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Congo-Kinshasa: Rep Smith Introduces Bill Aimed at Preventing Cobalt Mined by Child Exploitation and Forced Labor In The Congo From Entering U.S. Market

Washington, DC — Communist China exploits African children to power the ‘Green Economy’ Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chair of the House Global Human Rights Subcommittee, introduced legislation (HR 7891) this week aimed at ensuring that cobalt—a key natural resource used to power electric vehicles, solar panels and other “green” products—that is extracted or processed with […]

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Central African Republic: CAR Child Refugees Dream of a Better Future

More than a million people, including children, have fled their homes in the volatile Central Africa Republic to Cameroon. Not all have given up hope. A bus throws up dust as it rumbles away from the sprawling expanse of the refugee camp at Gado-Badzere in eastern Cameroon. It’s heading to the war-ravaged Central African Republic […]

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Zimbabwe Recalls Batches of Benylin Paediatric Syrup After Finding High Levels of Toxic Substance

THE Medicines Control Company of Zimbabwe -MCAZ has recalled two batches of Benylin Paediatric 100ml Syrup from shelves after a toxic substance, Diethylene glycol was recently found in the medicine. In a statement, MCAZ director-general Richard Rukwata Monday said communication received from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) of Nigeria indicated that […]

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Kenya: Daktari Smart Telemedicine Initiative Targets 32,400 Children

Nairobi — Daktari Smart, a telemedicine programme run by Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, plans to reach 32,400 children in five counties in the initial stage. The collaborative initiative is between its foundation and the M-Pesa Foundation. Under a deal, the partners seek to serve 5 million children in the region as well as provide care to […]

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Kenya, Nigeria Recall Children’s Cough Syrup Over Toxic Substance

Kenya and Nigeria’s health regulators have initiated a recall of a specific batch of Johnson & Johnson’s children’s cough syrup following the detection of elevated levels of a potentially hazardous toxic substance. Tests conducted on Benylin Paediatric unveiled a concerning presence of diethylene glycol, a compound associated with fatalities among infants in various countries. The […]

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Mali: In Mali, a Teenage Activist Advocates Against Child Marriage

Koulikoro — With a determined step, Aminata Fofana walks into the courtyard and sits down on a chair. The teenager unlocks her phone with a swipe of the screen and starts a conversation with her new friends from the adolescent girls’ group. This small community allows young girls who were married off early to share […]

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Youth Think Tank: What Makes Young Women Successful in STEM Careers?

Download the report The Youth Think Tank is a research group made up of young people from the Foundation’s networks. In partnership with  Restless Development , it trains and mentors young people to conduct research, collect evidence, and document youth needs, challenges, and aspirations. In 2020 the Youth Think Tank developed research asking the question […]

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Zimbabwe: Revival of ‘Green Bombers’ Training Set for June – 10 000 to Undergo Indoctrination in 2024

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is finalising modalities for the revival of training of Youth Service in Zimbabwe (YSZ) cadres, with the initial batch set to start indoctrination classes in June. Formerly known as the National Youth Service (NYS), the programme has been renamed YSZ. Previously, graduates of the NYS, derogatorily referred to as ‘Green Bombers’ […]

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What Works for African Youth Employment: A New Multi-Country Study in Partnership with PEP

The Mastercard Foundation has partnered with Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP)  to explore what works for African youth employment. The partnership is conducting a multi-country study that aims to synthesize existing youth employment and related social development policies in 10 African countries; Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Niger, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and South Africa. The […]

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World Data Lab and the Mastercard Foundation Announce Launch of the Africa Youth Employment Clock

World Data Lab (WDL), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, is pleased to announce the Kenya launch of the Africa Youth Employment Clock on 19 March, 2024. According to WDL projections, Africa will experience its highest-ever youth population growth in this decade (2021–2030), with the population projected to increase by almost 100 million between 2023 […]

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Nigeria: Rescued Kaduna Schoolchildren Reunite With Parents

The parents met the children in the presence of some top government officials led by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Abdulkadir Meyere. The 137 children of a school in Kuriga, Kaduna State rescued from bandits by the Nigerian military were presented to their parents at a government facility in Kaduna State on Wednesday. […]

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Africa: Unicef – Climate Change Leaves ‘Dire Situation’ for 45 Million African Children

Harare, Zimbabwe — The United Nations children’s fund says there is a “dire situation” in several eastern and southern African countries, where at least 45 million children are dealing with severe food insecurity made worse by climate change. In a statement, Eva Kadilli, the UNICEF director for eastern and southern Africa, said millions of people […]

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Zimbabwe: Govt Targets 50 000ha Irrigation for Schools, Youth Centres and Villages

WITH climate change challenges showing no signs of abating, the Government is targeting to put 50 000 hectares under irrigation at schools, villages and youth centres. The move will see the programme being rolled out in some of the country’s 35 000 villages, 9 600 schools and 4 800 youth centres as a way of […]

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Nigeria – Rescued Schoolchildren Reunited With Families

The children had been kidnapped two weeks ago from their school in Kaduna. The practice of kidnapping for ransom is on the rise in Nigeria. After an agonizing two weeks, over 100 kidnapped schoolchildren who were rescued in northern Nigeria on Sunday have been reunited with their families. The mass kidnapping of 287 students in […]

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Mauritius: Amid Successes, Mauritians Point to Challenges in Pursuit of Child Well-Being

Majority of citizens endorse the use of physical force to discipline children. Key findings A slim majority (54%) of Mauritians say it is “sometimes justified” or “always justified” for parents to use physical force to discipline their children. o The use of physical discipline receives above-average support from men (58%), the less educated (58%), rural […]

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South Africa: EskomSePush Now Tracks Water Outages Too! – South African News Briefs – March 25, 2024

  EskomSePush Now Tracks Water Outages Too! South Africa’s go-to app for load shedding, EskomSePush, is expanding its services, reports News24. The app now delivers real-time water outage alerts alongside its existing load shedding schedules. This move taps into EskomSePush’s 2.5 million users and proven track record of providing accurate information. Through “area alerts,” users […]

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Nigeria: How 137 Kaduna School Students Were Rescued – Defence Headquarters

The Defence Headquarters says justice awaits the abductors of tha Kaduna students. The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says the students abducted from Kuriga in Kaduna State were rescued through coordinated search and rescue operation conducted by the military in collaboration with local authorities and government agencies. The primary and secondary school students abducted on March 7 […]

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Kenya: Gachagua Banking On Churches to Win Fight With Liquor Tycoons

Nairobi — Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua has said the government will work with church leaders in the ongoing fight against illicit brews. Speaking on Thursday during the burial of Joseph Mwangi, father to Benjamin Gathiru, Embakasi Central MP, he announced plans to convene a meeting with church leaders to onboard in the fight. “Church leaders […]