Archive for November, 2011

Should children learn to read and write before five years of age? – Two ISASA schools weigh in

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Should children learn to read and write before five years of age? – Two ISASA schools weigh in

In preprimary and Grade 0 classrooms across the country, very young children are being introduced to formal schooling.

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Building an alternative vision of what could be

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Building an alternative vision of what could be

While some schools were celebrating excellent Matric results at the end of 2008, many in the Limpopo province once again produced – on the whole – disappointing Matric results.

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Making a motto meaningful in the modern world

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Making a motto meaningful in the modern world

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a motto as “a short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals on an individual, family or institution”. Ours is ‘To serve and to lead’, and this reflects our school’s Christian ethos.

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Solitude and leadership

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Solitude and leadership

Part three of a lecture delivered to the Plebe class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in October 2010.

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Canadian child stands up to oil giant

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Canadian child stands up to oil giant

Canadian Ta’Kaiya Blaney may only be 10, but she’s also a great environmental teacher. In early July 2011, this Sliammon First Nation activist stood outside Enbridge Northern Gateway’s office to hand-deliver an envelope containing an important message about the company’s proposed pipeline construction.

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Tributes pour in for Wangari

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Tributes pour in for Wangari

Africa’s first woman Nobel Peace Prize recipient has died of cancer. Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan ‘green’ warrior who educated the world about the importance of trees, founded the Green Belt movement as far back as the 1970s, in order to combat environmental and societal conditions that perpetuate poverty in her home country.

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Japan’s people set example to school children; say no to nuclear power

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Japan’s people set example to school children; say no to nuclear power

The impact of the 11 March 2011 crisis in Japan, when a tsunami caused core meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex, has made itself felt.

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Bishops’ ‘White House’ goes solar

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Bishops’ ‘White House’ goes solar

Bishops Diocesan College in Cape Town recently implemented an energy efficient hot water solution at its White House boarding facility. The result? Seventy percent savings in the consumption of electricity needed for hot water.

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Schooling reform is possible

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Schooling reform is possible

Earlier this year, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) held a Round Table on lessons for South Africa from international experiences of schooling reform.

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Free laptops project in Tamil Nadu under fire

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Free laptops project in Tamil Nadu under fire

Handing out free resources will not necessarily improve education, yet this has not stopped government ministers in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu from planning to give away 6.8 million laptops to schoolchildren.

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New web app to combat malnutrition

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New web app to combat malnutrition

Millions of children in the Horn of Africa are the helpless victims of malnutrition, and old interventions are simply not working. In a bid to stop millions of people dying, the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) recently launched a webpowered tool to provide governments and civil society groups around the world with up-to-date guidelines to fight malnutrition.

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