How South Africa Can Address Digital Inequalities in e-Learning

BY Mmaki Jantjies — South Africa’s education system is complex, with historical inequalities dating back to apartheid. Most of the country’s pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Language is an issue; most pupils do not speak English as a mother tongue, yet English dominates in many classrooms. And, as the COVID-19 crisis has showed, there’s a huge digital divide at play. The …

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A Pandemic-Driven Food Crisis in Africa Can Be Prevented

BY Cedric Habiyaremye — African governments need to act now to ensure small-scale farming and food supply chains remain uninterrupted. We have only just begun to see the far-ranging consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. Chief among those is the threat of a food crisis of unprecedented magnitude.  Unless measures are taken fast to …

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New Voices COVID-19 Coverage

Updated 6/19 As the coronavirus crisis wreaks havoc around the globe, New Voices fellows are providing important insights on how the pandemic is hitting Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as important policy suggestions on how governments and health authorities should respond. To date, 56 New Voices Fellows have given over 170 interviews and …

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COVID-19: Lockdown is Trapping 80m Women and Girls with Abusers

BY Lolo Cynthia Ihesie As cities observe a total lockdown in Nigeria to curb the spread of coronavirus, cases of rape and sexual assault are spiking, with about 80 million women and girls trapped with abusers. For too many, the home has become a battlefield for girls and women subjected to gender-based violence. As part …

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