If your child is in Grade R this year, they will matriculate in 2030 and be thrust into a world so different to the one we are living in today that unless we prepare them for the future unseen, the current rapid developments in technology will cause economies to slip behind and inequality to widen. We are talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and with the rise of universal broadband access, artificial intelligence and robotics, it’s right on our doorstep. But is the African child being prepared for it? We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another – across every industry in every country. It will be characterised by the blending of innovations across physical, digital and biological spheres affecting production, management and government. Minister Rob Davies from the Department of Trade and Industry says: “We are entering an era, and probably are already in it, in which the premium for innovation has become significantly raised. While innovation had always been important, it is now even more important. We need to prepare ourselves as a country. Industry 4.0 will cause disruptive change in manufacturing, not just incremental change.” Afrika Tikkun’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) expert, Vanessa Mentor, adds: “Afrika Tikkun’s main objective is to develop and uplift young people in underprivileged communities, and we achieve this with education. We believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to be the best that they can be, and how would we achieve this if we, ourselves, are not moving with the times? Thus, it is one of our early childhood development priorities to prepare our children for the fourth industrial revolution. It is absolutely essential that from the earliest age, young people learn ICT skills and are taught to navigate their way through basic coding and all things digital. More than this however is teaching innovation as a value, and a . . .
Edzai Conilias Zvobwo also known as “MathsGenius” has been selected for the prestigious Tutu Fellowship run by The African Leadership Institute (AFLI). Edzai is the only representative from Zimbabwe for the 2018 cohort. Former Zimbabwe fellows are well decorated individuals who include Natalie Jabangwe, CEO of EcoCash Zimbabwe, among others. The AFLI released the list of the 2018 cohort of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship on the 5th of April 2018. The Tutu Fellowship is a flagship leadership programme that seeks to nurture young and distinguished Africans into global leaders. The fellows have been described as an elite group of Africa’s highest potential young leaders, representing a wide range of sectors. The programme is offered on a part-time basis over six months, the Programme includes two 9-day Group Learning Modules with an impressive array of distinguished leaders and faculty. These are intensive interactive workshops; one at the historic Mont Fleur conference facility (South Africa), and the other split between Oxford University and London (UK). The fellowship provides participants with intensive learning and broad experience on the principles and application of leadership, an opportunity to explore the issues and specific characteristics of leadership in Africa, including the global challenges and dimensions of an African leader. Upon completing the programme, Tutu Fellows return to play active roles in their respective communities, countries and spheres of influence. As part of this network of global leaders, all Fellows are expected to attend AFLI alumni events, including functioning as ambassadors for the Fellowship across all segments of society. The 2018 participants, numbering 27, were selected from among 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, including those nominated by sponsoring organisations – Allen & Overy, Barclays Africa Group, Centum, GlaxoSmithKline, Investec, Rio Tinto, and Thomson Reuters. They . . .
Only a few weeks left to apply for an all-inclusive Sasol bursary for 2019 academic year Johannesburg, South Africa – The deadline for applications for an all-inclusive bursary from Sasol to study Engineering, Science and Accounting in 2019 is fast approaching. Top Mathematics and Science learners in Grade 12 - as well as post-graduate Engineering and Science students - have until 30 April to file their applications. Sasol, regarded as the employer of choice in Africa’s chemical & pharmaceuticals sector, is looking for learners who want to study towards a B Eng or BSc Eng in various engineering disciplines, BSc in Chemistry and Accounting (CA route), or learners interested in studying Instrumentation, Mining Survey and Mechanical or Electrical Engineering at a University of Technology. Applicants need to obtain 70% for Maths, 70% for Science and 60% for English to be considered. Known to be one of the most comprehensive bursaries in South Africa, the bursary for undergrads includes: - 100% of university tuition fees, registration fees and exam fees - Accommodation subsidy - Food money - R12 000 for books and pocket money Postgraduate students receive a monthly allowance of R10 000 for up to 24 months while they complete a Master’s Degree and up to 36 months for a PhD. Sasol bursary recipients have the opportunity to do paid vacation work during the holidays and to be part of the company’s Graduate Development Programme once they complete their studies. “Our bursary programme is our investment in South Africa’s future, with an emphasis on helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access tertiary education and on building the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills we need to grow our country’s economy,” said Monica Luwes, Manager of Graduate Centre at Sasol Corporate Bursary Services. “Our bursars are not only given access to tertiary education but also the opportunity to start and succeed in their careers.” To . . .
