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The Swahili language

east-africa-swahiliHere at the WEF, Swahili has a great highlight. Our activities in East Africa demand speaking this language to communicate with our regional partners, teams and local people.

Swahili (or Kiswahili) is a Bantu language, spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of East Africa, from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique, including the Comoros Islands and Mayotte. See the map beside.

Swahili serves as official language of five countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, the Comoros and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also spoken by ethnic minority groups in Somalia and Mozambique. It is used as a lingua franca in much of East Africa, meaning the total number of speakers exceeds 60 million.

Read more: The Swahili language

A journey for a lifetime

iselin-We were searching for information about Ghana on the Internet, when by chance we came across the blog of a young Norwegian, Iselin Marøy, 19 years. The text is in Norwegian, but it can perfectly be read in other languages, by using translation engines like Google Translate or Promt Translater. You can also read below, in the words of Iselin, how she performed this interesting experience of life.

quotation-marks-1This year I took a break from school and studies to find something different. To travel around the world have always been a big dream, and now I'm heading for the African continent. After lots of back and forth I decided to work as a volunteer at a children's homes in Africa, specifically Ghana. Here I will help to keep track of 80 kids in an orphanage called "Save our lives Orphanage," and I will live with an African host family consisting of four ladies. The journey is over 9 weeks, and I think this will be an unforgettable journey of both good and bad. Looking forward to live new experiences and impressions from a very different culture than what I'm used to!

Read more: A journey for a lifetime

News from Brazil

brazil-soccer-ballDuring the decade 2010 Brazil will have a chance to show its’ beauty, talent and joy of life for the entire world. First world class event will happen during the year 2014, when Brazil will host the football World Cup. There will definitely be no lack of emotions as football is the national sport of Brazil and the biggest passion of this nation.

Thousands of fans will fill the streets, and when Brazil is playing cheering on the team will be the number one priority in the daily life of the Brazilians. But the final of the World Cup to be played in Rio de Janeiro, at the Maracanã Stadium, is just a glorious beginning for the huge events of this city.

Two years later, in 2016, the Olympic Games are going to be organized in the marvellous city of Rio de Janeiro.

Read more: News from Brazil

A new global website

new-wef-websiteSince July 2012, The World Education Fund has a new global website. Both the visual and the contents have been improved. Basically we’ve been re-building the site to make it easier to find stuff about our mission and activities worldwide.

By means this redesign, our main concern is to provide always a serious image, and never calling for pictures or content that express penurity and suffering. Our mission is help building a better and more attractive world for everyone. But it is clear that in certain circumstances, we must be realistic and show the world as it really is.

Another of our concerns was using programs that run on all operating systems. The site was well fitted to be read, both on desktops and on mobile devices, including iPad and iPhone.

Read more: A new global website