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Thursday, June 4th, 2020

 

Côte d’Ivoire/Covid-19: le calendrier de l’examen du BAC et du BEPC modifié, le CEPE supprimé

Les calendriers de l’examen du BAC session 2019-2020 en Côte d’Ivoire et du BEPC ont été réaménagés, tandis que celui du CEPE a été supprimé, en raison de la pandémie de la Covid-19.Ces réaménagements des examens scolaires ont été dévoilés jeudi par la ministre ivoirienne de l’Education nationale, de l’enseignement technique et de la formation professionnelle, Kandia Camara, lors d’une conférence de presse, à Abidjan.

L’examen du Brevet d’étude de premier cycle (BEPC), initialement prévu du 20 avril au 12 juin 2020, se déroulera sur la période du 08 juin au 15 juillet, a fait savoir Mme Kandia Camara. Quant au BAC, lui, aura lieu du 22 juin au 30 juillet, alors qu’il était fixé du 04 mai au 03 juillet.

Mme Kandia Camara a précisé que pour le BEPC, sont inscrits 503 472 candidats qui devraient être répartis  dans 799 centres. Elle a en outre relevé que les épreuves physiques et sportives (EPS) se tiendront du 08 au 19 juin 2020, et les épreuves orales du 08 au 11 juillet 2020. 

Concernant les épreuves écrites dont les résultats déterminent l’orientation en seconde, elles, s’étendent sur la période du 13 au mercredi 15 juillet 2020. Quant à la proclamation des résultats, le ministère a fixé la date du 28 juillet 2020, à 14h GMT.

Pour le BAC session 2019-2020, 318 995 candidats déclarés et répartis dans 506 centres d’examen,  devront prendre part aux différents tests. Les épreuves physiques et sportives (EPS) sont prévues du 22 juin au 03 juillet 2020. 

Les épreuves écrites pour le BAC s’étendront sur la période du 27 au jeudi 30 juillet 2020. Les candidats connaîtront leurs résultats le vendredi 14 août 2020, date marquant le début des grandes vacances scolaires en Côte d’Ivoire.  

Les épreuves orales et pratiques pour le BAC technique, ont lieu du 15 au 25 juillet 2020, alors que le BAC artistique, se tient du 21 au 25 juillet 2020. Les épreuves orales du BAC général, elles, se dérouleront du 22 au 25 juillet 2020.

 « Vu les circonstances particulières et les spécificités de l’examen du CEPE, le gouvernement a opté pour sa suppression de façon exceptionnelle cette année scolaire » 2019-2020, a expliqué la ministre Kandia Camara, face aux caméras. 

Selon la ministre, l’examen du CEPE a été supprimé, car il serait « laborieux pour des enfants dont l’âge varie entre 9 à 12 ans » de respecter les mesures barrières visant à casser la propagation du Covid-19. Quelque 583 480 candidats devraient prendre part à l’examen dans les 2 323 centres.

L’admission des élèves du CM2 en 6ème se fera sur la base de l’obtention de 85 points sur 170, soit une moyenne de 10/20. Le calcul prendra en compte les notes de contrôles continus et les examens blancs. Le dernier examen blanc est fixé pour le 23 juin 2020.  

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Djouba dément l’autorisation d’une base militaire égyptienne en Ethiopie

L’ambassadeur du Soudan du Sud en Ethiopie, James Pitia Morgan, a rejeté les rapports selon lesquels son pays avait accepté la demande égyptienne de construire une base militaire dans la ville de Pagak.L’ambassadeur a déclaré jeudi aux journalistes que son pays ne fera rien qui puisse nuire à l’Ethiopie.

 Le démenti de M. Morgan fait suite à une information diffusée sur les réseaux sociaux selon laquelle le Soudan du Sud avait accepté de fournir un terrain à l’Egypte pour la construction d’une base militaire dans le comté de Pagak afin de lancer des attaques contre le méga barrage que l’Ethiopie construit sur le Nil.

