literacy

Project Literacy Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

Wow, another R2,7 billion for basic education. The more one watches the depressing matric results, the more one thinks that money is not our problem. Poor rural schools often out perform urban schools with better facilities. We need to refocus on the basics such as teaching and learning in a stable well managed environment.

No real mention was made in the budget of ABET, the adult literacy campaign Gha Re Kude or the difficult work of the FET colleges in producing skilled people for the labour market.

NGO Provides Multi-media Educational Content to 16 Under-privileged Schools

On Friday, 5th February 2010, sixteen schools from Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and North West will receive training and educational content to help improve education at their communities. The participating schools have been nominated by Mindset Network’ staff members, who come from under-privileged communities and want to plough back to their schools. The content, called digital library contains curriculum aligned videos and interactive lessons of Grades 09 to 12 Physical Sciences, Mathematics, English, Mathematical Literacy, Information Technology and Financial Literacy.

For Every 7 Seats (A School Library)

for every 7 seats
in the 68,000 CT stadium
a brand new fully-stocked
school library

for every 7 seats
in our R4,5 billion stadium
a brand new fully-stocked
school library

a 68,000 person capacity
68,000 employed people
68,000 people native
to this very colony

our R4,5 billion stadium
did it bring decent jobs
has it fed our hungry
and healed the sick

for every 7 seats
a school library
fully-stocked like
a politicians cellar

Ermelo High School Court Ruling a Double-edged Sword!

The Ermelo High School judgement is certainly one the most important in the history of the Constitutional Court. This well-argued and pedagogically sound judgment investigated several critical questions about the roles and functions of the education department and governing bodies in terms of determining language policy and consequently sets new parameters in terms of access, redress and accountability.

UN to Boost Education in Africa

The United Nations has vowed to urgently tackle problems of teacher shortages, adult illiteracy and low pupil enrolment at schools on the African continent over the next year.

New director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, says that assisting Africa will be her top priority.

Poor Education Hinders Development, VSO

The Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) has blamed poor education for hindering Ghana’s development.

Education programme officer of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Ubald Sabogu, argues that the country could have attained the Millennium Development Goals of 2015 if development in three regions had kept pace with the rest of the country.

Sabogu has described the educational constraints in the Northern, Upper East and the West region as a “major problem hindering the development of the area.”

Functional School Libraries are a Necessity

In December 2007, the board of the International Association of School Libraries (IASL) declared October as the international School Library month. The adoption coincided with the maiden decade celebration of the contribution of school libraries. The theme for 2009 is “School libraries: the Big Picture”. The significance accorded by IASL to the contribution of school libraries in improving the educational performance of pupils and the attainment of one the key objectives of the UN Millennium Development Goals cannot be over-emphasised.

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Literacy Alone is Not Enough

We would be appalled if someone waved a magic wand and took away our literacy. We cannot understand how others may not recognise the value of literacy.

But not everyone wants to be literate – or not enough to take time away from the daily earn-your-living challenge. When one literacy promoter invited poor rural women walking along an Ndwedwe road to join adult literacy classes, she was amazed to be told, “Yes, we will come to your school. How much will you pay us?”

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