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.

 

2nd Regional Learning and Linking Forum

2nd Regional Learning and Linking Forum

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.

Improving Maths Results, One Learner at a Time

Improving Maths Results, One Learner at a Time

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.

Read the latest on CSTL developments from the region in CSTL News out now

Read the latest on CSTL developments from the region in CSTL News out now

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….

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Subz Washable Panties and Pads Donation

Subz Washable Panties and Pads Donation

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

Summary of FoRCESA meeting

Summary of FoRCESA meeting

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.