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Schools to benefit from Collect-a-Book drive

This Mandela Month Collect-a-Can and partners, ReaderLympics, Biblionef and Pan Macmillan, are reaching out to underprivileged primary schools with an exciting Collect-a-Book drive. The aim is to encourage learners to read more by providing them with books as well as the opportunity to listen to inspiring storytellers, while teaching them that reading can be fun.In return for the books, schools

Strategies that can assist in generating SA’s skills base

Digitalisation poses challenges to governments, corporates and employees themselves as they struggle to prepare for a new way of doing business. “Nowhere is this more critical than in South Africa with its high unemployment rate and low standard of technical education,” says Sandra Burmeister, CEO of executive search firm Amrop Landelahni. The 2015 World Economic Forum Human Capital Report rates

Solar powered classrooms in focus

Cape Town – The South African technology company Ambit’s solar powered classroom is poised to provide “off-grid” electricity and connectivity to rural classrooms and help teachers overcome the pitfalls of load shedding. It not only harnesses the continent’s most abundant resource, the sun, but can also provide power for the rest of the school. The so-called education delivered intelligently (EDI)

Govt in bid to educate millions without Grade 9

Johannesburg – The government intends to provide education for about 12 million adults and youth with less than a Grade 9 by opening Community Education and Training Colleges. They are intended to provide “second-chance learning opportunities for out-of-school youth and adults”, according to the National Policy on Community Education and Training Colleges published in the Government Gazette on Friday. The

Northern Cape schools ignore SAHRC letters on corporal punishment

Bloemfontein – The SA Human Rights Commission in the Northern Cape hasn’t received a response to letters written to two schools in the province informing them that allegations of corporal punishment had been made against them. Chantelle Williams, Northern Cape provincial manager of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), told News24 recently they had received two complaints from parents

1+4 teacher development plan kicks off in April 2015

As from 1 April the DBE will implement the 1+4 Teacher Development Plan aimed at boosting Maths performance in the senior phase. Consultation at the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) has been completed and teacher unions have expressed support for the 1+4 training programme to be promoted as the best model to implement the project and monitoring sessions are to

Casting the mind to arts education ‘in our life time’

From 11 to 13 March, NEPAD convened a regional conference on arts education in Africa in collaboration with the Departments of Basic Education (DBE) and Arts and Culture (DAC), amongst others. According to NEPAD CEO Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, the conference offered possibilities for the delegates to ‘have an opportunity to establish a framework that has long-term significance for how Arts

Recruiting young and vibrant teachers through the funza lushaka bursary programme

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme continues to play a significant role in strengthening the teaching profession across the country. Government has indeed contributed enormously in sustaining this bursary for it to benefit the recipients thereof. During Minister Motshekga’s Budget Vote Speech it was announced that an amount of R991,084,000.00 was allocated for the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme in the 2015/2016

DBE and partners launch E-library project

The DBE has joined hands with the Vodacom Foundation, Hauwei and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to create an eLibraries project in support of the Department’s 1000 Libraries Initiative. Minister Angie Motshega is embarking on a 1000 libraries project to mark the birthday of the late former President, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela during Mandela Month. The partnership will see the establishment

Ukufunda apps drive education development

The Ukufunda Virtual School application has grown from strength to strength since its official launch in September 2014. The application was developed in partnership between the Department of Basic Education, the Reach Trust and UNICEF and is modelled on schools as centres of academic excellence. The technology was created by youth who hail from rural KwaZulu-Natal who work for the