This guide was developed by MIET AFRICA to guide SADC Ministries of Education and their schools in taking the necessary steps to build schools that are rights-based, inclusive and supportive. It is intended to support schools to operationalise the SADC Policy Framework on Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL), and provides answers to the why, how, what and who questions related to building the foundations of CSTL schools. The process has been informed by MIET AFRICA’s extensive experience gained over many years in the
implementation of CSTL programmes across the SADC region. MIET AFRICA extends its gratitude to Save the Children International and the Swiss Agency for
Development and Cooperation for providing financial support for the development of the guide. Download the guide here.
The report includes a road map for planning to build and maintain a CSTL school. A CSTL school is a rights-based, inclusive school that ensures that every child—especially the most marginalized—receives a quality education that unlocks their full potential as an agent of sustainable development. The goal is that every school in the SADC region becomes a CSTL school that provides transformational, quality, inclusive education to all, especially the most marginalized, and builds the human capital needed for sustainable, inclusive development. Click here to download the report.
MIET AFRICA has developed an advocacy brief to motivate ministries of education across Africa to prioritize the transformation of their education systems within a 21st century learning framework in order to realize children’s civil and political rights in and through education, and in so doing, lay the foundations of sustainable development for the continent.
Zimbabwe’s CSTL model was officially launched by Her Excellency, the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa on 27 June 2019. The goal of the CSTL programme is that children and youth in SADC realise their rights to education, to safety and protection and to care and support, through an expanded and strengthened education sector response.
The Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Programme is a powerful example of how an NGO-initiated pilot project developed into a region-wide government commitment providing effective methodology for systems strengthening. Through a collaboration between the SADC Secretariat, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, MIET AFRICA, Member States and partners, a local idea became a shared regional commitment.
This publication tells the story of the CSTL Programme, and reflects the voices of its many stakeholders.
The CSTL Handbook is a simpler adaptation of the National Support Pack, and is intended to guide and strengthen the implementation of the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) programme in schools, by providing information on the policies and principles underpinning the CSTL programme, as well as guidance on implementing the ten defined Priority Action Areas at school level.
The handbook consists of the following sections:
- Introduction: The Conceptual Framework for Care and Support for Teaching and Learning and other available materials
- Part 1: The Integrated Package of Care and Support, and the national minimum requirements for their implementation in the ten Priority Action Areas
- Part 2: The enabling environment necessary in schools, districts and provinces for care and support action
- A school-level monitoring tool that should be used to assess the current situation (baseline) of the implementation of the CSTL Programme and track progress over time (Annexure A)
- A school reporting template to gather information at the school level on the nature and the extent of implementation,
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in South African Schools is a manual for Department of Education officials, school management, teachers, learners and general assistants, to ensure that schools provide safe water and adequate sanitation, thus increasing learners’ education achievement by reducing sanitation-related disease.
It covers the following topics:
Overview of the WASH programme: The CSTL programme; WASH and the ISHP; WASH in the CAPS Life Skills and Life Orientation curricula
Why is WASH a priority area? Poor WASH leads to disease; WASH is a human right
WASH for health: What is WASH?
Make water safe to drink
Wash hand with soap and water: When to wash your hands; wash hands safely; make hand-washing a habit; How to make a tippy tap
Prevent and treat worm infections
Use the toilet properly
Promote oral health: How to brush your teeth;
This is as an introduction to the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Programme, and is intended for leaders and decision makers in education, officials at all levels, and those in partnership with education sectors across the SADC Region. Its four sections include: an overview of the history of CSTL; a synopsis of the status of children and youth in SADC; a summary of how various policy and regulatory frameworks define clearly the mandate for care and support for teaching and learning; an explanation of the concept of and processes for mainstreaming care and support into education.
Download: Calendar PDF
An interactive calendar for parents and caregivers in the Free State (in Sesotho/English) and KwaZulu-Natal (in isiZulu/English) provinces. Each month’s themed topic includes fun activities for children in Grades R-7 as well as tips for parents on effective parenting and supporting children to learn.