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 and

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. 

Learning Brief: The role of education in addressing climate change

Learning Brief: The role of education in addressing climate change

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

Handbook for the provision of an integrated package of care and support: Care and Support for Teaching and Learning Programme

Handbook for the provision of an integrated package of care and support: Care and Support for Teaching and Learning Programme

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

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in South African Schools

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;

100 000 Climate Change Postcards: A New Guinness Record 2018

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’.

First CSTL Conference a Success

First CSTL Conference a Success

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in partnership with MIET AFRICA and UNICEF, hosted the inaugural national Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Conference on 12-13 June 2018 in Irene, Pretoria.

More than 230 delegates ranging from CSTL policy implementers, policy makers, policy influencers, learners, and educators attended the Conference which was opened by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga. “On our journey of a thousand miles, we are not alone…we are grateful for the support and guidance of organisations like UNICEF and MIET AFRICA, “said Motshekga.

Under the theme Consolidating our collective efforts, the purpose of the conference was to share the DBE’s framework for care and support, and provide an opportunity for partners to discuss the initiatives currently being implemented in schools within CSTL’s 10 priority areas and in  the areas of partnership, multisectoral collaboration and system strengthening in support of policy implementation.