Tag: Spring 2011

Best Loved Tales for Africa

| October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments
Best Loved Tales for Africa

Like all its other offerings, the Best Loved Tales for Africa series – comprising six books for young readers – is entirely southern African in content, idiom, illustration and style.

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Making your mark: the Grahamstown festivals

| October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments
Making your mark: the Grahamstown festivals

Freezing cold, rainy weather, wrapping up in layers of winter woollies, rushing from event to event, grabbing what you can to eat, enduring hard seats and late nights – who would want to do all this? Only aficionados of the annual National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown – and I confess I am a new convert.

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World’s newest nation urgently needs doctors and teachers

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World’s newest nation urgently needs doctors and teachers

South Sudan celebrated its independence on 9 July 2011. But, says the organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF), there are only 120 doctors and about 80 qualified nurses to care for a population of around eight million people. The country has the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality in the world.

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Coming out in class in California

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Coming out in class in California

In what’s being hailed by many as landmark USA legislation, California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a Bill on 14 July that will require public schools to include in their social studies lessons information about the historical contributions of gays and lesbians and other minority groups.

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Pension woes reach cross the oceans to British schools

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Pension woes reach cross the oceans to British schools

In late June, Britain experienced a situation more familiar to South Africans. A nationwide strike by British public sector workers left classrooms across the country virtually empty.

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Once lauded, Germany’s education system flounders

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Once lauded, Germany’s education system flounders

Germany has been viewed for centuries as a country with a stellar education system. But things are changing – for the worse – in the birthplace of kindergarten and the modern university.

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Oprah, Michelle Obama in South Africa

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Oprah, Michelle Obama in South Africa

On 24 June, Oprah Winfrey received an honorary doctorate in Education from the University of the Free State (UFS). The university – where the Reitz four racism scandal occurred – conferred the honour on the ‘Queen of talk’, Rector Jonathan Jansen told BUA News, because “it is a great privilege for the UFS to be […]

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Only hens at Swedish preschool

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments
Only hens at Swedish preschool

Egalia Preschool in the Sodermalm district of Stockholm, Sweden, is determined to engineer equality between the sexes. Teachers have removed the pronouns ‘him’ and ‘her’ (as well as other related gender descriptors) from the language of instruction. Instead, they use the genderless Swedish word ‘hen’.

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SAHETI says “Happy Birthday, Madiba!”

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SAHETI says “Happy Birthday, Madiba!”

The Nelson Mandela Foundation was abuzz with little people on 17 July when a group of pupils from SAHETI School visited to share in the joy of Madiba’s 93rd birthday. Joining an audience of diplomats, government ministers and officials, SAHETI Grade R pupils proudly presented a card (decorated by pupils) and a cake (baked by past pupil and award winning caterer, Vicky Crease) to Madiba’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela.

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New ways of working and seeing: Kingswood College collaborates with Amaphiko at National Arts Festival

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New ways of working and seeing: Kingswood College collaborates with <i><strong>Amaphiko</strong></i> at National Arts Festival

In August 2010, the Kingswood College concert band asked Janet Buckland, founder and Artistic Director of the Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company, if she would be interested in collaboration. Says Head of Music at Kingswood, Stephen Holder: “She came to see us, bringing with her Sifiso Sikhakhane, a thirdyear Music and Drama student at Rhodes University. Sikhakhane is also the choreographer working with the Amaphiko (Wings) Township Dance Project.

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Ceremony for an important little house at a special school

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Ceremony for an important little house at a special school

On 6 May, Independent Education joined the large audience of special guests, staff and girls to celebrate the revamp of a special little house at a well-known ISASA school for girls, Kingsmead College in Melrose, Johannesburg.

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