For the seventh consecutive year, South Africa’s most loved pen, BIC®- through its partnership with the Read Educational Trust - is on a mission to distribute 1.2 million pens to learners at disadvantaged schools across South Africa. To achieve this, BIC® is embarking on a national educational roadshow, ‘Power Their Potential’, to equip over 500 primary schools in the country’s townships and rural areas with stationery. According to Lillian Henderson, the Marketing Director at BIC®, “With 55.5% of South Africans living in poverty, according to the latest Poverty Trends Report, many parents are forced to prioritise putting food on the table over purchasing school supplies. For their kids, however, lack of access to essentials like pens is one of the biggest obstacles to school participation and academic achievement. Our aim with our annual pen distribution drive is to make education inclusive for all and promote a culture of lifelong learning.” Since 2011, BIC® has supplied 7.3 million children with the stationery needed to fulfil their basic educational needs through its ‘Buy a Pen, Donate a Pen’ programme. Now, the children at this year’s beneficiary schools will no longer have to share a pencil or pen, each child will have an equal chance to access a key resource to excel in the classroom. Henderson adds, “With many schools operating under very difficult circumstances and often lacking basic teaching and educational resources such as stationery, it’s the teachers who often purchase stationery from their own pockets, so BIC® contributes, albeit in a small way, to alleviate their pressures.” Running alongside the ‘Power Their Potential’ roadshow, a talent workshop has been developed that recognises young talent and inspires learners to get creative. Giving children the right learning tools can make a significant difference to their lives. BIC® wants to help young people pursue the opportunities and talents that will allow them to ‘Power Their . . .
Thuto Lesedi Secondary School in Vosloorus saw a need to empower a girl child in their school through a Girl Talk session as part of International Day of Girl Child. Today’s event followed after a successful Girl Talk session that was established in 2016 by members that graduated from the Columba Leadership Academy, a programme that teaches values - based leadership and support school community to improve teir school and communities. The group started these sessions to help young girls with the challenges they face when as they grow up and to address the cyber bulling issues that have led to body shaming at the school. Over 100 girls attended the Girl Talk session which was joined by local movers and shakers from around Vooslorus who were able to pass on words of encouragement to the learners on their personal life and career journey. “These Girl Talk session assists most leaners to speak comfortably about social issues that they didn't manage to speak about with anyone. This also assists with building trust within the leaners and the teachers. We refer them to Life Orientation department (a subset of education that deals with social issues of learners) then if they see that the problem is too deep they refer them to the professional help (social workers)” – Ms Ntuli (Educator) “One thing that stood out for me was when the guest advised us to see ourselves within one another, if we stand together and support one another as girls, we will all be strong and powerful.” – Thuto Lesedi Grade 11 Learner Thabo Ndlovu, School Engagement Officer from Columba Leadership added: “Women in our society are always victimized in all areas, from work spaces, within communities or even in relationships. I think it’s always good to prepare young girls for the world and its challenges. These Girl Talk sessions equip them with essential life skills such as Personal Hygine, Career Tips and how to see one another as a support structure” CLICK HERE to submit your press . . .
Too many young people in South Africa want to go straight from school or university with the idea of becoming high-paid CEOs so they can drive the latest BMW and live in a mansion. What they are not doing enough of is harnessing their talents and resources to address the country’s social issues and uplift their communities, writes Amanda Blankfield-Koseff, founder and CEO of non-profit organisation, Empowervate Trust. The culture of most South Africans is to rely on government alone to solve the country’s challenges. Since the 1994 elections, government has been expected to provide housing, jobs, schooling and medical care, as well as solve a host of other social ills. While government obviously has a massive role to play, it cannot solve the big issues without the cooperation, input and support of all South Africans. This is why active citizenry is so important. Instead of mobilising in a negative way by burning tyres, throwing rocks or vandalising schools, South Africa needs active citizens who conceptualise and implement creative solutions to community issues. Once projects gain momentum and government sees their benefit, it may decide to provide its support to the initiatives and help take them to the next level. At the moment, government is viewed as the big, bad beast, who does everything wrong. But, what about the responsibility that comes with the human rights we are promised in our constitution? There is a vital role each South African should be playing to affect positive change in the country. This is the message Empowervate Trust in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education is imparting to the young people who take part in its Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP). The country’s young people need to embrace their citizenship with pride and lead by example by contributing towards the country’s growth and prosperity. YCAP encourages active citizenship and social entrepreneurship. Instead of starting a business to merely create . . .
