Boukhtir calls for stepping up international efforts to address climate change

Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research Moncef Boukthir pointed to the importance of international cooperation during his remote participation in works of the XIV International Convention on Environment and Development, held on July 3-7 in Cuba with attendance of environment, science, technology and innovation ministers from the Group of 77 and China

The minister further underlined the need to share ideas in response to the numerous challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation, reads a ministry press release.

Besides, he underlined the need to step up international initiatives to support the use of science and technology to achieve sustainable development goals.

Boukthir underscored on the occasion, Tunisia's adoption of a new development plan through the 2035 strategy, based on a national scientific research system that represents a pillar of the knowledge economy.

The Tunisian university has has tailored to the training needs of future graduates and researchers in the renewable energy and the environment fields, he pointed out.

Tunisia, which has always called for greater international efforts to deal with emergencies and natural disasters, is highly exposed to climate change are other Southern countries, he said.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Dédougou: Opening of the 2nd edition of Educational and Vocational Guidance Days

The regional directorate of post-primary and secondary education of the Boucle du Mouhoun is organizing on July 05, 06 and 07, 2023 in Dédougou, the second edition of school and professional orientation days. The opening of the work was chaired by Ms. Kientéga/Ouédraogo Hadjara, Secretary General of the region representing the governor.

For the second time and with a view to alleviating the difficulties linked to educational and vocational guidance, the Regional Directorate of Post-Primary and Secondary Education of the Boucle du Mouhoun is organizing school and vocational guidance days (JOSP) in Dédougou.

The purpose of these days is to enable the various actors involved in the education chain to provide useful and precise information to pupils, new graduates, students and parents of pupils with a view to good educational and professional orientation and to encourage them an interest in self-employment.

Indeed, the rational and effective management of human capital necessarily involves the orientation and use of working methods developed by the new disciplines.

Better still, in a context of rapid change in the world of work and society, the increasing complexity of professional careers and the unpredictability of the future, developing in each person the skills to orient themselves has become a priority objective of the programs of education, and our country Burkina Faso cannot remain on the sidelines of this dynamic.

In fact, faced with their choice of orientation, most students lack consistency in the choice of their professional or personal project in relation to their academic abilities.

For the Regional Director of post-primary and secondary education of the Boucle du Mouhoun, Dr Denis Vimboué, these days are held in a context well known to all, hence their holding is a symbol of the resilience of each actor.

For this, he expressed his gratitude to all the collaborators of the regional management and those provincial for the success of the organization of these days.

He did not fail to take the opportunity to send his warm congratulations to those admitted to the BEPC, CAP, BEP and Baccalaureate session exams of 2023.

In the opinion of the Secretary General of the region, the holding of these educational and professional orientation days is the fruit of a common effort where each actor has his part to play.

She took the opportunity to congratulate all the actors who made the trip to come and give advice to our students for their orientation.

“These days are more important than ever in our eyes with regard to the challenges of professional integration, self-employment and entrepreneurship of young graduates that our country must face. The success and socio-professional integration of young graduates depend first on good academic orientation,” she said.

“I therefore invite all the components of the educational community to invest individually and collectively in perpetuating such initiatives” continued the Secretary General of the region.

The representative of the Governor of the region took the opportunity to thank all those involved in education for the efforts made to provide children with a quality education, despite the great challenges they face on a daily basis.

The program of educational and professional orientation days includes exhibitions of stands from universities and major professional schools for the promotion of study and training courses, orientation interviews with participants, the administration of personality tests in the field of orientation in order to allow students and new graduates to discover their aptitudes before committing to a choice of study and training.

For three days, there will be communications between the actors of education, public and private universities and the CIOSPB, conferences-debates on the issue of orientation, professional integration, self-employment and entrepreneurship of young people and the discovery of trades.

For this second edition of the JOSP, five (05) public and private universities are present to present their training offers to future students.

Similarly, structures such as FONER, Campus Faso, CENOU and many other partners from the university world will offer their services to participants to enable them to register in universities.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Seychelles’ agriculture institute discusses future education programmes with Dutch training centre

Students of the Seychelles Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture (SIAH) have the possibility of higher education prospects as high officials discuss areas of agriculture training with the Netherlands' Aeres Training Centre International.

A representative of Aeres Training Centre International, Teus Korevaar, met with officials of the Ministry of Education and SIAH on Monday, to discuss the fields in which Aeres can assist Seychelles in terms of providing training and higher education opportunities.

The training centre in the Netherlands offers a wide range of education, research and activities in the fields of animals, animal welfare, botany and our environment. Its facilities include a poultry innovation laboratory, feed mill and veterinary training centre laboratories.

