The Africa Report: 9 September

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Children in Somalia. Picture: Commons Wikipedia

SOMALIA'S MILLION CHILDREN TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN

Somali education authorities have launched a United Nations-backed campaign that aims to broaden access to education for one million more children.

The Go 2 School initiative was launched on Sunday which coincided with World Literacy Day.

Somalia's school enrollment rates are of the lowest in the world with only four out of every 10 children in school, largely due to the two decades of conflict.

Girls are the worst affected with only a third enrolled in school and many dropping out before the completion of their primary school career.

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) along with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and other international donors have contributed $117 million to be spread over three years.

Along with Somalia, both autonomous Somaliland and semi-autonomous Puntland have undertaken the initiative.

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EGYPTIANS TO DRAFT NEW CONSTITUTION

An opposition leader has been elected to head up Egypt's 50-member committee tasked with amending the constitution within two months.

On Sunday, the committee, appointed by Egypt's military-appointed interim president, elected Amr Moussa as president of the panel.

Moussa is a former Arab League Secretary-General, presidential candidate, Foreign Minister, and is the leader of the National Salvation Front whose objectives included defeating ousted Mohamed Morsi's 2012 constitutional declaration.

Moussa and the 50-member committee have two months to draft a new constitution following the dismantling of Morsi's regime's largely Islamic constitution.