• 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
  • Writing Exams Without Textbooks

    Education For All, a non-governmental organisation, says some learners in Limpopo have started mid-year exams without all their textbooks.

    The organisation, which has taken up the court fight on behalf of affected schools, says it has received reports that some of the schools are receiving duplicates or wrong orders.

    Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, Elijah Mhlanga, blames some schools for discrepancies. Mhlanga, points out that, “Some of the schools did their verifications very late; that's why it has taken long for the books that they requested to be delivered because the process is complex.”

    To read the article titled, “Limpopo schools mid-term exams off to rocky start,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Aligning Schools Curriculum With Vision 2022

    Swaziland’s National Curriculum Centre (NCC) is working towards upgrading the schools curriculum to be in line with the First World Vision 2022.

    NCC’s Sandile Shabangu revealed that the biennial meeting that would be held this year would be held under the theme ‘Vision 2022; implications and opportunities for the curriculum’.

    The NCC expects participants from all walks of life to attend the conference with specific reference to educationists, politicians, economists, industry, non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations and the general public.

    To read the article titled, “Schools curriculum to be in line with Vision 2022,” click here.

    Swazi Observer
  • SAHRC Warns Against Corporal Punishment

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned that there are still schools that administer corporal punishment despite it being illegal.
    The rights body says that the practice is contrary to the country's constitution and international human rights standards.

    Addressing the opening of its two-day conference on the subject at Parktown in Johannesburg, SAHRC chairperson, Lawrence Mushwana, says corporal punishment in schools infringes on the right of a learner to basic education.

    To read the article titled, “Corporal punishment infringes on learner's right: SAHRC,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Ikamva Labantu: Programme Head of Health

    Ikamva Labantu
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, May 9, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Ikamva Labantu - the Future of our Nation - is a NGO that provides services in the delivery of health services, learning, development and resources. Ikamva Labantu works through local communities so that they can become self-sufficient and sustainable.

    Ikamva Labantu seeks to appoint a Programme Head of Health, based in Cape Town.

    This management post reports to the Programme Director of the organisation and is a member of the Programme Executive Committee.

    Key performance Areas:
    • Design and manage an integrated primary health care programme;
    • Oversee the day to day management of the health department including the wellness centre;
    • Networking and Liaison with key partners and stakeholders;
    • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on progress of health programmes;
    • Managing the professional nurse in the following areas:
      •  Understanding and exploring the extent of services currently being rendered by the organisation;
      •  Developing a needs analysis of services for beneficiaries and staff;
      •  Presenting a health intervention strategy;
      •  Representing the organisation at Health Forums and relevant Indabas;
      •  Developing and implementing pilot projects;
      •  Dovetailing and developing partnerships with existing organisations and service providers;
    • Overall management of the Seniors / Older Persons division.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Health/Relevant medical qualification;
    • Relevant Public Health qualification;
    • Proven administration and management experience (preferably in an NGO environment);
    • Proven relevant experience of health-related program management and service delivery;
    • Proven relevant experience in strategic development, programme, financial, and relationship management;
    • Computer literacy (MS Office);
    • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) in English and isiXhosa;
    • Decision making;
    • Team leadership ability (decision making, conflict and performance management, development and management of staff);
    • Displays the following in all interactions in this position: Commitment, integrity, teamwork, embracing diversity, self-awareness, self-regulation and managing resources
    To apply, submit a comprehensive CV with a motivational letter to: Ikamva Labantu Human Resources Department, careers@ikamva.org.za

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries: Christelle Cornelius (Programme Director), Tel: 021 461 8338

    Ikamva Labantu is committed to the principles of employment equity.

    For more about Ikamva Labantu, refer to www.ikamva.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.


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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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    News 24
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