Education

The dictator in the African classroom

Nov
15
John Otim

In the early nineteen nineties a young artist came to the house where I lived in northern Nigeria on the Ahmadu Bello University campus. He grabbed a drawing pen and paper and within minutes had reproduced the exact replica of the Mona Lisa that adorned my wall. I taught creative writing and used the Mona Lisa as a kind of good luck charm to inspire me. The artist was five years old ...

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Makerere: elite African campus in its golden decade 1960-1970

Oct
18
Dharam Ghai

The four years I spent at Makerere were its golden period. The College attracted outstanding scholars to its Faculty. A considerable amount of money poured in to strengthen its medical, agriculture and social science faculties. Many gifted graduate students from prestigious universities overseas came to work on their doctorates.

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Postcolonial education in Africa: the imperative for theory and practice

Sep
15
Okello Oculi

How can higher education in Africa become more relevant in the face of the challenges and opportunities Africa faces in the 21st century? That is the theme of a conference planned for 2014 at Dakar Senegal. In the face of growing numbers of colleges and universities in Africa, organizers note, there has been a lot of focus on numbers and too little attention paid to quality, relevance and access.

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The mess African leaders have made of African universities

Jul
01
John Otim

Once seemingly on the threshold of a grand breakthrough African universities are sliding backwards. To the casual observer this may not be apparent. The occasional brand new edifice on campus, many often the result of donor money, the trim lawns college administrators have perfected the art of keeping, the fashion obsessed youths, book bags on their backs, smart phones in their palms, present the image of a normal campus.

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Student takes on Faculty of Law over Dress Code at the University of Lagos in Nigeria

Jul
01
Special Correspondent

Nile Journal brings to you this remarkable and revealing conversation in which a Lagos University student accused of flouting college regulations on dress code and threatened with expulsion takes the Faculty head on. The encounter left the head of department (HOD) reeling. We must admit his had to be the strangest college department in the world; the department of Dress Code

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Early Childhood Education in Uganda then and now!

May
07
Katherine Joy Akello

Society has come a long way in evolving elaborate systems and methods of gathering and processing information we need to shape our world and master our destiny. We have devised ways of passing on our hard earned experience, skills, knowledge and wisdom to the next generation and to generations yet unborn, so that society can continue and can progress. We take education of our youngsters fairly seriously.

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What Does it Take to Pioneer a Young University

Jan
11
Lira Campus

Lira Constituent College for Health Sciences at the new Lira University of Science and Technologhy is a young institution, founded only in 2010. Its agenda: to promote knowledge, provide opportunity for learning, and to develop new practices in health sciences, while at the same time providing and developing health services for the local community and the surrounding rural population. What are the odds?

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Early Days at the Postcolonial School

Jan
11
John Otim

We lounged around in the Upper Chamber devouring international publications. Read British really. Boys Own (great teen stuff) Illustrated London Magazine, London Times, and the hilarious Punch magazine, piles of them, stacked on the shelves. Punch has since expired. There were also issues of Readers Digest (American), Drum Magazine (South African), and one or two others.

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