 « Cette information est complètement fausse »  a-t-il martelé lors d’une conférence de presse.

 « Cette information est partagée par des groupes qui trouvent un intérêt à saper la coopération existante entre les deux pays », a déclaré l’ambassadeur.

L’Éthiopie est toujours solidaire du  Soudan du Sud, même dans les moments difficiles, a déclaré l’ambassadeur, ajoutant que « nous, le peuple sud-soudanais, n’oublierons jamais cette contribution ».

 « Si une force quelconque a l’intention d’attaquer l’Éthiopie via le Soudan du Sud, elle devra d’abord faire face au peuple sud-soudanais », a indiqué l’ambassadeur.

 Il a déclaré que Djouba respecte pleinement les droits de l’Éthiopie à utiliser ses ressources naturelles sur son territoire.

 L’ambassadeur Morgan est convaincu que l’Éthiopie abordera son problème par le biais du dialogue. Dans tous les cas, le Soudan du Sud se ralliera derrière l’Éthiopie, a-t-il déclaré.

 Dans un communiqué publié mercredi, le ministère des Affaires étrangères et de la coopération internationale du Soudan du Sud a également rejeté l’information, déclarant qu’elle « est catégoriquement infondée et sans fondement ».

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Le Maroc plaide pour une mobilisation accrue de la coalition anti-Daesh en Afrique de l’Ouest et au Sahel

Le ministre marocain des Affaires étrangères Nasser Bourita, a pris part, jeudi, à la réunion ministérielle du Groupe restreint de la coalition anti-Daech, co-présidée par le secrétaire d’Etat américain, Mike Pompeo et le ministre italien des Affaires étrangères, Luigi Di Maio.Intervenant lors de cette réunion, qui a connu la participation de 30 pays, le ministre marocain a attiré l’attention sur le fait que Daech cherche à tirer profit de la situation créée par la pandémie de Coronavirus, pour tenter d’orchestrer son retour, en intensifiant des actes de violences observés dans plusieurs régions du monde, y compris au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest, lit-on sur le site officiel du ministère des Affaires étrangères.

Dans ce sens, le ministre a appelé à redoubler d’efforts pour assurer la défaite globale et durable de ce groupe terroriste, en le privant à la fois du temps, de l’espace et des ressources nécessaires au soutien de ses actions violentes.

Il a particulièrement souligné l’importance d’endiguer la menace terroriste en l’Afrique, relevant, à cet égard, que les efforts collectifs de la coalition ont permis d’anéantir l’ambition territoriale de Daech au Moyen Orient.

Tout en partageant avec les membres de la coalition l’évaluation que le Maroc fait de la situation sur le continent africain au cours des derniers mois, le responsable gouvernemental a indiqué, notamment, que les combattants terroristes affiliés à Daech en Afrique utilisent des armes sophistiquées – dont des drones, et nourrissent l’ambition de contrôler des communautés locales, tout en s’employant à attirer des combattants d’autres branches terroristes.

Il a précisé, également, que les combattants terroristes affiliés à Daech en Afrique étaient estimés à environ 6.000 combattants et que le continent connaissait, aujourd’hui, une forte augmentation des attentats en Afrique centrale et au Sahel.

En renouvelant le plaidoyer du Maroc pour une plus grande attention sur l’évolution de la dynamique terroriste en Afrique, Bourita a appelé à mobiliser davantage de soutien aux efforts des Etats africains et à leurs mécanismes sous-régionaux de lutte contre le terrorisme.

À cet égard, le ministre a rappelé les conclusions issues des concertations tenues lors de la session régionale sur la menace de Daech en Afrique, tenue à Skhirat, au Maroc, en juin 2018.

La réunion ministérielle du Groupe restreint de la coalition anti-Daech a été sanctionnée par l’adoption d’une Déclaration ministérielle réaffirmant, notamment, l’engagement des membres à coopérer dans tous les domaines d’action de la Coalition, afin d’assurer une défaite globale et durable de Daech.

