TUNSA, European partners secure pound 1.057 million grant from EU for UDENE project

The Tunisian Space Association (TUNSA) was awarded pound 1.057 million as part of the Horizon Europe Space funding by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) to support them when formulating urban development strategies and to help them access similar experiments and solutions implemented by other cities facing similar challenges.

The aim of this project is to use Copernicus data for urban development in Europe and North Africa.

The project further aims at designing and developing space-based applications in collaboration with international partners and developing innovative solutions targeting the living conditions in urban areas, TUNSA President Ahmed El Fadhel told Space in Africa.

“The project was inspired by the challenges related to city conditions, particularly in Europe and Africa, where the rapidly increasing population concentration has impacted urban environments,” he pointed out.

To address these challenges, the objective is to create a virtual laboratory that acts as a testi
ng ground for urban planners.

“This laboratory enables urban planners to explore and assess developmental ideas visually using multi-dimensional models,” he added.

El Fadhel further indicated that the proposed solution heavily relies on earth observation (EO) data, sourced primarily from Copernicus satellites and complemented by local data sources.

The data is organised in a “data cube” format to facilitate rapid access to newly acquired data. By utilising this approach, the project aims to leverage satellite data alongside local data to create a platform supporting urban planners in testing and refining urban development ideas for improved city livability.

Through this software, urban planners gain access to a wealth of data and the capability to test novel ideas and strategies for urban development. These strategies consider various factors such as climate change and risks associated with natural disasters like earthquakes, pollution, and heat rays due to climate change, he underlined.

This tool will f
acilitate learning from the experiences and strategies implemented by other similar cities, providing a platform for gaining insight through shared experiences, TUNSA official added.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Scholarships

Zorgho, The Sanbrado Mines Company (SOMISA) signed a scholarship agreement with two new high school graduates from the commune of Boudry on October 2, 2023 at Boudry town hall. This took place during a ceremony chaired by the high commissioner of Ganzourgou province, Mrs. Aminata Sorghum/Gouba.

As part of the Sanbrado Mines Society (SOMISA) scholarship program, Sylvie W. Zabda and Abdoul Sakourou Tiendrébéogo, two students from the Boudry departmental high school, were selected among the best high school graduates of the 2023 session of the high schools in the commune of Boudry to benefit from a three-year scholarship for their university studies.

The signing of the scholarship agreement between SOMISA and the beneficiaries took place in the meeting room of the town hall of Boudry, under the chairmanship of the high commissioner of the province of Ganzourgou, Mrs. Aminata Sorgho/Gouba, in the presence of some authorities, including the President of the special delegation from the commune of Boudry, school managers, representatives of SOMISA and parents of students.

According to the terms of the agreement communicated to the beneficiaries, the scholarship covers registration fees and other compulsory additional costs when registering for a maximum of three years of higher education (equivalent to the license) without discontinuity or repetition. It also includes the purchase of basic computer equipment relevant to the needs of the studies chosen at the start of the first year. It also offers academic internships within SOMISA in the second and third year of study, but does not automatically guarantee employment to the beneficiary.

After signing the agreement, the beneficiaries each received a laptop computer with the software necessary for their studies.

For Aurélia Bassinga, the senior HR business partner at SOMISA, the scholarship program is part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and represents a way for SOMISA to contribute to education and quality professional training for young people in the community, in order to make them employable and contribute to the development of their community. “By investing in the education and training of these young talents, we are helping to shape a better future for themselves,” said SOMISA Senior Community Relations Coordinator Christelle Foméni.

According to her, the selected students demonstrated exceptional academic potential, as well as determination and passion for their field of study. “They embody the values of excellence, innovation and perseverance that we cherish within our company,” she emphasized. She expressed hope that the fellows would become thought leaders and innovators in their fields, thereby contributing significantly to the development of society. She also mentioned the first two beneficiaries of the 2022 edition, who obtained good averages in their sectors, and affirmed SOMISA’s commitment to supporting them throughout their journey.

The two scholarship recipients all chose to pursue studies in applied geology and mining. They expressed their joy at having been selected and thanked SOMISA for its support. “With this scholarship, I will be able to achieve my goals,” said Sylvie Zabda. They are all committed to working hard to not only realize their dreams, but also to satisfy the initiators of the scholarship.

