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The East African : Dec 15th 2014
2 AGENDA MONDAY Scribes to be trained in health reporting A two-day media training course on health reporting by World Vision and Media Society of Kenya starts in Naivasha. Sub regional expert meeting in Addis A two-day expert group meeting on strengthening sub-regional coordination mechanisms in support of the African Union and its Nepad Programme kicks off in Addis Ababa. THURSDAY Innovators meet in Addis A two-day expert group meeting on innovation and knowledge trends in national development policy and implementation begins in Addis Ababa. Nairobi hosts diaspora conference A two-day Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade Diaspora Homecoming Conference at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre) starts in Nairobi. FRIDAY Youth employment forum in Dodoma A two-day regional commissioners’ youth employment forum to provide an opportunity for employment sector stakeholders to reflect on the prevailing key labour market issues in Tanzania kicks off in Dodoma. ROBERT MUGABE: Zimbabwe president sacked his vicepresident Joice Mujuru over corruption allegations and “a plot to kill him.” President Mugabe also sacked seven ministers in connection with the assassination plot. ABDIWELI SHEIKH AHMED: Somalia’s prime minister has resigned after 153 Members of Parliament voted to oust him. The vote is part of a political battle between Mr Ahmed and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. PETER MUTHARIKA: The Malawian president deferred a proposed pay rise for himself and top government officials. The 80 per cent increase for the president had drawn criticism in the country, whose economy is struggling. OLUSEGUN OBASANJO: Abuja High Court held that former president Olusegun Obasanjo was in contempt of court for flouting its orders restraining him from, among other things, publishing his autobiography, My Watch. BARACK OBAMA: The US president rallied Democrats to ensure the House of Representatives passed a $1.1trillion budget to avoid shutdown. The Republicans are opposed to President Obama’s immigration reforms. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS DECEMBER 13-19,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral System to monitor economic integration unveiled The African Development Bank, African Union Commission and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa have joined forces to produce an Africa Regional Integration Index. The continent-wide monitoring system for regional integration in Africa, is designed to track the progress of African countries and regional economic blocs towards achieving their shared regional integration goals. African Union headquarters in Ethiopia WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: email@example.com P.O. Box 49010 GPO Nairobi 00100 Tel: 328 8406-10 Dar es Salaam Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 2119657-9 Fax: 232781 ADVERTISING, CIRCULATION, SUBSCRIPTIONS ARUSHA Nassib Majamba, Summit Centre, 3rd Floor, Sokoine Road, P.O Box 14146, Arusha Tel +255 272 544505 email@example.com DAR ES SALAAM Prosper Lawrence, Harbour View Towers, 4th Floor, Samora Avenue P.O Box 8101, Dar es salaam Tel +255 22 2119657/8/9 Fax +255 22 2115566 firstname.lastname@example.org KAMPALA Richard Senkwale, Crested Towers, Short Tower, 7th floor, Hannington Road, P.O. Box 6100, Kampala. Tel: 232771/2, Fax: 232781 E-mail: email@example.com KIGALI Andrew Busingye, 13th Floor, Kigali City Tower Tel: +250 782 420421, Kigali. firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI ADVERTISING AND CIRCULATION Connie Mwangemi, Nation Centre, Kimathi Street, P.O. Box 49010 00100-Nairobi, Tel: +254 20 3288149 E-mail: email@example.com NAIROBI SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 328 8554/6/7, Fax: (254-2) 214047/214565 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org World Bank grants Dar, Mombasa ports $1.2bn loan improve ports and inland waterways The World Bank has announced a $1.2 billion loan to in Kenya and Tanzania. The investment will be used to improve handling capacity and efficiency of Dar es Salaam and Mombasa ports. The East African Community member countries have jointly invested in cross-border infrastructure projects in order to speed up movement of goods from the two ports. Dar es Salaam container depot Mombasa port to have special economic zone The Kenyan port of Mombasa has embarked on building its special economic zone, which is part of Vision 2030. In a gazette notice released last week, the National Environmental Authority said it has received a draft environment assessmental report of the project, which will have tourism parks, enterprise areas and a natural gas power plant. Construction of a berth at Mombasa port, which is expected to increase the port’s capacity EAC goods to get direct access to Eurasian markets East African Community countries could soon start exporting tea, coffee and horticultural products to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) member states without going through Western Europe. EAC ambassadors in the Russian Federation said after a meeting with EEC officials that traders from the region will pay Custom taxes at only one entry point to the EEC bloc to boost exports from East Africa. A farmer harvest coffee in Mbarara, Uganda An award scheme has been mooted to appreciate the important role played by teachers globally. Picture: File Teache≥s f≥om EAC sho≥tlisted fo≥ awa≥d By JULIUS BOSIRE The EastAfrican T hree teachers from East Africa have been short- listed for a new $1 million Global Teacher Prize. The three teachers from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are among the six from Africa who made it to the top 50 contestants for the prize. A total of 5,000 teachers were nominated from 127 countries to compete for the prize, whose aim is to improve the status of teachers and celebrate the important role teachers play in society. The three East Africans are Jacque Kahura of Bofa Primary School, Kilifi, Kenya, Ronald Ddungu of Gayaza High School, Kampala, Uganda and Malima Chisumo, Nsumba Secondary School, Mwanza; Tanzania. The other three African states whose candidates have been shortlisted are Malawi, Madagascar and Morocco. The winner will be chosen from these 10 finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy and invited to Dubai for the award ceremony at the Global Education and Skills Forum in March next year. Widely referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Teaching,” it is the largest prize of its kind and is open to teachers globally. Applicants are judged on how they open up their pupil’s minds, how they contribute to the community, and how they encourage others to become teachers. The sponsor, the Varkey Gems Foundation said the top 50 shortlisted teachers have been judged by a prize committee with the final 10 candidates set to be announced in February 2015. Last November, the VGF published the Global Teacher Status Index, the first attempt to compare attitudes towards teachers in 21 countries. The index found that there were significant differences between the status of teachers worldwide. The survey also found that in many countries, between a third and half of parents would probably or definitely discourage their children from entering the teaching profession. As a direct response to this, the Global Teacher Prize was set up to shine a spotlight on the profession to recognise and celebrate the important role that teachers play in society.
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