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  • NGO Condemns Girls Self-Boarding System

    Active Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement (AYISE), a Malawian non-governmental organisation, has condemned the current girls self-boarding system taking place in many community day secondary schools in the country, saying the challenges they face as self-boarders negatively affect their learning ability.

    AYISE’s project manager for Mulanje, Christopher Misuku, points out  that the survey had revealed that the current girls' self-boarding system does not properly support the girls in their education due to lack of support and supervision from both education authorities and communities.

    Misuku states that most of the girls under self-boarding education face a lot of economic, security, health and social burdens that negatively affect their learning and most of them do not do well in their education.

    To read the article titled, “AYISE condemns the girls self-boarding system,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Schools Take Govt to Court Over Textbooks

    Numerous schools in Limpopo are taking the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to court for failing to deliver textbooks.
     
    The move is headed by 23 schools that say that between them, they still need 18 000 books.

    The case, initiated by lobby group Basic Education for All, through civil rights organisation SECTION27, is due to be heard in the High Court, Pretoria.

    To read the article titled, “Fight for textbooks back in court, report,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • ECD Centres Face Problems

    The Department of Social Development states that early childhood development (ECD) centres are facing many problems.

    The department’s spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant, warns that, "ECD centres are battling with issues of inadequate infrastructure, inadequate equipment and supplies, a lack of practitioners and poorly trained practitioners, as well as inadequate health and safety measures, among other issues."

    Oliphant argues that the preliminary findings by the departments national audit of the centres was conducted in order to obtain information on the nature and extent of ECD provisioning, services, resources, and infrastructure, to inform and support on-going policy and planning initiatives.
     
    To read the article titled, “ECD centres facing problems - report,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • NGO Donates Bore Hole to School

    Thyolo Active Youth Organisation has donated a bore hole to Nachipere Primary School that has stayed over a year and half without portable water.

    The donation follow a complaint by the head teacher, Foster Ligomeka, for the school that pupils at the school have been using rainwater and sand to clean cups after eating porridge.

    Ligomeka explains that, "In the absence of water the pupils were going for whatever works. Some cleaned their cups with sand while others used rainwater and each child has to bring their drinking water in a bottle."

    To read the article titled, “Youth NGO rescues Nachipere Primary School,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Limpopo Textbooks Still Not Delivered

    According to a newspaper report, some schools in Limpopo still have not received their textbooks for the 2014 school year.

    Sipho Mothobuka, principal of Moloketla Primary, complains that the education department makes announcements on the radio to say that the books are delivered, but that is not so and it is a problem.

    Daniel Ramatladi, mathematics teacher, states that teachers sometimes forced to write out the whole textbook on the blackboard.

    To read the article titled, “Some Limpopo textbooks not yet delivered,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Thembekile Mandela Foundation Launched

    Former President Nelson Mandela's granddaughter Ndileka, is continuing with Madiba's legacy to enhance education in rural areas.

    Ndileka has launched a new foundation in honour of her father and Madiba's eldest son Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969. 

    The Thembekile Mandela Foundation will focus on education, health and youth development in rural areas and its first project will be to refurbish the hostels Clarke Berry School in the Eastern Cape.

    To read the article titled, “Ndileka Mandela launches new foundation,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Partnership to Tackle Child Pornography

    The Film and Publication Board, along with Google, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other organisations, announced a partnership designed to create awareness of cyber safety and fight online child pornography.

    The national programme, which will begin this month, will promote the safer and more responsible use of the internet and online technologies.

    The programme kicked off at Jules High School in Johannesburg, a school which made headlines in 2010 because of a sex-video scandal involving three pupils.

    To read the article titled, “Strike at heart of porn,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Most Countries Unlikely to Meet MDG

    The United Nations (UN) states that most sub-Saharan African countries will not meet the Millennium Development Goal of ensuring that all children receive a primary school education by 2015, partly because of a shift in donor focus towards security and governance.

    The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Pauline Rose, points out that South and West Asia have the fastest rise in numbers in primary schools, contributing more than half the rise in primary school pupils.

    Rose highlighted the disproportionate cut in aid to education as a key reason for the lack of progress in reaching the goals.

    To read the article titled, “Donors cut aid to basic education, focus on future trade – UNESCO,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • 250m School Age Kids Unable to Read

    At least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics.

    According to a report commissioned by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), 130 million children are in primary school but have not achieved the minimum benchmarks for learning, and almost 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom including 57 million youngsters who are not attending school.

    The independent research team that wrote the report for UNESCO, calculated that the cost of 250 million children around the world not learning translates to a loss for governments of around US$129 billion annually.

    To read the article titled, “250 million school age kids can't read: UN education agency,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • SAEP Awarded Prestigious ‘Impact Award’

    The Cape Town-based South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) has been awarded a prestigious ‘impact award’ by international foundation, the STARS Foundation.

    SAEP, which works to improve access to, and quality of education for, children and youth living in some of South Africa’s poorest townships, received the 2013 Stars Runner Up Award for Education in Africa-Middle East.

    In 2013, more than 1 300 local organisations from 60 countries applied to the Impact Awards, run by Stars Foundation and underpinned by a rigorous selection process developed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

    To read the article titled, “Cape Town-based education NGO scoops International 'Impact Award',” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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