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UNESCO is launching a photo competition for 18-30 year olds, with a USD$500 prize for the winner. The winner will also have the chance of seeing their photo printed in the next Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and promoted globally to media and at our numerous launch events.

The next edition of the EFA Report is due out in April 2015 and will review how well the EFA movement has contributed to ensuring all children, young people and adults enjoy their right to a quality education. Find out more about the next report.

What we are looking for:

As the next Report will look at progress in education from 2000 to today, your photo should illustrate ideas linked to youth, education, literacy, skills and/or the world of work among members of your community over the past fifteen years.

How to enter:

The deadline for submitting a photo is 23.59 Paris time on 9 November 2014 and you must be aged between 18-30.

> Download the competition guidelines to find out more including how to enter.


The Encyclopaedia Of African Wisdom.

The rescue mission of the African culture starts in a small village in Cameroon. Chief Gaston Donnat Bappa was born here. He is an IT specialist with more than three decades of experience in different companies and institutions and is currently the General Coordinator of the ITSUD (Information Technologies for Sustainable Development), an NGO in Song-Mbengue in the rural area of Cameroon, and institution that fights the digital divide, in African rural areas notably.

The 56-year-old is creating a site that he hopes will become the first port of call for African arts and crafts, food, laws, medicine, music, oral storytelling, religion, science, sport – anything that can be defined as tradition, dating back millions of years. A prototype is open for contributions, with early entries including Myths and Legends of the Bantu, and Concepts of Social Justice in Traditional Africa. The name: African Traditions Online Encyclopaedia (ATOE).

The idea grew from Bappa’s passion for beliefs and customs from a young age on in his village, Ndjock-Nkong, as well as his traveled to more than 20 African countries as a senior IT engineer, consultant and bank executive. Bappa:

I saw that even in my tribe traditions are beginning to disappear. When I was going to other countries in Africa I saw it was the same. It’s not because young people don’t want to learn about them but because they don’t have the access in urban areas.

Gaston Donnat Bappa embodies the combination of old and new: He inherited the title of clan chief from his great-grandfather, grandfather and father 22 years ago but has 34 years of experience in computer technology. He hopes to bring the two worlds together in his project.

People think traditions don’t belong with information and communications technology because traditions are so far behind us and ICT is so far ahead of us. But if you don’t know who you are, you don’t know where you are going.

The ATOE will use wiki applications for volunteers to input, change or remove content in collaboration with others. Bappa is operating from Yaoundé and working to raise worldwide awareness of the project, which he will formally unveil at next year’s eLearning Africa conference. He plans to approach Microsoft and other potential sponsors in an attempt to raise 400,000 Euro for the initial phase.


It is not only for Africa. It will be open to all worldwide, Africans and non-Africans. It is for the whole of humankind because Africa is the cradle of humanity. We are going to ask Wikipedia if they can transfer all the information on African traditions to our database, and they’ll be very happy to do so, I’m sure

Have a first look at the encyclopaedia here.

Just came across this really interesting map titled “What Africa might look like had it never been colonized”. Doesn’t specify who these colonists are (my guess is the Europeans) and I can’t seem to track who the created this, but it’s an interesting visual nonetheless. 

Added text: Also not sure how factually correct this is so history boffins, feel free to chime in.

Are you a Ph.D. student 32 years of age or younger? The World Bank is looking for students of African descent, particularly women, to get hands-on experience in international development. Apply now for a 6-month fellowship and help us work to eradicate poverty and increase shared prosperity. http://worldbank.org/afr/wbfellows

The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:

  • University scholarships (Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology as well as Universities of Applied Sciences)
  • Arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts, only for a limited number of countries).

These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognized institution.

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Sudan’s Smartest Girl (Daily Beast)

Tagwa al-Hum earned the highest marks on her country’s national exams—but fighting drove her family to a refugee camp with no secondary schooling.

“When I grow up and go to university and achieve the dream that I dream,” she says, “the first story that I will write will be about the life we are living today—the war and air raids and all kinds of bombs. The children starving and the bitterness of war and death everywhere and all the evil we live through. I will write about every bad thing I saw in my life.”

The article states that her educational expenses would amount to $300, just wish they could let us know how we could contribute to that.
Will try and see if I can find this out, but if anyone knows, please share.

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) would invest $45-million, in the form of a grant, to initiate the development of a $154.2-million multinational science, innovation and technology Pan African University (PAU) project.

The five-year project would see the establishment of a regional university structured thematically within existing institutions across five countries representing the East, West, Central, North and Southern African regions.

Each region would deliver a themed programme, namely basic sciences, technology and innovation; earth and life sciences, including health and agriculture; water and energy sciences, including climate change; governance, humanities and social sciences; and space sciences, in an effort to boost the continent’s lagging education in the fields of science and technology.

“Africa has been slow to develop its science and technology sectors and commercialise its innovations,” AfDB human development department director Agnes Soucat said, adding that the PAU would enhance the continent’s competitiveness and growth through the creation of high-quality higher education and research capabilities.

