The academic year can be a challenging time for families. It becomes even more so when a child resists or tries to avoid going to school. Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres explains “Emotions tend to run high, panic may set in and too often, parents feel quite helpless in these stressful situations. Children may feign illness, throw temper tantrums or act out in other negative ways in order to force their parents to let them stay at home. The reasons why are varied. Children who are being bullied, are constantly being yelled at, who battle with the academic programme or who feel lonely or depressed may insist on staying home instead of attending the regular school day. Exhaustion, fear of an upcoming test or assignment or fears of a wrongdoing may also contribute to school avoidance. Dealing with these situations is never easy and, as with all challenges in bringing up our children, there is no one-size-fits-all solutions.” Cindy suggests the following helpful tips if you have a child who no longer wants to go to school: 1. Don’t panic and let fear-filled emotions (such as anger and critical judgement) cloud your vision in finding positive, helpful solutions. Remember that all negative behavioural choices are based on some sort of fear. Make it your mission to find out what it is that your child is afraid of and then decide on how best to give your child the tools needed to face and overcome those fears. 2. Don’t allow staying at home to become a ‘fun’ alternative to going to school. Be firm in not allowing activities such as watching TV or playing computer games when a child stays home on a school day. There need to be consequences to not going to school-be it catching up on missed work, learning for the missed test or just being bored! Teach your children not to avoid their fears, but to face them and to find solutions that work for them. 3. Keep the lines of communication between yourself and your children and yourself and . . .
Afrika Tikkun’s year-long Memeza Bazokuzwa campaign focuses on child protection as they use National Child Protection Week to reinforce the message of the child’s rights to speak out and be heard. A 2017 study by the Children’s Institute of the University of Cape Town reports that one in three children will experience sexual or physical abuse before the age of eighteen. But most recently, Parliament heard that 99% of children in South Africa have experienced or witnessed violence and 41% of all reported rape cases in the last 3 years have been of children. Each year, government and organisations around the country gear up to mark National Child Protection Week with a host of campaigns designed to raise awareness about children’s rights and launch programmes that provide services for their safeguarding. It aims to mobilise all sectors of South African society to care for and protect children as the most vulnerable – and valuable – members of our society. In 2018, Child Protection Week launched on Sunday, 27 May with the theme, “Let us protect all children to move South Africa forward.” One such organisation is Afrika Tikkun; an NGO with a focus on child and youth development and ending youth unemployment in underprivileged communities. Their work in the child protection arena is an ongoing effort, intended to strengthen the capacity of children to speak out against abuse and empower families and communities to care for and protect their children. 2018 is the year of child protection, and their activities during Child Protection Week 2018, are planned to further instil the theme and call-to-action Memeza Bazokuzwa/ ‘Speak out, they will hear you’. Addressing staff, stakeholders, parents and children at the launch of Afrika Tikkun’s Child Protection Week activities, CEO Marc Lubner said: “It is of critical importance that the voices of the most vulnerable are empowered to address abuses. It’s time to break the silence around child abuse. Young people need . . .
Plastics|SA put welding skills, learnership programmes, technology and the latest welding equipment in the spotlight at its third Thermoplastics Welding Technology Day that took place at its head office in Midrand recently. Interested students, industry members, journalists and technical trainers attended presentations that focused on the importance of thermoplastic welding, standards, processes and conformance assessments, improving welding and reporting. The latest welding equipment and techniques were also put on display by Rothenberger, Plastiweld, Horner, Astore Keymak, Marley Pipe Systems and Plasti-Tech, who were on hand to answer questions and to demonstrate the latest development in thermoplastic welding, such as the digital recording of the welding parameters by the welding machines. Explaining the importance of exposing students and the industry to the opportunities and developments within the Thermoplastics welding industry, Isaya Ntuli, Plastics|SA’s Regional Training Manager, says: “The future looks bright for qualified thermoplastic welders in South Africa. With Thermoplastic welding now a preferred method of joining HDPE or PVC pipes used in mining, municipalities, construction and various other fields where plastic pipe applications are used, these welders are able to find work in many different industries and their skills are in high demand”. Plastics|SA trained more than 400 welders in Gauteng alone during their last financial year, and continues to see an increase in enrolments for their Thermoplastic Fabrication learning programme each year. Learners are attracted from various fabricators and contractors, with news of the programmes often spread through word-of-mouth, articles in the media or interest generated through the company’s website. A Matric qualification is not required, nor is a proficiency to read or write in English as assessments can be conducted verbally. The training itself covers different processes, including butt . . .
