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Thursday, 2 June, 2016
Quote of the week
"Life Orientation is the only platform from which learners can acquire life skills, democracy skills and vital knowledge about our diverse country and the world."
- Johan Allers, Founder, talkUBUNTU Foundation.
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Corruption, Education, NGS…
Africa should invest in the fight against corruption. Corruption has the potential to cripple the economy, discourage foreign direct investment (FDI) and worsen the socio-economic hardships faced by the poor majority.
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, David Barnard, vice president for Africa at TechSoup, focuses on the release of the Panama Papers and these papers confirmed the increasingly globalised nature of corruption as well as the entrenched international and offshore mechanisms through which the world’s political and financial elite funnel their wealth and often ill-gotten assets. Barnard is of the view that the Panama Papers highlighted the flaws and contradictions in the fight against corruption and also resulted in tough questions for those who profess they fight corruption. He cautions: “Any response to corruption which doesn’t include the international community at large will not achieve the desired outcomes. Loopholes will remain, while voluntary commitments are increasingly meaningless.” In addition, he emphasises that increased support for public institutions with an anti-corruption mandate is critical in the fight against corruption.
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Life Orientation plays a significant role in the lives of learners - especially those at secondary level - in their choice of careers. Life Orientation enables learners to find guidance in their choice of career and prepare them for the real world of work. This area of learning involves physical exercise, religious education, citizenship and responsibility, among others.
In another article, Johan Allers, founder at talkUBUNTU Foundation, says that it came as a ‘big surprise’ that many South African education professionals seem to regard Life Orientation as an insignificant, to some even as a worthless part of education. Allers, who believes that this attitude is not unique to South Africa, shares the Department of Education’s view that: “Life orientation is aimed at developing and engaging learners in personal, psychological, neuro-cognitive, motor, physical, moral, spiritual, cultural and socio-economic areas, so that they can achieve their full potential in the new democracy of South Africa.” He adds that International studies show that between 40 and 60 percent school leavers do not receive what he calls enough study- and career guidance to make informed decisions about their future.
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Lastly, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has launched the National Growth Strategy (NGS), a new economic recovery plan for South Africa. The NGS seeks to improve capital inflows and FDI into South Africa, so as to start raising the growth rate; translate increased growth into increased employment; and enable the disadvantaged climb the economic ladder to increased prosperity, while sustaining current social protection.
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