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Zimbabwe: Cabinet Approves MOU On Renewable Energy
Egypt Today – Egypt
The sea economy is a sector that Ecomondo (5-8 November, Rimini Expo Centre, organized by Italian Exhibition Group), has showcased for years: A sector with great potential, a “reservoir” which, if exploited and safeguarded, it not only beneficial for the climate – seas are great assimilators of CO2 – but from which it is also possible to obtain energy and create jobs. The blue economy of the European Union is continually growing, currently has a value of 0.5 trillion euros and provides 5 million jobs.
This year, Ecomondo is dedicating several events to the blue economy. On Thursday 6th November (10:00 am) the beacon event was Structuring Italian Blue Growth: BLUEMED meets BIG a conference that focused on the Mediterranean Sea and will propose the vision, mission and state of the art of the initiatives under way in the area, along with the main challenges awaiting the marine economy in that zone. Research and innovation are fundamental for the development of all sectors, whether established or emerging, and to ensure their social-economic and environmental sustainability interventions and programs must be integrated, but above all the strategic vision that the event wants to transmit must be strengthened.
The focus was again on the Mediterranean at the event on the 7th November Plastic-free for a healthy Mediterranean Sea: the BLUEMED R&I Pilot, which reported on the initiative by the countries of the Mediterranean Bluemed R&I, launched in 2018 with the intent of facing the threat of marine litter together.
Circular Economy for the definition of a sustainable and integrated Blue Growth Strategy was the beacon event scheduled for the entire day on Thursday 7th November (from 10:00 am). Participants included plenipotentiary minister Enrico Granara. The objective was to stimulate the development of the circularity of the Blue economy in the Mediterranean, basin by means of cooperation.
Marine litter and blue economy, impacts and solutions from the world of fishing and aquaculture on Friday 8th November (10:00 am) is once again the appointment on the issue of marine litter organized by Ecomondo and Legambiente. There will be a particular accent on the topic of litter coming from fishing and aquaculture activities: lost or abandoned nets and equipment account for approximately a third of the plastic litter found on European beaches and an even greater proportion as far as their weight is concerned, reaching up to 11,000 tons per year.
We are Med: challenge for a sustainable Mediterranean on 8th November will end the cycle of beacon events dedicated to “mare nostrum”, to illustrate the program of transnational cooperation INTERREG MED 2014-2020 which involves the public national and regional institutions of 12 countries, from Portugal to Cyprus, examining the need to strengthen the governance instruments in strategic fields for the Mediterranean (tourism, marine surveillance, environment and innovation). Space will also be dedicated to the projects that share a process aimed at communicating the results achieved and boosting the capitalization of these results.
Sustainable management of sediments and blue growth in coastal area and in the medium and small ports was another beacon event, held on 5th November, and of importance to the sector, which will highlight the current situation in the management and use of the various resources of the sea for the adaptation of the coasts, rivers and ports for sustainable safe Blue Growth in line with the work of the National Board on Coastal Erosion, looking to set up a coast observatory.
The Herald – Zimbabwe
By: Kwame Muzawazi
After winning the war for independence, Africa seems to have lost its mojo and without a point of reference, seems to be drifting aimlessly.
How can we regain the pre-independence spirit? There was a time when the African voice counted for much in global politics.
This was a time when Africa spoke with one voice on the issue of granting independence to the nations of Africa.
The 94 years between 1900 and 1994 saw congresses, conferences and political actions that took Africa to a position of global political importance.
Today, Africa is nowhere near having that forceful relevance.
One could plausibly argue that this continent of 55 countries and over one billion people is at its weakest when it comes to fighting for and defending what’s good for the ordinary African.
What’s next for Africa?
We fought for and got the right to run the affairs of our countries, but it’s evident that the fruits of independence are as elusive as a slippery fish in our hands.
Every generation has a question to answer and actions that must be taken.
What’s the burning question today?
While the 20th century was meant to be about addressing the issue of Africa freeing herself from the manacles of colonisation, this century is about the next calling.
The 21st century must become the epoch of Africans freeing themselves from educational and cultural colonisation — those invisible aspects that are still pervasive.
There is a dozen or so issues that postcolonial Africa needs to confront with determination.
For today, let’s look at three.
Educational content across Africa
The bulk of textbooks being used in schools have not changed, even though this is a continent that claims to be independent.
As a result, our teachers are producing nicely colonised graduates who will know more about European history and geography than Africa’s.
In Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa, the most popular song they sing during playtime in schools is called “Great Christopher Columbus”.