The best African university currently had a ranking of 113 globally, with only four – all of which were based in South Africa – of the 400 top universities worldwide on the continent.

Africa also produced only 1.1% of world scientific knowledge, despite accounting for 13.4% of the global population.

According to the AfDB’s project appraisal report, African countries hosted 35 scientists and engineers per one-million inhabitants, compared with 168 in Brazil, 2 457 in Europe and 4 103 in the US.

The lack of “high profile” institutions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics also resulted in 260 000 tertiary students from sub-Saharan Africa studying abroad.

As the first three institutes were established, the PAU aimed to enrol, during the first five years, 1 064 students in masters’ programmes and 486 in PhD programmes, and award an estimated 794 Master’s degrees and 231 PhD degrees.

The first institutes would be launched in East Africa at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, hosting the basic sciences, technology and innovation programme; in Central Africa at Cameroon’s University of Yaoundé II, which would represent the governance, humanities and social sciences programme; and, in Nigeria, at the University of Ibadan, under the programme earth and life sciences, health and agriculture.

Algeria would potentially host the fourth institute under the programme water and energy science, including climate change, on behalf of North Africa, while the host country to represent Southern Africa and the space sciences programme had yet to be selected.

“Thousands of students all over Africa will benefit from this project. This is truly an amazing regional effort to help African universities achieve world-class status,” Soucat said.

The African Union Commission, the countries hosting the PAU institutes and the Lead Thematic Partners would provide the balance of funding required for the PAU project, the appraisal report said.

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Despite both national and international focus on literacy and education in Africa, in part driven by the soon-to-expire Millennium Development Goals, the resulting programmes and policies are all too often delivered in the languages of former colonial powers - particularly English, French and Portuguese - at the cost of excluding the majority and those most in need. “No country can make progress on the basis of a borrowed language, understood only by a minority,” says Prah, “Only ten per cent of African people can speak French, Portuguese or English fluently. These languages cannot be the only languages of African development.”

The problem is not merely one of shaking off the remnants of the past, but of convincing those within every level of African society that undermining the status of African languages serves the interests of no one. “It’s not just a question of Western arrogance,” explains Prah, “but also of African complicity. The cultural power of the African elite is based on the fact that they are proficient users of post-colonial languages. They instil a new colonial order which excludes the majority from the structures of power.”


"Some African languages are spoken by fifty or sixty million people. It makes economic sense to develop products for this market, by this market." If we continue to pretend that African languages are unimportant in the drive to achieve ‘education for all’, says Prah, "we will forever be waiting for 90% of Africans to become English!"

Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah, founder of The Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society, speaks about the importance of cultivating and sustaining broader uses of African languages as a tool for development around the continent, and in breaking down the imposed barriers created through the maintained hierarchy of colonial languages.

Professor Prah also stressed that the need for this kind of fundamental change needs to start with policy makers on the continent who themselves are also victims of the entrapments laid about by colonial language systems that saw African languages as inferior.

…he suggests that even those in positions of power are allowing themselves to be limited by the same colonial hierarchies of the past. “They are second-hand users of these cultures. Therefore, they are actually positioning themselves as inferiors. This can lead to a bottle-neck of tension that can explode.”


…Prah points to Vietnam and their Southeast Asian neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia. “Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. They stopped using the language of their French colonisers: this is precisely why they are succeeding.”

Original article written by Alicia Mitchell.

Mohammed Awzal (1680–1758) (Berber: Muḥemmed Awzal, Arabic: محمد أوزال‎), also known as Muhammad ibn Ali Awzal or al-Awzali was a religious Amazigh/Berber poet.
He is considered the most important author of the Teshelhit (southern Morocco Tamazight/Berber language) literary tradition.
He was born around 1680 in the village of al-Qasaba in the region of Sous, Morocco and died in 1758/9.
Almost a third of all known Shilha manuscripts contain parts of his works, and the largest Berber text in existence is a commentary by al-Hasan al-Tamuddizti (d. 1898) on Awzal’s al-Hawd.
Awzal, in his honor, is also the name of rhymed couplets and long poems that Ishilhin women chant daily or weekly, between the afternoon and sunset Islamic obligatory prayer times, in the tomb complexes of local holy figures.
Above is a picture of the first page of an 18th century Sous Berber manuscript of Muḥammad Awzal’s al-Ḥawḍ, part I (adapted from N. v.d. Boogert 1997 plate I).

Mohammed Awzal (1680–1758) (Berber: Muḥemmed Awzal, Arabic: محمد أوزال‎), also known as Muhammad ibn Ali Awzal or al-Awzali was a religious Amazigh/Berber poet.

He is considered the most important author of the Teshelhit (southern Morocco Tamazight/Berber language) literary tradition.

He was born around 1680 in the village of al-Qasaba in the region of Sous, Morocco and died in 1758/9.

