India: Is Catholic Education on the Right Track?
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India: Is Catholic Education on the Right Track?

Let us take a recent case in India. An 84-year-old Jesuit priest, Father Stan Swamy, died last week while still under detention. His death triggered an unprecedented outburst of grief and fury against an unjust system that jailed him and denied him bail in a frivolous case. Catholic institutions in India, including several prominent Jesuit-run…

Ngong, Kenya: Rehabilitating Children with Intellectual Disabilities
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Ngong, Kenya: Rehabilitating Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Based in Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Ngong, Orione Community Training Centre offers rehabilitation to children and youth with intellectual disabilities who the leadership of the centre says are usually treated with stigma by society. Those enrolled in the program also acquire agribusiness skills from the centre’s four-acre farm that has different kinds of crops.

Cameroon: A Story of Perseverance and Solidarity
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Cameroon: A Story of Perseverance and Solidarity

Yaoundé (Agenzia Fides) – “The great crisis in which Cameroon is currently involved, relating to the tensions in the English-speaking regions of the country, generates heavy effects in various sectors from school to the health sector. Neither the danger of the coronavirus nor the opening of negotiations has stopped the civil conflict: the clashes between…

Handing on the Faith – What Matters Most
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Handing on the Faith – What Matters Most

“I’ve long been interested in the condition and status of religion in modern society, including families and religion and the spiritual life of young people growing up,” Smith said in an interview with Aleteia.  Back in 2000, Smith started researching religion among adolescents. But that project led him down a different rabbit hole.  “What I…

The Importance of Mother Tongue Literacy to Combat Poverty and Marginalisation
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The Importance of Mother Tongue Literacy to Combat Poverty and Marginalisation

21 February is International Mother Language Day. Theodora Hawksley describes the development of the Quality Bilingual Education Programme for Wapichan Children in Guyana and explains the significance of indigenous Amerindian children being taught in their own language for the first time. “The path chosen by the communities of the South Rupununi, in collaboration with the…

Malindi, Kenya: Program to Address Poverty Induced Teenage Pregnancies
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Malindi, Kenya: Program to Address Poverty Induced Teenage Pregnancies

“Schools have been closed since March 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and this has seen rampant increase in rates of teenage pregnancies as highlighted by mainstream media and the most recent Kenya Government Health Information Survey,” Mr. Mpuria says in the report. He explains that because of poverty, teenage girls in Kilifi…

Kenya: Fr Patrick Devine SMA Appointed to Council of Tangaza University College
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Kenya: Fr Patrick Devine SMA Appointed to Council of Tangaza University College

Tangaza College was established in 1986 as a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. It has its roots in the Catholic tradition as planted and nourished in Eastern Africa through the missionary endeavours which spanned the late 19th and entire 20th centuries. Its student body are multi-ethnic, men and women of all…

Promoting Much Needed University Research – Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando (Sisters of Mary of Kakamega
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Promoting Much Needed University Research – Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando (Sisters of Mary of Kakamega

“Ordinarily, teaching has always been number one in Kenyan universities, always coming ahead of research and community service,” she says and adds, “It is my prayer and hope that at the end of the three years, we will have managed to have as our core functions in the order of research, teaching and community service….

Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year: A Call to Decolonise Botanical Collections
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Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year: A Call to Decolonise Botanical Collections

We like to think that things get better over time. But as the Black Lives Matter movement has rightly shown, change happens too slowly, or is superficial, or doesn’t happen at all. In my own field of research, you can see an imperialist view prevail. Scientists continue to report how new species are “discovered” every year, species…

Buea, Cameroon: Commotion around Changes Operated at Catholic University Institute of Buea by Bishop Michael Bibi
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Buea, Cameroon: Commotion around Changes Operated at Catholic University Institute of Buea by Bishop Michael Bibi

On June 11, Bishop Bibi made changes at CUIB, appointing Professor Victor Julius Ngoh as Vice Chancellor, a position previously held by Fr. George Nkeze Jingwa, whom the Bishop asked to take a sabbatical leave. The University Council disapproved of the change, writing in reaction, “Bishop Bibi’s actions have reached unprecedented levels of commotion resulting…