“Education is the mother of all professions”, this is the adage that continues to provide inspiration to countless educators across the world who tirelessly serve the profession with commitment and passion. Educators affect learners’ lives in a positive and profound way; they shape their minds and lay solid foundations for their future career paths. Most educators are not in it for money but see teaching as a calling. As agents for social change they believe theirs is a profession that requires them to go beyond the call of duty. They say they find it immensely fulfilling and rewarding to see their former learners succeeding in their various spheres of influence and making a meaningful contribution to society. It is no exaggeration that virtually every successful person owes it to his or her educator who was always there and willing to lend a hand. In the context of South Africa, the role of educators is a bit demanding as the curriculum has been reconfigured to promote some of the key Constitutional principles. Educators have to ensure they teach learners to understand the importance of critical societal issues such as racial reconciliation, social cohesion, social justice and democratic values. Although educators are passionate and keen to implement the prescribed syllabus, the practical realities and challenges that they encounter every day in the classrooms make it difficult for them to fulfil these objectives. On every given day, educators find themselves having to deal with a range of socio-economic challenges such as poverty, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, overcrowding, poor infrastructure and other related challenges that directly impact on their learners’ performance. Two recent violent incidents highlight the difficulties educators have to deal with: in Zeerust in the North West, a learner stabbed his teacher to death while in Mpumalanga another learner attacked a driver of a school bus whilst the vehicle was in motion. . . .
Boksburg hosted over 500 learners this week in the annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF). These budding young scientists were in Johannesburg to compete in the prestigious science fair with the hope of taking home a share of R10 million worth in prizes. Top performing scholars were awarded prizes in the form of bursaries from Eskom, Siemens, the University of Pretoria and the University of the Witwatersrand to study degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Laptops, cash prizes as well as the coveted chance to represent South Africa at prominent international science fairs in the United States, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Zambia and Kenya are also awarded to deserving learners with the help of various long standing sponsors of the Eskom Expo. These prizes were awarded at the ISF Special Awards and Grand Awards ceremony on Thursday, 4 October and Friday 5 October respectively. 512 finalists from 35 regions across South Africa and other countries such as Mexico, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Tanzania competed at the Eskom Expo ISF at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg. Top Senior Eskom Expo ISF 2018 Scientist is Klerksdorp matric learner Aqil Variava who was awarded the prestigious Professor Derek Gray Memorial Award for his project, the “Pollution Index” – an environmental management software set to tackle pollution through providing an in-depth analysis of freshwater bodies by providing both the potential cause and appropriate corrective measures. This award is a full bursary in the Faculty of Science from the University of Pretoria. Part of his prize is also attending the Youth Science Forum in Stockholm, Sweden in December 2019 where he will attend a Nobel Awards Ceremony and get to meet several Nobel laureates. Aqil also received a whopping R75000 cash prize for his outstanding project. The Top Junior Eskom Expo ISF 2018 Scientist is Grade Damian van . . .
As part of its new skills pool strategy, Printing SA is providing member companies with talented individuals who are eager to take up career opportunities in the signage, printing and packaging industry. According to Steve Thobela, CEO of Printing SA, the official mouthpiece of South Africa’s print and packaging industry, the sector, which is a major contributor to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and includes 1228 printing and packaging companies and 1000 suppliers to those companies, provides jobs for 45 000 people and 31 artisan trades. “Government has recognized that South Africa’s economic recovery hinges on re-industrialisation and the growth of a manufacturing sector that can provides jobs, particularly for the large numbers of unemployed young people. The flip side is that, even though many young people are looking for jobs, very few have the skills that are needed by this segment of industry. In partnership with the FP&M SETA, Printing SA has been able to enroll 80 learners in its brand new Foundational Learning Programme (FLP) in 2018,” he said. Graduate learners have now successfully completed three component courses - Foundational Learning Competencies, Introduction to the Printing and Packaging Programme and a Work Readiness Programme. The last phase of the FLP consists of a three month internship during which learners will gain valuable workplace experience and exposure to the following areas: • Raw material stores. • Material handling and material handling equipment. • Printing or packaging processes. • Printing or packaging material surface requirements • Post printing or packaging finishing processes. • Dispatch. • Sales, estimating and production planning. Thobela said that Printing SA would now make these learners available to member companies between 1 October and 14 December 2018 to serve their internships. Learners will be registered as interns with the FP&M SETA. Member companies will be able to . . .
International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated on 11 October annually. It aims to acknowledge the needs and challenges of girls around the world whilst also promoting empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. The story of Pookolala breaks hearts. She is five years old. Her mother dropped out in Grade 9 in order to have her, and never returned to school. She has just given birth to her third child, and she is not yet twenty two. Pookolala’s grandmother looks after her because her mom is addicted to drugs and alcohol, but Gogo has not been able to find work either since her diagnosis with cancer although she is now clear of the disease. When potential employers hear about her condition they back off. Pookolala learned to talk late and needs therapy because of the traumas and deprivation she has suffered. Her family is a demonstration of generational poverty. There are no men in the family – the women are on their own, surviving on grants, a small income from recycling and the support of Afrika Tikkun in Braamfontein – who are also trying to help her with play therapy. Watch Pookolala’s story on YouTube here. What is the future for families headed by children and single women? Sometimes they live with family and at other times they have to live on the street or in dangerous, temporary shelters pulled together haphazardly – their lives, health, bodies and possessions at risk. According to the 2017 issue of South African Child Gauge by the Children's Institute, poverty in South Africa is highest for young people age 0-17, and for girls in particular. 66.8% of children in South Africa live in poverty; and 29% of children live below the food poverty line. It is girls who feel the brunt of that poverty and disadvantage worst of all. Nontsikelo who hails from the same area is an activist and a poet. Her activism for the rights of young women is expressed through spoken word. Her poem African Child was written for Pookolala’s story, with . . .
