AASU Weekly News 4th Edition

By All Africa Students Union (AASU)

Dear Reader,
AASU WEEKLY is an online compilation of major student and education news on the African continent. This initiative is part of the efforts of the Secretariat of AASU to disseminate information on student and education matters in Africa. We hope you will find it useful and be willing to contribute to its success by formulating constructive criticisms and providing information.

The All-Africa Students Union (AASU) participated in the universities day celebration hosted by the Association of Africa Universities on Thursday November 12, 2014 at Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

Burkina Faso students threaten more protests if military refuse to hand over power

University students in Burkina Faso have called for a swift and peaceful transition to civilian rule. They were at the forefront of demonstrations that toppled President Blaise Compaore after 27 years in power. Student leader Serge Bayala warned students would take to the streets again if they didn't see quick changes. “If the transitional government forgets the aspirations of the young people who went out on to the streets, and if the transitional government doesn't deliver, all the youth will be back on the streets,” Bayala said.

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Ethiopian Student Wins Global Children's “Zero Hunger” Design Competition

The winning entry was one of 16 finalists selected from a short-list of 135 drawings submitted by primary schoolchildren in 27 countries who receive WFP school meals. The children were asked to imagine and depict a world without hunger as part of the 2014 Global Children's Art Competition.

Source: https://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/ethiopian

TWI Welcomes Students From Equatorial Guinea to Middlesbrough, UK

Eight students sponsored by the Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy have attended a five-week training programme in TWI Middlesbrough. The programme is designed to cover the disciplines encompassed by Third Party Inspectors of Oil and Gas Processing Plants. These are welding inspection, visual inspection together with paint and coating inspection and an appreciation of NDE methods employed in that Industry.

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Energy Internships in Equatorial Guinea
The Deloitte & Touche LLP internship provides an introduction to audit. Throughout the program, participants will focus on issues shaping and affecting the profession today as well as topics related to their own career development. Counseling is another aspect of the Internship Program. At the end of each engagement, interns will have the opportunity to review their performance with management. Additionally, staff will serve as "counselors" to this year's intern group. Counselors serve as a vital source of information and advice as well as participating in many of the social activities planned for the interns throughout their internship.

Source: http://careers.deloitte.com/jobs
Investments In Infrastructure In Line With IMF Recommendations

The government of Equatorial Guinea has heavily invested the country's oil revenues in its infrastructure to enhance its growth potential. The report also recommended that nations invest in improving the quality of education and training and adopt legal and regulatory reforms to support the creation of jobs in the private sector. Equatorial Guinea has invested heavily in education and currently boasts the highest literacy rates among adults and youth in Africa, according to UNESCO.

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Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in promoting good Public Financial Management (PFM).

Source: http://www.icagh.com/
University of Ghana Student Wins Award in China
A former student of the Chinese Section of the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Ghana, Mr. Ignatius Suglo (now a national service personnel) was among the finalists at the just ended 13thedition of the “Chinese Bridge” competition held in China.

Source: http://www.ug.edu.gh/news
Release Of 2014/2015 Service Personnel Allowance
Accra, Ghana – November 10, 2014: The National Executive Committee of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) has said that cheques for payment of allowances for National Service Personnel have been released and that Personnel would receive their allowances by close of the week.

Source: http://jbklutse.blogspot.com/2014/11/press-release-release

President Mahama Outlines Educational Package
President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday announced that a total of 10,000 students would benefit from a three-year scholarship scheme under the secondary education improvement project.

Source: http://www.moe.gov.gh
The Challenges Facing Distance Education Students At University Of Ghana

One of the major objectives of the Ghana national policy on Education is the provision of equal educational opportunities to all citizens at different levels of education. With regard to high education, an aspect of the policy encourages distance learning (education)-education that may be received outside the university environment to be organized and delivered by tertiary institutions in Ghana.

Source: http://ghanapolitics.net/peacefmonline
Kemu To Host Kenya Progressive Nurses Association
On November 12th, 13th and 14th 2014, the Kenya Progressive Nurses Association (KPNA) will be holding its 28th Annual Scientific Conference at our Main Campus.

Source: http://www.kemu.ac.ke/index.php/news
UoN celebrates International Students Day
The students drawn from different countries had an opportunity to interact with one another, sample different cultures, share experiences and establish networks. The University of Nairobi is to host to over 900 international students, from United States of America, Europe, Germany, Turkey, Japan, China, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, among others.

Source: http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/7025
School Of Law to Receive Support From NORAD
The School of Law, University of Nairobi is among the five universities selected to receive support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) for curriculum review, capacity building and research.

Source: http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/7026
Speeding Vehicle Kills Laikipia University Student
Campaigns for the Laikipia University Students leaders turned tragic after one student was killed by a speeding vehicle along Nyahururu-Nakuru Road.