The discussions focused on new courses that can be offered at SIAH along with the opportunity for higher education such as degree courses, to ensure that Seychelles has young experts that can work in various agriculture related fields.

The Minister for Education, Justin Valentin, said that Seychelles "wants to move agriculture education to the next level. The has been a tendency in the past, to see only the non-academic students join the agriculture sector, and what we have seen now, is that we lack experts in agriculture."

He added that his ministry wants to increase the standard of existing agriculture participants while also creating possibilities for a diverse set of learners to access agriculture education.

SIAH's chairman of the board of directors, Jean Alcindor, emphasised that SIAH wants graduates to have access to future study possibilities in order to bridge the gap between what the school offers and what the country requires.

"We have done good work this year where the school has introduced an IGCSE in agriculture, which along with their advanced certificate, will give the students the necessary baggage to be able to move on to further opportunities," said Alcindor.

He noted that Aeres is not the only organisation with whom SIAH is collaborating and that the school is also looking for other partners in the region, such as Kenya, Botswana, and Mauritius, to help students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.

In March this year, with the aim of having students graduate with higher educational degrees in the field of agriculture to build more knowledge-based capacity in the sector, the University of Seychelles (UniSey) signed an agreement with the University of Bologna, Italy.

Seychelles' agriculture minister, Flavien Joubert, present at the ceremony in March said that the MoU "provides an opening for collaboration in research as well as for scholarships so that our students can attend training in a subject that deals with agriculture and food science at the university in Italy."

The Seychelles Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture based at Anse à la Mouche on the west coast of Mahe currently offers two courses: Advanced Certificate in General Agriculture and Advanced Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscaping.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Baccalaureate 2023: 238 Loroum candidates compose in Ouahigouya

The starting signal for the 2023 Baccalaureate written exams in the North region was given on the morning of Tuesday June 20, 2023 at the Collège Sainte Marie in Ouahigouya by the governor of the North region, Colonel David Raymond Valentin Ouedraogo.

There are 238 candidates for the Loroum Baccalaureate, ie 129 girls and 109 boys who make up the Ouahigouya juries.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

National 9th grade exam kicks off

The 9th grade exam (general and technical basic education exam) kicked off Monday nationwide with 32,548 registered candidates. The results of the entrance exam to pilot schools will be announced on July 4. The seating capacity of pilot schools was set at 3,450 places. Pupils sitting this exam include 20,236 girls (62%) and 12,312 boys (32%). The Education Ministry made available 251 centres for written tests, 27 deposit centres, one Braille conversion centre, 4 collection centres and 6 correction centres.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Seychelles works to align marine spatial plan with biodiversity action plans

Implementing the Marine Spatial Plan (MPS), undertaking species restoration projects, and controlling and eradicating invasive species are among the priorities of Seychelles to align its National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) to the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

This was shared with SNA by the senior project coordinator and focal point for Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Indira Gamatis, after an inception workshop on Wednesday. The aim of the workshop was to introduce stakeholders to the objectives of the Global Biodiversity Framework - Early Action Support project.

Participants were representatives of different environment not-for-profit organisations, officers from the ministries of environment, tourism and education, and trade and investment partners.

Gamatis said that having signed the biodiversity convention, Seychelles has an obligation to update its NBSAPs.

Participants at the inception workshop on Wednesday. (Ministry of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment) Photo License: CC-BY

"In COP15, held December last year, we adopted the new framework for biodiversity and all countries that have signed the convention need to implement it nationally. The implementation will be carried out through our National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. We are looking at how we can align the NBSAP with the global framework and that will mean outlining our national priority projects for biodiversity, and how we will put them in line with the new GBF," said Gamatis.

Restoration of degraded areas, helping threatened species, and mobilising resources and capacity building are also other areas of priority for Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

Gamatis shared that the project has four components - the alignment, financing, and how to mobilise resources, how to update Seychelles' national plan to finance biodiversity projects, and look at policies and align them with the NBSAP and global framework.

The project, which is expected to end next year, is being financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The half-day workshop, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), also sought to review initial project deliverables and baselines. It also sought to review implementation arrangements as well as refresh Seychelles' progress on the NBSAPs

"This is the start of the process of setting our national targets and seeing how they align at the global level so that we can also implement our global targets and goals. It will enable us as a country to lay our role and implement them," said Gamatis.

During the workshop, participants were introduced to project management, monitoring, and evaluation, key components, outputs, and outcomes.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

BEPC-2023/Balé: 36.03% success rate, i.e. 1,427 candidates admitted

The province of Balé recorded on Wednesday, a 36.03% success rate, i.e. 1,427 candidates admitted to the examination for the Undergraduate Study Certificate (BEPC), session 2023.

