any assistance regarding this initiative. You may also leave your queries or comments on this blog page.

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