Compliments of the season and welcome to the first 2017 edition of NGO Pulse e-newsletter.
Last year, we featured articles focusing on issues that are critical to the survival of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), corporate social investment (CSI), NGO financial sustainability, capacity building and fundraising, among others. This year, SANGONeT will remain focused on publishing content that contribute towards building the capacity of the sector to tackle the challenges that threaten its sustainability.
234 000 new learners started their first day at school on 11 January 2017, said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. With such a large number of learners starting school for the first time, choosing the right one may not be easy, whether be it private or public.
Claire Barnardo looks at the pros and cons of private and public schools. She said that choosing what type of school your child will attend can set their foundation for life and can also set a precedent for parents financially.
Barnardo highlighted that public schools are far more affordable to attend than private schools and that they generally have a more varied curriculum and offer more after-school activities than smaller private schools that are far more expensive, often have a more challenging academic curriculum and often have better access to resources like books, supplies and computers.
Tarisai Nyamweda of Gender Links wrote an article questioning if media could be part of the problem or solution in addressing gender based violence (GBV) following an episode aired in the Moroccan state TV Channel demonstrating how women can use make up to cover evidence of domestic violence and ‘carry on with their daily life’.
Commenting on this incidence on social media prominent gender and social justice activist, Trevor Davies said, “To make domestic violence disappear for good, we need to invest in education targeting its perpetrators, and not just foundation for its victims.”
Media plays a vital role in raising awareness on GBV. It sets the agenda which gives it the power to dictate what people see, hear as well as shape their attitudes towards different aspects of life. However even in this era of an influx of multi-media tools to communicate, there is still a lack of awareness and dialogue on what comprises GBV, legislation frameworks in place for legal recourse, prevention mechanisms, where to go for help, care and rehabilitation.
In 2015, Gender Links monitored more than 27000 news items from television, radio and newspapers in 14 Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries to assess the representation and portrayal of women in the media in SADC. One of the key findings from the Gender and Media Progress Study (GMPS) is that GBV and stories that mentioned GBV account for 1% of the topics covered, despite the high levels of GBV in SADC. This is a three percentage point drop from 4% recorded in 2010.
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