Kenya

Development & Education

How American fifth graders react when introduced to the concept of child marriages

The concept of child marriage is a completely foreign idea in the United States. Yet in many parts of the world, including South Asia and Africa, it’s as common as the idea of marriage itself. In countries such as, Niger, Chad and the Central African Republic, for example, more than two-thirds of girls were married off before their 18th birthday in 2007. That’s according to the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

Development & Education

Are madrassas in Africa educating or indoctrinating?

One place that girls in Africa are finding an education is at Islamic religious schools known as madrassas. Typically these schools teach only boys, but in sub-Saharan Africa, more madrassas are being opened for girls and are usually funded by wealthy Arab donors. It’s a way to compensate for, what some say, is the extremely poor quality of state-funded schools.

Cell phone credit shortage in Kenya

The World's Clark Boyd reports that the political turmoil in Kenya has led to shortages of several commodities that Kenyans rely on daily, and among them, pre-paid cell phone credit.

Science, Tech & Environment

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Kenya's Rift Valley Province. Anchor Katy Clark speaks with Martin Fisher with the San-Francisco based non-profit organization, KickStart. KickStart is marketing relatively low-cost irrigation pumps in the province to help small-scale farmers.