While many countries in Africa are contemplating ways in which to extend access to social protection for their citizens, the enjoyment of socio-economic rights by non-nationals receives scarce commentary. Despite the existence of international, continental and regional instruments and treaties that guarantee both access to socio-economic rights for all and equality within states of nationals and non-nationals, for many these rights remain paper rights.

This project stems from Namibia Association of Children with Disabilities (NACD)recent strategy decision to increase its advocacy and sensitisation campaign for a human rights approach to disability issues. NACD is a national association, with a growing presence in all the regions of Namibia, providing services to parents of children with disabilities and the children themselves. It thus engages with the implementation of the national policy on disabilities.

Swaziland conference calls for urgent action

The San are among the most marginalised groups in southern Africa. Excluded and discriminated against at almost every turn, San youth face a host of obstacles to a brighter future:

Access to Education

Research into early childhood development and education in southern Africa

Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) and pre-primary education are recognized as having a significant impact on the subsequent performance of children in basic education programmes by laying the foundation for literacy and numeracy, as well as critical thinking and analysis later on. However, there is not much emphasis placed on ECDE in most Southern African countries. For instance in Namibia only 7554 children between 5 and 6 enrolled in the Government Pre-Primary Education Programme in 2010, and only 32% of children under the age of five had access to some form of ECDE.

From 23-27 April 2012, the Fifth Ordinary Session of the Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union (COMEDAF III) will take place in Abuja to continue the debate on the implementation of the African Union’s Action Plan for the Second Decade of Education (2006-2015).

Reports calls for action to tackle corruption and impunity

Africa Caucus highlights education at UN

The combination of a youth bulge and failures in education represent a serious threat to the future development of many African countries. Education systems are simply not providing the youth with the skills they need to escape poverty – worse still, many are left out of the system altogether. And the situation in countries affected by conflict is even worse.

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