MIET AFRICA Wins Award

MIET AFRICA Wins Award

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.

Sanlam Blue Ladder Schools Project

Sanlam Blue Ladder Schools Project

The East Coast Radio breakfast team broadcasted directly from Dr Macken Mistry School in Newlands recently to showcase The Sanlam Blue Ladder Schools project and Sanlam’s Shop for Good initiative.

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.

#TogetherFor10million – a drive towards Sustainable Development Goal 4

#TogetherFor10million – a drive towards Sustainable Development Goal 4

Education Above All Foundation is working with partners worldwide to deliver quality primary education to the most marginalised out of school children. Every child deserves the right to an education and the opportunity to unlock their potential.

As a global partner of Education Above All Foundation, we have worked to remove barriers and ensure that children across the globe have access to an education. Follow EAA Foundation on Facebook ahead of their event in Paris next week, which will focus on the importance of SDG4 and its role in driving so much of the SDG agenda, #TogetherFor10million

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MIET AFRICA undergoes a brand re-fresh

MIET AFRICA undergoes a brand re-fresh

We are pleased to announce our refreshed brand identity as part of the ongoing evolution of our organization since its establishment in 1996.

The introduction of the Africa graphic element shows our footprint in the region, and our commitment to a continent where all children and youth can access quality education and development opportunities.

The subtle change in colours and font reflects an organization that embraces change whilst staying true to our core values and vision.

We hope you agree that our new look reflects a dynamic organisation and communicates MIET AFRICA in a contextually and meaningful way.

 

MIET AFRICA will have a new CEO from 1 January 2018

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Beverley Dyason to the position of CEO, with effect from 1 January 2018.

With over 20 years’ experience in education, Beverley is a passionate champion of the rights of children and youth to quality education.  She is also no stranger to MIET AFRICA and has a deep understanding of the organization and its operating environment. She started working with MIET AFRICA in 2000 as a consultant and joined the organisation full time in 2010. Her natural leadership skills soon became evident, and in 2013 she was appointed as one of the organization’s five directors. Through her work in materials development and programme implementation, she has acquired expertise across a wide range of areas including but not limited to, inclusive education, child rights, life skills, health promotion, career development, employability, sustainable livelihoods, entrepreneurship and curriculum development.

Beverley is committed to MIET AFRICA’s vision of quality education for all and believes strongly in partnering for maximum impact.

World Youth Skills Day: 15 July

World Youth Skills Day: 15 July

Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. KOFI ANNAN

World Youth Skills Day comes almost exactly a month after South Africa’s Youth Day, which commemorates the sacrifices made by the students of 1976 in standing up against the Apartheid regime. Designated by the UN General Assembly in 2014, World Youth Skills Day serves to highlight the importance of youth skills development, surely one of the most pressing of the challenges of the twenty-first century.

As the UN notes (see www.un.org/en/events/youthskillsday/), “Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and [are] continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions.” These challenges are compounded for young women,

Honouring the youth of 1976; advancing youth empowerment in 2017

Honouring the youth of 1976; advancing youth empowerment in 2017

June 16 is the centrepiece of Youth Month in South Africa. On this day, we commemorate the sacrifices made by youth defiantly standing up to the Apartheid regime in the 1976 Soweto Uprising.  Hundreds of young people were killed when they protested against the attempt to impose Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in secondary schools—a measure both exclusionary and a violation of their fundamental right to quality education in a language accessible to them.

Today’s youth enjoy the fruits of the hard-fought freedom that those courageous students in 1976 fought for. But nowadays many of youth in our country face other challenges, including, but not in any way limited to, unemployment and exclusion from the mainstream economy. Ironically, part of the reason is the less than optimal education system itself, which, despite gains made since 1994, has inadequately prepared youth for the realities of the 21st century economy.

Thursday, 1 June: Global Day of Parents

Thursday, 1 June: Global Day of Parents

In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 1 June as Global Day of Parents to honour parents across the world “for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.”

Parents are the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies, educating and socializing children and youth, and caring for young and old.

We salute parents and caregivers—mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings – and the role that they play in raising children: loving them, teaching them, providing for them, supporting them, nurturing them, protecting them and guiding them on their path to a happy, fulfilled and productive life as adults.

 

CSTL Malawi visit

CSTL Malawi visit

On 9 May, the Malawian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology hosted a visit by SDC and MIET AFRICA (CSTL’s funding and implementing partners, respectively) to two CSTL laboratory schools.

This report by our CEO, Lynn van der Elst

Chingoli is a large primary school (Grades 1–8), with an enrolment of over 2000 learners, who are drawn from a severely impoverished area outside Blantyre. The school was physically destroyed by the floods in 2015, and since then has been operating out of a church hall and tents provided by UNICEF, while it awaits the building of new premises.

During the visit, the principal, teachers, parents and learners all testified about the transformation the school experienced regarding how learners are treated since the introduction of CSTL. Furthermore, we saw the value that CSTL capacity-building has had for the teachers and learners:

  • Teachers shared with us how they have integrated care and support into the Life Skills curriculum,