MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI), a quantitative leadership startup based in Johannesburg, South Africa has launched an audacious program entitled "The Mothers for STEM Initiative".This initiative seeks to empower 150 women with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tutoring businesses by the end of 2017. South African learners perennially do badly in maths and science subjects compared to their peers in other countries as shown by the low ranking in both the TIMSS and WEF reports on educational quality. On this background, MathsGenius a STEM advisory start-up saw it fit to address some of the fundamental problems associated with this failure in STEM. A study done by MGLI in 2014 showed that the weakest link in the maths and science education learner spectrum were rural and township girls. They are the one who were seen to pose the greatest threat to success of the country in STEM subjects and careers. Upon further analysis a strong correlation between a mother's belief system around maths and science and their daughter's performance was established. "The best way to get more girls into STEM is to involve the community especially the mothers", stated Edzai Zvobwo, Chief Genius at MGLI. To put these sentiments into practice, MGLI has embarked on an ambitious project to provide motivation, training and support to 150 mothers who will become STEM tutoring business owners within their communities. MGLI is looking for willing partners to come into fray and contribute towards the achievement of this goal. The model will see MGLI setting up an online education ERP system and LMS that will allow continuous monitoring of the entrepreneurs and learners and measuring progress and impact as the project goes on. MGLI will provide the prospective entrepreneurs with a "school-in-a-box" solution that they can simply plug and play to the benefit of learners. For information on this initiative you can visit Mothers of STEM - . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – Needy pupils from Joe Slovo Primary School in Port Elizabeth’s KwaDwesi have been given a much-needed boost just in time for their new school year. Representatives of Nelson Mandela Bay’s largest shopping centre, Baywest Mall, visited the primary school early on Wednesday (January 25) to hand over R50,000 worth of new school shoes to 500 underprivileged pupils. The donation, which was coordinated by the mall’s corporate social investment partner Love Story, formed part of a larger national investment by mall owners Rebosis Property Fund. Rebosis, which is South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed property group, has taken steps to support education countrywide by providing R200,000 worth of school shoes at the start of the new school year. Baywest Mall general manager Troy Zunckel said shoes had been purchased to fit the shoe size and gender of the pupils identified as most needy by the school and community leaders. The children also received lunchboxes from Pep Stores at Baywest Mall. “Eradicating poverty starts with giving children hope and opportunities in life,” said Zunckel. “For Baywest Mall, as part of the Rebosis group, we are committed to supporting educational initiatives as a means to promoting sustainable economic development in our region.” Joe Slovo Primary was founded in 2003 after local residents recognised the need for a school in this impoverished area. With an unemployment rate of over 80% among the school’s parents and a number of pupils being raised in child-headed households, Love Story’s Elaine Watson said many of the children were in dire need. “School shoes can have a real and positive impact on young children. Not having to walk to school barefoot can indirectly affect their school attendance and, in effect, their whole education,” said Watson. According to Rebosis marketing manager Deborah Bailey, providing school shoes is a tangible and practical solution, giving relief to the children – many . . .
Kabega Primary School in Port Elizabeth has once again proven their mettle as a group of learners committed to sustainability and cleaning up their environment, by emerging victorious in Plastics|SA’s annual Clean-Up and Recycle Competition. According to Jacques Lightfoot, Sustainability Manager at Plastics|SA, the aim of this yearly competition is to encourage schools, organisations and the public to involve their friends, family and communities in a clean-up or recycling activity. “We required the entrants to supply us with a short report and photographs of their initiatives as part of our Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week activities,” Lightfoot said. This event was sponsored by Plastics|SA’s Sustainability Council, Pioneer Plastics and Tufflex and offered exciting prizes, including cash prizes, a 6-seater picnic table and a 3-seater bench made from recycled plastics and a four-in-one recycling station. Entries for this year’s competition came from schools around South Africa. “We judged the entries based on how many participants were involved in their respective projects and whether they managed to involve their community. Kabega Primary was a clear winner and stood out for us because of the amount of recycling and other environmental and sustainability work it does. It is an amazing school that is clearly dedicated to making a difference in their environment as they organized clean-ups in Baakens River Valley, Willows and Seaview,” Lightfoot said. The school received as its prize an award certificate and a bench made of recycled plastic which was placed in the Grade 1 area of the school, in order to make the little ones aware of the school's green emphasis. Vaalpark Primary came second in the Primary School Category, and Louise Van Tonder was named the winner in the Organisation Category. “We were once again unbelievably impressed with how industrious, creative and motivated the young people can be when it comes to bringing about real and lasting . . .
