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Political commitment towards the continuing inclusive development of Africa's education sector was confirmed during the 2012 ADEA Triennale, which took place during February in Ouagadougou. Members of youth organisations now call for that commitment to be turned into measurable results.
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Many children fall through the gaps in South Africa’s education system. Only half of learners in Grade 1 make it to Grade 12, and many fall short of exam requirements. The EU has been supporting South Africa’s Departments of Basic Education and Higher Education and Training since 2004 to move towards inclusive education for all, with specific measures to support learners with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Capacity4dev hears about a programme providing books for every child; the rise of full-service schools; and improving vocational education.
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A crucial element in creating an inclusive education system is training its teachers – which is where the bulk of the EU’s budget support for education in South Africa goes. One teacher education programme in Soweto is experimenting with a new model, bringing primary school children onto a university campus. It creates a much-needed quality primary school in an under-served area, and bridges theory and practice for the student teachers.
Education, alongside Health, forms an essential sector of EU assistance to South Sudan. With one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, the country bears the shocking statistic that a girl is three times more likely to die in childbirth before the age of 18 than she is to complete secondary education. Minister for Education, Joseph Ukel Abango, EU Head of Delegation to South Sudan, Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff, and Save the Children’s Country Coordinator for Alternative Education, Mark Chapple share their views on the country’s education situation and the on-going efforts to improve it.
Traditional fishing is an important source of economic activity in the impoverished West African nation of Guinea, where the European Commission's Food Facility has undertaken a project to boost the sector through awareness, training and provision of better equipment.
Investment in education and the building of appreciative audiences for African art in Africa are fundamental to the construction of a thriving and vibrant artistic landscape on the continent, according to video artist Theo Eshetu.
As movie theatres close down across West Africa a new European Commission funded project aims to bring the movies to audiences with the help of specially adapted moped-trailers that carry a compact mobile film-screening kit.
The failure of public servants to deliver basic goods and services, or ‘quiet corruption’, is a having a deeply negative impact on impoverished societies across Africa, according to a new World Bank report.
One of the many casualties of crises is education. Natural disasters, wars and protracted conflict are disrupting children’s access to schools and contributing to higher drop-out and lower completion rates. Schools can also be destroyed or taken over by military groups, and prolonged conflicts can leave them without trained teachers, resources or funding. In 2015, 80 million children and young people’s education was affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises. 
If African countries are to develop, they need highly skilled local professionals, especially in core technologies. In Burkina Faso, the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) provides training that gives executives skills to meet key African economic development challenges.

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