We’re Hiring! Trainer & Project Co-ordinator

We’re Hiring! Trainer & Project Co-ordinator

Inclusive Education in Action Project: Umgungundlovu District

MIET AFRICA seeks to appoint a Trainer/Project Co-Ordinator to provide training and support to a cluster of 11 primary schools in the Umgungundlovu District, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The successful applicant will be responsible for the overall coordination, training and support of district officials, teachers, learner support assistants, caregivers and school community members of the 11 project schools in the district. This is a partnership programme between the KZN Department of Health and MIET AFRICA, supported by aaD and BMZ (Germany).

Closing date for applications: 19 June 2019.

More information: Vacancy P TC – Umgungundlovu May 2019

We’re Hiring! FutureLife-Now Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

We’re Hiring! FutureLife-Now Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

MIET AFRICA requires a Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator to coordinate the monitoring and evaluation efforts of the regional FutureLife-Now programme. The M&E Coordinator will work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and the Programme Manager in ensuring the monitoring and evaluation activities are implemented accordingly and that the information collected is useful to the project team. This is a part-time position, commencing 1 July 2019 and ending 31 December 2019. The successful applicant will be based at MIET AFRICA’s head office in Durban, South Africa.
Closing date for applications is Friday 7 June 2019.

For more information: FLN ME Coordinator

It’s Time for Action on #MHDay2019

It’s Time for Action on #MHDay2019

To commemorate Menstrual Health Day 2019, MIET AFRICA’s KwaZulu-Natal District Coordinator Nondumiso Mathenjwa distributed 1500 sanitary pads to Ntabeni Primary School (outside Esikhaleni Township, Richards Bay). This contribution is part of UNICEF South Africa and MIET AFRICA’s partnership project on ‘Strengthening school-based systems to improve education outcomes: sexual and reproductive health and rights, and menstrual hygiene management’. The sanitary pads – generously donated to MIET AFRICA by Donghae Diaper, a South Korean-based manufacturer of sanitary pads, tissues and wet wipes – are being distributed to learners through MIET AFRICA’s school-based programmes, in collaboration with the national Department of Basic Education and provincial education departments.

Pictured are learners from Ntabeni Primary School and Nondumiso Mathenjwa.




Curriculum Differentiation Workshop

Curriculum Differentiation Workshop

In March MIET AFRICA was invited to present a workshop on Curriculum Differentiation to mentors from Toyota-Teach, a sister organization involved in teacher development.  The two-day workshop covered the need for adapting what we teach, how we teach, and where we teach.

Other topics included:

  • How to group learners in a multi-level class so that they can achieve their full potential
  • Implementing DBE policies, such as SIAS
  • How to diagnose learning difficulties experienced by learners in the key subjects of language and Maths
  • Strategies to address the individual learning and support needs of all learners in the classroom

“The presentation was eye-opening and very informative in terms of how to group learners according to their levels of understanding,” said one workshop participant. “Now I am confident to capacitate teachers on the principles and strategies for differentiation,” said another.

“I mastered Matric”

“I mastered Matric”

Lihlithemba Technical High School is one of eight secondary schools currently supported by the Sanlam Blue Ladder Schools project – an initiative by the corporate to improve Maths learner performance in the country. Since 2017, MIET AFRICA has conducted extramural Maths classes with learners, as well as providing the school with Maths equipment and other classroom resources. In 2013 the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department ranked Lihlithemba, which is in semi-rural Ndwedwe, as one of the best-performing schools in the province. In 2013 and 2017 learners at the school were among the top 10 matriculants in KZN, and in 2018 the school did it again!

Mcebisi Ntenga achieved an outstanding seven distinctions in the 2018 National Senior Certificate examinations, including 88% for Maths. His top mark was for Accounting, a subject he admits he did not like at first. He narrowly missed full marks in the subject by 2%.

Annual regional Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) sharing meeting

Annual regional Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) sharing meeting

The annual 2018 CSTL regional sharing meeting was held in Johannesburg from 11- 13 December. Hosted by the SADC Secretariat, in partnership with MIET AFRICA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), this was the final SDC-supported sharing meeting. Delegates included education ministry officials from 13 of the 16 SADC Member States, UN partners, and NGOs involved in the area of care and support.

A key theme running through the meeting was the importance of youth empowerment, critical for Member States to deliver on their development imperatives and commitments. In addition to a dedicated session on youth empowerment, youth representatives participated in several of the meeting’s sessions and an opportunity was provided for two youth to make opening comments.

Opening remarks were also made by the three initiating CSTL partners. The representative from the SADC Secretariat, Ms Lomthie Mavimbela, acknowledged the contributions made to CSTL by the various groups represented.

OUT NOW! We Make the Road by Walking – Care and Support for Teaching and Learning: An Incredible Journey

OUT NOW! We Make the Road by Walking – Care and Support for Teaching and Learning: An Incredible Journey

The Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Programme is a powerful example of how an NGO-initiated pilot project developed into a region-wide government commitment providing effective methodology for systems strengthening. Through a collaboration between the SADC Secretariat, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, MIET AFRICA, Member States and partners, a local idea became a shared regional commitment.

This publication tells the story of the CSTL Programme, and reflects the voices of its many stakeholders.

CSTL Publication – We Make the Road by Walking

WASH Training a Success

WASH Training a Success

MIET AFRICA was recently invited by Norcros SA, through Tile Africa, to visit four primary schools in Gauteng to conduct WASH Training. This is part of Norcros SA educational programme to educate learners on how to safely use and take care of their school toilets.

Norcros SA started a corporate social investment project in 2017 to refurbish ablution facilities in under – resourced schools. MIET AFRICA’s training facilitators conducted the training to over 2000 learners, and provided materials to schools in what has been described as a very successful initiative.

“The material used for the programme was fun for the children and very easy to understand,” said Norcros SA’s Khanyisile Maseko. “The facilitators did a marvellous job in engaging with the children and keeping them engaged.”

For more information about the WASH programme, see here https://www.mietafrica.com/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-in-south-african-schools/

 

MIET AFRICA receives donation of 200 000 sanitary pads

MIET AFRICA receives donation of 200 000 sanitary pads

MIET AFRICA’s CEO Beverley Dyason received a generous donation of 200 000 sanitary pads from South Korean-based manufacturer of sanitary pads, tissues and wet wipes, Donghae Diaper at the Korea Consumer Goods Showcase awards held recently in Cape Town.

The sanitary pads will be distributed to learners through our school-based programmes, in collaboration with the national Department of Basic Education and Provincial Education Departments. Poor access to sanitary pads causes ongoing monthly absenteeism amongst many female learners, with a negative impact on their academic performance and their dignity. The donation contributes to the enabling conditions for these young women to stay in school and reach their full potential. MIET AFRICA is grateful to Donghae Diaper for sharing its vision of a world where all children and youth have access to quality education and development opportunities.