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Maroc : Large campagne de dépistage du Covid-19 dans le secteur privé

La Confédération générale des entreprises du Maroc (CGEM) lance une opération de dépistage massif au sein des entreprises dans le sillage de la reprise des activités économiques, indique la CGEM sur son portail électronique.« Sur hautes instructions de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI, la CGEM a été chargée de coordonner, en partenariat avec le ministère de la Santé et celui de l’Intérieur, une très large campagne de dépistage du Covid-19 auprès des employés du secteur privé. Cette opération vise à limiter le risque de propagation du virus en entreprise et garantir une reprise d’activité sécurisée et sereine », lit-on sur le site de la Confédération.

A ce titre, la CGEM a mis à disposition de ses membres un formulaire, les invitant à le remplir, afin de recueillir les informations «indispensables à une gestion rapide et fluide de cette opération responsable et citoyenne».

Dès réception des réponses, le responsable désigné par l’entreprise sera contacté pour organiser la réalisation des tests « dans les plus brefs délais », précise le patronat.

A noter que toute reprise ou poursuite d’activité est conditionnée par la participation à cette campagne de dépistage, l’objectif est que cette reprise intervienne dans les meilleures conditions en termes de sécurité sanitaire.

 

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Exclusive:What it’s like to be an African in USA

Demonstrators gather in front of U.S. Secret Service uniformed division officers during a protests against the death in Minneapolis custody of George Floyd, near the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 1, 2020
A woman with her face covered by a Kenyan flag protests against George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS-(MaraviPost)-As protests rock the US following the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody, Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo writes about the racism he has experienced in the country.

In my first week in New York City last summer, I was invited to dinner at a friend’s penthouse on the wealthy Upper West Side.

I picked up some fruit for her and arrived at her building carrying a plastic bag.

The front desk sent me through an open courtyard to the back of the building, past residents’ garbage bags and into a surprisingly dirty lift.

When I got off upstairs, my host opened the door mortified, all the colour drained from her face.

“My racist doorman thought you’re a delivery guy and made you use the service elevator,” she explained as she apologized.Larry MadowoLarry MadowoThe incident forewarned me that America may be the land of opportunity for many, but it would still reduce me to the colour of my skin and find me unworthy.”Larry Madowo
Kenyan journalist

I have worked in the complicated racial hierarchies of South Africa and the UK and have travelled around the world, but it still stung that an American butler did not think accomplished white people like my friend and her husband could have a black dinner guest.

That early micro-aggression forewarned me that America may be the land of opportunity for many, but it would still reduce me to the colour of my skin and find me unworthy.

It did not matter that I am from a black majority African nation, people who look like me here have to negotiate for their humanity with a system that constantly alienates, erases and punishes them.

A man paints a portrait of George Floyd on June 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California
This man painted a portrait of George Floyd to pay tribute to him

In Kenya, I may disappear into the crowd, but in America I always have a target on my back for being black.

A day after investment banker Amy Cooper called the police after a Harvard-educated black man asked her to follow park rules and leash her dog, a white policeman knelt on George Floyd’s neck for so long it eventually killed him.

I was heartbroken.

Chart showing shootings by race and population percentage by race

As protests broke out nationwide to demand justice for Floyd and the countless other black people who have been killed by police, I held my breath.

How could I grieve for someone I did not know? How could I own a pain I had not lived, as an African “fresh off the boat” in America? I wondered if I would be appropriating the African-American struggle at a convenient moment.

Then I saw a video shot at a protest in Long Beach, California, that was clear about allegiances.

“The best way that Africans in America can support African-Americans is to stand with us, and to understand that we’re all the same,” said a protester.

‘I’m tired of being afraid’: Why Americans are protesting

I asked Tom Gitaa – a publisher of Mshale newspaper, which serves African immigrants in the Midwest of the US – what he made of the protests, subsequent riots and looting that began in his city of Minneapolis.

