Teaching scouts about HIV at a youth workshop in C.A.R. 82% of adolescents living with HIV are in sub-Sahara Africa. (Photo/ Pierre Holtz for UNICEF)

Boys, Girls And HIV In Africa: Knowledge Is Power (But Not Always)

If a country has a high HIV prevalence, it is correlated with a higher percentage of girls having comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS. For boys, however, their knowledge has a weaker correlation with national prevalence


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Students at the National University of Lesotho. (Photo/ Flickr/ K. Kendall)

Africa’s Scientific Research Output: Where ‘Small’ Countries Punch Above Their Weight

In Africa, countries that have a relatively sound higher education system are necessarily the rich ones. And those whose economies are doing well do not always have the best universities.


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Boy in a Zanzibar school. Repeaters tend to be boys from rural, disadvantaged backgrounds. (Photo/ Flickr/ Andrea Moroni)

The Frog-Pond Effect: Repeaters In African Schools

Repetition rarely leads to better performance. Pupils become discouraged at having to do the classwork again, feel awkward at being the oldest in their new class and being left behind by their peers


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A calf crosses the border between Botswana and Zambia. Uneducated people - who may work in agriculture with animals like these - are the most likely to be in favour of free movement across borders in Africa. (Photo/ Flickr/ Mario Micklisch)

The Most Cosmopolitan African Is The Illiterate Villager. Seriously

You might imagine that a university or college education would give you a broader, more cosmopolitan worldview; that the more educated you are, the less parochial you would become. The data suggests otherwise.


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Classroom in Somalia, at the Hawa Abdi Centre for Internally Displaced Somalis. (UN Photo/Tobin Jones)

‘Penalised’ In Primary, Privileged In University: East Africa Education Spending

The inequity in resource allocation is clearer when you consider that it is just a tiny minority of people who make it to higher levels of education in the first place.