MIET AFRICA’s CEO Beverley Dyason received a generous donation of 200 000 sanitary pads from South Korean-based manufacturer of sanitary pads, tissues and wet wipes, Donghae Diaper at the Korea Consumer Goods Showcase awards held recently in Cape Town.
The sanitary pads will be distributed to learners through our school-based programmes, in collaboration with the national Department of Basic Education and Provincial Education Departments. Poor access to sanitary pads causes ongoing monthly absenteeism amongst many female learners, with a negative impact on their academic performance and their dignity. The donation contributes to the enabling conditions for these young women to stay in school and reach their full potential. MIET AFRICA is grateful to Donghae Diaper for sharing its vision of a world where all children and youth have access to quality education and development opportunities.
Hosted by RIATT-ESA, the 2nd Regional Learning and Linking Forum for Accelerating Delivery of Comprehensive Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth in Eastern and Southern Africa took place recently in Johannesburg, South Africa. M&E Officer for the CSTL Programme, Jennifer Norins presented at the Forum which provided an opportunity for Member States in SADC and the East Africa Community to come together to talk about best practices and strategies to promote psychosocial support and to use the Minimum Package of Services to achieve the HIV targets for children and youth. The presentation covers in brief MIET AFRICA as an organization, and describes the CSTL programme and its connection with the Minimum Package of Services.
He is respected in the community and known as ‘Teacher’. Learners from the community and outlying areas know that Richard Sibisi is the dedicated teacher from Engonyameni, just outside Umlazi who can help them improve their high school Maths results. Richard is a young, previously unemployed technikon graduate, who assists as a Maths Facilitator for the Sanlam Blue Ladder Project and has been teaching extra Maths lessons to Grade 11s at Nwabi High School since April this year.
Thanks to the support from the Sanlam Foundation, MIET AFRICA and our team of Maths facilitators and training co-ordinators are currently working in 18 primary and eight secondary schools in KwaZulu-Natal to assist learners in improving their Maths competency.
Being a teacher is not just a job Richard says, because Maths and improving the lives of learners in his community is his passion. “I have always loved Maths and I want to help leaners to do well in it so they can pass the subject in Matric and apply for courses which require Maths as a subject,” said Richard.
CSTL is excited to contribute to an ambitious campaign to collect at least 100 000 postcards from children and adolescents from around the world asking the world’s leaders and decision-makers to act now against global warming. MIET AFRICA – a key partner in this initiative – is facilitating the participation of children and youth from the SADC region….
200 young girls in the Mount Frere Education District will soon receive their Subz Washable Panties and Pads, thanks to a determined MIET AFRICA Training Coordinator. Bukelwa Ntlabati works with primary school learners in the Education: My Right! My Future! Project. As part of her work to identify out-of-school children and ensure that they are enrolled in school, attend school regularly and complete their primary schooling, she noticed a need for sanitary pads in the community and sent an appeal for donations. Project Dignity quickly responded to Bukelwa’s request and sent 200 individual packs of Subz washable pads and panties for girls aged between 11 and 14 years old. Thank you Project Dignity and Subz! To find out more about Project Dignity and to make a donation so that the organization can continue their quest to empower girls of SA, please visit their website www.projectdignity.org.za and www.subzpads.co.za
With the help of children and youth, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) intends to beat the Guinness World Record of the largest composed postcard. The purpose of the campaign is to give children and youth the chance to voice their concerns about climate change and to send a message to the world’s leaders that ‘We are the future – give us a chance’. The aim is ambitious: 100 000 climate commitment postcards with individual pledges from learners from schools across the world. As a key partner of this initiative and a contributor towards mobilising immediate action to stop global warming, MIET AFRICA will collect 50 000 postcards from children and youth in the SADC region.
The 100 000 postcards will be pasted together, similar to a mosaic, to form a record-breaking giant postcard that will be displayed on the Aletsch glacier in Switzerland – the longest and deepest glacier of the Alps Mountains – located at an altitude of more than 3500 m above sea level in a place called ‘Top of Europe’.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Beverley Dyason to the position of CEO, with effect from 1 January 2018.
With over 20 years’ experience in education, Beverley is a passionate champion of the rights of children and youth to quality education. She is also no stranger to MIET AFRICA and has a deep understanding of the organization and its operating environment. She started working with MIET AFRICA in 2000 as a consultant and joined the organisation full time in 2010. Her natural leadership skills soon became evident, and in 2013 she was appointed as one of the organization’s five directors. Through her work in materials development and programme implementation, she has acquired expertise across a wide range of areas including but not limited to, inclusive education, child rights, life skills, health promotion, career development, employability, sustainable livelihoods, entrepreneurship and curriculum development.
Beverley is committed to MIET AFRICA’s vision of quality education for all and believes strongly in partnering for maximum impact.
As SADC’s implementing partner for CSTL, MIET AFRICA is increasingly aware of the paucity of support for boys and young men as compared for that of vulnerable girls and young women.
The paper highlights the vulnerability of boys and young men, and argues that engaging them in a more holistic approach to gender equality, and addressing their own specific vulnerabilities, has the potential to benefit both boys and girls. It concludes with recommendations for strengthening support for boys and young men within the CSTL framework.
Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. KOFI ANNAN
World Youth Skills Day comes almost exactly a month after South Africa’s Youth Day, which commemorates the sacrifices made by the students of 1976 in standing up against the Apartheid regime. Designated by the UN General Assembly in 2014, World Youth Skills Day serves to highlight the importance of youth skills development, surely one of the most pressing of the challenges of the twenty-first century.
As the UN notes (see www.un.org/en/events/youthskillsday/), “Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and [are] continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions.” These challenges are compounded for young women,
MIET AFRICA’s Innovative Learning Environments project, implemented in three schools in KZN, South Africa, devised and trialled a range of innovative strategies to improve learning outcomes of seriously underachieving learners. The use of electronic devices proved to be a particularly powerful strategy for learning mathematics, especially when their use was paired with tuition and support by mentor learners.