MIET AFRICA requires a Regional Coordinator to take responsibility for the effective implementation of the FutureLife-Now programme in the SADC Region. FutureLife-Now is a SADC programme that aims to reduce new HIV infections and increase ART adherence amongst youth through school-based responses.
The successful applicant will be based at MIET AFRICA’s head office in Durban, South Africa.
Closing date for applications has been extended to 24 April.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Hosted by RIATT-ESA, the 2nd Regional Learning and Linking Forum for Accelerating Delivery of Comprehensive Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth in Eastern and Southern Africa took place recently in Johannesburg, South Africa. M&E Officer for the CSTL Programme, Jennifer Norins presented at the Forum which provided an opportunity for Member States in SADC and the East Africa Community to come together to talk about best practices and strategies to promote psychosocial support and to use the Minimum Package of Services to achieve the HIV targets for children and youth. The presentation covers in brief MIET AFRICA as an organization, and describes the CSTL programme and its connection with the Minimum Package of Services.
He is respected in the community and known as ‘Teacher’. Learners from the community and outlying areas know that Richard Sibisi is the dedicated teacher from Engonyameni, just outside Umlazi who can help them improve their high school Maths results. Richard is a young, previously unemployed technikon graduate, who assists as a Maths Facilitator for the Sanlam Blue Ladder Project and has been teaching extra Maths lessons to Grade 11s at Nwabi High School since April this year.
Thanks to the support from the Sanlam Foundation, MIET AFRICA and our team of Maths facilitators and training co-ordinators are currently working in 18 primary and eight secondary schools in KwaZulu-Natal to assist learners in improving their Maths competency.
Being a teacher is not just a job Richard says, because Maths and improving the lives of learners in his community is his passion. “I have always loved Maths and I want to help leaners to do well in it so they can pass the subject in Matric and apply for courses which require Maths as a subject,” said Richard.