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Rinse, Spin, Read To Kids: It’s A Mashup Of Laundromat and Library

NPR – Andrew Boryga

“Poor mothers often spend way too much time hunched over a washboard. What if they could use those hours to curl up with their kids and read a book instead? A group of friends at Oxford University plans to find out by developing a combination childhood education and laundry services center, a concept they’ve dubbed a “Libromat.”…According to the team’s research, mothers and caregivers in South Africa can spend a whopping nine hours per week hand-washing dirty clothes. “That’s one whole working day,” team member David Jeffery, 23, says. So they aimed to solve two problems at once and teach mothers effective ways to read books to their infants in the amount of time it takes to complete a wash and spin cycle. “(more)

South African Schools to Offer Mandarin

Education News – Jace Harr

“Language instruction is a political matter worldwide, but particularly in South Africa. The country has 11 official languages, according to Times Live, with English as the dominant language of business and politics. Indigenous languages are often not available in schools, which to many is a continuation of the imperialism that has defined the country for its recent history. The government agency responsible for promoting the use of native languages, the Pan South African Language Board, is historically and consistently underfunded. A spokesperson for South Africa’s education department said that the Chinese government would be providing teacher training support. China has been encouraging the expansion of Mandarin in Africa, writes Lily Kuo of Quartz, with scholarships to study in China and government-funded language and culture schools, known as Confucius Institutes, across the continent. The stated goal is to strengthen economic ties with the country. China has been South Africa’s largest trading partner since 2009.”(more)

Booming education business helps some Africans move up a class

Reuters – Tendai Dube

“Packed tightly at a row of graffitied desks in an overcrowded classroom, students at Masiqhakaze Secondary School near Johannesburg shiver as a chilly breeze blows through broken windows. This run-down, tin-shack district is a poor environment for learning but its conditions are similar to those in thousands of state schools across Africa that academics say have left millions with skills suitable only for manual labour. In a 2015 report the World Economic Forum ranked South Africa last in the quality of mathematics and science education and close to last at 139 out of 143 in the overall quality of its education system. However, rising incomes among the continent’s vast population have created a pool of customers willing to pay for better schooling for their children. That in turn is driving an explosion in education businesses that means Africa could soon rival Asian countries like India as the next big hit with school investors.”(more)

The age of Mandarin is upon us

The Mail & Guardian – Sipho Kings

“Chinese nationals are the number one source of foreign tourists to the Voortrekker Monument. More than 150 000 Chinese people visited South Africa last year and imports from the communist state are booming. But there is also a growing trek the other way. South Africans are learning to speak basic Mandarin and are figuring out the cultural traps that could stop them from doing business with China.”(more)

Africa Can Boost Economy By U.S. $500 Billion

All Africa – Staff Writer

“Cape Town — Africa can boost its growth by a third and generate an “economic miracle” if it invests enough in the younger generation, says a top United Nations official tasked with promoting health and equal opportunities for the world’s people.” (more)