September 28 is World Right To Know Day. First celebrated in 2002 to mark the establishment of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network, the aim of the day, according to freedominfo.org is to “raise awareness of every individual's right of access to government-held information: the right to know how elected officials are exercising power and how taxpayers' money is being spent.”
What is the connection between digital-gaming and education? Is it possible that digital games can be used as a learning tool? What would a ‘learning game’ look like? These and other questions were the subject of discussion at the Games and Learning Indaba hosted by the Shuttleworth Foundation in Johannesburg on 21 August 2008.
Business and civil society have an important role to play in ensuring the sustainable development of Africa says Sipho Mseleku, CEO of the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce. He urged Africans to invest in developing their own communities and not to rely on foreign funding which in most cases, comes with conditions. Mseleku was speaking at the CAF Southern Africa “Innovating for Sustainability – Africans Investing in Africa” conference that took in Johannesburg from 17-18 September.
Archbishop Njonkonkulu Ndungane has called upon South Africans to stand up against poverty. Speaking during the Gauteng round of national poverty hearings in Johannesburg on 12 September, Ndungane said: “We came here to listen to your problems.”
The poverty hearings, which have been held in four other provinces over the last two months, provide the opportunity for the poor to speak about their experiences of poverty.
Further to the SANGONeT NGO Pulse Newsletter issue No. 144 dated 1 October 2008, I would like to comment as follows:
The South African government has committed billions of rands to support initiatives to enable various government departments and SETAs to improve literacy levels. Despite this, it appears difficult to realise the goals of these initiatives.
In four days SANGONeT and MobileActive will host MobileActive08, the largest international civil society event to date, focusing on the use and application of mobile technology in support of social action. The over 300 participants at the event will assess the current state of knowledge in the use and effectiveness of mobile technology to advance social action, and investigate trends, needs and investment opportunities.
The occurrence of suicide amongst teenagers and young adults is rising dramatically. It is the second largest cause of death amongst teenagers. Teenagers are in the vulnerable in-between stage where they are no longer young and dependant on their parents for everything; yet they have not reached maturity either. They develop physically, socially and emotionally at a fast pace and we expect them to take responsibility for their own actions.
The Crime and Justice Programme of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) have published a joint report entitled ‘Selling Sex in Cape Town’. The report is the first survey and analysis of the sex industry in Cape Town and examines the extent to which sex workers have control over their working conditions in a criminalised industry.
Gender Links (GL), the Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA) Network and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), hosted the third Gender and Media Summit from 10-12 August 2008 in Johannesburg.
Hosted under the theme, “Whose news, whose views? Critical citizens, responsive media”, the summit brought together media practitioners, trainers and gender activists from Southern Africa to share best practices in creating a more responsive media.