• SA NGO Wins Top UNESCO Award

    A South African non-governmental organisation, Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, has received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Confucius Prize for Literacy.

    The Confucius Prize for Literacy award was presented on International Literacy Day - 8 September 2014 - and its candidacy was supported by the Ministry of Basic Education and the South African National Commission for UNESCO.

    Molteno chief executive, Masennya Dikotla, points out that the recommendation by the Department of Basic Education shows the trust they have in the work that Molteno does, adding that, “We dedicate this prize to the children of our beloved country and will use the prize money to ensure a better future for them.”

    To read the article titled, “SA NGO receives top UNESCO award,” click here.

    IOL News
  • NGO Wins an International Award

    A South African non-governmental organisation, Partners for Possibility, which pairs business people and school principals to improve school management and teaching, has won an international award in Belgium.

    Partners for Possibility received the award for Innovative and Creative Partnerships in Africa for its solution to the challenges facing education in South Africa.

    The oganisation’s founder Louise Van Rhyn says that, “The wonderful thing is that normally South Africans go internationally for ideas, “adding that, “…people from other countries are acknowledging that what we’re doing in South Africa is worth paying attention to.”

    To read the article titled, “Local NGO wins award in Belgium,” click here.

    Eye Witness News
  • Limpopo Schools Still Without Textbooks

    Eight months into the academic year, pupils at a rural school in Limpopo still do not have textbooks.
    The school governing body (SGB) at Ramalawane Secondary School in Ga-Mphahlele village, in the Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality, say their repeated pleas to have outstanding textbooks delivered have fallen on deaf ears.
    SGB member, Masese Madigoe, says that the school required 105 textbooks for maths, physical science, geography, Sepedi and life orientation, adding that pupils in grades 9, 10 and 11 are affected by the non-delivery of textbooks.
    To read the article titled, “Limpopo pupils still without books,” click here.

    IOL News
  • SAHRC: Number of SA Schools Declines

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that despite a growing school population, the number of South African schools has declined.

    In its new report, the SAHRC says that approximately 2 000 schools have been closed down between 2000 and 2012.
    SAHRC’s Carmen Abdoll, points out that most of the schools are in the Free State, and believes there is a risk that pupils in those areas are being disadvantaged.

    To read an article titled, “Number of SA schools on the decline: SAHRC,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Good Teachers Needed to Produce Quality Students

    Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, believes a school needs good teachers in order to produce quality students.

    Speaking during a speech at the St John's College fundraising gala dinner in the Eastern Cape, Ramaphosa emphasises that the school had been favoured with good teachers.

    Ramaphosa asserts that, "For a school to reach this age [135], for it to produce generations of outstanding leaders and remarkable people there is something special that it must have done well," adding that, “My guess, and the alumni can tell me if I am wrong, is that St John's has been favoured with good teachers."

    To read the article titled, “SA schools need good teachers - Ramaphosa,” click here.

    News 24
  • Chile Announces Mandela Scholarships

    President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, proposes to her government to avail 50 scholarships to students in South Africa and other African countries to pursue their master's degrees at a top university in Chile.

    Bachelet states that the awarding of the scholarships would be done in honour of the late President Nelson Mandela.

    She adds that ‘Tata’, who affectionately became known by his clan name Madiba, was her role model growing up.

    To read the article titled, “Chilean president announces new Mandela scholarships,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Women Urged to Help Girl Child Education

    Malawi's first lady, Gertrude Hendrina Mutharika, urges women in diaspora to assist in the education of a girl child back home in order to make them responsible citizens.
    Mutharika believes girls in Malawi drop out of school due to several challenges such as lack of support, long distances to school and early marriages.
    She further adds that, "Government has introduced a number of initiatives with the assistance of our development partners to make sure that girls do stay in school and also complete their education.”
    To read the article titled, “Madame Mutharika urges women in the diaspora to help girl child education,” click here.

    All Africa
  • NGOs Urged to Shun Meddling in Politics

    Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been challenged to stick to their core business of being vehicles of development and shun meddling in politics.

    The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Manicaland Province, Chris Mushohwe, says that NGOs should not engage in politics but rather partner the government and become instruments for development.

    Mushohwe was speaking at the commissioning of a classroom block in Chindoti village that was renovated by Plan Zimbabwe.

    To read the article titled, “NGOs urged to shun meddling in politics,” click here.

    Bulawayo 24
  • Grade R Offers SA's Poorest Children No Benefit

    A new study shows that grade R classes have almost zero effect on the future performance of pupils in South Africa’s poorest schools.

    Titled ‘The Impact of the Introduction of Grade R on Learning Outcomes’, the study states that, “The impact of grade R in South Africa is small and there is virtually no measurable impact for the poorest three school quintiles, while there are some impacts for the higher quintile school.”

    The study, which was conducted by the University of Stellenbosch on behalf of the departments of;- policy, monitoring and evaluation in the Presidency, and the basic education, found that instead of reducing the inequality gap in the country’s schooling system, “grade R further extends the advantage of more affluent schools”.

    To read the article titled, “Grade R offers SA's poorest children no discernible benefit,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Sector Urged to Incorporate the Disabled

    Ufulu Wathu Community Based Organisation (CBO) and Action Aid, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), have urged the Education Department in Phalombe, Malawi, to absorb disabled pupils into its various schools and not discriminate them because of their various physical challenges.

    Ufulu Wathu programme coordinator, Symon Thipa, says the current situation is alarming as research reveals that over 23 schools around Traditional Authority Nkhulambe do not have disability friendly facilities.

    Thipa further called on the education sector to take the anomaly seriously and incorporate facilities that will enable the disabled to access education easily.

    To read the article titled, “Education sector urged to incorporate the disabled,” click here.

    All Africa
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