The High Commissioner, Aminata Sorgho/Gouba, and the President of the Special Delegation (PDS) of Boudry, D. Mohamed Ouédraogo, thanked SOMISA for initiating this scholarship program. According to Ms. Sorgho, this will allow the winners to advance in their studies, especially since in addition to financial and material support, they will benefit from the supervision of sponsors to stimulate their learning. She encouraged the beneficiaries to work hard to earn this opportunity, while expressing the hope that the mine could increase the number of beneficiaries for the sake of the students.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Scholarships

Zorgho, The Sanbrado Mines Company (SOMISA) signed a scholarship agreement with two new high school graduates from the commune of Boudry on October 2, 2023 at Boudry town hall. This took place during a ceremony chaired by the high commissioner of Ganzourgou province, Mrs. Aminata Sorghum/Gouba.

As part of the Sanbrado Mines Society (SOMISA) scholarship program, Sylvie W. Zabda and Abdoul Sakourou Tiendrébéogo, two students from the Boudry departmental high school, were selected among the best high school graduates of the 2023 session of the high schools in the commune of Boudry to benefit from a three-year scholarship for their university studies.

The signing of the scholarship agreement between SOMISA and the beneficiaries took place in the meeting room of the town hall of Boudry, under the chairmanship of the high commissioner of the province of Ganzourgou, Mrs. Aminata Sorgho/Gouba, in the presence of some authorities, including the President of the special delegation from the commune of Boudry, school managers, representatives of SOMISA and parents of students.

According to the terms of the agreement communicated to the beneficiaries, the scholarship covers registration fees and other compulsory additional costs when registering for a maximum of three years of higher education (equivalent to the license) without discontinuity or repetition. It also includes the purchase of basic computer equipment relevant to the needs of the studies chosen at the start of the first year. It also offers academic internships within SOMISA in the second and third year of study, but does not automatically guarantee employment to the beneficiary.

After signing the agreement, the beneficiaries each received a laptop computer with the software necessary for their studies.

For Aurélia Bassinga, the senior HR business partner at SOMISA, the scholarship program is part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and represents a way for SOMISA to contribute to education and quality professional training for young people in the community, in order to make them employable and contribute to the development of their community. “By investing in the education and training of these young talents, we are helping to shape a better future for themselves,” said SOMISA Senior Community Relations Coordinator Christelle Foméni.

According to her, the selected students demonstrated exceptional academic potential, as well as determination and passion for their field of study. “They embody the values of excellence, innovation and perseverance that we cherish within our company,” she emphasized. She expressed hope that the fellows would become thought leaders and innovators in their fields, thereby contributing significantly to the development of society. She also mentioned the first two beneficiaries of the 2022 edition, who obtained good averages in their sectors, and affirmed SOMISA’s commitment to supporting them throughout their journey.

The two scholarship recipients all chose to pursue studies in applied geology and mining. They expressed their joy at having been selected and thanked SOMISA for its support. “With this scholarship, I will be able to achieve my goals,” said Sylvie Zabda. They are all committed to working hard to not only realize their dreams, but also to satisfy the initiators of the scholarship.

The High Commissioner, Aminata Sorgho/Gouba, and the President of the Special Delegation (PDS) of Boudry, D. Mohamed Ouédraogo, thanked SOMISA for initiating this scholarship program. According to Ms. Sorgho, this will allow the winners to advance in their studies, especially since in addition to financial and material support, they will benefit from the supervision of sponsors to stimulate their learning. She encouraged the beneficiaries to work hard to earn this opportunity, while expressing the hope that the mine could increase the number of beneficiaries for the sake of the students.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Youth Educational Summit in Seychelles calls for greater youth participation in reforms

The youth will be placed in the driving seat when it comes to planning and implementing education reform initiatives is a resolution taken by delegates at a Youth Education Summit held in Seychelles on Friday.

The summit, under the theme "Negotiating a new education landscape," sought to build on the World Transforming Education Summit that took place in September 2022 in New York.

It was organised by the Seychelles' Ministry of Education in collaboration with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office for Mauritius.

In his address at the opening, the Minister for Education, Justin Valentin, said that the ministry "agrees with the resolution and believes that if educational processes are to be impactful and their outcomes worthwhile, the youth should be empowered to participate in the design and implementation of all reform agendas."