Boksburg will be buzzing with excitement from 2 to 5 October as hundreds of young scientists from across Africa descend on the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre to compete in the 38th annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF). More than 500 of Africa’s top future engineers, chemists, physicists, mathematicians and innovators will be competing at the country’s largest school-level science fair for a chance to take home prizes worth more than R8.5 million. This one of a kind event does not only bring together the brightest young scientists from across South Africa, but also friends from Lesotho, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and Mexico. These bright young minds have earned a spot at Eskom Expo ISF after beating the competition at a series of regional finals, and they will be poised to showcase their innovative projects to a panel of judges and industry experts in the hope of bagging one of the top prizes - a scholarship to study in Germany sponsored by Siemens, as well as 16 full bursaries to study anywhere in South Africa from Eskom. For 38 years now, the Eskom Expo has been cultivating a passion for the sciences in young people, giving participants a fun and exciting way to explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI). “The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists creates a platform for future scientists and engineers across South Africa, to establish a base for their future careers. The competition is a great launch-pad for motivated youngsters keen to explore these fields and change not only their circumstances but their environments for the better. It is an ideal catalyst for unearthing the country’s brightest young minds in mathematics and science and also opens their eyes to the various options and many exciting career opportunities available in the extensive scientific world,” says Executive Director of the Eskom Expo, Parthy Chetty. The Eskom Expo has . . .
Hello World: Look Who’s Growing book launch. Saturday, 7 October. The much-anticipated next edition of the Hello World series, by Dr Diana Du Plessis is launching on Saturday, 7 October in Linden [Linden, Johannesburg, October 7] Dr Diana Du Plessis and her co-authors; Aneke Grobler, Rebecca Coetzee and Marlize Visser will be launching their new title, Hello Word: Look Who’s Growing on Saturday, 7 October 2018, 10:00am,1st floor; Pine Park Centre 2 Dalmeny Street (CNR Bram Fisher), Linden. Hello World: Look Who’s Growing presents parents with the development of their baby from conception to 5 years of age. This book will assist you in tracking your baby’s growth and development and prepare you for what you might expect at each stage. As you get to know your baby, you will gain more confidence as a parent and be able to spot more easily when something is wrong. But in these early days, you may not be able to tell if the change in your baby’s behaviour is normal or a real problem. It is impossible to over-estimate the importance of play to babies and young children, as it forms the basis of all learning. This book suggests activities that cover all the main areas of development to fit in with your baby’s natural milestones, so that your baby’s truly astonishing skills will be acquired in connection with her brain and body. Although the focus is on new parents, this book is appropriate for nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students as well. We welcome all to join, as well as media. Please RSVP before October 12. Hello World: Look Who’s Growing is the ultimate guide to your child’s developmental steps followed by: Hello World: Watch Me Eat Hello World: See Me Drink Hello Word: A Baby’s Journey ### If you would like more information about this topic, please call Aneke at +27 (83) 227 5442, or email email@example.com . CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kwikspace, the southern African specialist in manufacturing and erecting mobile, temporary and permanent prefabricated modular buildings, has commissioned one of its own relocatable structures as the onsite Kwikspace Learning Academy. Following on the success of Kwikspace’s Adult Based Education and Training (ABET) programme, which began in 2005, the Learning Academy was developed to upskill employees and is now Kwikspace’s National Training Centre. Launched in May 2018, the Academy is housed in a 57 m² classroom-like portable structure which can accommodate 24 employees and their trainer. Accredited courses run for between one and three days with training conducted by outsourced specialists, all of whom are accredited by their respective Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). “The Academy forms part of Kwikspace’s internal CSI,” explains Thabisa Moleshe, Human Resources Executive, Kwikspace. “We also realise that some of our employees would like to expand their academic qualifications beyond our in-house training. With this in mind, we award bursaries for employees to study further, with the criteria being that courses studied are in line with Kwikspace’s organisational needs.” All employees who undergo training receive certificates of attendance, while certificates of competence are awarded to those who pass accredited training. “The introduction of the Kwikspace Learning Academy was a natural progression from the company’s ABET training initiative, which has been running for 13 consecutive years,” Moleshe says. Also conducted at Kwikspace’s Kliprivier factory premises, the adult education covers ABET levels 1 to 4, which is essentially school grades 1 through to grade 9. “The ABET offering is extremely successful, with a number of our employees continuing through the various levels year-on-year,” Moleshe concludes. “At Kwikspace, we are committed to providing upskilling courses and educational advancement for all employees. As the National . . .