“Many of us didn’t grow up with some of these civil rights issues in Africa so sometimes our understanding is not there.

“But with issues like police brutality and discrimination at the workplace, we’re running into a lot of the same things African-Americans have experienced over the years,” said Mr Gitaa, who moved to the US from East Africa about 30 years ago and whose American-born 24-year-old daughter has been one of the people making their voices heard on the streets.

A demonstrator kneels during a march in response to George Floyd's death on June 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California
George Floyd died after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes

There has always been tension between Africans and black Americans.

My friend, Karen Attiah, and I unpacked some of it in The Washington Posttwo years ago when the superhero film Black Panther came out.

She is the paper’s Global Opinions editor, a daughter of African immigrants – born in the US, but deeply connected to her parent’s home continent.

Karen told me her parents are now discussing race and white racism specifically in a way she and her siblings did not hear while growing up.

“I think we were supposed to almost maintain a distance from black Americans because we were immigrants, we were different,” she told me this week.

“And now we understand that if a cop sees the colour of your skin, he’s not about to ask if you’re from Ghana or Nigeria or Zimbabwe, or Atlanta or the south side of Dallas, they just see a black person.”

African celebrities like actress Lupita Nyong’o and comedian Trevor Noah are using their powerful platforms to support the agitation for justice and to call out the hypocrisy in some of the criticism of the protests.

(1/2) Trevor on George Floyd, the Minneapolis protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper:

“While everyone is facing the battle against coronavirus, black people in America are still facing the battle against racism… and coronavirus.”

The African Union (AU) even released a rare statement condemning the death of Floyd, and asking the US government to “ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination”.

The first enslaved Africans arrived in the US – in the then British colony of Virginia – 401 years ago.

Ghanaian artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo creates sculptures of slaves to immerse people in their experience

Last year, some of their descendants made the journey back to Africa to mark “the Year of Return” to where their forebears were stolen from four centuries ago.

One of the marquee events was the Afrochella Festival in Ghana last December, the brainchild of Abdul Karim Abdullah.

When I called, he was recovering from a long night after protests hit his home borough of The Bronx in New York City.

“A lot of Africans are ignorant to the fact that this is also their fight,” he said.

“Injustice to black people anywhere is injustice. We should stand up and fight together in solidarity.”

Africans in the US have marched alongside Black Lives Matter activists, supported protests against white supremacy, donated money to social justice causes and organized their own events to show unanimity in the black community.

‘Black men are most mistreated’

Protesters with African flags or with signs in languages from the continent have also been spotted at events in different parts of the US.

“People of colour, especially black men, are the most mistreated, misvalued and misunderstood community on this planet,” a tearful Jada Walker told a crowd of marchers outside the Dallas City Hall in Texas.

She worried about what awaits her two-year-old nephew who has special needs when he grows up.

“How is a cop going to treat him when he stands 6ft 8in like his father, is not communicative and looks like someone they’re looking for?”

Prison population per 100,000 people by race

Source: US Census Bureau, Bureau of Justice Statistics

Because of the violent history of American policing for black and brown communities, parents are always on edge.

Ifrah Udgoon, a Somalia-born high school science teacher in Columbus, Ohio, lives with that fear for her 13-year-old son.

“Each passing day brings the realisation that soon, if not already, he will go from being seen as cute to being seen as threatening. And my heart breaks for his innocence,” she wrote in South Africa’s Mail & Guardian.

Ms Udgoon captured a battle many other African immigrants feel: “I am expected to be grateful to be here. But have I sold my soul to the devil?”GettyI’ve been pulled over, been through stop and frisk and racially profiled. This fight is my fight”Abdul Karim Abdullah
Afrochella Festival organiser

Mr Abdullah sees Afrochella as a platform to unite the black diaspora as they deal with seemingly intractable obstacles like this.