It praises Columbus for being a great explorer and navigator. Yet our children should be singing about Ibn Battuta, the Moroccan who pioneered global travel and upon whose autobiography, “A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonder of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling”, Columbus himself relied on for planning his overseas colonialist navigations.
Our high-level begging
Have you not felt ashamed to be an African when you see a large number of our heads of state or government leaving Africa to meet the leadership of another country?
Or, many of our leaders lining up in some overseas capital for handshakes with a small group, to talk about African development! As recently as October 2018, African leaders were in Turkey for a meeting called the “Africa-Turkey Business and Economic Forum”.
Shockingly, the collective amount of money that our countries spent travelling to Turkey, where they were booked in the most expensive hotels of Ankara, was more than the money they got from Turkey in real returns. Could it get worse?
Hope for the youths away from home
Young Africans die in the ruthless waters of the Mediterranean Sea, seeking to cross to Europe in search of a better life.
Between 2017 and 2018, the UN’s International Organisation of Migration reports that 5 000 Africans were lost in this way, trying to emigrate to Europe.
This matter has received endless publicity, but neither the African Union nor African governments have said or done anything decisive.
While I watched television with my family one evening earlier in the year, a news report was broadcast. My 16-year-old niece asked a question which until now I have wondered whether I answered correctly: “Uncle, if Europe and America were to station ships on the coasts of Africa and invite the youths of Africa to voluntary slavery in their countries, how many young Africans will not go?”
I just shook my head and told her I would research and come back to her.
Africa today must find a rallying point to bring together the activities of its leaders and societies. The real enemy for Africa in the 21st century is not colonialism: it is the black man himself, his own passivity, his own lethargic approach to his own affairs.
With no rallying point, we are on autopilot to nowhere.
And that rallying point must address the fundamental, structural issues, it must be revolutionary.
The Herald – Zimbabwe
By: Tanaka Mahanya
Government’s move to establish smart classrooms in primary schools as a way of promoting a sustainable computer education programme will ensure effective learning and teaching through harnessing of technological advancements.
Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Permanent Secretary Mrs Tumisang Thabela said digital learning will help equip learners with competency skills that will contribute to economic industrialisation and transformation.
“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has a mandate of preparing learners for the future and equipping them with necessary skills and knowledge that will help them operate in an increasingly competitive environment.
“We have thus embarked on an exercise set to promote massive embracing of digital and electronic-driven teaching and learning in all our institutions,” she said.
The world has transformed from old ways of doing things to embrace advancements in technology and change in the education sector through global technological giants such as Google, Facebook and Netflix.
E-learning ensures easy access to information as it allows learners full admission to educational journals and data online.
A prime benefit of digital learning is that modern learners are brought together through online platforms and this enables them to access information that is updated from time to time.
In South Africa, e-learning was launched in 2011 to provide a wide range of educational resources and skills training in response to a desperate need for good quality educational resources by teachers, learners and parents.
The aim of the programme is to improve on research and develop dynamic educational resources and learning solutions suitable for 21st century learning, which has improved the education sector. Visual images always have a strong appeal to teachers and learners compared to words.
The use of projectors, visuals and power point presentations engages the learner into the lesson as it becomes interesting.
Students prefer seeing visuals as a way of improving their analysis and scrutiny of facts and figures. However, for effective e-classroom learning, the Government should address the issue of power-cuts first to ensure the system is of use to all its beneficiaries.
With regular power-cuts that have hit the country, e-learning can be difficult to effect as most places do not have electricity during the day. Through embracing technology, the country can navigate the infrastructural and economic challenges that have hindered efforts to make the education sector more productive.
When most of these programmes are rolled out, rural communities tend to lag behind due to unavailability of electricity and lack of computers. Though various stakeholders, including the Government, have donated computers to rural schools to reduce the access to information and communication technology gap between rural and urban schools, a lot needs to be done in rural schools.
Donated computers lie idle in most rural schools because of lack of trained ICT teachers and computer laboratories in schools, which has led to the deterioration of the gadgets.
Technology remains locked up in classrooms and not being used, as teachers continue to use traditional methods of teaching, which they are well versed with.
The programme is more likely to benefit urban communities because learners have a background of computer literacy from their homes, which is not the case in urban areas.
According to Kabanda (2012), from a broader perspective, the benefits from advances in ICTs could also mean an acceleration of economic and social development and greater inclusion of isolated populations, particularly in rural areas, in the mainstream society.
ICT skills are crucial, because even after completing primary, secondary and tertiary education, learners will soon find out that computer literacy is essential in industry and the labour market.
Also, when such programmes take off, there should be measures to ensure that the desired services reach all the intended targets, instead of having teachers manipulating the whole project, thus denying the learners access.