According to Alan Cliff, an associate professor at the University of Cape Town, the sad reality of higher education in South Africa is that only about one third of the students who qualify to gain entry into higher education are actually prepared for the academic literacy demands of a university.
The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is sponsoring a fellowship programme for the first time to Namibian Grade 12 pupils and first-year university students.
The application states that aimed at building entrepreneurship within young people, the foundation wants to identify, educate and equip ‘demographically diverse individuals who have the potential to excel and make a significant future impact as high impact responsible entrepreneurs’.
Women’s Action for Development (WAD), a Namibian non-governmental organisation started by the indefatigable Veronica de Klerk, has reached more than 50 000 members.
WAD members carry forward the drastic efforts to reach less privileged women, young people and the poorest of the poor across the 13 regions of Namibia.
Sketching their 21-year history of commitment, the WAD executive director, Salatiel Shinedima, describes WAD as a Self-Help organisation which follows a two-pronged programme based on the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of rural women and men.
President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency J.G. Zuma,
Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe,
Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mtethwa,
Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Buti Manamela,
Deputy Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams,
Deputy Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Kenny Morolong and the Board of the NYDA,
President of the Pan African Youth Union, Francine Lumunya,
The Department of Social Development is advocating a change to the law so that social workers employed by government can process child adoption applications‚ as opposed to it being done only by adoption agencies.
The review of the child adoption process comes after two cases in which the adoptive parents applied to the courts for the rescission of adoption orders‚ citing violent behaviour and psychological problems.
According to Gilles Virgili, violence is widespread in South African society to the extent that the country has been described as having the highest prevalence of violence in the world.
In her article titled ‘Unaccompanied migrant children fall through cracks of Child Protection’, Virgili states that violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination affect women, girls and boys across all social strata in South Africa, greatly reducing their safety and security and at the same time limiting opportunities for development.
This past month has been an insightful journey here at The RealStart Trust, starting with the first phase of our Entrepreneurship Programme. It’s great to get the theory down, but as all well know, the real learning starts when you get practical.
Walking with the students as they critically engage with perceptions around their own skills and dreams, business and the opportunities in their communities, has not only brought some valuable insight to the table, but also raised interesting questions.
The Zambian government says it will not distribute condoms in schools until sufficient evidence is provided to prove that it can reduce teenage pregnancies.
Education deputy minister, David Mabumba, says that government will not distribute condoms to school going children because reproductive health activists have not justified their effectiveness in reducing teenage pregnancies and early marriages.
During the Ministry of Health’s Sexual Reproductive Health training in collaboration with Super Buddies, health workers agreed to give condoms, contraceptives and other services to young people without any intimidation.
The aim of the training was to capacitate health workers on adolescent health and provision of youth friendly services, to increase access to these services.
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), a liberal think-tank, states that, the labour law amendments to regulate labour broking and plans to extend minimum wages will keep unskilled youngsters out of the economy.
The SAIRR says, “Contrary to what it claims‚ the government is doing more to hinder than to help young people participate in the economy.”