Several national and international donors have joined forces to inspire and enable bold new initiatives with the potential to transform early learning access and quality in South Africa. Bold ideas for early learning are invited from all sectors and may include anything from new delivery models or smarter financing mechanisms to innovation in the use of technology for training, early learning activities or parent interaction.
The Innovation Edge is part of a R90 million programme called Ilifa Labantwana. It was launched through a multi-donor consortium including the Ilifa funding partners - DG Murray Trust, the FirstRand Foundation, ELMA Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation - and the Omidyar Network.
“The Innovation Edge will enable Ilifa to explore new frontiers in early learning that can then be incorporated into bigger programmes” says Sherri Le Mottee, programme leader of Ilifa Labantwana.
The focus of the Innovation Edge is on children from birth to six years living in marginalised communities. “Less than a quarter of preschool children in South Africa have the benefit of quality early learning programmes”, says Sonja Giese, founding director of the Innovation Edge. “The prospect of exposing every child to creative learning experiences in their first few years of life is a major opportunity to reshape educational outcomes in South Africa.”
The fund builds on growing global interest in early childhood development as scientific findings have converged on its importance for education, economic productivity and social stability. “The Edge provides a platform to test the feasibility and effectiveness of innovations that will help to realise the enormous potential of South Africa’s young children", says Giese. “We want to bring new ways of thinking to early learning by creating opportunities for people with diverse skills and experience to join the call to action.”
For more information or to submit an idea for consideration, refer to www.innovationedge.org.za. Alternatively, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to John Vidal, African non-governmental organisations received just four percent of Bill Gates’ money for agriculture work, with 75 percent for United States organisations.
Vidal says that most of the US$3 billion that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to benefit hungry people in the world’s poorest countries has been spent in the United States, Britain and other rich countries, with only around 10 percent spent in Africa.
He says analysis of grants made by the foundation shows that nearly half the money awarded over the past decade went to global agriculture research networks, as well as organisations including the World Bank and UN agencies, and groups that work in Africa to promote hi-tech farming.
To read the article titled, “Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries,” click here.Source:The Guardian
Hard Rock Cafe International, chief executive officer, Hamish Dodds, says the late President Nelson Mandela was fond of children therefore they decided to help raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
Dodds believes building a hospital for children was Mandela's dream, adding that, "We support numerous campaigns around the world, but we also encourage all our regional and local city entities to also identify causes that really make sense to them. I think this one is particularly important for us because Nelson Mandela was such a global ambassador."
South African house music group, MiCasa performed a special intimacy acoustic show at Hard Rock Cafe in Johannesburg to raise funds for the hospital.
To read the article titled, “Hard Rock Cafe raises funds for Mandela Children’s Hospital,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Agricultural Research Council (ARC), which received a grant of R866-million in 2013/14, 16 percent more than the previous year, was established in 1990 to be the country’s primary agricultural scientific research institution, but has suffered from years of neglect and underfunding.
In its annual report, the ARC paints a picture of an organisation suffering from chronic underfunding and trying to do the best with the resources available.
Science and agricultural research is considered a fundamental part of boosting the sector’s international competitiveness and ensuring food security - not just for commercial farmers, but for small-scale rural farmers.
To read the article titled, “Agriculture research suffers as little funding cuts resources,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Solidarity Helping Hand confirms that a relief fund has been opened after the robbery at Pretoria’s President Kruger children’s home on 29 October 2014.
In a press statement, Helping Hand states that it wants to support the children’s home as much as possible during this crisis.
The organisation asserts that, “We have therefore already contributed R10 000 towards a relief fund. Our hope is that with the public’s help, we will be able to replace most of the home’s losses.”
To read the article titled, “Pretoria children’s home robbed,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) plans to raise R10 million in November 2014 to keep the organisation afloat, the organisation is relying on public donations, hoping big funders will then follow.
Mark Heywood, one of TAC’s directors states that, “The TAC thinks there is a red light over the country's response to the HIV epidemic," following recent statistics released by the Human Sciences Research Council, which show that in 767 people died each day in South Africa from AIDS related illnesses in 2012, 280,000 in a year.
Speaking after a national council meeting, the health advocacy group emphasised the ongoing struggles in the health system and outlined TAC's work and key campaigns, assuring that, "TAC will always remain a voice of the voiceless people of South Africa."
To read the article titled, “TAC's critical R10-million month,” click here.Source:All Africa
Statistics South Africa's (Stats SA) poverty survey will cost taxpayers R120 million, with the biggest chunk to be spent on the salaries of 551 temporary field workers, and on printing and transport.
Stats SA manager for household surveys, Moses Mnyaka, says the agency has asked the Treasury for R200 million for the Living Conditions Survey 2014-2015 but, because of austerity measures, a lesser amount had been approved.
"Because we did not get the amount we requested, we had to down-scale on our methods for this survey," which began on 13 October 2014 to collects data on poverty and what households spend their money on.
To read the article titled, “Poverty survey feels pinch,” click here.Source:Times Live
- Nsanje District Commissioner, Harry Phiri, says that the Kalondolondo Social audit programme should start assessing projects implemented by the country's non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Phiri says that most of the NGOs in Malawi receive more funds from donors, adding that the funds are not properly handled and therefore need to be assessed.
His opinion comes at a time when the district is to have its 25 Local Development Fund (LDF) teacher houses project audited by the Kalondolondo programme.
To read the article titled, “CSOS' projects should be audited - Nsanje DC,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust says that the Parlotones fundraising performance for the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital has been postponed due to the lead singer's surgery.
In a press statement, spokesperson, Vuyo Lutseke, "The Parlotones fund-raising performance at Pappas restaurant on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton has been cancelled due to lead singer Kahn Morbee needing emergency surgery on his vocal cords."
Lutseke says that a new date for the children's hospital fundraiser will be announced once rehabilitation has commenced.
To read the article titled, “Mandela Parlotones performance postponed,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
The United Nations (UN) Security Council is calling for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid as South Sudan's food crisis is now the worst in the world.
The agency says that approximately 3.9 million people - a staggering one in three people throughout the country - are going hungry as fighting continues in that country.
The UN Security Council describes a “catastrophic food insecurity situation in South Sudan that is now the worst in the world” saying the country is on the threshold of a full-blown famine if fighting continues.
To read the article titled, “S Sudan ‘food crisis worst in the world’,” click here.Source:IOL News