* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
17 January 2018 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, is proud to announce that an additional combined total of almost 20,000 students from 25 educational institutions (mostly schools) across South Africa will start the new 2018 academic year with an e-learning solution from ITSI. ITSI’s patented solution solves some of the biggest 21st century challenges in education and training, by making learning visible, removing fragmentation, bridging the gap between traditional and cutting-edge teaching through researched-based practices and enabling learning anywhere, anytime. The following educational institutions have opted to use either e-books provided through the ITSI solution, ITSI’s integrated e-learning platform or a combination thereof: • Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool (Gauteng) • Al-Falaah College (KZN) • Clarendon High School for Girls (Eastern Cape) • Collegiate Junior School for Girls (Eastern Cape) • Covenant College (Gauteng) • Dinwiddie High School (Gauteng) • Eastleigh Primary School (Gauteng) • Global Leadership Academy (Eastern Cape) • Grabouw High School (Western Cape) • Grace Trinity (Gauteng) • Grey College - Bloemfontein (Free State) • Hilton College (KZN) • Marits Brothers (Gauteng) • Nukleus Onderwys (Gauteng) • Prestige College Hammanskraal (Gauteng) • Prestige Kirkney (Gauteng) • Prestige Protea Glen (Gauteng) • Reddam House Umhlanga (KZN) • Sans Souci Girls' High School (Western Cape) • St Charles College (KZN) • University of Johannesburg (Gauteng) • Victoria Park High School for Girls (Eastern Cape) • Welgemoed Primary (Western Cape) • Wellington Prep (Western Cape) • Woodlands International College (Gauteng) ITSI offers a free e-reader application that enables access to a variety of e-books. Users engage with the content by creating notes and freehand drawings, highlight important text and . . .
“It takes a village to raise a child” is a proverb which essentially means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for them to grow and develop successfully. Each year, parents entrust their children into the hands of their teachers for the greater part of each school day. Children will begin to develop relationships with their teachers from the first day and these relationships will grow as the year progresses. “As parents, it is essential that we, too, begin developing a healthy relationship with our children’s teachers. Studies have shown that children whose teachers and parents enjoyed solid, trusting, synergetic relationships were significantly more likely to make positive progress throughout the year,” says Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres. Cindy gives the following tips to consider on how to create and sustain a healthy relationship with your child’s teacher: 1. Communication is key: Take a moment to meet your child’s teacher. This is, of course, is easier done in the younger grades as most often, a younger child will have one ‘main’ teacher. It will be a lot easier to meet and connect with your older child’s teachers if you make the effort to attend the teacher-parent information evenings that are offered at their school in the beginning of the academic year. Teachers will use these meetings to explain their expectations of learners and their parents. Remember, teachers will not know what YOUR expectations are unless you communicate these. Information that will affect the learning of your child needs to be communicated as soon as these arise. 2. See yourself in partnership with the teacher in your child’s learning: You and your child’s teacher have a common goal; the personal an academic development of your child. Keep an open mind and always remember that the best interests of your child need to be the core focus of any conversation. 3. Remember that your . . .
Vega invites parents, scholars and prospective students to attend its very first open day for the year, taking place at Vega campuses nationwide on the 20th of January 2018, giving prospective students and their parents a first-hand glimpse into a day in the life of a Vega student. Open days at Vega are structured to allow parents and students to meet with its campus navigators and gain insight into what each course is all about. “The school prides itself on being a highly interactive environment, providing our students with real-world, on-the-ground experience.” says Nicky Stanley, national marketing manager at Vega School. “These open days allow students to experience how our campuses operate, broadening their perspectives of The IIE qualifications available to study at Vega, and allowing them to engage with all facets of Vega on a first-hand basis.” Vega aims to produce a new breed of thinker, by delivering fully accredited IIE Certificates, Baccalaureates, Honours and Masters programmes in design, brand and business. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
OPINION PIECE - The silver bullet to improving the matric pass rate BY CINDY GLASS, EX-TEACHER & CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF STEP UP EDUCATION CENTRES Every year, teachers, principals, learners and parents focus on the preparation and writing of the final matric examinations and every year we are left feeling battered and disappointed at the less-than-desirable results! With a 75.1% national pass rate, this year was not much different to years past. Only three quarters of matriculants achieved success and this, despite, increased attempts to improve the outcome of the matric exams. Why is this? What sustainable solutions are there and how do we implement them? What are we missing in our efforts to fix this worrying trend? It is time to stop what we have been doing and look deeper. Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result! It is time to look at making significant changes to the way we approach the matric exams, and indeed, education as a whole. Whilst there are many changes needed in our education system, there are four key factors that will go a long way in improving how our matriculants fair in years to come. They are: Emotional Intelligence: Emotional Intelligence skills are key to changing the way teachers and learners approach education! Studies have shown that prioritising the teaching of emotional intelligence skills improves our ability to take in and retain new information, study smarter, concentrate better and it improves relationships in the school environment! These skills include self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, empathy and social skills. How can effective learning take place when a learner or teacher does not see the value of who they are and, worse, lacks the motivation that is needed to engage in learning? Emotional Intelligence skills improve self-esteem, confidence and resilience. Learners and teachers work with greater courage and . . .
