27 November 2022

South Africa: “(I)n an effort to derail the transition from white-minority rule to democracy”, Janusz Walus in 1993 killed Chris Hani. Next week, the killer of the popular and unforgotten anti-apartheid activist is to be released on parole. ANC and the Communist Party have staged protests outside the Constitutional Court against this decision and more demonstrations are to follow.
BBC Africa Latest Updates 26 November 2022. 17:32

26 November 2022

South Africa/LGBTIQ: With homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools on the increase and queer and transgender individuals experiencing “extreme levels of anxiety and fear within bathrooms and other school spaces”, the country’s education department is trying to create safer learning spaces. But the department’s Gender identity and sexual orientation guidelines are being fought – even in court – by conservative Christian groups. There is great danger of putting “the safety and security of gender diverse and queer learners at risk. It also undermines the promise of equality in South Africa’s constitution.”

Uganda: The learning deficit created by school closures during Covid is estimated at 2.8 years. Add to this that Ebola has now prompted authorities to close schools ten days early for Xmas holidays. With many children in low-income contexts already struggling “to complete their schooling even outside emergency situations”, it becomes more and more important “to balance the realities of public health emergencies with children’s right to education.” Distance learning is simply not an option for the poor – and especially girls who have less access to the internet than boys.

Ancient Egypt/Tutankhamun: Today Saturday is the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in Luxor. The BBC article writes a bit about the pharaoh and new theories about his life and more about the discovery – with the roles of Howard Carter (who stole from the tomb, behaving as if he owned it) and Lord Carnarvon (who’s death in the year after the find was often attributed to a pharaonic curse) well-known while the contributions of Egyptians have been almost entirely eclipsed.