B-BBEE for Education NGOs: Regional Workshops to be held in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal
Following on from the Education NGO Leadership Summit, that was hosted by National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) in March 2016, a call for nominations was made for people to serve on an interim Education NGO Steering Committee. The Steering Committee met in December 2016 and has identified B-BBEE as a priority area for Education NGOs. Research has been commissioned, with support from the NECT, and three regional workshops are planned for March 2017:
On 2 October 2015, the President, his Excellency Jacob Zuma, officially launched the Education Operation Phakisa — “Leveraging in ICTs to strengthen education in South Africa”. This hugely ambitious programmes seeks to roll out ICT in all schools in South Africa within the next four to five years.
The launch was the culmination of an intensive four-week “laboratory” that brought together some of the most important stakeholders in the sector to formulate detailed and sustainable implementation plans on how ICTs can best be used to leverage improved education outcomes in the country. The laboratory, held in Gauteng, lasted from 6 September to 1 October 2015. Participants included high-level officials from the Department of Basic Education and Provincial Education Departments, as well as sister government departments (including the Departments of Telecommunications & Postal Services; Science and Technology; Communications; and National Treasury), teacher unions and the business sector. MIET AFRICA was pleased to send a representative to participate on behalf of civil society.
MIET AFRICA is proud to be partnering with the SADC Secretariat and REPSSI as the latter hosts its third bi-annual Psychosocial Support Forum 2015: Love, Care and Protection from Infancy to Adolescence, taking place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from 1-3 September 2015.
The overall aim of this forum is to raise awareness of the need for, and approaches to, providing love, care and protection for girls and boys through the different stages of their development, from infancy to adolescence, and to influence policy and programming at national- and regional-levels. Psychosocial support is critical for children, families and communities to develop resilience and to thrive. It also forms part of the Essential Package of Care and Support adopted by SADC Ministries of Education as part of the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Programme.
The forum is a high-level partnership-building platform that brings together stakeholders from regional economic blocks,
Wathint’ abafazi, Wathint’ imbokodo! If you strike a woman, you strike a rock!
During August, South Africa celebrates the inspiring women (past and present) who have fought for women’s rights. MIET AFRICA is proud to highlight that its work has a strong focus on the upliftment of girl children and young women, reducing gender-based violence and other crimes committed against our female population. We strive to ensure equality, particularly when it comes to ensuring the right to education.
“Every year on 9 August we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa, a public holiday that pays homage to the women of our nation; – the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government.
“Inaugurated in 1994, along with a free, democratic South Africa, the public holiday commemorates a 1956 protest lead by Lilian Ngoyi,
Strong system leadership is a critical component and driver for effective and sustainable system transformation.
GELP is a partnership of “thought leaders” from world-class organizations. Teams of key education leaders – who are committed to transforming education in practice and developing the personal skills they need to lead the changes required – collaborate in a global community. GELP supports these education leaders to drive system transformation in their jurisdictions forward, in order to meet the challenges of globalization, demographic shifts and technological advancements.
South Africa is fortunate, through the province of KwaZulu-Natal, to have been invited to participate in this important international programme. The KZN GELP team comprises five members: two from the KZN Department of Education, one from UNISA and two from MIET AFRICA, the development partner – whose role is to coordinate and mobilize resources.
In October, delegates from twelve jurisdictions from six continents gathered as a community of system leaders at the 9th GELP Global Event in New Delhi.
On 28 and 29 of November, MIET AFRICA hosted the last two of the days of the final inter-country meeting of the North/South Cooperation: Teaching for Inclusion and Democracy Project, which was held in in Gaborone, Botswana. This initiative is a collaboration between Stockholm University in the North, and Botswana, Namibia and South Africa in the South. Each of the southern country teams are represented by their Ministry of Education, a university and an NGO. Over the past three years, North and South have collaborated on research on democratic and inclusive approaches to learning. This research is intended to inform both pre– and in-service teacher education in Inclusive Education.
The main purpose of the meeting was to afford the opportunity to the country teams to present their case study research. It was a major achievement that, despite the research teams being comprised mainly of full-time university lecturers,
Once again, from 20 to 22 November RHIVA Regional staff gathered in Durban for training and orientation on the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework and baseline study. The training was attended by the six in-country and two national members of staff, as well as three members of the CSTL team and MIET AFRICA’s Director of Regional Programmes. It was facilitated by Monica Trichardt from the IQ Group, a company that is responsible for the RHIVA Regional M&E framework, as well as Dr Madri Jansen van Rensburg of Resilience Analysis.
The training covered critical issues such as methods and techniques for collecting good quality data, ethical conduct of researchers, the difference between monitoring and evaluation, and data capturing. The facilitators gave practical examples of how the baseline study will be conducted. Participants were given a chance to engage with baseline study tools to get an understanding of them, as well as being afforded the opportunity for them to make their own inputs.
Mandela Day at MIET AFRICA was once more an exciting day, a day of coming out of our offices and showing our solidarity with the objectives of “making our world a better place”.
Mandela Day, and what it stands for, resonates so much with what MIET AFRICA stands for. In line with MIET AFRICA’s motto – “Improving the lives of children” – the staff spent the 67 minutes visiting the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital’s children’s ward. Joining UKZN students who were already there, as well as the nurses and other staff, the staff all had a good time singing and reciting rhymes for the children, giving them gifts and playing with them. Rochelle van Graan accompanied one or two of the songs sweetly on the guitar. A charismatic Zamani Khuzwayo spoke some encouraging words – good medicine and food for the soul for all who were there.
DBE and MIET AFRICA’s Inclusive Education Workshop
As a way of giving concrete expression to Minister Angie Motshekga’s declaration of 2013 as “the Year of Inclusive Education”, in early December the Department of Basic Education (DBE), assisted by MIET AFRICA, hosted a workshop on Inclusive Education. The workshop was made possible out of Embassy of Sweden’s funding for the North/South Cooperation on Teaching for Inclusion and Democracy project. (For background on the project, refer to our other article, Collaborating for inclusion and democracy). One of the main objectives of the workshop was for the country teams (i.e. from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa) to present their research on democratic and inclusive approaches to learning, which was done to inform the development of pre- and in-service teacher education.
The workshop was held at the DBE’s Conference Centre in Pretoria, and was well attended by officials from each of the provinces’