The Embassy of Japan in South Africa has opened up applications for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship Programme 2020. “The MEXT programme offers scholarships to students who wish to study at Japanese universities. Interested parties must submit their applications no later than the deadline of the 31st of May 2019 to the Embassy of Japan,” says Embassy Spokesperson, Taro Sawada. The MEXT scholarship is open to students wishing to complete a masters or PhD degree; engage in teacher training programmes or study towards an undergraduate degree, as well as learners wishing to acquire knowledge on Japanese studies. The MEXT programme covers a wide field of disciplines including science, technology, law, literature, and architecture. “MEXT not only offers students (both undergraduates and postgraduates) the opportunity to study in Japan, it also helps to form academic links between universities in Japan and South Africa,” says Sawada. The MEXT scholarship programme has been available to South Africans wishing to study in Japan since 1994. To date, 90 South Africans have been afforded the opportunity to attain undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Japan. “Participants who have completed their studies in Japan through MEXT are currently playing key roles in a variety of sectors in South Africa. Some examples include diplomats, a researcher studying Japanese pop-culture and a film director. The experience of studying in Japan gives students a unique perspective, which enables them to be more creative in their fields after returning to South Africa. The 2020 MEXT applications are now available so we would like to see as many South African youths apply for it,” concludes Sawada. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Engen Computer School in Wentworth held a graduation ceremony in Austerville on 22 May where 67 proud community members received certificates for completing an end user computing course. Over the past decade, Engen’s free computer skills training school has transformed many lives in South Durban. To date 1 982 students have gained knowledge and confidence to go out and seek jobs that would otherwise never have been possible. Graduate Patricia Taylor made a speech at the awards ceremony at the Blue Roof Life Space and thanked Engen and Added Advantage Academy for the opportunity to learn new skills. “You have given us a ladder which we will continue to climb in order to reach greater heights. I would like to thank you for giving not only the Wentworth Community this wonderful opportunity but also people from neighboring areas.” The Engen Computer School offers South Durban residents introductory-level computer skills training, which cover eight units of the National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing qualification. To enrol, applicants must be unemployed school-leavers and reside in South Durban. While matric and age criteria are not prescribed, most students who attend the school are aged from 20 to 40. According to Sheryl Casalis, training director of Added Advantage Academy who have provided the training since 2009, three four-month courses are offered per annum, each accommodating 80 people. Engen invests approximately R15 000 per student to attend the course. While statistics are incomplete due to the difficulty of keeping track of everyone who graduates, Casalis believes that over the past two years many students have secured jobs or been accepted into learnership programmes after completing the course. “From the 2018 group, 16 students found jobs after their training, four of which are self-employed and six entered into learnerships “The competency rate for students is between 94% and 99% by the time they . . .
Johannesburg, May 2019: For the eighth consecutive year, South Africa’s most loved pen, BIC®- through its partnership with the Read Educational Trust and Brainwave - is on a mission to distribute 1.5 million pens to learners at disadvantaged schools across South Africa. To achieve this, BIC® is embarking on a national educational roadshow, ‘Power Their Potential’, with brand activation partner, Zinto Marketing Group, whom the brand has partnered with since inception, to equip 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, achieved through our annual Buy a Pen, Donate a Pen programme, enables us, through the help of consumers, to distribute pens to make education inclusive for all and promote a culture of lifelong learning.” Since 2011, BIC® has supplied 8.5 million pens to children, fulfilling some of their basic educational needs. The children at this year’s beneficiary schools will no longer have to share a pencil or pen, each child will have an equal opportunity 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 . . .
Salons are positioned as the third largest informal market economy after spazas and takeaways according to market researchers, Frontline Africa. And as the demand for employment opportunities in the country increase, the industry is only set to grow in the coming years. Could training in this market provide the opportunities needed for South Africa’s youth to prosper? Afrika Tikkun believe so and are looking to place their graduating hair and beauty certified students in positions that provide opportunities for growth. A 2018 fact sheet on “NEETs” (Not in Employment, Education or Training) published by the Department of Higher Education and Training in 2018 reported that in the five year period between 2013 and 2017 “the number of youth (15-34 years) who were NEET in South Africa increased by 466,000 from about 7.4 million in 2013 to about 7.8 million in 2017”. It further stated that “most of the people who were NEET were African/Black and female. The share of the African/Black who were NEET remained high at about 84%, while the share of the females who were NEET was about 58% of the total NEETs in the same period”. Onyi Nwaneri, Group Executive of Strategic Partnerships and Marketing at Afrika Tikkun says, “As an organisation focused on youth development, we are intent on changing these numbers. We offer numerous programmes designed to empower a greater proportion of South Africa’s youth to find employment and become productive citizens in society, and one of these is a new hair and beauty training programme created and run in partnership with UNT Consulting”. The hair and beauty youth empowerment programme teaches young people from disadvantaged communities the most popular and profitable treatments that they can use to either find employment or to start their own business. It offers a dynamic syllabus that speaks to South Africa’s ethnic market and is updated regularly with the latest hair and beauty trends. Within the curriculum young people learn to . . .
