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Thursday, 14 September, 2017
Quote of the week
"A large majority of people living in poverty in South Africa are employed, law-abiding and hard-working citizens who are experiencing a phenomenon that has been labelled “in-work” poverty."
- Anele Nzimande
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Men’s Health, Literacy, Opportunities…
In this week’s NGO-Pulse we look at mental health issues for men and we also take a look at ways to encourage reading in young children.
“South Africa has the eighth highest suicide rate in the world, with 450 men taking their lives a month and four out of five deaths being the result of suicide.”
This is according to the Men’s Foundation of South Africa, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that manages the Movember Foundation in the country.
“It’s a crisis when we’re losing the futures of 18 men daily in this country and we don’t talk about it or the public is not aware of it,” says Garron Gsell, chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation.
“We need to destigmatise depression by getting men – our husbands, brothers and partners – to understand that ‘it’s okay not to be okay’. That friendship is there for support if you simply reach out and start these conversations,” he continues.
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September is International Literacy Month. According to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), 750 million people around the world remain illiterate.
In the article Four Ways You Can Put The Lit Back In Literacy, Mihlali Ntsabo lists interesting and dynamic ways in which to engage a younger audience regarding Literacy.
“Literacy is said to contribute towards social and economic development. Improving literacy skills at a young age helps build a foundation for an active citizenry. By the time children reach grade four, they should be able to use different patterns, differentiate between sounds (decoding) and read quickly and fluently, but learning to read in South Africa is still a major challenge,” Ntsabo writes.
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