A Nigerian school is targeting students from poor families to give them a chance to excel at science, technology, engineering and mathematics for 100 naira (0.25 cents) fee a day, hoping they can hone skills that can help their families climb out of poverty. Faridat Bakare, an 12-year-old student has developed a solar-powered prototype car as she sets her eyes on becoming an engineer.
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26 Aug 2021
Getting voters to take part in Germany's upcoming Bundestag election is a challenge in places like Duisburg-Hochfeld. Many residents there struggle day to day and have given up on politics.
17 Jul 2021
India’s poor seek ways to keep cool under the scorching sun in desert city Sri Ganganagar where -- as in many parts of India -- people struggle to find respite from a warming planet.
26 Mar 2021
Despite a severe shortage of foreign exchange (forex), overseas education continues to drain the country’s resources, as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, admitted $80 million weekly disbursements for personal travel allowances or payment of overseas school fees. The amount, which translates to $960 million yearly, is disbursed to banks to enable Nigerians to meet their forex responsibilities. This is after a recent report indicated that Nigerians spend £30 million (about N20 billion) yearly paying tuition in the United Kingdom alone while the country’s education system grapples with challenges of underfunding, poor remuneration, and obsolete teaching facilities.
24 Feb 2021
Hundreds of casual workers protested against what they described as their pathetic situation at OK Foods, a subsidiary of Olam International Limited, at Toyota bus-stop, on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, yesterday. They alleged poor pay, poor working conditions and constant threats of being laid off.
3 Oct 2020
The World Health Organization plans to make 120 million rapid-diagnostic coronavirus tests available for people in lower- and middle-income countries. The tests are fast, simple and cheap — but are they reliable?
22 Sep 2020
The food index rose to 15.18% compared to 15.04% recorded in May 2020 while core inflation, which excludes the prices of volatile agricultural produce that stood at 10.13% in June 2020 compared to 10.12% recorded in May 2020. If prices continue to sow, it will continue to have a devastating effect on the poor households by making it difficult to afford food.
5 Jul 2020
Every day thousands of people around the world continue to become direct casualties of the Covid-19. But there’s another group slowly emerging -- indirect victims who have not contracted the virus but are suffering its consequences. Our reporter Julie Dungelhoff went to meet a temporary worker and cleaner who have been hard hit by the crisis.
1 May 2020
In Guatemala, poor inhabitants in the capital in need of help wave coloured flags to ask for food and medicine as the quarantine has exacerbated economic hardship for many.