“Listen Loud for Education”: using mobile phones to improve the education system in Namibia

UNICEFCorporal punishment is not allowed in schools, yet 55% of the respondents reported that they have been hit by a teacher in school. This was one of the outcomes of the ‘Listen Loud’ campaign in Namibia, supported by TTC and UNICEF once more. This campaign used an innovative and creative way to capture the ‘votes’ of youth on education through mobile phones. Following the success of the Listen Loud campaign held in 2009 in Namibia which improved civic participation of young people, the mobile phone based opinion poll in 2011 specifically focused on education issues. The overall aim of the “Listen Loud for Education” campaign was expanding the knowledge of young people on their rights to education and good governance in schools through civic participation in the democratic process.

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TTC wins first transparency award in development aid sector

After lots of criticism on development aid the Dutch Institute of Brilliant Failures has initiated a new award for the development aid sector. The idea of this annual award is: without failure, no progress. Time and time again history has shown us that our most valuable experiences are more likely to come from mistakes than from successes. We learn from our failures and our failures are a source of inspiration for others. In this respect failure is not only an option but failure is also necessary!
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