KZN’s future Actuary Sakhile Njoko and Siyanda Secondary School RCL Secretary bags 7 distinctions. Sakhile has proved it is possible to beat the odds. Having lost both parents at a very early stage, 17-year-old Sakhile has stood on the shoulders of his 4 siblings and people who kept reminding him that he can achieve whatever to put his mind and soul to. Speaking to Sakhile, he mentioned that he was very anxious when the final exams were approaching, He knew he had all in control since he started preparing for Grade 12 while busy with his Grade 11. “I did not start starting only when I got to Grade 12. I started when I was in Grade 11. I would attend Grade 12 sessions whenever there were extra classes. I was introduced to organizing my time when I attended the Columba Leadership Academy when I was in Grade 10. Since my participation in the Columba Leadership Programme, I have been able to set my own goals and work very hard towards achieving them, I am goal driven and focused on my studies.” Said Sakhile Columba Leadership is a peer-driven leadership programme that works with principals, teachers, local community members and corporate partners to engage young people in a programme of leadership development that elicits and unleashes their potential to be agents of positive social change. The relationship between Columba and Siyanda Secondary School started in June 2010 and the school has embraced the programme since then. Sakhile was one of the leaners that went to the Columba Leadership Academy which is a six-day residential which is the ‘activation’ phase of the programme whereby learners and educators are introduced to the values based leadership programme. The residential provides educators with a different perspective of their learners and provides them with alternative methods of engaging youth. Youth are exposed to a different way of approaching their future to motivate them and allow them to start a journey of personal . . .
The holidays are here and they bring with them a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time together, laugh, be silly and enjoy activities together and in so doing, re-connect and bond in deeper, more meaningful ways. Cindy Glass, Co-founder and Director of afterschool remediation franchise, Step Up Education Centre gives the following tips on how you can re-connect with your child, whether you are travelling or stay at home this festive season: Create a sense of excitement within the family: Have something to look forward to. Choose to make this holiday one of family connection. Remember, what you give to others, you give to yourself. Encourage tolerance, love and peace by being tolerant, loving and peaceful yourself! Listen without judgement: Holidays provide a great opportunity to stop and listen! Your children want connection as much as anyone on the planet and being heard is essential in achieving this! Ask questions about each other’s lives. Let your children teach you about their passions and interests – you may just be in awe of how your children view life. So often children shut the doors of communication for fear of how their parents will react – if connection is your goal, listen without judgement! Expect challenges: Being human means that things can, and will, go awry from time to time. Allow for these moments. Own them when they happen and find positive solutions. There is, after all, a solution for every challenge! It is how each family member chooses to react to challenges that will make or break your holiday! Be prepared: If you are travelling and you know that boredom could lead to a less than desirable journey, make sure that you are well-prepared with exciting treats and some games to play in the car! Some old favourites like ‘I spy, 20 questions and adding numbers up on licence plates’ can keep little people entertained for hours! “The opposite of frustration, irritation, guilt and a lack of fulfilment is…. . . .
