Education

Technology and mentoring key in UFS approach to learner success

The University of the Free State (UFS) has been changing the lives of high school learners through its Internet Broadcast Project (IBP). The project was established in 2011, with the vision of taking quality education to all learners across the Free State province, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.

Water is an essential nutrient for life

Proper hydration is vital for good health and well-being. Poor hydration can affect one’s mood, concentration and performance negatively, and has recently also been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases.

The Nutritional Information Centre at Stellenbosch University (NICUS) has compiled the following guide to help consumers make the best choices about what and how much to drink.
 
What should we drink every day?

Preparing Learners for the Future

It came to me as a big surprise that many South African education professionals seem to regard Life Orientation as an insignificant, to some even a worthless part of our education. Many learners also seem to view life orientation as unnecessary, boring and irrelevant. This attitude is not unique to South Africa; a British study showed that more than three-quarters of schools were failing to provide sufficient guidance (life orientation and study- and career development) to pupils in the last few years of secondary education.

Protests over violence to mark the start of Women's Month

The start of Women's Month in South Africa will be marked by countrywide marches and pickets over violence again women, children and gender non-conforming people.

"We have nothing to celebrate on 9 August," said the organisers of #TheTotalShutdown, referring to the annual commemoration of the women's march against apartheid passes.

Poor Zim girls rely on rags, paper, leaves for their monthlies

When her monthly period comes, 17-year-old Maria Chaodza dismantles a home-made pillowcase and picks out pieces of its worn stuffing - an old, cloth rug - which she uses in place of the sanitary pad she cannot afford.

Menstruation means missing school; Chaodza feels too ashamed of her makeshift pad to show her face as she battles days of heavy bleeding.

Rethinking the Culture of Learning and Teaching in SA’s Schools

South Africa (SA) is faced with multiple social challenges, which include economic inequality and unemployment. It is generally accepted that access to quality education at school level is likely to address the many social challenges, including the ones mentioned above. SA’s education system currently finds itself at the bottom of the list when ranked with other countries, mathematics and science competency is even worse.

Private or public school makes no difference if parents aren’t involved

The real division in South African education is not between public and independent schools‚ but between good schools and bad ones - and how actively involved the children’s parents are. These are the key points in an Institute of Race Relations (IRR) report titled “Achievement and Enterprise in School Education” ‚ written by policy fellow John Kane-Berman.

No food and book funds for more than five months

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has called on all stakeholders in the higher education sector to work collectively to ensure that the funding disbursement systems for student funding are improved and developed.

“We are concerned about the challenges that had been raised over a period of time with stakeholders resulting from the central applications process and the piloting of the student-centred model‚” said Connie September‚ the chairperson of the committee.

10 Ways to Raise Awareness for Child Protection Month

The month of May is child protection month in South Africa and this year child protection week is celebrated from 28 May to 4 June 2018. Valcare members, KIN Culture and KiBWE have also successfully registered the very first World Foster Day that will be celebrated on 31 May 2018.

Here are 10 ways of  how your organisation, church or business can celebrate the value of children and create awareness for child protection during May:

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