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Teenager struggling to raise baby conceived through rape

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | It is a bright Saturday afternoon; Elian Asio (not real names) sits under a tree holding her nine-month old-baby. The baby is shivering with fever and cough. The 16-year-old, Asio says she doesn’t have money to take her to hospital for treatment. Asked why the …

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UNESCO urges govt’s to stop preaching abstinence to teenagers

Sandton, South Africa | THE INDEPENDENT | The United Nations Cultural Organization-UNESCO has urged countries to stop preaching abstinence to teenagers because it is not practical.   The agency’s HIV and Health Education Advisor for Eastern and Southern African (ESA) Patricia Machawira, said a majority of the teenagers are sexually active, adding …

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Swiss specialities: chocolate, cheese and … wine?

Rivaz, Switzerland | AFP |  When foreigners think of Swiss specialities that might excite their taste buds, world-renowned chocolate and cheese likely come to mind. Swiss wine? Not so much. But the global reputation of Switzerland’s winemakers may be set for a boost, backed by a new export promotion strategy …

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Birthplace of Jesus removed from list of heritage sites in danger

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The United Nations’ cultural agency-UNESCO, has announced that it was removing the place that is officially recognized as the Birthplace of Jesus, from its List of World Heritage in Danger – crediting extensive restorative work on Bethlehem’s Nativity Church, in Palestine. The World Heritage …

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Uganda becomes member of Folklore festivals and arts organisation

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda has officially become a member of International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts – CIOFF. This was announced by CIOFF Africa President, Prince Isaac Yamekue from Cameroon on Sunday during the showcasing and filming representatives of Uganda’s folklore heritage at Gardens …

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Behind the Good Country Index

Simon Anholt the co-founder of the Good Country Index has since 2014 been challenging governments around the world to harmonize their domestic with international responsibilities by cooperating and collaborating more without necessarily losing their competitive edge. He shared his views with The Independent’s Ronald Musoke in an email interview What …

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Free press a cornerstone for accountability – UN Chief

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | At a time when disinformation and mistrust of the news media is growing, a free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said. According to Guterres, no democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable …

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Teachers receive new policy with mixed feelings

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The new national teachers policy has been received with mixed feelings amongst teachers. According to the teachers that Uganda Radio Network spoke to, the policy is a Godsend intervention but somewhat unrealistic. A cross-section thinks that the policy is a money-making ploy by a few …

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Cabinet approves national teacher policy

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Cabinet has approved the national teachers’ policy. The policy aims to streamline teachers’ management for better productivity, discipline, retention and motivation. The policy is further expected to strengthen pre-service and in-service teacher training so as to enhance competence to effectively deliver quality learning outcomes …

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Macron visits E.Africa in effort to counter China expansion

Lalibela, Ethiopia | AFP | President Emmanuel Macron visited Djibouti and Ethiopia on Tuesday, promising “respectful” partnerships in the face of growing regional indebtedness to China, which is fast expanding its foothold in the continent. Looking to strengthen economic, military and cultural ties in East Africa, Macron announced a new defence …

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