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I speak it no English

I speak it no English | SA Education | Scoop.it
There are many aspects of education that fail the children of South Africa and none more important than the other.

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Training teachers in their own languages to teach math, science and other subjects will be difficult and costly. Another challenge in this regard will be finding African words to replace English/European ones. For an example, “phosphorous” in chemistry can’t still remain “phosphorous” or this will defeat the purpose.


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Minister urges debate on African language use in HE - University World News

Minister urges debate on African language use in HE - University World News | SA Education | Scoop.it

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande has called for a debate to inform the use of African languages for teaching and research in higher education.

He said South Africans must move from merely developing African languages as languages of scholarship in academia, to giving these languages identity as part of the academic discourse.

Nzimande, who addressed the 10th anniversary of the Stellenbosch University language centre on Thursday on the advancement of African languages, was concerned that their use at most South African universities was merely symbolic.

The minister accepted that different universities were at different levels of promoting multilingualism within their operations. He said some universities were genuinely pursuing multilingual language policies that they had developed.


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Indigenous languages in danger, say experts | The New Age Online

Indigenous languages in danger, say experts | The New Age Online | SA Education | Scoop.it

South Africa’s indigenous languages are in danger. Government and civil society must invest in developing South Africa’s indigenous languages at secondary and tertiary education levels.


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Violence shuts South Africa schools

Violence shuts South Africa schools | SA Education | Scoop.it
A surge in gang violence leads education officials in South Africa's Western Cape province to close 16 schools for two days.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, August 15, 2013 4:43 PM

I am always saddened and stunned by the amount of violence that persists. It is a shame that people cannot resolve their differences and get what they need without resorting to violence which usually results in destruction and deaths.

Brandon Yates's comment, September 17, 2013 5:52 AM
It is incredibly disheartening to see that gang violence, which has for many years been a serious problem in the Western Cape, has now become such a problem that it is affecting the education of our nations youth. It is good to see that Provincial Premier Helen Zille has asked the national government to send in the army to help overwhelmed police. I am a great admirer of the work she does for this province and she has once again shown her initiative by coming up with a realistic solution to this drastic problem. Children and teachers should never have to fear going to school.
Sophie Charlotte Foster's curator insight, September 24, 2013 7:25 AM

Violence in schools appears to be an increasing problem in South Africa. It is unbelievable to realize that violence is affecting schools as it disrupts the already problematic educational systems in the country. The presence of the National Guard in the areas which are affected by the gang violence and shoot outs will be beneficial in preventing future fatalities which are unnecessary and tragic. The temporary closure of schools will negatively affect academic syllabi and the completion of essential school work in order to prepare scholars properly for examinations. Helen Zille’s role in assisting the police with stopping the actions of criminals is encouraging as there is awareness within government that there is a vital problem with regards to insufficient protection of citizens.

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Free tablets, wi-fi for Gauteng schools - SouthAfrica.info

Free tablets, wi-fi for Gauteng schools - SouthAfrica.info | SA Education | Scoop.it
Gauteng's 2 200 public schools will have access to uncapped wi-fi and 3G connectivity
and 88 000 Huawei tablets will be distributed to students from next year as part of
the province's e-Learning Solution.

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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, August 21, 2013 11:46 PM

The introduction of this technology will pose challenges to teachers to adapt their methodologies in order to ensure maximum integration into the curriculum. Otherwise these will just remain gadgets And not portals to knowledge.

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Innovation and Education: Young Serial Entrepreneur sets out to Transform South Africa’s Education System

Innovation and Education: Young Serial Entrepreneur sets out to Transform South Africa’s Education System | SA Education | Scoop.it
Coined by CNN.com as one of Africa’s Marissa Mayers, Rapelang Rabana is founding CEO of Yeigo Communications and ReKindle Learning. Yeigo is credited with creating ground-breaking applications and ...
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Daniella Broomberg's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:50 AM

 Rapelang Rabana is another strong believer that technology has a critical role to play in solving Africa's education problems. Rabana is the CEO of a company called ReKindle Learning.  


ReKindle Learning is an innovative technology-driven education company seeking to use and integrate the power of mobile and internet technology to improve and complement learning for students and corporate employees.


I like the idea to solve our education crisis with an increase or improvement in technology, but I'm not sure that this is a realistic or even a crucial goal. However, if implememnted correctly it could move towards active change. Still - I can't help feeling that their are other more desperate issues to attend to with regard to education. Teacher accountability, educational infrastructure and government policy to name but a few. 

 

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 Rapelang Rabana is another strong believer that technology has a critical role to play in solving Africa's education problems. Rabana is the CEO of a company called ReKindle Learning.  

 

ReKindle Learning is an innovative technology-driven education company seeking to use and integrate the power of mobile and internet technology to improve and complement learning for students and corporate employees.

 

I like the idea to solve our education crisis with an increase or improvement in technology, but I'm not sure that this is a realistic or even a crucial goal. However, if implememnted correctly it could move towards active change. Still - I can't help feeling that their are other more desperate issues to attend to with regard to education. Teacher accountability, educational infrastructure and government policy to name but a few. 

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Multilingual degree opens up new world

Multilingual degree opens up new world | SA Education | Scoop.it

Learning in one's mother tongue promotes a deep conceptual understanding of a subject.Language policy lets pupils down

Dead end for African languages?
A necessary conversation

As graduates of the only dual-medium undergraduate degree in South Africa, we write to offer our perceptions of multilingual education — a topic on which mainly academics have written in the Mail & Guardian.

We are four of the many students who have studied for the bachelor's degree in contemporary English and multilingual studies offered at the University of Limpopo since 2003. This has enabled us each to study one major subject, comprising six modules, through the medium of our home language, Sesotho sa Leboa (Northern Sotho) or Sepedi, and the other entirely in English.


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18 Things To Know About Education In South Africa - Edudemic

18 Things To Know About Education In South Africa - Edudemic | SA Education | Scoop.it
We have a ton of Edudemic readers from South Africa so we thought this would be quite useful: a look at education in South Africa

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Education boost for deaf pupils - Daily News

Education boost for deaf pupils - Daily News | SA Education | Scoop.it

Pupils could study South African Sign Language as a school subject as of next year. This was revealed by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, at a recent media briefing on the progress made in the education sector.

Deaf schools and organisations have welcomed the announcement, saying it was a step towards inclusivity for the deaf community.

 


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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, August 20, 2013 12:25 AM

This is a significant achievement for the Department of Basic Education.