South African Sign Language will be introduced as a subject to pupils in Grades R to 3, and Grade 9 from 2015.
The Department of Basic Education recently announced that teacher training had already started and the plan was to have the curriculum introduced across grades by 2018.
The plan follows on the success of a three-year pilot programme launched in the Western Cape in 2011.
To read the article titled, “SA Sign Language added to curriculum,” click here.Source:IOL News
Yabonga, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisting HIV-positive children, says while antiretrovirals (ARV) are prolonging lives, the side-effects may slow down some patients’ academic development.
Yabonga counsels about 1 000 Cape Town children, some as young as five, who have HIV/AIDS, the organisation also runs various programmes including educational workshops and trauma counselling for HIV-positive kids.
The NGO’s centre manager, Emily Rudolph, states that they have noticed that some children develop challenges in class - young patients become sluggish, and as a result repeat grades.
To read the article titled, “NGO: ARVs affecting pupils' academic performance,” click here.Source:Eye Witness News
Swaziland Police have harassed another progressive, Sifiso Mabuza, deputy secretary of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers.
About 30 armed police raided his home claiming they were looking for explosives, where they found none. Mabuza told local media the police questioned him about his union activities and threatened him.
Swaziland has a history of attacking workers' rights. It has banned the workers' federation, the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland, broken up its meeting and harassed and arrested its leaders.
To read the article titled, “Police intimidation continues,” click here.Source:All Africa
Tanzania’s Kagera Regional Commissioner, Fabian Massawe, has hailed Pestalozzi Children's Foundation (PCF) of Switzerland and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for the timely intervention in constructing and renovating several classrooms in Bukoba District.
Massawe points out that, "The government appreciates Public Private Partnership (PPP). The assistance is timely. We thank the two NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and the people of Switzerland for their good spirit. Other NGOs should emulate the example."
VSO programme manager, Christopher Munubi, says five classrooms and two teachers' houses were renovated at Nyakato Primary School including toilets and a water tank with capacity of 2 000 litres.
To read the article titled, “Kagera RC hails NGOs for refurbishing classrooms,” click here.Source:All Africa
More than 500 learners from the Surrey Primary School in Manenberg on the Cape Flats are benefitting from a feeding scheme run by the Department of Basic Education together with Foodbank South Africa and a breakfast cereal company.
On World Food Day, 16 October, it is estimated that one in five children in South Africa go to school on an empty stomach.
Principal of Surrey Primary School, Imtiaz Adams, says that, “Our numbers are growing, but presently we're feeding between 500 and 550 children every morning out of a possible 880 children. So that's 60 to 70 percent of our school rely on this breakfast.”
To read the article titled, “Cape Flats learners benefit from feeding scheme,” click here.Source:SABC News
Legal advocacy group, SECTION27, says that a Northern Cape school that closed over asbestos pollution concerns did so without a plan for the pupils’ continued education.
According to SECTION27’s Sasha Stevenson, the Khiba Junior Secondary School, serving 220 pupils from mostly poor backgrounds in Ga-Mopedi village in the JT Gaetsewe district, closed on Monday, 13 October 2015.
Stevenson argues that, “The closure has happened without any consultation with the school governing body (SGB) or the community. Most of the learners have now been sent home.”
To read the article titled, “School closed with no plan – SECTION27,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Teachers in Zambia have urged the government to increase the budgetary allocation to the education sector if Zambia is to achieve the Vision 2030 development agenda.
Zambia National Union of Teachers deputy general secretary, David Banda, says the education sector continues to face numerous challenges in its efforts to deliver quality education.
Speaking during the commemoration of the World Teachers Day, Banda asserted that inadequate finances towards the Ministry of Education continue to be a major challenge which has led to poor infrastructure in most schools.
To read the article titled, “Teachers want more education funds,” click here.Source:Times of Zambia
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says the blame for schools that perform badly should be laid at the door of teachers.
Motshekga points out that, “Whenever I go to schools that perform well and ask principals what it is that they do to make their schools work, time and again they tell me the same thing: they have a group of dedicated, committed and caring teachers.”
She is of the view that, “Where things don’t work, teachers are not doing their jobs right. They don’t complete the curriculum, they jump topics, they are not in class and they often don’t understand the content of what they teach.”
To read the article titled, “Blame bad teachers for bad schools - Angie Motshekga,” click here.Source:City Press
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.Source:IOL News
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.Source:Eye Witness News