Education must be a crisis priority, not an afterthought
Education must be a crisis priority, not an afterthought

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, countries across the world have invested around $12tn in response measures to save lives and support critical economic structures. As the pandemic wears on, those funds are being stretched increasingly thin, with governments forced to make difficult fiscal trade-offs. In developing regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa, where health systems are less advanced and require a higher share of limited resources, those trade-offs can lead to areas that pose less immediate socioeconomic risks being overlooked. Areas such as education.

By Dr Edward K. Brown 9 hours ago

'Sacred forests' in West Africa capture carbon and keep soil healthy
'Sacred forests' in West Africa capture carbon and keep soil healthy

In parts of West Africa, patches of forest have been preserved for long periods of time because of their cultural or religious significance. These "sacred forests" are believed to be inhabited and protected by gods, totem animals or ancestors. Local communities have their own rules prohibiting reckless harvesting of timber and game, which have protected the sacred forests over many generations.

By Michele Francis 9 Apr 2021

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