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke
Last Words Of Crocodile Death Student
A friend last night relived the terrifying moment Amy Nicholls was dragged to her death by a crocodile.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news
Fire Consume Dzenza Secondary School Hostel In Ll
Fire on Saturday night consumed boys hostel at Dzenza Secondary School in Lilongwe leaving student hopeless

Source: http://www.faceofmalawi.com/2014
Nigeria School Blast In Potiskum Kills Dozens
At least 46 students have been killed by a suicide bomber at a school assembly in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum, police have said.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news
Boko Haram Suspected In Suicide Bomb at Nigeria School, 48 Dead

A suicide bomber-- dressed in a school uniform and apparently carrying explosives in a student rusksack-- killed at least 48 people at a boys high school in northeastern Nigeria Monday.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com
Nigeria's Nine Year Old University With No Graduate Yet Plateau State University Students Have Alleged That Since The Inception Of The University Nine Years Ago, The Institution Is Yet To Graduate A Student.

The students led by Misheal Nunkop, who claims to represent the University's student body, The Students Union Government, SUG, in a press interview on Tuesday said that the current aggrieved 400-level final year students might not graduate due to the non accreditation of most of their courses.

Source: http://www.naij.com
WAEC: Teachers Responsible for Mass Failure in English and Maths – Shekarau Nigeria

Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, in a keynote address at the 60th National Council of Education has identified lack of skilled Mathematics and English Language teachers as one of the reasons why pupils performed woefully in 2014 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations.

Of the 1.7million candidates who sat for this year's WASSCE, only 529,425 obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics, The Punch reports.

Source: http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads
FUTMINNA Students Arrested For Cultism
Two students of FUTMINNA have been arrested for cult related activities. The duo, a 500-level computer science student and another 200- level student were said to belong to the Neo-Black Movement (NBM) a.k.a Black Axe. The two students were arrested alongside 8 other suspects following a tip-off as they were planning an initiation. At the point of arrest the police recovered two locally made pistols, three live ammunition 9mm caliber, three axes and three pairs of fraternity uniforms.

Source: http://myschool.com.ng/school/news
Yobe State Officially Closed All Schools in The State

We've just received and verified this news, that the Yobe State government has just ordered that all schools be shut down in the state. The very reason for the above order, is because of the attack on Government Senior Science Secondary School in Potiskum, which took place yesterday by Boko Haram members, killing more than forty seven (47) student.

Source: http://www.dailyschoolnews.com.ng
Official: 2014 Nov/Dec NECO GCE Original Timetable
Here's the November/December 2014 NECO GCE Official Timetable, you can check out the schedules and the days and exact time of each papers. We would love to notify all those, who are not aware, that the 2014 NECO Nov/Dec GCE Timetable has been released online today, by the registration board to all interested candidates. 2014 NECO Time-Table

Source: http://www.dailyschoolnews.com.ng
Varsities Must Place Emphasis On Character – Ajibola

Founder of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prince Bola Ajibola, has said that it is no longer safe for higher institutions to impart only academic education to their students. Ajibola noted this while speaking on 'Education Plus', being the university's philosophy, at its sixth convocation.

Source: http://www.punchng.com/education
International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships(IUMS) At Newcastle University In UK, 2015

Newcastle University is offering merit scholarships for International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships (IUMS) for 2015/16 academic year. Scholarship is open for international students who study for their first degree at Newcastle University. This partial scholarship has a value of £1,500 for the first year of study. The application deadline is 30 April, 2015.

Source: http://scholarship-positions.com
IKEA Research Fellowship in International Relations at University of Oxford in UK, 2015

November 11, 2014
Applications are invited for the IKEA Research Fellowship in International Relations at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. This fellowship is funded for two years through the generosity of the IKEA foundation. Candidates should have research interests in the broad field of international relations and international development focusing especially on humanitarian programmes and intervention by state and non-governmental actors, and the promotions of human rights and legal protections. The salary will be £18,372 p.a. will be provided to the applicants.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 25th November 2014.

Source: http://scholarship-positions.com
Eiffel Scholarships for International Students in France, 2015-2016

Provided by: The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Courses: Master Degree and Courses awarding a PhD through a thesis joint supervision

Subjects: Multiple
Eligible Students: Open to International Students.

Application Deadline January 9th, 2015
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Kresge awards $2.9 million to improve data analysis at South African universities

The Kresge Foundation has awarded $2.9 million to four South African universities and an education institute to improve student success through improved data analysis.

Source: http://kresge.org/news
HESLB Gets New Board Of Directors
The Minister for Education and Vocational Training Hon. Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa has launched a new Board of Directors of the Higher Education Students' Loans Board to take office for the next three years.

Source: http://www.heslb.go.tz
Mugabe Students Stranded In SA
Beneficiaries of the presidential scholarship programme at Limpopo University in South Africa are reportedly stranded over non-payment of fees although President Mugabe released money for all universities last year.

Source: http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk
Exam Leaking Taking A Toll On Education System
Zimbabwe's education system has taken a battering in the past two decades. First, it was the diminishing government funding which deprived schools of important educational aids such as textbooks and laboratory equipment resulting in education facilities failing to meet minimum standards.

Source: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014