Trust is at the core of all positive human relationships. This is according to Cindy Glass, Owner and Co-Founder of Step Up Education Centres. She says, “Trust, when nurtured and honoured within a family system can lead to happier, more fulfilling experiences, greatly reducing stress and anxiety., Mistrust, on the other hand, inevitably leads to hurt, tension and misery. Many believe that trust can be something one demands of another: ‘You must trust me!’ Research, however, has shown that trust is earned, in small gestures and in moments in time.” International speaker, Brene’ Brown says that actions demonstrating trustworthiness are likened to marbles. Every time one demonstrates or actions a trust behaviour, you can put a marble in a jar. However, when a behavior demonstrating mistrust occurs, you can remove a whole handful of those marbles and it will take a lot of hard work to replace the marbles of trust again. Trust is earned. It cannot be demanded of anyone. Parents want their children to trust them and children want the same of their parents. Cindy explains that it is up to parents to make the first move in modelling the behaviours that create relationships of trust within the family. Nurturing trust requires action. Cindy gives 5 actionable behaviours that you can implement to help create and nurture trust within your families: Learn to listen to understand: There is a difference between hearing and listening. Listening entails eye contact and a genuine, sincere interest in what the other person is saying. Strive for non-judgemental parenting: Children who hide their challenges and negative behavioural choices (creating a sense of mistrust) most often do this because they are fearful of their parent’s reactions! Keep the lines of communication open by assuring your children that you do, indeed, have their back. Seek positive solutions to challenges together. This does not mean that you must overlook or justify behaviours. It simply means . . .
Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, Milnerton is one of 30 schools to benefit from Engen’s R2.5 million cash injection to the Imbumba Foundation’s Caring4Girls programme. Caring4Girls visited the Cape Town school this month to provide female learners with sanitary towel packs to help keep them in school during their monthly cycles. Caring4Girls currently reaches 750,000 girls throughout South Africa and aims to support 1 million girls in 2019 and 2 million by 2020. Engen Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay stresses the value of education and how important it is to ensure that all young girls are empowered and have the opportunity to realise their full potential. “We cannot thrive as a society if some of our female learners are left behind, which is why we are very proud to partner with the Imbumba Foundation and contribute to this very meaningful initiative,” commented Hamdulay. Engen’s Head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, Unathi Magida says it is important for Engen to actively support and take care of the communities in which the company operates. “At Engen we strongly believe that a country which is educated is a country that will prosper. By supporting these young girls, we will ensure that their confidence and dignity is retained and that they never have to miss school because of their monthly cycle.” She adds. “Most importantly, these girls will receive education and training around dealing with puberty, self-care and pregnancy avoidance, aimed at boosting their confidence. Education is a key enabler to transform lives, which is why we are so passionate about this initiative.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
As Grade 12 learners sit for their mid-year Matric examinations, the period has been reconfigured to merge the February/March supplementary exam with the May/June National Senior Certificate Exams. KST, shares five top tips on how learners can prepare for the upcoming examinations in order to achieve maximum results and urges learners to take ownership of their studies thorough effective exam preparation. 1. Committing to a study regime: It’s important to set goals from the beginning of the year; one of these goals should be in developing a realistic study timetable. It is essential to commit and stick to the timetable. Don’t be caught cramming at the last-minute preparing for an exam, start at least a week in advance. 2. Be a proactive participator in class and study groups: If you don’t ask, you won’t know and will remain disempowered. In order to learn new things, asking questions should be your key priority. Remember: there is no such thing as a stupid question; the stupid question is the one that remains unanswered. Be inquisitive and curious about your subjects, you will learn and understand so much more than what is in the textbook. 3. Use technology and social media wisely: There are educational chat groups available on the internet, broadcast (TV and radio programmes) and on social media platforms such as WhatsApp. Be careful not to use these sources simply for casual pleasure, balance your usage on these platforms and monitor the amount of time you spend on them. 4. Sleep: You need at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night to function. Tests and exams are designed to be thought provoking; this will demand a high span of concentration. If you are sleep-deprived, you will battle to remember your revision notes or work. 5. Use all the resources at your disposal: Resources go beyond the library, computer labs and equipment. Your educator is an incredible resource that you need to take advantage of. Don’t be intimidated by your educator, feel . . .