“I checked in with black friends from Haiti, Benin and St Vincent and the Grenadines because discrimination has no nationality. Systemic racism affects us all.

“For a long time, I hadn’t realized it was an injustice until I started finding language for it. I’ve been pulled over, been through stop and frisk and racially profiled. This fight is my fight.” Mr Abdullah said.

It is not just his fight for African-Americans like him, it is a fight for the right to be black safely in America.

I replayed Karen’s voice note to me because she had a powerful conclusion: “I think right now what is on display is anti-blackness and it’s raising the consciousness about the connectedness of so many of our struggles, not the same but very much connected.”

Source: BBC

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Persons with disabilities bemoan exclusiveness in Malawi’s Covid-19 fight

By Lusekero Mhango

KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-Persons living with disabilities in Karonga have cried foul over the continued side-lining of people with disabilities by authorities in COVID-19 related committees and activities in the district.

The concern follows revelations from Federation for Disability Organizations of Malawi (FEDOMA (Karonga Chapter and Karonga for the Blind who claimed that their members are yet to receive any formal orientations on COVID-19 prevention measures by stakeholders fighting Coronavirus in the district.

Speaking in an interview Noah Simwaka FEDOMA Chairperson for Karonga, said it is unfortunate that despite Malawi being in amidst the Pandemic people with disabilities are yet to be reached with information on how they can protect themselves from catching the deadly virus.

“As much as we are aware that the virus has affected all of society and their livelihood but we people living with disabilities have it worse as our lives have completely ground to a halt as due to our disabilities we are stationed home unable to go out to conduct our businesses as people are afraid to assist us to hold our hands or help to push our wheel chairs due to fear of contracting the virus,” he lamented.

Furthermore Simwaka, bemoaned the continued lack of representation of persons with disabilities in COVID-19 committees saying the vice is retrogressive in the fight for equality and inclusion of persons with disabilities in decision-making positions.

John Mwambiyale chairperson for karonga for the blind, said it was disheartening to note that able bodied persons had undergone formal orientations on how they can protect themselves from catching the virus but persons with disabilities had not.

“Most of our members reside in the rural areas and have no form of a radio thus miss out on COVID-19 information and messages hence our appeal to Government and other stakeholders for formal training to our members because they are also Malawian and deserve access to information on how they can protect themselves during this pandemic,” he said.

Reacting to the outcries District Environmental Health Officer (DEHO)  for Karonga, Lewis Tukula, said while there was no special program arranged to include persons with disabilities in the outreach programs of COVID-19 however it came out as a need in the comprehensive planning in the next phase.

Adding, that despite there not being a time scale on when they will reach out to persons with disabilities but plans are already in motion for the activities.

As of June 4, 2020, Malawi had 393 Corona Virus cases with 41 recoveries and four fatalities.

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Malawian youths challenged on unholy behaviors

True Gospel Christian Church (TGCC) of Malawi

By Lusekero Mhango

KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-True Gospel Christian Church (TGCC) of Malawi has urged Christian youths in the country to shun away from unworldly things and concentrate in growing their spiritual being.

Speaking in an interview Pastor Chibuwu Kumwenda founder of the TGCC in Malawi which is based in Karonga, said it was necessary for all Christians especially youths to avoid running after material things and be more dedicated to serving God.

“Let us be on our guard, the events that are happening all around the world shows that Christ can come at any time. Therefore,Christian youths should try as much as possible to avoid unworldly things and let God guide them in their day to day lives,” he said.

The Man of God added, “I want to advise all Christians that in everyday of our lives we should leave like we will not see tomorrow because nobody knows the hour or time Christ will appear this is because the Bible says the word of God will not go without being fulfilled,” he stated.

The Cleric noted that when one considers the life style of the youths of this generation one will observe that it would seem that we had embraced many negative things from foreign lands and they had become the norms hence there is no decorum as people lack strength of character and dress anyhow.

