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Kenya to cut arts education fund for technical schools

Kenyan universities could face slashed governmental allocations beginning next financial year if some of the funds are diverted to technical institutions. The move is part of the changes contained in a new curriculum that is expected to take effect in May this year. If implemented, this will make a radical shift to technical and science courses against arts and social sciences.

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The satirist who pokes fun at everyday things in Africa

In real life, comedians can be surprisingly serious and sombre people, carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders and projecting an angst — a far cry from their on-stage or in front-of-the-camera persona. The Nigerian-British host of BBC’s satirical show What’s Up Africa, is no different. Only that he does not view himself as a comedian.

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Art in dark times

The Art of Life in South Africa is about an art school, Ndaleni, in what is now South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. The school, on the property of a former mission station, was established in 1952 and closed in 1981. If you’re looking at a map, Ndaleni is less than 100km from Durban, the biggest city in the northeastern coastal province of South Africa.

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Dear EU, your policy will increase migrants’ harm and suffering in Libya

More than 400 Non-governmental organisations and Civil Society Organisations expressed deep concerns with the direction of the EU-Libya policy as outlined in the Commission Communication on the Central Mediterranean, and reaffirmed in the conclusions of the Malta Summit and the Council Conclusions, aiming to stop migratory movements through Libya. Read the open letter sent to EU leaders.

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Importation of Indian gari, the Nigerian paradox

Reports of imported gari packaged as “Ïndian gari” displayed and sold to the public in a Lagos supermarket, came as a rude shock and complete surprise to millions of Nigerians. Previously, it was unimaginable that Nigeria could ever get to the point of importing gari, a popular West African staple food made from cassava tubers.

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Four ways in which the Burundi crisis is far from over

Since the start of 2017, the Burundian government has amplified its calls for refugees to return home. After nearly two years of crisis in which over 1,400 peopled are estimated to have been killed, the government insists the nation is now safe.

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