Education, Digital Gaming, SANGOCO...

A good education is more than about a certificate or qualification. It is a process through which we acquire knowledge and skills which informs our world view. It is no wonder then that in South Africa education is a critical area of focus for government and civil society.

In today’s edition of NGO Pulse, Julie Staub, fundraising coordinator at Outwardbound, argues that the Department of Education’s drive to improve learners’ maths and science performance should not be at the expense of providing them with the life skills necessary to become functional citizens. “How can we expect our students to all want to study maths and science when many of them can not even see any future for themselves? We need to teach them that each one of them can make a difference”, she writes. Click here to read the full article.

SANGONeT’s programme assistant Dora Moche reports on the recent ‘Games and Learning Indaba’ hosted by the Shuttleworth Foundation. Participants discussed the potential that digital gaming holds for education and agreed that game developers need to work with educators in order for digital games to respond to the needs of learners. Click here to read the full article.

We also publish an article by the South African NGO Coalition’s (SANGOCO) Tasneem Gamieldien, about an upcoming conference -‘Towards Rebuilding a Platform for Civil Society Engagement: Challenges and Prospects’. Gamieldien writes that the shifts in South Africa’s social and political climate require a reassessment of SANGOCO’s core role and function. “A common view of social change is necessary if the coalition is to play an effective role in promoting change that will make an impact at community level, rather than merely on the NGOs themselves”, she writes. Click here to read the full article. 

Lastly, we invite you to submit your website for the third SANGONeT NGO Web Awards. The competition aims to raise awareness about the benefits of having a web presence among South African NGOs, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices and innovation in website use. There are three prizes of R10 000 each for winning entries. Click here for more information.

Remember to register for MobileActive08 taking place from 13-15 October 2008.

We invite your comments, suggestions and ideas.

- Janine Moolman, editor@sangonet.org.za
 

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