Valentin added that since this is a dialogue between youths and other authorities it will of course have situations where views diverge, just as it does when adults have that sort of dialogue.

Building on the principles of inclusion, the summit also aimed at bringing the perspectives of young people to bear on the most pressing issues facing their generation with regard to education. The four key topics discussed by the youth were; new models of schooling, life skills, access to opportunities, and healthy living.

The youths who attended the summit are aged between 13 and 30 and are from public and private secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, the University of Seychelles, youth organisations, young entrepreneurs, youth leaders and professionals from multiple sectors and self-employed youth.

During the day-long summit, participants discussed and learned new models of schooling, life skills, access to opportunities and healthy living, which are of concern to the Ministry of Education.

They also relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Quality Education - which aims at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

There were presentations by four speakers on the subjects followed by group discussions and recommendations.

Building on the principles of inclusion, the summit aims to bring the perspectives of young people to bear on the most pressing issues facing their generation with regard to education.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Loroum/CCC: Education on the menu of discussions

The special delegation of the commune of Titao held on Thursday, September 7, 2023 in Ouahigouya, the first session of the Communal Consultation Framework (CCC), for the year 2023. The discussions focused on the situation of the education of children in the municipality.

On Thursday, September 7, 2023, the situation of the education of children in the municipality caught the attention of members of the Titao Communal Consultation Framework (CCP), in the Northern region.

In their communication, those responsible for the basic and secondary education sectors took stock of 2021-2023.

Since the relocation of administrative services to Ouahigouya, the education sectors, with the support of state and non-state partners, have developed local initiatives to ensure educational continuity.

Volunteers were recruited from both primary and secondary schools to teach classes in Titao.

These initiatives made it possible to organize in 2022 and 2023, the primary studies certificate in Titao and Ouahigouya and the first cycle studies certificate in Titao in 2023.

Candidates from the Loroum groups took part in the BEPC and baccalaureate exams in Ouahigouya in 2022 and 2023.

All of these actions made it possible to obtain results beyond the national average. Indeed, in the CEP in 2022, the municipality achieved a score of 71% and 82% in 2023.

In BEPC 2022, the success indicator was 33.48% and 58.99% in 2023. In the baccalaureate, the province had a result of 34.78%. “This year again we will continue the initiatives and even strengthen them to ensure educational continuity. All measures will already be taken to start from the start of the school year, unlike the previous year which experienced a delay in starting,” reassured provincial director of post-primary and secondary education in Loroum, Souleymane Ouermi.

And continues that “The Provincial High School will be open to welcome students on site. Students who cannot join Titao will continue their studies in Ouahigouya in the group establishment.”

The head of the Basic Education District (CEB) of Titao, Ram Bonkoungou declared that primary classes will be opened for the benefit of the children of Titao.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure that classes open in Titao. We even intend to exceed the 6 schools from the previous year,” maintained Mr. Bonkoungou.

He deplored some logistical and human difficulties. The head of the CEB also noted problems with supplies and table-benches and insufficient staff.

Ram Bonkoungou requested support from partners for quality education in the commune of Titao.

After the communications, discussions allowed the participants to resolve a certain number of gray areas.

The Loroum province is experiencing a difficult security situation. Faced with this situation, numerous initiatives have been developed to ensure educational continuity.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

“All necessary resources mobilised to ensure safe and successful start of new school year” (Boughdiri)

Minister of Education Mohamed Ali Boughdiri said his ministry has mobilised all the necessary means to ensure a successful and safe start of the school year 2023-2024, pointing out that 2,356,630 students will return to school this year, up 2.8% compared to last year. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Boughdiri pointed out that the number of classes had increased by 0.6%, or 547 additional classes, in addition to the rise in the number of schools (11 new schools) to a total of 6,139. He also mentioned a 0.5% increase in the number of teachers (747 additional teachers) to a total of 156,234 at primary, middle and high school levels. As part of its efforts to prevent pupils from dropping out of school, the Ministry of Education is committed to providing school meals to 450,000 pupils in 2023-2024, compared to 285,000 pupils last year, and to increasing the number of pupils benefiting from school transport, especially those living in remote areas. He said that the number of pupils living in schools host
els had increased to 26,400, compared with 26,082 last year, while the number of hostels this year was 292, compared with 289 in the 2022-2023 school year. In addition, the Minister of Education recalled the various measures taken by his ministry regarding the integration of substitute teachers into the ministry’s data platform, the increase in substitute teachers’ salaries (from TND 750 to TND 1250) over 12 months instead of 10 as of the new school year, adding that it had been decided to put an end to all forms of precarious work. Boughdiri announced the launch of a national consultation on the reform of the education system on September 15, calling on all stakeholders to participate and express their opinions on the education reform.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Minister of Health meets Senior Associate Dean of Harvard Medical School