“TGCC believes in the truth as it will set you free and our youths must be told the truth of what is happening around them with so much temptation likely to destroy their lives,” said the man of God.

It is with this background Kumwenda disclosed that the church is set to establish a state of the art high school equipped with a Library and a modern Science and Computer laboratory which is currently underconstruction at TGCC premises along the M1 road about 1.5 kilometers from the Karonga Boma.

Adding, that the school which is set to open in 2021 has been established to ease challenges faced by the youths such as long distance travel to access secondary school education among others.

Reacting to the development James KamwambiMember of Parliament for Karonga Northwest Constituency, hailed the church for constructing a modern high school in the constituency, saying the development is a welcome relief to parents and guardians who struggle to send children to secondary school due to inadequate space in high schools.

The True Gospel Christian Church was founded in 2014 by Ral Waltowerin Georgia United States and in Karonga it currently has over 200 members.

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Interfaith forum calls for national conference to address Malawi’s social, political hiccups

IFMC Chairperson Rev Harold Mbeza

By Mayamiko Phiri

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Interfaith forum for Mindset change (IFMC) has called for national conference to address various issues ranging from political to economic challenges.

Chairperson for the grouping Reverend Harold Mbeza was addressing the news conference on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Mbeza also express worry over the conduct of some religious leaders who are not condemning political violence and hate speech among political leaders.

Mbeza observed that regarding that the nation is going to have a flesh elections as ordered by the courts amid Covid-19 pandemic.

He also called upon various stake holders to ensure that the up coming presidential elections meet required standards which are recommended by international bodies such as Sadc and African union.

The inter religious body also advised the youth to desist from being used by politicians to cause violence.

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Malawian witch-doctor Goodson Bandecha slapped with 11 years jail term for defilement

By Paul Nsomba

CHIKWAWA-(MaraviPost)-The first grade Magistrate court in Chikwawa on Wednesday, June 3 2020 sentenced Goodson Bandecha to serve 11 years jail term for Defilement.

Court heard through the prosecutor Sergeant Emmanuel Namarwa that Bandecha who is an African doctor on April 12, 2020 was invited to treat a girls of Lawrence Chandendema who was suffering from abdominal pain.

Bandecha agreed to do the assignment where he adivised the Father of the girls that he wanted to treat the girls one after another in the house.

In the course of his duty he came to one girl who is 13 years old and ordered her to take off her clothes and lie on the mat then he defiled her.

In the court Bandecha was pleaded not guilty which prompted the state to parade five witnesses who testified against him.

Sergeant Namarwa prayed for harsh custodial sentence sighting that the Defilement crimes are high in the District. Namarwa added to narrate that the convict was well planned to commit the offence.

In his mitigation Bandecha asked court to give him leniency sentence saying that he has a family which depend on him.

The first grade Magistrate Gladstone Chilundu concurred with the state and ordered Bandecha to spend 11 years behind bars.

Goodson Bandecha 44 hails from Wizalamu Village under Traditional Authority Mphuka In Thyolo District.

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Hype ahead of Friday’s Malawi film industry AGM in Lilongwe

By Paul Nsomba

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Preparations for the much awaited lndaba for Film Association of Malawi (FAMA) scheduled to take place on Friday, June 5, 2020 in the capital Lilongwe’s COSOMA offices is at advanced stage.

According to one of the contestants vying for position of executive member Ashukile Mwakisulu said all is set and every person is looking forward for the big day when film industry is anticipated to transit in Malawi with new visionary leadership.

“I can say that all contestants from presidency to executive member have confirmed their presence and the expectation is to have between 100 to 200 bonafide voters” Mwakisulu explains.

“People are generally looking for visionary leadership that will take the industry to new heights and officials from.Arts Department and COSOMA have tasked to preside over the election process” he further outlined.

FAMA has not had an elective conference since around 2017 and contestants were given a chance to campaign via social media and other platforms.

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