With 2017 seeing the soft launch of Afrika Tikkun’s digital adventure fundraising campaign, 2018 will be the year the organization goes full steam ahead with the initiative; encouraging ordinary citizens of the globe to do what they can to make the world a better place, particularly for the children of South Africa. With #MyAfrikaTikkun’s online #AdventureFundraising platform, anyone, anywhere can make a difference by simply embarking on a personal journey and selecting Afrika Tikkun as the beneficiary – whether it be quitting smoking, losing weight, walking across Africa or climbing Kilimanjaro. Onyi Nwaneri, Director of Partnerships at Afrika Tikkun, asks: “What better way to stick to a New Year’s resolution?”, and goes on to explain: “Usually, at the beginning of the year we all have the best intentions of accomplishing something during the course of the year by making a promise of sorts to ourselves – a New Year’s resolution. But as we know, a few days or weeks go by, life takes over and those resolutions fly out the window. So, our #adventurefundraising platform not only gives you a chance to do good for others, but yourself too because when you sign up you’re becoming accountable to your supporters and your beneficiary to accomplish what you set out to do. There’s all that pressure spurring you on and people encouraging you not to fail.” Nwaneri adds: “Your New Year’s resolution may not meet the typical action-packed quest that the word ‘adventure’ evokes but it is your adventure nonetheless, your journey – and a voyage that can tick more than just one “treasure chest”.” Afrika Tikkun’s Cradle to Career 360º model works from the context of family to provide holistic and integrated services to children from birth through to school going age, and into the working world with additional support programmes for struggling families with children of all ages. A few of Afrika Tikkun’s achievements for 2017 include: Servicing a total of 16 000 . . .
14 December 2017: SOUTH AFRICAN youth are unaware of the job opportunities available in the creative and cultural industries (CCIs). This is according to the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) which recently concluded a nationwide roadshow delivering eight cultural industry workshops around the country. The workshops examined the increasingly important role of the CCIs in economic growth, development and employment creation in the country. According to SACO Research Manager, Unathi Lutshaba: “A trend we noticed is that young people are largely unaware of the job opportunities in the CCIs and Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors.” “The youth seem to have inherited a ‘previously-disadvantaged position’ when it comes to reaping the positive benefits of this sector, and especially to their awareness of and involvement in creative pursuits related to film, theatre and architecture,” Lutshaba said. “Creative colleges and higher education and training institutes need to align their planning with the Government’s agenda to ensure that young people are capacitated and mentored in the ACH sectors. Local municipalities can also assist by organising capacity-building programmes aimed at facilitating assistance for the youth,” Lutshaba added. The other three emerging trends from the workshops included: 1. Minority cultural identities are often overlooked In some instances, certain cultural identities are overlooked and not prioritised. The Khoisan identity and culture is an example of this. Increased focus and attention needs to be placed on promoting the heritage of the Khoisan people and other ‘forgotten’ identities. “Work that looks at facilitating greater knowledge and recognition of the Khoisan and other less represented groups as part of South Africa’s cultural heritage needs the same level of attention as the rest of the identities within the CCIs,” Lutshaba said. 2. Literacy and numeracy are major challenges for securing funding Many . . .
Bathandwa Ndondo Senior Secondary School, Mnxe Village, Cala, received the first prize of R1000 for their murals on the sides of a bus stop along the national route R410 between Lady Frere and Quiba in the Eastern Cape. Principal Busisiwe Sidumo-Gqweta (left), art teacher Sakhisizwe Ntwana visited one of the winning murals the learners painted. Some of the learners who painted the mural were (standing from left), Mthetho Matomela, Sibaphiwe Manyingiza and Buhle Gomba. The bus stop mural competition was a community involvement initiative rolled out by SANRAL following a recent periodic maintenance project in the area. Eastern Cape communities help to beautify national roads Lady Frere, Eastern Cape, 15 December 2017: A community involvement initiative which sought to both uplift and inspire ownership of the recently rehabilitated R410 national road between Lady Frere and Quiba, in the Eastern Cape, encouraged approximately 36 primary, secondary and high school pupils to hone their artistic skills and beautify over 40 dilapidated bus stops in the area. Twelve schools located along the route participated in a bus stop mural competition hosted by the South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Ltd (SANRAL). Pupils were provided with the materials and tools needed to design and paint the bus stops and traffic calming and safety measures were put in place on the days that the painting took place. “Forty-four bus stops located within the project limits that were found to be in poor condition, were included in the initiative. Competition participants were given a timeframe in which to complete the murals and the winning murals were selected by the Project Engineer, Project Manager and contractor,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. First place went to Bathandwa Ndondo Senior Secondary School located in Mnxe Village, Cala, whose bus stop mural is situated at km48.6 along the route. The winning mural’s school received a R1000 cash . . .