200 young girls in the Mount Frere Education District will soon receive their Subz Washable Panties and Pads, thanks to a determined MIET AFRICA Training Coordinator. Bukelwa Ntlabati works with primary school learners in the Education: My Right! My Future! Project. As part of her work to identify out-of-school children and ensure that they are enrolled in school, attend school regularly and complete their primary schooling, she noticed a need for sanitary pads in the community and sent an appeal for donations. Project Dignity quickly responded to Bukelwa’s request and sent 200 individual packs of Subz washable pads and panties for girls aged between 11 and 14 years old. Thank you Project Dignity and Subz! To find out more about Project Dignity and to make a donation so that the organization can continue their quest to empower girls of SA, please visit their website www.projectdignity.org.za and www.subzpads.co.za
MIET AFRICA, an NGO working in education development, seeks to appoint a project manager. The successful applicant will be responsible for the management of a national programme that strengthens school-based health, education and nutrition systems to improve education outcomes, overseeing its implementation in several provinces across South Africa. The programme involves working with the national and provincial education departments and multi-sectoral stakeholder groups to operationalise policy around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), menstrual hygiene management (MHM), water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) and nutrition. It includes a substantial advocacy and capacity building component and requires travel within South Africa.
This is a four-year contract position, based at MIET AFRICA’s Head Office in Durban.
Knowledge, skills and experience required
- A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Public Health, Education, Development or related field (a post-graduate qualification is an advantage)
- Knowledge and experience in the education,
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.
Download: Learning Brief – climate change
Education: My right! My future! is a project spanning four provinces (Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West) covering over 300 primary schools with an approximate learner population of over 150 000. The project collects a range of data from schools (includes data on teachers, learners and caregivers). Many of the schools are located in far-flung rural areas. A crucial requirement of the project is the establishment of a comprehensive web-based database of schools, teachers, learners, caregivers and service-providers around the schools, which supports the real-time capture of information onto the database as inputted by training coordinators and data-collectors on the ground at remote sites. The database should also have a facility to track individual learner attendance and progress. Being located in rural areas, the schools also need to be mapped.
Currently the project team have collected baseline data from schools and districts,
With the help of children and youth, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) intends to beat the Guinness World Record of the largest composed postcard. The purpose of the campaign is to give children and youth the chance to voice their concerns about climate change and to send a message to the world’s leaders that ‘We are the future – give us a chance’. The aim is ambitious: 100 000 climate commitment postcards with individual pledges from learners from schools across the world. As a key partner of this initiative and a contributor towards mobilising immediate action to stop global warming, MIET AFRICA will collect 50 000 postcards from children and youth in the SADC region.
The 100 000 postcards will be pasted together, similar to a mosaic, to form a record-breaking giant postcard that will be displayed on the Aletsch glacier in Switzerland – the longest and deepest glacier of the Alps Mountains – located at an altitude of more than 3500 m above sea level in a place called ‘Top of Europe’.
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.
DATE & TIME:
12 June 2018 (09h00 – 17h00)
13 June 2018 (08h30 – 14h30)
Saint George Hotel & Convention
Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng
There are no conference registration fees.
Delegates must pay for their own travel and accommodation costs.
Refreshments will beprovided for the duration of the conference.
IMPORTANT: Only online registration is accepted on or before 18 May 2018.
Online registration can be completed through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IkWMC9YbU2CxD0qjUI6xk_anH0enSpuN9n0E6ZB64b4/edit
MIET AFRICA received a Certificate of Recognition as a partner of the North West Province of Education’s Quality Learning and Teacher Campaign for the Education: My right! My future! project at the Quality Learning and Teaching Awards ceremony held recently in Mahikeng. Education: My right! My future! is a three-year partnership between MIET AFRICA, the Department of Basic Education and the National Education Collaboration Trust with funding from Educate a Child. It seeks to bring 30 000 out-of-school children in six districts across four provinces back to school, and to ensure they attend school regularly and complete their primary schooling. MIET AFRICA was recognised as a key partner in supporting out of school children in the Bojanala District of the Province.
In addition, MIET AFRICA’s five parental volunteers/training co-ordinator assistants also received awards in the Excellence in Volunteerism (Parental Volunteers) category.
The Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC) is a national intervention intended to mobilise stakeholders to play a role in promoting a culture of teaching and learning in schools.
The Sanlam Blue Ladder Schools Project partners with 75 under-resourced schools across the country to assist with improving maths competency and creating a brighter future for learners.
They are committed to ensuring school environments are conducive to learning and to focus on:
- Essentials and sanitation for a happy environment creates happy learners
- Maths competency: assisting with learning, earning & saving
- Leadership roles: good leadership promotes successful learners
MIET AFRICA is proud to be associated with this project and is partnering with Sanlam in the Sanlam Blue Ladder Schools Maths Improvement Project. Our team works in 18 primary schools and 8 secondary schools in KZN.