'We Brazilian women have been able to conquer our space, although there is still some sexism and some barriers to be removed.' Premier Skills coach Geisa Silva Santos. Photo: British Council
The British Council and the Premier League have committed to an aim – in 2016 – of increasing the proportion of girls and women to 50% among all the young people taking part in Premier Skills. We spoke to two female coaches about the football and education programme in Brazil and Botswana.
Soldiers in the South Sudanese army learn English with the British Council (image credit: Joe MacDonald)
Claire Duly, the British Council's senior teacher in charge of teaching English to the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in South Sudan, explains what it's like to transform a former rebel movement into a modern standing army.
South Sudan's women are more likely to die in childbirth than complete primary school. Photo courtesy of Oxfam International under Creative Commons
High illiteracy rates and rigid gender roles are just two of the many challenges for the women of South Sudan. Tony Calderbank, the British Council's director in South Sudan, writes about their position in local society, and how the British Council is providing training to help them overcome some of the barriers they face.
NoViolet is the first black African woman to be nominated for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. Photo by Preston Rolls
NoViolet Bulawayo’s first novel 'We Need New Names' has been nominated for the Guardian first book award and the Man Booker Prize 2013. NoViolet is the first black African woman to be nominated for this prize. This week, the book was launched in the author’s hometown of Bulawayo in front of an audience of 350 people, including NoViolet’s family and
Opinion on multilingual education in Sub-Saharan Africa is divided. Photo by GPE/ Deepa Srikantaiah on Flickr / Creative Commons
In many Sub-Saharan African countries, English becomes the official language of instruction at a relatively early stage in a child's education, often with confusing effects. As our collection of academic papers, Multilingual Education in Africa: Lessons from the Juba Language-in-Education Conference (ed. Hamish McIlwraith), is presented in Juba today, 29 August 2013, our country director in South Sudan, Tony