Nal’ibali - South Africa’s national reading-for-enjoyment campaign - is proud to be adding two more South African languages to their literacy newspaper supplements. Setswana and Xitsonga readers can now enjoy the Nal’ibali supplements in their mother languages from mid-April 2018. This latest addition brings the total number of languages to eight, for Nal’ibali’s bilingual supplements. It is a significant milestone for Nal’ibali, who fully promotes reading and writing in mother languages. The supplements are made possible through a media partnership with Tiso Blackstar (formerly Times Media Group), who produce the bilingual newspaper supplements every two weeks, during term time. The print rich material includes stories, literacy activities, reading and reading club tips and support, to inspire and guide parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians and reading clubs, to make reading and storytelling meaningful, enjoyable and accessible. “The importance of mother language preservation and promotion is critical and should be addressed as such,” explains Nal’ibali Xitsonga language editor, Mr Gezani Chabalala, who believes language, culture and identity are inseparable and complement each other. Language assists in shaping one’s culture. It is important to preserve and promote mother tongue for the language’s continued existence, and as a minority language in SA, Xitsonga speakers will benefit from this milestone. People learn and understand better when lessons are conducted in a language they know and understand well, concludes Chabalala. Nal’ibali places value on the power of language and cultural relevance in literacy development. To cultivate a reading culture and a nation that prides itself on high-level literacy, all children and adults need to understand what they are listening to and reading. Real understanding makes it meaningful and enjoyable which is significant for raising readers. “I would like to commend Nal'ibali for giving the Batswana . . .
Being a parent is an exhilarating journey, but can also be met with lots of trepidation at the responsibility that accompanies this role. Navigating nappies, midnight feeds and inoculations in the early years, followed by homework and sport in the latter can be stressful. Add to that the pressure of finding someone to take care of your most precious asset whilst you at work and you can be left completely overwhelmed. Tiffiny Thomas Owner and Founder of Blue Bird Aupair Agency is no new-comer to matching the right caregivers to the right families and she offers these key tips to help parents as they seek to find the right caregiver for their child: Be clear on your needs: Are you looking for someone to just fetch and carry children after school or do you need someone full-time to take care of your baby/toddler? Knowing exactly what your child minder’s role will entail will help you to put out an advert that attracts the right candidates. For example, the former example would require the person to have a car and a driver’s license whereas the latter example would possibly require a first-aid qualification in addition to suitable experience. Do relevant checks: Never forgo the opportunity to do background and reference checks, no matter how ‘nice’ or ‘trustworthy’ the person seems. First prize is if the person is a referral of a friend or family member. In the absence of a personal reference, be sure to phone each reference and, if you have the money, get an agency to do the necessary background checks for you. Ask lots of questions: Ideally you want someone who will compliment your parenting style, not contradict it. So, make sure that you ask lots of questions, give scenarios and ask how they would deal with it. Whatever you do, don’t ‘lead’ the candidate to the answer you would give. Remain partial and you will quickly see if they are right for your family. Introduce your child: It is important that your child meets your candidate before the hiring . . .
Application period for Green Talents Award has now started • Become a Green Talent, promote your sustainability research in Germany and gain exclusive access to a remarkable network of excellent young researchers. • Enjoy a two-week visit to German sustainability hot spots, individual appointments with experts and a fully financed research stay of up to three months Johannesburg: Sustainable development is the fundament to preserve our earth for present and future generations by finding a balance between the need for socio-economic development and the protection of the environment. These topics of global political relevance demand international research cooperation. With its high-class innovation and research centres, Germany supports great efforts in particular by intensifying international cooperation among the bright and outstanding minds of tomorrow. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has held the prestigious “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” since 2009. The award honours 25 young researchers every year. Thus, the Green Talents Competition successfully encourages the global exchange of innovative green ideas from various fields of research. Since its inception, the award has recognised 207 young researchers and scientists from 57 nations for their outstanding achievements and contributions to making their communities, countries and societies more sustainable. The award-winners are selected by a jury of renowned German experts and are granted unique access to Germany's research elite. The 2018 Green Talents Award includes: an invitation to the fully funded two-week Science Forum 2018, consisting of a visit to leading German sustainable facilities, institutions and companies with exclusive insights on their pioneering research and projects individual appointments with German experts of the winner’s choice to discuss possibilities for upcoming research and cooperation . . .