Whether you are searching for a new job, a first job or a better job, the reality is that South Africa’s job market is a highly competitive environment with thousands of job seekers competing for opportunities. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to make oneself more marketable for a better chance of landing that dream job. Lizette Bester, Executive: Agility Corporate, says that in today’s job market it is essential to distinguish oneself from the pack when submitting a job application, as interviews are only granted to a handful of applicants. Seeking employment opportunities “When searching for a job, it is best to consider each advert individually. Scrolling down an online list of job advertisements and sending generic applications to a hundred jobs each day is one of the biggest mistakes you can make,” she cautions. “When surveying job advertisements, the very first thing to consider is whether your skills reasonably meet the requirements of the job in terms of skills, qualifications and experience. While there may be some degree of ‘wriggle room’, do not waste your time, nor that of a prospective employer, by applying for jobs that you are significantly under-qualified for,” she advises. “You should also consider where the job is based and whether the location would be practical for you, as well as the company’s corporate culture and whether you would be a good fit there.” Do your research Bester advises job seekers not to rush their applications once they identify a position that they are interested in. “Take time to research the company, its values, core outputs, as well as the key competencies of the position itself. Do not only refer to the company’s website but check other sources too, such as its social media presence and whether the company has been in the media in the recent past by searching in Google’s ‘news’ tab,” Bester advises. “Not only will this information assist you in deciding whether you would like to pursue an . . .
Krugersdorp - January 22 2017: All over the world, Mathematics is one of the most failed subjects and is usually used as a benchmark in rating a country's education system together with literacy or English. This is because the Maths requires a lot of critical thinking, logical reasoning and custom thinking. Employers have also recognized that applicants with good Maths passes are more successful and tend to be more logical and strategic in their thinking. South Africa's Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy South Africa however has not improved when it comes to Maths passes but actually studies show that the country has plummeted further into chaos. Maths results are still appalling. Mathematical Literacy: This is the simpler version of Maths and usually most learners gravitate to it. This type of Maths usually deals with more real life scenarios such as budgeting, finance etc that learners face in everyday life. To look at these Curriculum Documents visit here: www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/CurriculumAssessmentPolicyStatements(CAPS).aspx With the two types of Maths in place, what has naturally occurred is that Pure Maths has been dropped and most learners forced to do Maths Literacy producing a generation that is weak and poor when it comes to workplace solutions. Department of Basic Education fully aware of its failure The Department of Education is fully aware of and fully responsible of its failure. The problem starts as early as Grade 4. There are four exit phases in the life child of a child studying towards their first certificate which they obtain after 12 years. For example, a child who completed and passed their Matric (Grade 12) in 2016 started their Grade 1 in 2005, and only twelve years later got their first certificate. The first phase is the Foundation Phase which is grade 1-3 The second phase is Intermediate Phase which is grade 4-6 The third phase is the Senior Phase which is Grade 7-9 The fourth phase is the . . .
As South Africa’s schoolchildren return to the classroom for the academic year ahead, one productivity expert is advocating a healthy balance in diet, exercise, work and play for improved overall performance. “Kicking off a new school year is an exciting, and sometimes daunting, prospect. Many parents give their children a ‘pep talk’ at this time, encouraging them to do their best in their school work and on the sports fields,” says Lizette Bester, Executive at Agility Corporate, who specialises in productivity. “While this type of encouragement and support is invaluable, there is more that parents can do to help their children achieve such goals. Ensuring your child has a wholesome nutritious diet, gets sufficient exercise and strikes a healthy work-play balance can significantly improve concentration – and the best way to promote this is through leading by example.” Bester, whose job involves helping businesses and their employees to achieve optimum productivity through creative integrated solutions, notes that the types of food people eat and their activity levels can influence concentration. “Children and adults alike need to fuel their bodies and their minds with the nutrients contained in food, but choosing the wrong types of food can result in restlessness, lethargy and headaches, and are not conducive to learning or working. “Sadly, in our busy working lives, too many South African families are choosing convenience foods without considering what these may do for their mental and physical energy levels, not to mention their long-term health. “It is important to keep in mind that complex carbohydrates, found in unrefined wholegrain products, provide sustained energy to the body and the brain far better than simple carbohydrates, such as those found in sugar or white bread. This can have a major impact on children’s performance at school, or adults’ productivity at work.” 10 top back-to-school tips for better concentration: Do not skip . . .
