It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our colleague and friend Sefora Makepe-Tsiu. Sefora worked in Lesotho as the FutureLife-Now! In-County Coordinator. In the six months Sefora worked with MIET AFRICA she demonstrated all the traits of a true MIET African – professional, passionate and committed. Her dedication to the programme and to improving the lives of children and youth were evident in her work and the relationships she established with schools, youth facilitators, the Ministry of Education and partners.
Sefora lived life to the full, always laughing and sharing stories. She will be sorely missed but her work will impact her community for years to come. We send our deepest condolences to Sefora’s husband, children, mother, family and friends.
MIET AFRICA, in partnership with the Amani Project and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, requires the services of a community-based musician to join the team of learner support assistants to support the implementation of a music and emotional intelligence support programme in 15 primary schools in the Umlazi District. This is a limited term contract ending in June 2020, with the possibility of a renewal for another six months. Click here for more information and how to apply. Closing date for applications is 17 January 2020.
Learners from Malawi and Switzerland took part in a Youth Climate Dialogue on 20 November. Part of a series to exchange ideas and debate the negative effects climate change is having, the event brought together learners from the Lycée-Collège des Creusets in Switzerland and Bwaila Secondary School in Malawi.
The learners pledged to continue cooperating in the future to find ways to address climate change collectively. This North-South learning exchange is part of a series of Youth Climate Dialogue which will be documented in a report reflecting the voices of the global youth and presented next month at COP25 in Spain.
The Youth Climate Dialogues are supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Even without the imposition of climate change, caring for the environment is a pre-requisite for survival. While many environmental issues may lie in the domain of government control, communities that are better informed about such matters are more able to adapt to catastrophic environmental events.
The education system – and specifically the SADC Care and Support for Teaching and Learning framework – offers an effective vehicle to drive a response to the very real threat of climate change and related anthropogenic impacts on the natural environment.
The CSTL Handbook is a simpler adaptation of the National Support Pack, and is intended to guide and strengthen the implementation of the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) programme in schools, by providing information on the policies and principles underpinning the CSTL programme, as well as guidance on implementing the ten defined Priority Action Areas at school level.
The handbook consists of the following sections:
Introduction: The Conceptual Framework for Care and Support for Teaching and Learning and other available materials
Part 1: The Integrated Package of Care and Support, and the national minimum requirements for their implementation in the ten Priority Action Areas
Part 2: The enabling environment necessary in schools, districts and provinces for care and support action
A school-level monitoring tool that should be used to assess the current situation (baseline) of the implementation of the CSTL Programme and track progress over time (Annexure A)
A school reporting template to gather information at the school level on the nature and the extent of implementation,
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in South African Schools is a manual for Department of Education officials, school management, teachers, learners and general assistants, to ensure that schools provide safe water and adequate sanitation, thus increasing learners’ education achievement by reducing sanitation-related disease.
It covers the following topics:
Overview of the WASH programme: The CSTL programme; WASH and the ISHP; WASH in the CAPS Life Skills and Life Orientation curricula
Why is WASH a priority area? Poor WASH leads to disease; WASH is a human right
WASH for health: What is WASH?
Make water safe to drink
Wash hand with soap and water: When to wash your hands; wash hands safely; make hand-washing a habit; How to make a tippy tap
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in partnership with MIET AFRICA and UNICEF, hosted the inaugural national Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Conference on 12-13 June 2018 in Irene, Pretoria.
More than 230 delegates ranging from CSTL policy implementers, policy makers, policy influencers, learners, and educators attended the Conference which was opened by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga. “On our journey of a thousand miles, we are not alone…we are grateful for the support and guidance of organisations like UNICEF and MIET AFRICA, “said Motshekga.
Under the theme Consolidating our collective efforts, the purpose of the conference was to share the DBE’s framework for care and support, and provide an opportunity for partners to discuss the initiatives currently being implemented in schools within CSTL’s 10 priority areas and in the areas of partnership, multisectoral collaboration and system strengthening in support of policy implementation.
CSTL is a response by Ministries of Education in South Africa and the SADC region to the many issues threatening the provision of quality education for children. CSTL, or Care and Support for Teaching and Learning aims to transform schools into inclusive centres of learning, care and support where children stay in school and thrive. Watch this short overview on how CSTL South Africa ensures that every child has access to quality education, and the bright future they deserve.