Education is too expensive and does not prepare students for the workplace. These are the lamentations of both employers and students across Africa. Why are educational institutions not changing their curricula fast enough to provide relevant education that satisfies industry skills demands? What do students really pay for when getting an education? These are some of the questions that Edzai Conilias Zvobwo has been asking for years. Out of disgruntlement from the rhetoric and low pace of change, Edzai, popularly known as “The MathsGenius” has decided to be the change he would like to see. Edzai is on a mission to facilitate the free delivery of relevant skills to anyone who wants to learn. “In the information age, knowledge is free, and students are merely paying for accreditation and associated prestige that comes with institutional names”, said Zvobwo who has created an online platform that offers free courses and educational insights on all subjects. According to information on the platform’s homepage, MathsGee is an online content recycling initiative. The platform serves as a bank for educational content in the form of courses. The content on MathsGee is free for everyone, everywhere and anytime. The courses are being developed in conjunction with organizations that are willing to share knowledge and contribute in solving the educational crisis across the continent. To bridge the expectation gap between students and employers, it is necessary to co-create learning paths that are focused on skills and not necessarily labelled as degrees or diplomas. What industry needs are skills and not qualifications. MathsGee offers this opportunity to employers to communicate their expectations to the future workforce to avoid discord. In line with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, MathsGee is also tackling the exclusivity of education by providing all courses for free. If one has an internet connection, then they will be able to learn any . . .
Since retiring from professional surfing, 1977 World Surfing Champion and six times winner of the Gunston 500 in Durban, Shaun Tomson, has been riding a wave of success around the world as a motivational speaker, author, journalist and businessman. Despite his legendary status, Shaun’s life hasn’t always been on the crest of a wave in the public’s eye. Shaun suffered the biggest wipeout in his life with the loss of his teenage son, Matthew, through tragic circumstances in 2006. It was a wipeout so big, that not even Shaun believed he could recover. But it was the loss of Mathew that actually turned Shaun’s life around. According to Shaun’s Hebrew faith, Mathew’s name means ‘gift from God’ and Shaun firmly believes that what happened next in his life was a miracle. Inspired by a poem that Mathew shared with Shaun shortly before his passing, “the light shines ahead”, Shaun and his wife Carla found courage and their true purpose in life to help young people make positive choices for life long change. While spreading his message of hope around the world, Shaun has been invited to this year’s historic 50th edition of the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong at Willard Beach in KwaDukuza from 25 June to 1 July. Ahead of the international surfing event, which he won when it was the Gunston 500, Shaun has partnered with the KwaDukuza Municipality to engage with local youth in and around the area for the Shaun Tomson Positive Wave driven by SMG Rocks & hosted by Coco De Mer from 18 to 22 June. Using the mantra “I Will” from his book The Code: The Power of “I Will” as the core of the Shaun Tomson Positive Wave Tour driven by SMG Rocks , Shaun will conduct workshops at several schools in KwaDukuza inspiring youth to believe in themselves and to unlock the power that lies within to shape their future. Based on faith, courage, creativity and determination learned from his personal life experiences, he positively encourages youth to be agents of change in . . .
As with any service or product being sold in a highly competitive industry, training and skills development are increasingly becoming more personalised to suit the unique needs of their markets. In step with this global development, Plastics|SA has for quite some time now, been offering personalised learning programmes and training modules for customers who specifically requested a modified version for their staff. One such a recent example was the training offered to Pretoria-based Venture Diversified Products – a multi-faceted plastics manufacturing and design company that specialises in extrusion, vacuum forming, blow moulding and Injection Moulding. “Venture asked us to customise a one-year learning programme for them, comprehensively covering all aspects of knowledge, practical skills and workplace experiential components of the Injection Moulding Machine Setter Occupation,” explains Kirtida Bhana, Training Executive at Plastics|SA. Venture Plastics enrolled 13 learners, including unemployed graduates, in the programme which began in February 2018. “We believe in providing our learners with world class skills for their practical and theoretical training. For this reason, we devise very comprehensive training plans for our students, which include partnering with other service providers who specialise in various offerings as the need arises. Owing to the fact that knowledge and an understanding of pneumatics and hydraulics were vital to this group of learners, Plastics|SA called upon the assistance of Festo - a leading, global supplier of automation technology and the performance leader in industrial training and education programmes,” Kirtida says. Living up to its international reputation for service and product excellence, Festo provided a fully equipped “classroom on wheels”, which remained parked at Plastics|SA’s premises for the duration of the training. “The Festo Mobile Mechatronics Lab (MML) treated the students to a highly-engaging . . .
Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises “the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.” Yet with today’s life pressures play is one of the most neglected privileges of a child, and for this reason, there is a special day dedicated to play - World Play Day - celebrated on 28 May each year in over 40 countries around the world. Nationally, World Play Day has been observed at various Toy Libraries, ECD Centers, NGO’s and Government Departments for the past five years. Each year has seen a new theme and a new focal point, although the aim is always the same – for children to let go of the stresses of daily life and play. The theme of the inaugural World Play Day in 2014 was “we create time to play”. In 2015 it was “play is fun”, 2016 focused on “play for all ages”, 2017 saw the theme “sustainable play” take to the stage; and at the heart of 2018 is “free play”. Vanessa Mentor, the Early Childhood Development expert at Afrika Tikkun, an NGO that focuses on the development of children and young people says: “Play is of the utmost importance for the developing child. It is through play at an early age that children learn to engage with the world around them and interact with the people in their lives. It allows them to explore a world where they can develop new competencies, overcome fears and increase their level of confidence. It allows children to use their imagination and creativity, and it assists in developing coordination, reasoning abilities and emotional strength. Physical play also leads to active lifestyles and healthy bodies. This year's theme of "free play" is very fitting because play time is when children feel the most free. Play time is their time.” And whilst play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their kids, undirected play allows . . .