There has been an increasing interest in tertiary education in South Africa during the last two years, highlighted by the #FeesMustFall protests. Its been debated whether there should be free education, whether that is feasible and how can it be implemented. There have also been discussions and consideration of the "missing middle" who seem to be ignored when ever talk of access to funding and to universities are discussed. As all of this has been happening but those are all future topics. Currently South Africa faces issues of high dropout rates because of academic exclusion and financial exclusion. Students must be able to handle university and be able to graduate before we start increasing the number of students at tertiary institutions. SA Varsity Student was created to was created to help students to ease into university and succeed in the same way that they succeeded in high school in order to get accepted at universities. SA Varsity Student (SAVS) talks about all issues affecting students and aims to answer questions students would rather not ask other students, we aim to share relevant information that is not readily available to students at universities. Students can connect with us via email by contacting us through our site and they can also share their story with other students. Students or organisations offering bursaries and funding can connect with us via email or via our social media profiles: Twitter: www.twitter.com/varsity_student Facebook: www.facebook.com/savarsitystudent Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/101547303130754137650 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Academy for Environmental Leadership SA (AEL) is an academic Institution focusing on students on a post matric level, where students enroll for a one year course in Environmental and Conservation studies. The Academy is an accredited Institution and students receive a National Level NQF5 Certificate upon successful completion of the course. Such a qualification will allow them to pursue further studies in the fields of environmental studies and conservation. They would also be able to pursue a career working in one of the many related opportunities in these fields. The Academy is proud to announce that Professor Leopoldt van Huyssteen, currently the Chief Operating Officer at Stellenbosch University, has been appointed as their Head of Academics with immediate effect. Professor Van Huyssteen will remain in his current capacity at the University of Stellenbosch until the end of 2017. “Professor Van Huyssteen has had a remarkable academic career and we are privileged to use his experience and knowledge for the benefit of our Academy” says Fef le Roux, Chairperson and Director of AEL. Professor van Huyssteen grew up in the Eastern Cape and completed his PhD (Agric) studies at the University of Stellenbosch, majoring in Soil Science and Chemistry. During his career at the Department of Agricultural Development he held various positions as scientist and Director. Since January 1999, he has been employed by Stellenbosch University, where he has held several senior positions as professor, Dean, Executive Director and Acting Rector. From September 2013 he has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer at the University, a position he holds to this day. He is the author and co-author of many scientific publications and books. He also attended many international conferences, several as an invited speaker. “His vast academic and practical knowledge is an invaluable asset to the further development and growth of AEL”, says Gys Botha, CEO and Director of . . .
So you decided to start your day an hour earlier, or you want to go to the gym early in the morning, or take the dogs for a walk, or…As a reward, on weekends you can sleep late or skip the gym. Monday morning you wake up 6 am instead of 7 am… Tuesday…Wednesday…Friday night you pat yourself on the back. You’ve done it! You’re on your way in forming a new habit. Tomorrow and Sunday you can have the well-deserved sleep-in. Saturday morning you smile as you roll over for another snooze…Sunday the same… Come Monday…Can it be so tough to get up at 6 am…Maybe I should ease into this new habit and get up at 6:30…or….7 am… What just happened? Why can’t you maintain your new workweek habit? You broke the rhythm. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, 08 December 2016 - The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) held its inaugural Recognition Awards Ceremony on 26 October 2016, to acknowledge excellence in the areas of skills development partnerships, innovation in training, work integrated learning, support for people living with disabilities as well as extraordinary work by new member companies. 33 Companies walked away with awards that were given across 6 categories namely; Best Skills Development Partner, Recognition for Support of People with Disabilities, Best Partner for WIL, Best Innovation in Skills Development, CHIETA 2015/2016 Achiever Award and Special Award to new member companies from CHIETA ACEO. The companies received a trophy, a certificate of acknowledgment as well as a cheque for R 150 000.00 towards skills development in the 2017(terms and conditions apply). Member companies such as SASOL, CHEVRON South Africa and Unilever were amongst the veteran industry companies to snatch up awards during this prestigious event. The focus however was not on the age or history of organisations but rather the merits of each project. Rural based companies such as Elinem Construction CC were recognized for their unique offering to the unemployed youth of rural Kwa-Zulu-Natal. "As a SETA accredited training provider and employer, we target unemployed youth from the rural community of KZN and take them through the institutional training and then into Elinem Construction for in-service training," shared Warren Birchall, Training Manager of Elinem Construction CC. He added that the Elinem learners therefore leave the program trained for industry and not for the minimum outcome as is specified by many training program. Mr Birchall reiterated that this program is largely made possible by CHIETA funding as 99% of their learners hail from impoverished backgrounds. This program was visited by the Auditor General of South Africa during the 2016 Audit period, and was . . .