BUSKAID Benefit Concert in Aid of The Asha Trust for Early Childhood Development

ASHA Trust is a not for profit organisation that establishes and supports formal and home-based early childhood centres in economically challenged communities.

ASHA Trust is hosting a BUSKAID Benefit Concert on 11 April 2015 in Parktown.

BUSKAID string ensemble performs special concert for a good cause, join the ASHA Trust  for early childhood development for a night of musical inspiration to benefit preschool education in needy communities.

Tickets/Fee: R180 for adults and R125 for children, Book now at Computicket.

LEAP Science and Maths Schools: Fundraiser / Donor Relationship Manager

LEAP Science and Maths Schools is a collection of six no fee, independent high schools serving students living in townships in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Jane Furse. LEAP aims to equip these young people with the academic and emotional skills to go ‘to, through and beyond’ their tertiary studies, notwithstanding the poverty-affected circumstances of their lives. LEAP has achieved extraordinary success in its relatively short history with a 94% average Grade 12 pass rate with 74% of our matriculants engaged in tertiary studies.

Unemployed School Leavers May Turn to Crime - NGO

Child rights group, Molo Songololo, has warned that school leavers who fail to find jobs are at risk of turning to crime or substance abuse.

Molo Songololo director, Patrick Solomons, says that there is an urgent need for schools to better prepare matriculants, and provide them with more information.

Solomons further states that jobs are hard to find and school leavers can become demotivated and ultimately dysfunctional.

Department Supports Transgendered Pupil

The Eastern Cape department of education says school children must be supported in their right to a preferred sexual orientation.

The department’s superintendent general, Modidima Mannya, points out that, "There is an urgent need to advance a transformation agenda that addresses all matters of common social and cultural understanding.”

CASAC’s Open Letter to Simelane

The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) has written an open letter to the national director of public prosecutions (NPA), Menzi Simelane, expressing its ‘grave concern’ about his decision to prosecute the female learner in the Jules High School sexual offences matter.

SASAC executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, is of the view that the constitutional right of the female learner will be violated in the event of her being prosecuted.

A Culture in Crisis – Reading in Post-Apartheid South Africa

It is now commonly accepted that there is a deep crisis regarding the ‘culture of reading” in South Africa. Only a very small section of the public reads and buys books, there is a virtual collapse of library services, and publishing in black languages continues to struggle 16 years after the end of apartheid.

The indices of this crisis are equally well-known:

  • Only a very small section of the public reads and buys books – both for leisure (fiction) and self-education or self-advancement (non-fiction)

Are Men Really Better in Business than Women?

The latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor shows that in South Africa men are 1.6 times more likely to succeed as business owners than women.

This shocking statistic is reported to be a particularly South African phenomenon. Amongst other things, it appears to be related to low levels in self-belief amongst women that they have the knowledge, skills and experience to start and succeed in business.

GDE to Shut and Merge Rural Schools

The Gauteng Department of Education has announced that six rural schools in Merafong, south-west of Johannesburg will be shut down and merged with other schools.

In a press statement, the department says that, “All these schools are on privately-owned land and have inconsistent water supply, some without electricity, have multi-grade teaching and many other challenges relating to the provision of quality education and the well-being of learners.”

NGO: Stadiums or Libraries

Equal Education (EE) says the money spent on Cape Town's soccer World Cup stadium would have paid for 9 000 school libraries.

EE, which is running a campaign to provide schools with libraries, says it recognises that the Western Cape education department had to make hard choices.

In a press statement, the organisation says that it does not claim that school libraries should take precedence over creating new schools or new teaching posts.


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