The province of Balé recorded Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 1427 candidates admitted out of 3961 candidates for the results of the examination for the Undergraduate Study Certificate (BEPC), session 2023.

1,427 students obtained their diplomas which open the doors to the second cycle of general education and technical education for the academic year 2023-2024.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Gayéri/CEP 2023: 137 candidates attacking their school parchment

137 candidates including 81 girls and 56 boys from the city of Gayéri, in the province of Komondjari (East) left yesterday Tuesday, to conquer the Certificate of Primary Studies (CEP), session of 2023 .

The province of Komondjari is home to two (02) composition centers for the primary school certificate (CEP) session of 2023. In total, 137 candidates all from the single Basic Education District (CEB) of Gayéri take part in this exam.

The opening of the envelope of the first test marking the beginning of the session was made in the presence of the military authorities, the head of the district and the various actors of the said examination.

It is in a very difficult security context that the head of CEB de Gayéri, Yatenyoua Lucien Ouoba and his brave teachers were able to reopen classes in March 2023 to save the school year.

This was disrupted by terrorist attacks and the blockade of the town of Gayéri, which houses all the schools in the province.

It is in these conditions of psychosis marked every day by fire from the enemies of the nation that the brave teachers and students were able to resist until June 6, 2023 to participate in the CEP exam.

It should be noted that the eastern region is plagued by terrorist attacks, particularly the province of Komondjari, causing victims and many internally displaced persons.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: The Minister of Education salutes the sacrifices made for the organization of the CEP

The Minister in charge of National Education, Joseph André Ouédraogo, praised on Tuesday the sacrifices of education actors who have made it possible to organize the Certificate of Primary Studies (CEP) for the benefit of 376,275 candidates, despite insecurity in some localities

Let's go for the written tests of the Certificate of Primary Studies (CEP) and the entrance examination to 6th of the 2023 session throughout the national territory.

At the composition center of the southern ''A'' school of Koupéla in the province of Kourittenga, the Minister in charge of National Education, Literacy and the Promotion of National Languages, Joseph André Ouédraogo, proceeded at the start of the events this Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

“In your family, there was a party. Recount. This is the subject of the writing test by which the 376,275 candidates of Burkina Faso have started the composition of the examination, launched on June 06 by the Minister in charge of National Education, Literacy and for the Promotion of National Languages, Joseph André Ouédraogo.

From room to room, the Minister encouraged and provided advice to the candidates and wished them a "very good session".

For him, if the meeting of June 06 is a reality, it is thanks to the resilience of the teaching staff and all the other actors working in this field.

“It is a message of congratulations and encouragement for what everyone has done to make this exam a reality. I salute the resilience of the students, their teachers, their educational supervisors as well as the defense and security forces because it is thanks to everyone that the exam is held throughout the national territory. »

Said Minister Ouédraogo. Compared to last year's session (more than 430,000 candidates), the number of candidates for the CEP has decreased significantly this year and this is due to insecurity.

For Minister Ouédraogo, the State has put all possible means for this examination to take place this year. “In places we have moved candidates and in places also we have moved juries. This is to say that the State has put the small dishes in the big ones so that this examination is held in the best possible conditions and it is a sacrifice that must be welcomed. »

He pointed out. For the Center-East region, a total of 27,623 candidates are out to conquer the CEP, including 1,003 internally displaced candidates spread over the three provinces of the region.

For the Regional Director of preschool, primary and non-formal education in the Center-East, Bourbila Pierre Silga, all the conditions are met for the candidates to be able to compose in peace.

“We have, in areas with strong security challenges, deployed all the means to ensure that all candidates can compose. He reassured. The South School Center ''A'' has a staff of 258 candidates including 97 boys and 161 girls. And for the president of the center, Odilon Guigma, he admits that “everything is happening in very good conditions. »

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Koulpelogo (Centre-Est)/CEP 2023: 399 candidates for the onslaught of the first school diploma

The second vice-president of the special delegation of Ouargaye, Fatimata Daboné officially launched this Tuesday, May 6, 2023 in Ouargaye, the tests of the examination of the Certificate of primary studies (CEP), session 2023. They are a total of 2,988 candidates in the running.

The second vice-president of the Ouargaye special delegation, Fatimata Daboné, in the presence of the Defense and Security Forces and the teachers, opened the first envelope containing the essay test, this Tuesday, May 6, 2023 in Ouargaye.

There are a total of 2,988 registered candidates including 1,364 girls and 1,624 boys distributed in 24 centers including 11 closed for reasons of insecurity, in the province of Koulpelogo.

Supervision difficulties were also observed.

Source: Burkina Information Agency