Health Minister Ali Mrabet stressed the importance of strengthening the partnership between Tunisia and the United States in the field of medical research and investing in modern systems to respond to the needs of effective health care and the development of health services during his meeting on Monday in Tunis with Senior Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education at Harvard Medical School, Ajay Singh. Mrabet discussed with his guest the opportunities for cooperation in medical education and research and the exchange of experiences between the Ministry and Harvard Medical School, according to a statement from the Ministry. He noted the “strong relations between Tunisia and the United States in the field of scientific and advanced medical research”. For his part, the Senior Associate Dean of Harvard Medical School expressed his admiration for Tunisia’s experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. He praised Tunisia’s system of medical training and studies and expressed Harvard University’s willingness to
strengthen partnership relations with the Tunisian Ministry of Health.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

“National consultation on education reform is one of the most important in Tunisia’s history” (Kais Saied)

‘The national consultation on education reform is one of the most important consultations in the history of Tunisia,’ President Kais Saied stressed on Monday evening, adding that “this is not an exaggeration because it concerns the future of the Tunisian people and the future of the nation”. He was speaking at a meeting at Carthage Palace on Monday with Education Minister Mohamed Ali Boughdiri, Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Moncef Boukthir, Communication Technologies Minister Nizar Ben Neji, Religious Affairs Minister Ibrahim Chaibi and Family, Women, Children and the Elderly Minister Amal Belhaj Moussa. “There will be no future for us without a national education and an education based on a set of reforms after the failure of the so-called reforms that were introduced in the last years and the years before,” he stressed. President Saied explained that the consultation is addressed to all Tunisians and not only to educators; ‘it is a national consultation open to all who wish to participa
te”. He stressed the need to protect the reform process after the consultation and the establishment of the Higher Education Council with all the elements of success. ‘Any mistake made in any reform can only be corrected after decades,’ he said. The President pointed out that the Tunisian state will not abandon public education and is working to ensure the right to education for all on an equal basis. He said that education was compulsory until the age of sixteen, but “we see it compulsory so that the prospects are wider”. He reviewed the series of educational reforms that followed in Tunisia until the 1958 reform, which was not easy to implement despite the circumstances that prompted it, and which led to a change, even a revolution, in society at the time. He stressed that conclusions would be drawn from this consultation in order to issue the law establishing the Higher Education Council and then to carry out the reform on a solid basis.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

National consultation on education reform to kick off next Sept.15 (minister) [Upd 1]

The national consultation on education reform will be launched on September 15. It will be made available on an electronic platform, said Education Minister Mohamed Ali Boughdiri.
The national consultation announced by President Kais Saied will run over two months to offer citizens the opportunity to put forward their reform proposals, the minister told TAP in an exclusive interview.
The national consultation includes 20 questions on a number of key themes, namely the future guidelines of the education system, teaching methods, school hours, assessment and other issues.
The findings will be credible and transparent, Boughdiri said. The Education Ministry will release a saynthesis report outlining findings as soon as the consultation comes to an end.
These findings will be adopted by the Higher Education Council which will be set up under July 25, 2022, constitution in a bid to implement the national strategy for education reform in Tunisia.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia and Mali discuss ways to boost cooperation in higher education and scientific research

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Moncef Boukthir, Thursday, had a meeting with Minister of Malians Abroad and African Integration Moussa Ag Attaher, who is making a working visit to Tunisia on September 7 and 8.
The meeting, which was attended by Malian ambassador to Tunisia, focused on ways to boost bilateral cooperation in the fields of higher education and scientific research.
Boukthir commended the assuduity shown by Malian students attending Tunisian schools while the Malian minister welcomed the support offered by Tunisia to his country in the field of training, reads a statement of the ministry on Friday.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse