Lighthouse at the Isle of Wight, near which the SS Mendi sank. Photo: Neil Howard under Creative Commons licence.
During the First World War, a ship sank off the Isle of Wight, killing more than 600 South African passengers. The sinking of the SS Mendi is one of the worst maritime disasters in UK waters of the 20th century, yet few in the UK have heard of it. This Black History Month, Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey
'My strategy for fighting for my rights was to take up a course in law'. Photo: British Council.
Despite receiving a 'not guilty' verdict, Peter Ouku was sentenced to death in 2009 for the murder of his wife. Determined to fight for his rights and find purpose in life in prison, he studied for a diploma in law with the University of London. He tells us about his journey from being a death row inmate to his graduation last
'Co-ordinating a school partnership allows you to take on a leadership role within your school.' Photo by Duane Schoon under Creative Commons licence.
On top of all the teaching and preparation, ambitious teachers have to also think about getting ahead in their careers. Keri Reid, principal teacher at Muthill Primary School in Scotland, explains how partnering with Juliet Johnston school in Ghana has helped.
'Many children in Zambia face obstacles to complete their education.' Photo by Alex Berger on Flickr under Creative Commons.
What's it like to teach in a school in Zambia? How much do Zambian children value education? Eloise Skinner answers on her return from a trip to Zambia through the British Council's Connecting Classrooms programme, which partners UK schools with schools around the world.
'Viruses are strange creatures in that they are not exactly living organisms and not exactly non-living organisms either.' Photo by Novartis AG on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.
What exactly is a virus and how does it behave in the human body? Raven Motsewabangwe, winner of FameLab in South Africa - a competition to find new voices of science across the world - will join the international finals in Cheltenham on 3-5 June 2014. Here, he gives a summary of his winning presentation, which compares viral infections to