South Africa, 09 April 2018 - Durban girl and aspiring leader Kuhlekonke Ntuli is leading the pack as a strong contender on a national TV show, One Day Leader, on SABC 1. A top six contestant, Ntuli beat over 6000 of her peers to secure a spot on the show which develops young leaders by having them tackle and debate real issues facing South African society today, and boasts a viewership of over two million. Born and bred in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Ntuli is passionate about women empowerment, social development and leadership. She encourages leaders to love people in order to be effective in the work they undertake. “If leaders want to serve people, they need to learn how to love people first,” says Ntuli. She also challenges women to embrace each other in order to build effective relationships and impact society. No stranger to leadership, Ntuli was awarded honours for exceptional leadership at Pinetown Girls High School in matric and is former SRC President of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus, where she is currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Housing. Since being on One Day Leader, Ntuli has been a strong contender, leading the viewer scoreboard for four weeks in a row and the overall scoreboard for two weeks in a row, with just four weeks left before the end of the show when the winner will be announced. If the scoreboards, her performance on the show thus far and the support she’s amassed on social media are anything to go by, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say Ntuli could bring home the win. One Day Leader airs every Thursday at 9 PM on SABC 1. To keep up with the conversation on Twitter, search #OneDayLeader6 or follow Kuhlekonke at @WatuNtuli. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SANRAL supports aspiring engineers in iGEMS Water competition Port Elizabeth, ## April 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) supported 45 high school learners in Port Elizabeth as they took part in the iGEMS water engineering competition earlier this week. SANRAL in partnership with Labco, SMEC and the iGEMS programme hosted the one-day competition at SANRAL’s Regional Training Laboratory on Tuesday (3 April) which taught learners the practical civil engineering skills needed to plan, design, construct and operate a water distribution network. The competition created awareness regarding the importance of water conservation in South Africa. It exposed learners to the importance of team work and allowed them to come up with creative solutions to develop infrastructure to provide clean water. It combined the practical application of civil engineering with theoretical knowledge. “This competition taught the kids about water conservation and the importance of water in our communities. It is very important for the kids to learn the practical application of engineering,” said Tronel Strydom, Professional Technologist for SMEC who judged the water competition. The participating schools included Woolhope High School, Linkside High School, Sanctor Secondary School, Douglas Pienaar High School, Douglas Mbopa High School, Newton Technical High school and four other High schools, all from Port Elizabeth. The eleven competing teams compromising of grade eleven and twelve learners were tasked to design a model water distribution network to distribute three litres of water equally between three points on a grid using two different diameter pipes and various connection pieces. They were then judged according to a penalty points system. The teams had approximately one hour to complete the task which consisted of planning, designing, building and operating their network. Woolhope High School learner, Siyanda Mvunyiswa, Daniel Pienaar . . .
BIC® has given away R35 000 in cash prizes to various schools as part of its annual education roadshow. Now in its seventh year, the BIC® School Roadshow - implemented and managed by Zinto Marketing Group – is part of an initiative to provide assistance nationally, to schools hampered by a lack of resources. In 2017, the BIC® School Roadshow focused on the KwaZulu-Natal region, the theme - If you can dream it, you can be it – allowed the brand to use the event as a platform for inspiration and motivation. Key messages included the importance of planning for a career, respecting parents and teachers, taking action against bullies and helping others – and, of course, the role of learning as learners strive towards their big, exciting goals. This roadshow targeted 150 primary schools in KwaZulu-Natal, reaching 80 000 learners. One of the chief mechanisms used to raise awareness around the roadshow was a colouring in competition, with R35 000 in prizes up for grabs. Six winners, earning R1 000 each, were selected from various categories namely Best Foundation Phase Student, Best Senior Phase Student, and Teachers, with prizes awarded for the most entries as nominated by their learners in each school. Prizes were also awarded to the school with the most entries and, in the spirit of helping others, the winning school was able to donate R10 000 to a lesser resourced school of their choice. This year’s winners included: Kenville Primary School • R10 000 for the school with the most entries • Mrs Zehrah Floris - 2nd place winner of R3000 Sea Cow Lake Secondary • R10 000 for the school Parsee Rustomjee School • Mrs A Hardin – 1st place winner of R5000 • Mrs S Jokhoo – 3rd place winner of R1000 • Keeshin Ganess – (learner) winner of R1000 Rose Heights Primary • Zakiya Vally (learner) - R1000 winner • Sanam Maharaj (learner) – R1000 winner Rydalvale Primary School • Arian Kaithoo (learner) – R1000 winner Ays Memorial Primary • Ria Ann . . .
Socioeconomic Inequalities in Schools - By Devan Moonsamy ‘Social justice starts at school’ – Prof. Yusuf Sayed (2016), Centre for International Teacher Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). In the US, the schooling system has for a long time been intended to be the ‘great equaliser’ by bringing together children from all types of backgrounds and treating them the same while also ensuring they interact with one another on an equal footing. This aspiration has, however, not been met due to socioeconomic factors which prove to be too powerful for the school system to overcome (Erickson, 2015). This is likely the case worldwide, including in South Africa where schools must address social justice because they are a key site where the youth are socialised and learn a great deal about how to behave and interact with others. Nevertheless, race, class, wealth, and family and social ties greatly affect one’s education prospects and the reality of justice in society. South African schools are either public or private, and the former are usually for lower-income groups and the latter for higher-income groups. Private schools offer scholarships to underprivileged bright children, but this does not equalise the situation as these children are a minority. Their exposure in the private school system can also cause problems and divide them from their home context, including from siblings and other family members and friends who don’t receive the same opportunity. Furthermore, children going to poorer performing public schools face rifts between them and other children attending better public schools, especially previously whites-only schools. School governing bodies ‘captured to serve the self-interest of wealthy parents’ Among the critical success factors in making school a place for fostering social justice is the education staff and parents’ actions as individuals. There are personal agendas and beliefs about how things should be done . . .