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Youth Water Summit Gets Underway

A five-day Youth Water Summit – gets underway from 2-7 July 2012 - is aimed at educating pupils about efficient water conservation and the empowerment of school children to invest in the ‘future of water’.

Dubbed ‘2020 vision’, the five day summit  will see pupils competing to create innovative water models, in endurance required activities and convey messages through poetry, drama, traditional dance and praise singing.

NGO and Department Reach a Truce

Now that textbooks are finally getting delivered in Limpopo, the Department of Basic Education and SECTION27, the two parties at loggerheads, have reached an understanding.

The understanding follows a meeting between representatives of SECTION27 and the department in Johannesburg, where they released a joint statement.

NGO Expands Reading Plan to Schools

help2read has expanded its Gauteng network to Emzimvubu Primary in Diepkloof and Shomang Primary in Orlando West, so that both can start benefiting from its volunteer literacy programme.

It recruits and trains volunteers from underprivileged communities and place them in primary schools where teachers identify children who struggle with reading English.

Volunteers dedicate half an hour of their time to each child twice a week and provide them with long-term, one-to-one care and support by building their self-esteem and confidence levels.

Framework to Promote Teaching Methods

Educational institutions around the world have signed up to a framework for promoting teaching methods that help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to build a more sustainable society.

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative for Rio+20 was launched during a side event at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (DSED) in Brazil.

Education Problems Could Deepen Inequalities

A number of NGOs have warned that problems in the education sector will deepen racial and social inequalities in South Africa.

In an open letter to the Department of Basic Education, Legal Resources Centre, SECTION27 and the Centre for Child Law and Equal Education, are calling for an urgent meeting to address what they regarded as problems.

They say the meeting should identify short- and long-term interventions that will ensure the continuation of services and processes, to resolve the many systemic barriers to the provision of education in the country.

Centre to Boost Maths, Science Teachers

Vodacom has launched an information communications technology (ICT) centre that makes educational resources available through cloud computing.

Through the centre, teachers in underperforming schools in Gauteng will be given an opportunity to upgrade their mathematics and science teaching skills.

Speaking at the launch, Gauteng education MEC, Barbara Creecy, said at the launch that despite teachers often being ‘intimidated’ by technology, ICT resources offer an opportunity to improve the teaching of mathematics and science.

Dept to Oppose Court Order Over Vacancies

The Department of Basic Education will oppose court action taken by Eastern Cape governing bodies over the failure to fill 64 752 teaching posts budgeted for this year.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, and three other respondents will oppose a court application by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) to compel the department and three other respondents to fully implement the 2012 plan to fill the posts.

Dept Violates Human Rights, Court Rules

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that the Basic Education Department’s failure to provide textbooks for several Limpopo schools is unlawful.

In passing the judgement on the application by SECTION27, the public-interest law centre, former chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Judge Jody Kollapen, ordered the department devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of its delay in supplying teaching material.

ASA Upholds EE Complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa has upheld Equal Education's (EE) complaint against Patrick Holford's Smart Kids Brain Boost supplement.

In the complaint, EE argued that Holford's claims that the supplement will improve the school performance of children are misleading.

The organisation argued that the advertisement took advantage of young people's desire to succeed in school.

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