Weak institutions, porous borders and climate change combine to make conditions harsher, nurturing sometimes violent competition over scarce resources between ethnic communities of Northern Kenya, and the proliferation of illegal small arms. (Photo: Oliver Noonan / Shalom Centre)

The peace builders of Northern Kenya; Successful research led model spreads to other African nations

Founded in aftermath of 2007-08’s national post-election violence, Kenya’s Shalom Centre pioneers successful, research-led formula for preventing conflict between rival groups that includes conducting peace education in primary and secondary schools.

Students at a Bridge International Academies school in Liberia. (Photo: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi for The New York Times)

Can a Tech Start-Up Successfully Educate Children in the Developing World?

Bridge International Academies — a chain of inexpensive private schools — has ambitious plans to revolutionize education for poor children. But can its for-profit model work in some of the most impoverished places on Earth? Peg Tyre’s report for the New York Times Magazine examines positive and negative impacts of the model.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta presents a scholarship to Teddy Wachira, a beneficiary of the Murang'a County Initiative Scholarship and Awards at Ihura stadium, Murang'a County on February 24,2017. (Photo: PSCU)

Invest in education for peace, stability – First Lady (Kenya)

First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta identifies that education is the key to peace, stability and social cohesion. “No nation which allows its children to wilt in the shadow of neglect can ever hope to achieve peace and economic prosperity,” she said last week.