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
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The inception meeting of the FoRCESA project was held in Johannesburg on 14 June 2018. The meeting was well attended with both government and non-government participation.
Delegates were drawn from:
- Government partners: seven CSTL Ministries of Education viz: DRC, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia
- Non-government partners: UNICEF, UNFPA, Save the Children, CRNSA, SADC and MIET AFRICA.
An overview of the project was presented by the Manager <click here for presentation> explaining how the civil and political rights of children in the ESA regional are integrated into, and have the potential to be advanced, through 21st century learning. However, for learners to acquire the competencies to succeed in the 21st century will require re-appraising our approach to education. In particular, 21st century approach has learner agency at its core, where learners are provided with the opportunity to participate meaningfully and make decisions that affect their learning.
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,
The CSTL Handbook is a simpler adaptation of the National Support Pack, and is intended to guide and strengthen the implementation of the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) programme in schools, by providing information on the policies and principles underpinning the CSTL programme, as well as guidance on implementing the ten defined Priority Action Areas at school level.
The handbook consists of the following sections:
- Introduction: The Conceptual Framework for Care and Support for Teaching and Learning and other available materials
- Part 1: The Integrated Package of Care and Support, and the national minimum requirements for their implementation in the ten Priority Action Areas
- Part 2: The enabling environment necessary in schools, districts and provinces for care and support action
- A school-level monitoring tool that should be used to assess the current situation (baseline) of the implementation of the CSTL Programme and track progress over time (Annexure A)
- A school reporting template to gather information at the school level on the nature and the extent of implementation,
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in South African Schools is a manual for Department of Education officials, school management, teachers, learners and general assistants, to ensure that schools provide safe water and adequate sanitation, thus increasing learners’ education achievement by reducing sanitation-related disease.
It covers the following topics:
Overview of the WASH programme: The CSTL programme; WASH and the ISHP; WASH in the CAPS Life Skills and Life Orientation curricula
Why is WASH a priority area? Poor WASH leads to disease; WASH is a human right
WASH for health: What is WASH?
Make water safe to drink
Wash hand with soap and water: When to wash your hands; wash hands safely; make hand-washing a habit; How to make a tippy tap
Prevent and treat worm infections
Use the toilet properly
Promote oral health: How to brush your teeth;
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’.