Right to education is recognised

first_imgMinister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga at the handover of Sophumelela Secondary School in Philippi. (Image credit: ASIDI) • The principal who built a community • Breakthrough technology makes Soweto school among world’s greenest • South Africa’s mother tongue education challenge • Blecher changes the education paradigm • Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success – Coleman Sulaiman PhilipIn the classic South African novel Cry The Beloved Country, Alan Paton wrote: “The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.” The beauty of Paton’s book, the rich history of South Africa’s culture – these are denied to too many South African children who are forced to learn in schools without libraries, or science and computer laboratories.That schools exist with too few classrooms is, in some small way, an indication that South Africans have embraced their constitutionally guaranteed right to basic education. On 25 October this year, the minister of basic education handed over the 31st school rebuilt or refurbished for the year.Sophumelela Secondary School in Philippi, outside Cape Town, specialises in maths, science and technology and now 1 134 pupils will go to school on a campus that matches their life goals. Built at a cost of R44.5-million, it has 30 new classrooms and eight specialist science and computer labs. The school was also designed using innovative green elements, including rainwater collection tanks and features allowing more natural light into rooms. This makes the entire school more energy efficient.Education, the minister has said, holds the key to a better future for South Africans. “Education is the number one priority of [the] government and it is a weapon to break the generational poverty we have in South Africa. We are aiming to ensure that, in three to five years, all schools have the basic infrastructure to create an environment which is conducive to learning and teaching.”The transition to democracy in 1994 handed the new government a bankrupt economy – although with promise – and an obligation to prioritise basic needs. Continued growth has given the country the economic resources to mend what needs fixing. Rural black African communities especially had to contend with the most basic infrastructure, such as schools without sanitation, electricity and water, or buildings built out of mud in communities desperate to provide education where the apartheid regime had deemed it unnecessary.In response, the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (Asidi) is the government’s programme to implement basic norms for a democratic South Africa.Launched in July 2013 by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, the one-school-a-week programme will replace inappropriate structures with modern buildings to widen access to good basic education and reduce inequality. Since the launch of Asidi, 89 schools across the country have been rebuilt and refurbished. The ASIDI infrastructure programme is about creating environments for learning. (Image credit: ASIDI)At the handover of Mandela Park Primary School in Mthatha, in Eastern Cape on that day, Motshekga explained that the programme existed in the spirit of Nelson Mandela’s passion for education, especially its importance to more needy communities.Her department’s R8.2-billion infrastructure spend, falling under the Government Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPS), will replace 510 “mud schools” – the term used to describe mainly rural schools in disrepair and called “inappropriate structures” by the government; provide water and sanitation to 257 others; and electrify 878 for the first time.There is no standard design template for the schools earmarked for rebuilding. Some will be rebuilt using traditional brick and mortar; others will be built using alternative construction methods.A brick and mortar school costs in the region of R14.5-million, or R1.08-million per classroom. Using green construction methods, it costs R9.2-million, or R692 500 per room. Another advantage of using green building construction methods is speed: a new school can be completed within 14 weeks.What the new schools all have in common besides enough classrooms for the enrolled students – to qualify for Asidi assistance a school must have a minimum of 135 students – is at least one science lab, a computer lab with laptops, a library and a nutrition centre.Asidi is about more than brand-new schools, though. It is also about improving sanitation facilities and providing electricity. Close to a thousand schools countrywide were denied proper toilets, and access to water and electricity. The initiative has been correcting this injustice, and refurbished schools are counted in the one-school-a-week programme. ASIDI is about giving students the tools to compete in a global economy. (Image credit: ASIDI)The design of these new schools enhances the learning experience, and not just the environment in which the children spend their days. A 2009 study by Statistics South Africa found that less than 25% of schools had a library, just 53% had computers and only 15% had access to tools as important as email and internet. Designs for all the Asidi projects include libraries, computer and science laboratories as well as security enhancements such as fencing, to help bridge the gap between a basic education and providing a well-rounded, modern and globally competitive standard of education.last_img read more