23 MAY 2018 – EMPEROR’S PALACE, JOHANNESBURG – The first ever seminar in Africa on Mind-Brain-Education (MBE) commences today, with Via Afrika as the silver sponsor, hosted by ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators. The two-day seminar, taking place 23 – 24 May 2018 at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg, is in the form of a hands-on workshop facilitated by the internationally acclaimed co-authors of “Neuroteach: Brain science and the future of education”, Glenn Whitman and Dr. Ian Kelleher, and is targeted at teachers and lecturers from primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions. The seminar will focus on how educators are brain changers and will aim to explore how an understanding of the brain – the organ of learning – is critical to a teacher’s readiness to work with students. Dr Lieb Liebenberg, CEO at ITSI commented, “Does using your brain still have a purpose in a technology-driven world? Lecturers, teachers and administrators want to know how the latest Brain-Science is changing the face of teaching. The practical nature of the event will ensure that they walk away with the necessary skills to effectively facilitate and implement Mind-Brain-Education. Post this workshop, educators will be able to implement MBE tools within their own teaching environments and will be able to truly enhance their learner’s ability to learn, understand and remember.” ITSI’s MBE Seminar is endorsed by SACE and teachers attending the event will receive 15 CPTD points. About ITSI ITSI is an EdTech company that puts education first. Our digital educational platform makes learning visible, removes fragmentation within the educational environment and bridge the gap between traditional and cutting-edge teaching and learning. We do this through a single integrated platform for both e-books and all other educational content to allow educators to efficiently use any . . .
The idea of writing exams rarely brings about emotions of excitement and happy anticipation! In fact, feelings of anxiety, panic and outright fear are what most parents and learners experience when exam time comes knocking at their door! Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres says “Generation after generation, people have passed on the baton of fear, anxiety and dread when it comes to exams. The stories are familiar to us all: • You can fail! • You may ‘go blank’! • There is just too much work to remember. • You are writing exams for the first time-good luck with THAT! The list is frightening and seemingly endless and yet, it does not need to be this at all. Cindy gives these simple tips to consider that will help ensure that the upcoming exams are a healthy and more positive experience for your children. 1. As parents, YOU are your child’s first teacher. You set the tone in your home. Be mindful of not allowing your past fears of exams to influence how you encourage your child now. Embrace exams as an opportunity to learn and grow. Create an atmosphere of excited anticipation, especially if your child will be writing exams for the first time. 2. Get organised! Have a designated area for your child to study. The study area is a no-go zone for cellphones or any other distractions. Before a study session, decide what needs to be covered and how much time is needed. Make sure that all stationery, learning materials and an exam pad are available before the study session begins. 3. Break the exam requirements into bite-size manageable pieces. Tick off completed sections as you go. Celebrate all positive progress. 4. Encourage children to put pencil-to-paper when studying. Learners are seven times more likely to remember new information when they write while studying. 5. Set realistic, achievable goals. Write down goals and put them up on the wall at study area. 6. Cover all the ‘easy-mark’ concepts and skills first. Tackle the . . .
Spintelligent, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and other sponsors, is hosting EduWeek Africa in Johannesburg on 15 and 16 June 2018. EduWeek is the largest and most recognised live education event in Sub-Saharan Africa. Here 170 global brands will exhibit their products and services to over 5 500 key decision makers made up of education professionals, government, resellers, distributors, NGO’s, and industry consultants. This year, exhibitors and guest speakers will tackle issues and solutions surrounding “Education 4.0 for Industry 4.0”. Content will address how increased automation and data exchange in most industries will put 65% of children entering primary school today in completely new job types that don’t exist yet.* The onus now rests on our education system to advance and evolve in order to best empower educators and prepare our students for these new ways of working. EduWeek Africa visitors can expect a hands-on-experience of education’s latest innovations from a strong line-up of partners which include: Microsoft, Pearson South Africa, Edit Microsystems, Epson, Clevertouch (IAS AV), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Assessment International Education and Vivlia Publishers. Some exciting product launches include: • Edit Microsystems’ eSight glasses, which enables the visually impaired to see • OverDrive’s professionally narrated audio Read-Along Audio Books, which aid in learning to read • Retrain’s all-inclusive differentiated-learning-techniques assessment and training instrument that allows educators to tailor their teaching-style to suit their students Media are invited to attend the event: Date: 15-16 June Venue: Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg Register as media: http://www.educationweek.co.za/Registrations/Step2Single/53218?code=media_kim by 15 June. Register as a visitor: http://www.educationweek.co.za/Registrations/Step2Single/53218?code=visi_kim by 15 June. Attendance is free of charge. Some of the . . .