13 May 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa – Think Ahead, the Apple solution expert in education, is excited to announce that the annual iPad Education Summit is taking place from 13 – 14 May 2019. The annual Think Ahead iPad summit is a unique learning experience that brings together educators, sharing tested integration strategies. Local and international thought leaders facilitate practical workshops, inspirational keynotes and challenging dialogues. Over 200 educators from South Africa as well as neighbouring countries spend 2 days together, featuring international keynote speakers, Sari Lantto, Head Teacher from Finland and Rachel Smith, Foreign Languages Teacher, Isle of Man. The theme for this year’s summit is #EveryoneCanCreate. According to the World Economic Forum, creativity will be the most important and in-demand skill for employees by 2020. The summit aims to give practical solutions and experiences on how creativity can be incorporated into every aspect of teaching and learning. Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, commented, “The summit is really a highlight of the education calendar - bringing together educators who want to inspire and empower and maximise the potential of every student. This year’s focus on the iPad as a tool for creativity in the classroom promises exciting debate and outcomes.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kwikspace recently assisted over 230 learners further their education with its scholarship programme. Through the scholarship grant, in association with SANCHAA, these learners have achieved SETA-accredited Further Education and Training Certificates NQF Level IV in Project Management and Business Administration. Established in 2016, the grant aims to assist those who have a Grade 10 or higher, but did not complete matric and are looking to further their studies. Learners benefitting from the grant, aged between 19 and 30, committed to 10 lecture days a month, for a year. “Course material extends beyond the lecture sessions,” explains Kevin Moodley of Kwikspace. “Tasks are also allocated to the learners and must be completed via research and self-study. Once the course is complete, learners are accredited with 128 credits for the Project Management certificate and 120 credits for the Business Administration Services certificate. Those learners who were unable to complete the qualification for whatever reason will retain the credits earned per module, enabling them to complete the full qualification in the near future.” The sponsorship caters for 300 learners per year. “This educational grant has really changed the lives of many young South Africans, especially those who had not passed matric and did not therefore have an opportunity to further their studies,” says Moodley. “Now 231 learners of 300 enrolled have completed an NQF Level IV qualification, giving them a second chance in life. Initiatives like this could help further others companies’ agendas of educating and uplifting the youth. It is a way of encouraging other businesses to fund these initiatives as many young people need this kind of support.” The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017, held on 9 March 2019 in Finetown, Grasmere, was attended by the 231 learners and their guests, Kwikspace (main sponsor) and the various stakeholders consisting of the Services SETA, KYP (Kliptown Youth . . .
Many organization appreciate the need for the fostering a working environment of free thinking, creativity, and initiative through the development of their employees and appreciate the financial gains of having a more effective, skilled workforce. Where the organization is facing the challenge of a competitive market, there is no a single, shot-in-the-arm solution to this issue and our training solutions focus on improving skills, productivity and performance by needs targeted talent development initiatives and advanced organizational learning capability to maximize the ROI. Helping employees to grow and develop is what keeps an organization in the cutting edge of competitive environments and enables employees to produce better results, faster services and more competitive organizations. In today’s complex working environment, there is increasing pressure on managers to meet the challenges of higher productivity, shorter deadlines, controlled expansion, increased competition and maximizing ROI. The HR business partner (HRBP) therefore plays a pivotal and essential role in helping managers to meet these objectives. The HRBP serves as a consultant and advisor to managers on all HR related areas, identifying & resolving potential issues and adding value by increasing team performance and effectiveness wherever possible. The aim of this workshop is to enhance the skills of the HRBP to demonstrate increased levels of organizational ability, problem analysis & resolution, consulting skills and the ability to identify the critical areas where he/she can add value to the line manager and the team. We encourage open learning and discussion, passing on our own extensive experience and encouraging learning through sharing the knowledge and experience of the delegates. All our workshops contain a wealth of practical examples and case studies as well as some simple tools and techniques that delegates can apply readily within their own organization. Our . . .