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The articles below are the most recent additions to the Youth & Children category of Africa InfoServ. To read an article, click on its title. To see more Youth & Children articles or to search a particular topic, click on Africa Archive. Articles marked with a magnifying glass ( Longer, analytical article. ) are longer, more analytical pieces.

Youth & Children addresses issues such as child soldiers, street kids, education, AIDS orphans and trafficking in children; it invites awareness, analysis and action through hands activities and it welcomes youth, children and those who work with them.

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1. Longer, analytical article. The flawed ideology of ‘free higher education’
Author: Nico Cloete Date Written: 6 November 2015
Primary Category: Youth & Children Document Origin: University World News
Secondary Category: Southern Region Source URL: http://www.universityworldnews.com
Key Words: South Africa, Jacob Zuma,student leaders, university

Summary & Comment: University students in South Africa have made a call for free higher education saying they are too poor to afford fees but in reality not everyone can’t pay. Coming up with a mechanism that addresses this problem without upsetting the economy will be a huge task. MM
2. Zimbabwe: when ending child labour does not end child exploitation
Author: Ngoni Shumba Date Written: 10 September 2015
Primary Category: Youth & Children Document Origin: African Arguments
Secondary Category: Zimbabwe Source URL: http://africanarguments.org
Key Words: Zimbabwe, child labour, orphans, Tanganda

Summary & Comment: Its not only in China where stories of children exploitation in large factories are often heard, its happening in Zimbabwe in tea plantations but it has been hardly reported. Under the pretext of a scheme to make children earn money to pay for school fees, they are made to work in pathetic conditions. MM
3. The girls aiming to change Africa: young activists speak out
Author: the Guardian development Date Written: 1 September 2015
Primary Category: Youth & Children Document Origin: the Guardian via Kubatana.org
Secondary Category: Gender Source URL: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development
Key Words: Girls, disabilities,equality, FGM, activists

Summary & Comment: "Five teen-age girl activists from countries across Africa talk about the issues that affect their lives, from disability rights to gender equality and FGM " - education, opportunity, cooperation, courage. JK
4. Close Encounters with a Refugee
Author: Jacqueline Neun Date Written: 1 September 2015
Primary Category: Youth & Children Document Origin: author
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.africafiles.org/article.asp?ID=27834
Key Words: Zambia, refugee, Betty, destitution, begging

Summary & Comment: Jacquelin Neun tells this story of a refugee needing the very basics for living. Betty Nkalubo had been the chief librarian at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, and on a course off the African continent at the time of one of the coups. They became friends over some years. One day she came to the United Church of Zambia with a refugee friend who . . . [expand]
5. Experts grapple with tough questions on SADC model law on child marriage.
Author: Special Correspondent Date Written: 16 August 2015
Primary Category: Youth & Children Document Origin: SADC Parliamentary Forum
Secondary Category: Gender Source URL: http://xx
Key Words: SADC, child marriage, model law,

Summary & Comment: SADC called a group of experts representing key institutions working on policy and legal issues related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). They reviewed a draft SADC Model Law on Child Marriage, a much needed regulation to protect young women from early marriage...tough questions arose, the central one being where to find the fin . . . [expand]
6. Educated Unemployed Youths – The Agony Of Anxious Parents In The Village
Author: Fortune Madhuku Date Written: 2 August 2015
Primary Category: Youth & Children Document Origin: The Research & Advocacy Unit
Secondary Category: Zimbabwe Source URL: http://www.researchandadvocacyunit.org/
Key Words: Youths, education, Zimbabwe

Summary & Comment: For Zimbabwean youths, its hope deffer-ed, they are educated, yet they can't find jobs, survival is tough. Long after having graduated from schools, universities and colleges, the state of the economy bears perpetual burden on their parents who are forced to continue to look after them. MM
7. The long wait
Author: Mercedes Sayagues Date Written: 31 July 2015
Primary Category: Youth & Children Document Origin: Good Governance Africa
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://gga.org/
Key Words: Portuguese, Mozambique,poor, job, youth

Summary & Comment: Mozambique’s high annual growth of 8% between 2001 and 2006 and 7% since then has not translated into substantial poverty reduction or job creation. More than half of its 25m population lives on less than $1.25 a day, according to the World Bank. It is in this situation the youths are trapped in, the road to adulthood is long and hard. MM

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