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Thursday, 21 September, 2017
Quote of the week
"Our schools remain sites of struggle. On a daily basis poor black learners must fight to access a classroom – either walking dangerously long distances to school, or learning in structures that pose an immediate threat to their safety. As if that were not enough, the battle for resources extends to the availability of suitably qualified teachers – teachers we want working in dignified conditions."
- Tshepo Motsepe
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Environmental Rights, Malnutrition, Opportunities…
In this week’s NGO-Pulse we look at environmental defenders and the threats they experience on their human rights. We also take a look at how women in a rural village in Kuruman are combating the effects of malnutrition in their community.
Environmental defenders are experiencing rising attacks with many fearing for their lives because of their desire to protect the environment and the natural resource that keep their communities safe and alive.
Inés Pousadela in the article, Rising Attacks on Environmental Defenders Threaten Human Rights Goals Globally, writes that it has become more dangerous to take a stand against companies that grab natural resources and damage the environment.
“The rise in attacks on people and groups working to protect environmental and indigenous human rights has been attributed to the heightened demand for natural resources around the world. As the global need has grown for energy, food and consumer goods, businesses have sought new territories to expand their production. The ensuing advance of extractive industries, agribusiness and large-scale infrastructure projects has directly affected the livelihoods and environments of local populations.”
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The environment and natural resources are often used to alleviate man-made crises such as poverty and hunger in rural communities.
A group of women have chosen to use the earth to attack the scourge of malnutrition in their rural village of Vergenoeg by gardening and producing food for the children in their community.
“Because of one garden we will never go hungry,” said Magdeline Lekgetho.
“With the money we get as profit from what we sell to shops we are able to buy uniforms for the needy children, as well as learning materials,” she continued.
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