24 October 2017

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Ohlange High School, today

The Historic Schools Restoration Project

In the words of our former president, Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. It is precisely because of the power that a good education bestows on learners that the apartheid government sought to systematically destroy the education of African children, and in the process their futures, […]

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Mzansi Spelling Bee Mpumalanga Provincial Finals

Mzansi Spelling Bee

The beginning of the month saw the annual 2016 Mzansi Spelling Bee finals taking place in Gauteng. The culmination of months worth of competitions across the country, Habeeb Shonubi was finally crowned the national Honey Bees Champ at the Soweto Theatre on the 4th December, with Bethaba Shazi the 2016 Bumble Bees Champ, and Zameer Dada the 2016 Drones Champ. Congratulations […]

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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga

Mother Tongue Learning: It Just Makes Sense

It is a well known fact that South Africa’s maths and science results are somewhat dismal (and that’s being kind), but if we look at the factors that impact on these poor results, they’re really not that surprising. The majority of South African children are being taught complicated concepts in a language that they simply don’t understand. […]

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One Step at a Time

Today marks the 51st International Literacy Day as declared by Unesco on the 8th September 1965. Many of us take the gift of reading and writing for granted, but there are literally millions of adults in South Africa who can’t read and write at all, and still more who are deemed only ‘functionally literate’. One […]

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Fourth-grader Nicolle palacios, creates a ramp during makerspace workshop at Claremont Elementary School

Making Space for the Libraries of the Future

Over the past decade we’ve seen the unfortunate decline of public and school libraries, with fewer schools having the resources to accommodate the high costs associated with running a library, and as more and more people start participating in the online world. For a while the future of libraries looked fairly uncertain, until recently when a new generation of […]

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Lesedi Toy Library Bus

The Necessity of Play

When we think of toys, we generally picture kids having fun and playing around, so when we hear about children who don’t have access to toys we might feel sorry for them, but we won’t necessarily be aware of the detrimental impact that not having toys can have on their cognitive and physical development. There is a reason why preschools are […]

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Miss Mphahlele, principal at Manku Primary school

Building Bridges

The state of education in South Africa, as in many other parts of the world, requires a collaborative approach where organisations must work alongside the government in an effort to find solutions to the various problems facing our education system. Much like the Creating Schools Trust that works in partnership with the Department of Education, BRIDGE is a non-profit […]

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Hopping with Excitement!

We can’t tell you how excited we are to announce that East Coast Architects, the firm responsible for the design of both Seven Fountains Primary School and Vele Secondary School, are the recipients of the 2016 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture! The award is presented by the Paris-based LOCUS Foundation, with the support of Unesco, and […]

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Code Make Create

Mathematics might not seem like the most essential of life skills when you’re at school (who needs to be able to understand long division when we all have calculators on our smartphones?), but the brain processes that maths develops are crucial to any number of daily tasks. Maths teaches you to follow complex reasoning, to pay attention […]

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On the Moov!

‘Revolutionary’ is a word that seems well suited to South Africa’s current tertiary education environment and the #FeesMustFall movement, which began in October last year, doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down. While the student-led protests achieved extraordinary results, managing to convince government and universities to adopt a zero percent increase for 2016, the […]

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