Rugby’s full story: the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

first_imgIn a country that is passionate about sport, the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum displays the full story of rugby in South Africa. It opened in Cape Town on 24 September 2013 and has already been nominated for an international accolade. Visitors enjoy the high level of interaction offered within its walls. Through its sculpture, the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum captures one of rugby’s greatest moments: Nelson Mandela and 1995 Bok captain Francois Pienaar shaking hands after South Africa won the World Cup. (Image: Springbok Experience Rugby Museum) • South Africa’s Rugby World Cup journey • South Africa announces 2015 Rugby World Cup squad • Watch: Giving South Africa the #HomeGroundAdvantage • Clive Rice: South African cricketing icon dies at 66 • South Africa to host Commonwealth Games in 2022 Priya PitamberSport is close to many a South African heart. Soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics, among any number of other sporting codes, get the adrenaline racing and the heart pounding. The nation takes immense pride in its sportsmen and women, many of whom excel in their fields.South Africa’s love for rugby has expanded into the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum in Cape Town.“We’re proud of our sport and our heritage, so we wanted to take that out to the public and let people get close to it,” Andy Colquhoun, the general manager of corporate affairs at the South African Rugby Union (Saru), told Cape Town Magazine about the museum.Wild excitementA world away from the stuffy houses of historical facts and figures of old, a huge lure for visitors to the rugby museum is the high level of interactivity.“It delivers a technology-driven ‘wow’ experience for visitors, combining iconic object, interactive games and a rich audio-visual component to tell South Africa’s story through the eyes of its most powerful sport,” informs the museum’s website. The museum is located at Portswood House at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. (Image: Springbok Experience Rugby Museum)“As you enter through the Springbok tunnel, moving shadows of players walking beside you, you’re plunged head first into the experience,” reads the Cape Town Magazine website. “A crowd cheers overhead, a giant screen shows rugga (rugby) action before you.”Colquhoun said the “big goal was to have wild excitement and movement and colour, not something static. It’s much more than just display cases and text.” He described the experience as immersive.Travel blogger Tamlyn Amber also praised the interactivity. “There are even fun, rugby ball-shaped facts (which you flip up to read the answer) dotted here and there, that all serve to make for a more enjoyable and engaging experience,” she wrote, after her visit to the museum. “This is the perfect example of a modern museum.”The good and the badThere are artefacts that commemorate rugby’s highlights. Think of the boots Joel Stransky wore when he kicked that famous drop goal; that flag signed by the entire squad when they played New Zealand in 1937; that No. 6 jersey Francois Pienaar wore in 1995.On the other hand, it also keeps in mind the darker aspects of rugby – how it was used as a force of division.“The exhibit effectively weaves together the traditional account of white rugby with the often ignored tale of the development of black and coloured rugby before unity in 1992,” reads the Cape Town Magazine website. “So, even those who think they’re the ultimate fan are likely to learn about a side to the game they never knew existed.”Creating nostalgiaThrough its social media accounts, the museum looks back on players and iconic moments.Can you recall what these guys did for us 20 years ago? #1995reunited @flySAA pic.twitter.com/waosVhylj5 — Springbok Experience (@Bokmuseum) June 24, 2015124 years ago today the Currie Cup was first earned by Griquas. Read the story here. https://t.co/c7SJX1gpbk pic.twitter.com/W44MpPi2Ns — Springbok Experience (@Bokmuseum) July 20, 2015This is the oldest black African club in SA. But when were the founded? Find out here: https://t.co/c7SJX1gpbk pic.twitter.com/vgk7MHrmMV — Springbok Experience (@Bokmuseum) August 6, 2015Recognition and receptionIn 2014, the museum was nominated for the International Award in the UK’s Museum and Heritage Awards.“Visited the museum on our trip from New Zealand,” wrote Brian Damon on the museum’s Facebook page. “What a spectacular experience. Everything was so impressive and made me very nostalgic. A must to see for overseas visitors. Keep up the good work.”Amazing story and history of Springbok rugby @Bokmuseum the game we love will continue to change and I will continue to support with pride. — Gavin Ferreira (@GavinFerreira) August 26, 2015 The museum has a nomination for the International Award in the UK’s Museum and Heritage Awards. (Image: Springbok Experience Rugby Museum)See the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum website for more details about tickets and opening hours.last_img read more

