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.
CSTL is excited to contribute to an ambitious campaign to collect at least 100 000 postcards from children and adolescents from around the world asking the world’s leaders and decision-makers to act now against global warming. MIET AFRICA – a key partner in this initiative – is facilitating the participation of children and youth from the SADC region….
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
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.
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’.