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.

Hope House Counselling Centre: Mental Health Counsellor

Hope House Counselling Centre is a NGO that equips people to withstand the pressures of a daily life. The organisation offers counselling, courses, workshops and support groups.

Hope House's maternal mental health service is run in collaboration with the Perinatal Mental Health Project of the University of Cape Town.

Hope House Counselling Centre seeks to appoint a Mental Health Counsellor, based in Cape Town.

S/he will involve provision of therapeutic counselling to emotionally distressed pregnant and postnatal women.

African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

Project Literacy Forced to Retrench Staff

Project Literacy, the largest provider of adult basic education and training (ABET) in South Africa, has been forced to shut down its provincial offices and retrench more than half its staff after the government withdrew a major contract.

Project Literacy chief executive, Andrew Miller, points out that the former director-general of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Mary Metcalfe, had awarded the contract, on behalf of the National Skills Fund (NSF), in September but that it had been withdrawn three weeks later.

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.”

Refugee Student Graduates, Starts NGO

Kasifa Kakai, a former primary school teacher who fled her home country of Uganda in 1998 due to political problems, says funding for refugees who want to study at higher education institutions in South Africa needs attention.

Kakai graduated from the University of the Western Cape with an honours degree in development studies and started a NGO, ‘Unity for Tertiary Refugee Students (UTRS)’.

Forum to Assess Kids’ Learning Skills

The Uganda National NGO Forum will this month start assessing children’s learning skills.

The forum’s country coordinator, Richard Ssewakiryanga, points out that the assessment will determine children’s competencies in reading and numerical skills.

Ssewakiryanga argues that the project, codenamed Uwezo Uganda, assessment will also enable parents, leaders and the public to participate and promote children’s learning.

NFSAS Struggles to Recover Funds

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has to date recovered just over a quarter of the R12-billion it has loaned to poor students.

In its latest report releasing in Cape Town, NSFAS has recovered only R3.2 billion [26 percent] of the total R12 billion in funds it has loaned -- the second-lowest recovery ratio globally among student financial aid schemes.

Call for More Grants for Poor Students

Students qualifying for state funding could get R43 000 a year from the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) if a proposal made to the Department of Higher Education is accepted by the Cabinet.

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, says he accepted the recommendations of a report into higher education funding, adding that this is a matter for the Cabinet to debate when his department submit its final proposal, probably by August.

FAWE Welcomes Student Loan Scheme

The Forum for African Women Educationalists in Uganda (FAWE) says the stiff competition in education has led to many students who obtain reasonably good marks failing to get admitted at university on Ugandan government sponsorship.

Speaking at the graduation of 27 girls who were sponsored by FAWE during their secondary school, the organisation’s coordinator, Martha Muhwezi, welcomed the proposed student's loan scheme, which she said is likely to help many needy students.


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