Almost a third of all known Shilha manuscripts contain parts of his works, and the largest Berber text in existence is a commentary by al-Hasan al-Tamuddizti (d. 1898) on Awzal’s al-Hawd.

Awzal, in his honor, is also the name of rhymed couplets and long poems that Ishilhin women chant daily or weekly, between the afternoon and sunset Islamic obligatory prayer times, in the tomb complexes of local holy figures.

Above is a picture of the first page of an 18th century Sous Berber manuscript of Muḥammad Awzal’s al-Ḥawḍ, part I (adapted from N. v.d. Boogert 1997 plate I).


(Zimbabwean) Saki Mafundikwa: The intricate world of Afrikan writing systems (TED Talks)

Saki Mafundikwa is a maverick visionary who left a successful design career in New York to return to his native Zimbabwe and open that country’s first school of graphic design and new media. Mafundikwa is the author of Afrikan Alphabets, a comprehensive review of African writing systems. He has participated in exhibitions and workshops around the world, contributed to a variety of publications and lectured about the globalization of design and the African aesthetic. In going home and opening his school, Mafundikwa’s ambition is nothing less than to jump-start an African renaissance. (aiga.org)

“I returned home last year after an absence that totalled twenty years, going to school and then working in the US. I decided to come back home to start ZIVA, a New Media Arts school. ZIVA, besides being an acronym for Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts, is also a Shona word meaning “knowledge.”…

At the heart of ZIVA’s mission is a desire to create a new visual language – a language inspired by history, a language that is informed by but not dictated to or confined by European design, a language that is inspired by all the arts (sculpture, textiles, painting and Afrikan religion), a language whose inspiration is Afrikan. We are at a crossroads in the history of design right now with the young designers of the Western world rejecting the straitjacket confines of what design is and is not.

"African alphabets debunk the myth of the dark continent, they lay to rest the lies born out of ignorance that have been leveled at our beautiful Mama Africa" - Saki Mafundikwa

This less than 6-minute video is packed with so much information and essential knowledge about the history and importance of certain African writing systems and their value. As Saki emphasizes, this sort of information holds an incredible amount of weight in relation to our identities, and retracing these histories is of paramount importance.

The only area that I disagree with him on is when he says that the lies propagated about Africa(ns) were born out of ignorance - I’d be a little more specific and say that they were conceived from a place of hatred. Those who enslaved and colonized us despised us too.

Also, I love his subtle rejection of the word ‘tribe’.

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Russia and the Negro: Blacks in Russian history and thought Howard University Press. 1986. Allison Blakely Northwestern University Press, May 30, 2006

Under the Sky of My Africa: Alexander Pushkin and Blackness. Northwestern University Press, May 30, 2006. Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy, Nicole Svobodny, Ludmilla A. Trigos

Gannibal: The Moor of Petersburg. Hugh Barnes

Beyond the Color Line: Reading Encounters between Black and Red, 1922-1963 (Duke UP, 2002). Kate A. Baldwin

A Distant Front in the Cold War: The USSR in West Africa and the Congo, 1956-1964 (Cold War International History Project) Sergey Mazov 

Soul to Soul: A Black Russian American Family 1865-1992 Yelene Khanga

Black on Red: My 44 Years Inside the Soviet Union (May 1988)  Robert Robinson

Red and Hot: The Fat of Jazz in the Soviet Union, 1917-1980 S. Frederick Starr

Africa in Russia, Russia in Africa: Three Centuries of Encounters (Editor Maxim Matusevich)

The Black Russian Vladimir Alexandrov (not yet released)

Negri v Amerike/Blacks in America - Claude McKay

Petropolis Anya Ulinich

Это я – Эдичка. Эдуард Лимонов

The Last Communist Valerie ZatoichiValerie Zatoichi

Original’nyi chelovek Leonid Andreyev.

Мистер Твистер Samuil Marshak’s poem «


Kesha Fikes and Alaina Lemon in their 2002 article “African Presence in Former Soviet Spaces.

W McClellan “Africans and Black Americans in the Comintern Schools, 1925- 1934.” (1993 (through jstor)

Rossiia i Afrika: Dokumenty i Materialy, XVIII v. – 1960 g. [Russia and Africa: Documents and Materials, 18th Century – 1960] Apollon Davison

Mazov’s “Afrikanskie Studenty v Moskve v God Afriki” [African Students in Moscow in the Year of Africa]

Julie Hessler’s “Death of an African Student in Moscow.”

Claude McKay - Soviet Russia and the Negro

And anything by Maxim Matusevich-

 An Exotic Subversive: Africa, Africans, and Blackness in Soviet Popular Culture and Imagination

Probing the Limits of Internationalism: African Students Confront Soviet Ritual (find pdf)


Black Russians. ThirdWorldNewsreel

“Black Russians -The Red Experience” documentary trailer

Racism in Russia, Current TV



If you have anymore to add please let me know. I will be updating it regularly.

Also, if you want to get to it, I made a separate page for it.

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Court of El Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.


Ludwig Deutsch.