Soybean price will rely on demand

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ben Brown, Program Manager for the Ohio State University Farm Management ProgramFor the last few years, soybeans have provided a per acre return to producers greater than corn. Thus, acreage shifts to soybeans have ensued across the Midwest. The ratio of new crop soybean to corn prices from November 2017 to April 2018 traded at 2.5:1. Historically a ratio of 2.5:1 or greater signaled that acres would continue to move from corn to soybeans and that the expectation was for more soybean acres in 2018. However, in March producer signaled that they intended to plant 1 million fewer acres than 2017. With a trend yield of 48.5 bushels per acre, the expected soybean crop would be the third largest crop on record behind the record set in 2017 and the third straight year over 4 billion bushels. Weather will be the largest factor over the summer months to the final production value, but expectations are for another large crop. The carry-over from 2017 was also high creating an expectation that the 2018 supply will be 2.5% higher than a year ago.Demand for soybeans and soybean products continues to be strong. Increases in livestock numbers, especially pigs, has driven demand for soybean meal. Increases in crude oil prices could encourage use of biodiesel and expand soybean crush further. Chinese per capita income is strengthening and the demand for pork continues to grow internationally. Exports of U.S. soybeans to China have tripled in the last decade, but since 2012, Brazil has been the largest supplier of soybeans to China. Nearly 60% of U.S. soybean exports head to China, and the strength of that market will continue to influence U.S. soybean demand. Exports are projected higher in 2018, but Chinese tariffs could shrink Chinese demand of U.S. soybeans. The drought in South American weakened Chinese leverage over the U.S, as production in South America finished below expectations. Overall, the growth in soybean use appears strong at a 5.5% increase next year, but international trade and weather provide large uncertainties looking forward.Soybean prices in 2018 are expected to be similar to 2017 with the potential for a rally in late June, which would set up an opportunity for producers to contract grain. Trade uncertainty in the Chinese market could change the outlook for soybean profitability for both old and new crop soybeans. Weekly sales numbers will be an important indicator of the ending U.S. export value.Access to Brown’s full report with information on poultry, eggs and wheat can be found here: https://aede.osu.edu/sites/aede/files/imce/images/Current%20Commodity%20Situation%20and%20Outlook%20for%20Ohio%20Report%20.pdf.last_img read more

Valdez, Creamline yet to solve Bali Pure puzzle

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Bualee is the PVL’s most decorated import with her achievements dating back to when the league was still named the Shakey’s V-League.Included in Bualee’s resume are six Best Scorers, two conference MVPs, and one Finals MVP.Valdez added they have to find a way to finish matches stronger after dropping the third set against the Water Defenders in quick fashion.“It’s really frustrating, you get the first set, you almost win the second set then your energy and confidence, as a team, just plummets come the third set,” said Valdez, who had 12 points in the loss. “This is a learning experience for the team and I hope we can change the mindset come the second game.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bali Pure edges Creamline in Game 1 of PVL semis MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline skipper Alyssa Valdez said Saturday that their miserable record against Bali Pure has certainly affected the entire team, and with the Cool Smashers battling for a spot in the finals the ace hitter added they better change their mindset.“Definitely the record is affecting the team,” said Valdez after losing for a third straight time to the Water Defenders, dropping a 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21 in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Valdez and company are 0-3 against the Water Defenders dating back to the elimination round.Bali Pure’s first win came off a four-setter, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 28-26, back in May 16 when Valdez carried the Cool Smashers with 27 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline again lost for a second time a week later, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, but Valdez played sparingly and she finished with just two points.“We’re really working hard to perform well and give a good fight, and we failed to give our opponents that,” said Valdez. “Bali Pure is a veteran team with Jeng [Bualee] and Grethcel [Soltones] have played in commercial leagues and international competitions.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Hollywood wrap: Scarlett Johansson rocks a new pixie cut

first_imgScarlett Johansson rocks a new pixie cutScarlett Johansson is looking very different these days. She’s got a growing baby bump, and a new, very short hairstyle. We spotted Scarlett out in New York City with her fiance Romain Dauriac sporting a fresh new do and some comfortable overalls.Scarlett Johansson is looking very different these days.Beyonce responds to divorce rumoursBeyonce responds to all those divorce rumors by posting the perfect picture to her Instagram account.Kim Kardashian stands up for brother RobKim Kardashian takes her role as a big sister seriously. Despite rumors the brunette beauty had fallen out with brother Rob she still has his back. Blasting Adrienne Bailon who spoke out about her regrets of appearing on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.Selena Gomez gets close to Nat WolffSelena Gomez wasn’t afraid to get close to her co-star Nat Wolff for the Hollywood premiere of her latest film Behaving Badly. After the star studded event the beauty posted a snap on her Instagram account to declare her admiration for her fellow actor.last_img read more