Art & Life

Fri,31Oct2014

Art & Life

Trend Hunter: Sacked - Radical moves against the plastic bag

Photo©LEGNAN KOULA/EPA/CORBISThe plastic bag – cheap, strong and light-weight – was designed for the convenience of shoppers, but it is these very attributes that have made it an environmental scourge.

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Kenya: Making a new Malindi

Poor and marginalised despite its rich residents, Malindi will be an important test of Kenya's newly decentralised government after changes to the constitution in 2010 devolved power to 47 counties.

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Kenya's Malindi, a paradise lost

Security fears have kept visitors away from Malindi’s pure white beaches. Photo©Andrew Njoroge for TARAfter three decades of mafia money and a rampant sex trade Malindi's tourist income is drying up. Will the separatists gain ground or can the town reinvent itself?

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Africa's woes blamed on leadership crisis

Despite its natural wealth, Africa is home to the world's most impoverished and abused people. Photo©ReutersA group of Ghanaians say the current crop of the continent's leaders are failing because they are still tied to the apron strings of the "colonial masters", giving them negative account of their own countries to secure financial or technical aid.

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Teacher training: Tapping into the graduate resource

Lindiwe Ngwenya is happy to give something back as a teacher in an informal settlement. Photo©Marc Shoul for TARTraining graduates on the job and e-learning are two ways of filling the huge gap in qualified educators.

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Education: Private solutions for public gaps

Learning by numbers: the low-cost schools depend on a large pupil base. Photo©Bridge International AcademiesChains of low-cost private schools are springing up from Kenya to South Africa.

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DR Congo: Activist to receive top European award

Winner of the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Congolese gynecologist, Denis Mukwege Mukwege was also a front-runner for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Photo©ReutersCongolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege has landed Europe's top human rights after award after 16 years of campaigning to end the use of mass rape as a weapon of war, providing care for rape victims, and surviving an assassination attempt.

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