Teaching children in a language they don't speak at home hampers their progress: by grade 6, less than 1% of kids learning in a second language cope with school, with many struggling with the basics of reading. At the Shine Centre, a small yet determined group of volunteers is finding a way out of the gloom.
Over the past decade, the Dubai International Film Festival has raised the profile of cinema arts, drawing Hollywood mega-stars and new and contemporary voices from Africa and Asia. This year is no different, with several films from Africa on the programme.
The Jameson First Shot competition affords winning scriptwriters the chance to work with Hollywood heavyweights to bring their stories to the silver screen. Entries are open for the 2014 competition, and winners will rub shoulders with screen greats Uma Thurman and Kevin Spacey.
Still fiercely vocal in civil society, South African author and political activist Nadine Gordimer celebrates her 90th birthday today, 20 November 2013. A prolific writer, the Nobel prizewinner's body of work spans 81 years; she started writing at the age of nine.