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Addressing the need for more qualified teachers in the 21st century
Addressing the need for more qualified teachers in the 21st century
The world is not on track to meeting the UN’s education goals by 2030 and South Africa has huge challenges to overcome, a Durban education expert...
Old Mutual improves educational outcomes
Old Mutual improves educational outcomes
Old Mutual Education Flagship Project, a multi-partner national initiative that set out to boost education at under-performing public secondary...
Plan outpaces the learners and teachers
Plan outpaces the learners and teachers
I recently bumped into a friend who is an experienced teacher at a suburban primary school and who generally loves his work. But he says he is...
Mother-tongue learning lays a better foundation
Mother-tongue learning lays a better foundation
Imagine moving to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a first-language English speaker and trying to learn French. The experience might be...
Let’s do it by the book
Let’s do it by the book
Nearly half (47,6%) of the country’s children never read a book or drew pictures (44,7%) with a parent or guardian, according to 
​‘The current state of basic education should cause outrage’
​‘The current state of basic education should cause outrage’
The state of the basic education system should have South Africans toyi-toying in the streets, demanding urgent intervention. Even 25 years since...
Reimagining initial teacher education
Reimagining initial teacher education
As a teacher educator I am often told that universities are not preparing pre-service teachers sufficiently for the demands of teaching in the...
To read, play and eat cupcakes in Tembisa
To read, play and eat cupcakes in Tembisa
Storytelling is an ancient art that remains central to human communication. In a country such as South Africa, which is faced with a reading...
Nans’ indaba my children: In Africa with Avi and Kumbi
Nans’ indaba my children: In Africa with Avi and Kumbi
‘Initially, it was gonna be just trivia. Like, ‘What is the highest mountain?’ Volcanoes, you know, just fun,” says historian and educationist Nomalanga Mkhize about the evolution of a new children’s book, In Africa with Avi and Kumbi, published through the imprint Phaphamani...
Don’t drop the ball, for our children’s sake
Don’t drop the ball, for our children’s sake
This is a crucial year for education. Children starting school this year will complete their 12 years of basic education by 2030. The United...
Let our children play – and inspire them to read and learn
Let our children play – and inspire them to read and learn
I was born and bred in the township of Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal. It is the fourth-largest township in South Africa and the only township with its...
Every child deserves to be read aloud to
Every child deserves to be read aloud to
For 10 years, World Read Aloud Day has drawn global attention to the importance of this activity and sharing stories. Celebrated on February  1,...

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