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iSchoolAfrica Takes the StopRape Campaign to Schools

The Department of Basic Education and LEAD SA have announced a major initiative to raise rape awareness and educate the 10.2 million learners in South African schools.
 
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, points out that, “The collective rage in the country had to be turned into tangible action.”
 
Minister Motshekga appeals to learners to report any form of abuse from anyone to the authorities.
 

Why We Need Mother Tongue and Other Languages to Grow Our Children's Literacy

In this society which urgently needs to educate citizens to be articulate and literate, there is something simple but profound we can all do – we can tell and read stories to children. Far from being a luxury, the story habit establishes in children the sturdy bedrock on which to grow the power of empathy and an educated mind. It starts with enjoyment.

The Right to Education, School Governing Bodies and Official Languages: What is in the Best Interest of Our Children?

Two matters currently serving before our Courts will be pivotal for South African education, school governing bodies (SGBs) as well as public single-medium schools. Both matters rest upon the question of who has the final say in determining language and admissions policy in South Africa’s public schools: schools and their SGB’s or provincial departments of education?

Cotlands Advocates for the Essential Right to Education

Earlier this month, the ruling African National Congress and teacher unions butted heads over education as an essential service. While both make strong arguments it is often in debating education policies that we tend to forget the most important players in education are the children, and in order to correct our past mistakes we need to get back to basics, the basics being early childhood development.

It is estimated that over 83 percent of children in South Africa do not access any form of structured early childhood learning.

Educating Women Key to Sustainable Farming - Study

According to a new study, the successful implementation of sustainable agricultural practices (SAPs) in sub-Saharan Africa is linked to improvements in women's education.

SAPs are often touted as a solution to land degradation, low agricultural productivity and widespread poverty in the region.

The study is the result of research conducted in rural Ethiopia that aimed to identify interdependent factors affecting the adoption of SAPs in Sub-Saharan Africa and their impact on incomes and livelihoods.

Municipality Pledges to Help Needy Students

Only a week after a Sowetan report that five Ekurhuleni pupils were in desperate need of help to further their studies, the Ekurhuleni district municipality has pledged to pay for their studies.

The learners all from the Katlehong township, faced a bleak future despite having done well in their studies. They all scored six matric distinctions but a lack of funds meant they could not further their studies.

The Ekurhuleni’s municipality’s Zweli Dlamini, says they decided to invest in the future of the children after they realised what tremendous potential they have.

Poor Performance in Maths, Science, Physics

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says only 20 percent of pupils writing matric mathematics and physical science examinations achieve a pass mark of more than 50 percent.
 
SAIRR The Institute says the proportion of pupils achieving a pass mark in mathematics of between 70 and 100 percent has fallen to 5.9 percent in 2011 from 8.3 percent in 2008 when the National Senior Certificate was introduced.
 

Ikamva Labantu: Community Based Healthcare Worker

Ikamva Labantu - the Future of our Nation - is a NGO that provides services in the delivery of health services, learning, development and resources. Ikamva Labantu works through local communities so that they can become self-sufficient and sustainable.

Ikamva Labantu seeks to appoint a Community Based Healthcare Worker in its health department, based in Cape Town.

The person will reporting to the Professional Nurse: Health and Seniors.

These are one-year contract positions renewable.

Responsibilities: 

Poverty No Barrier for Christel House Matrics

One Western Cape school, Christel House South Africa, is trouncing national averages with its matric results and proving that poverty does not have to be an obstacle for South Africa’s children.

The school for disadvantaged children in Ottery, whose students come from below the poverty line, turned in a near perfect pass rate of 97 percent, 21 percent above the national average - they also achieved an 84 percent pass rate for mathematics, an area that continues to struggle nationally, as the 54 percent pass rate shows.

Considering Class Size and Student Achievement

Worldwide, average class size and student-teacher ratio are considered carefully by parents selecting schools for their children, while education experts consider them critically when evaluating a healthy education system. In South Africa, class size is often cited as a cause of poor learning outcomes.

But, points out Tshikululu Social Investment’s Joyce Wanjogu, researchers have not agreed on the optimal student-teacher ratio and class size, and there is no clear indication in the literature as to what number actually constitutes a large class or a small class.

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