Education and adolescent development

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Baroness Amos joins Beyond Sport and UNICEF at Johannesburg high school
28 October 2014 - Baroness Amos has joined forces with Beyond Sport and UNICEF South Africa by visiting Dr. E.G Jansen High School in Johannesburg to learn about the importance that sport plays in educational and social development.

Australian netball players share skills with rising stars
16 October 2014 – Thirty local schoolgirls were given a unique opportunity in Potchefstroom on Thursday as the Australian Centre of Excellence squad took time out from the SPAR International Netball Series to participate in a coaching clinic.

Ukufunda Virtual School puts the power of basic education back into the hands of every learner, teacher and parent in South Africa
12 September 2014 - Learning and teaching will become even more exciting in public schools with the launch of an innovative tool that will support classroom activities.

Children becoming the change they want to see in the world
12 May 2014 - Tebogo felt a sense of despair as she looked around her community: some of her peers were falling pregnant and substance abuse was turning into a common occurrence, but then she discovered a community of her peers that felt passionate about

Sport leading the way to a brighter future and a closer community
March 2014 - Two teams of young boys are engaged in a rugby match to the sound of clapping, cheering and shouts of encouragement from the spectators. The excited murmur is in stark contrast to the gunfire and sirens that plagued the Hanover Park community

On International Day of the Girl Child, innovation key to more girls in school and learning
11 October 2013 – To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.

South Africa stands to benefit significantly from investing in its young
10 October 2013 - Better school results, increased productivity, long-term economic growth and social cohesion are some of the benefits that South Africa can gain by investing early in its children.

Sinking her teeth into a male-dominated career field
9 October 2013 - International Day of the Girl Child is 11 October 2013. This year’s Day focuses on innovating for girls’ education.

NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving visits schools in South Africa with UNICEF
29 August 2013 – National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Kyrie Irving has just concluded a visit to Gauteng, South Africa, where he participated in a variety of educational programs supported by UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative.

IKEA Norway visits South Africa to learn about Safe and Caring Child-Friendly Schools
26 June 2013 - In South Africa, the Safe and Caring Child-Friendly Schools Programme enjoys the support of this highly successful campaign. But the buyers of the soft toys are not the only heroes.

GEM/BEM Sports Progamme giving future leaders a sporting chance
March 2013 - Sixteen-year-old Ntloso is smiling wholeheartedly as he jogs around a sports field at the break of dawn. Dozens of children and young people are gathered on the same field: running, stretching and talking excitedly.

Santam and UNICEF partner to promote quality education and safer schools
13 March 2013 – Santam today partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Department of Education in Mpumalanga to promote safer schools and quality education in the province.

UNICEF applauds South Africa’s new integrated school health programme
12 October 2012 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomes the adoption of South Africa’s new integrated school health programme, which was launched by President Jacob Zuma at a ceremony in Cullinan yesterday.

Young South African set to run in London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
22 March 2012 - Moegamat Rogers from Hanover Park, Western Cape has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to run with the Olympic Torch as a result of his involvement in London 2012’s international sports legacy programme, International Inspiration.

Going beyond the ABCs
21 December 2011 - It’s not just another activity … the Girls and Boys Education Movement – simply known as ‘GEM/BEM’ – helps children and young people to recognise and make the most of their potential.

South African youth ready to lead the battle against climate change
30 November 2011 - As world leaders gather in Durban this week seeking a consensus during the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, young South Africans have been asking tough questions...

Techno Girl Programme tackles skills shortage in South Africa
4 November 2011– An innovative public-private partnership seeking to reverse the growing skills shortage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in SA is encouraging girls to pursue careers in these fields by giving them first-hand experience

UNICEF study explores the social networking habits of young people
11 October 2011 - Ask the parent of the average South African teenager what their child gets up to in the evenings, and many will tell you that their sons or daughters are probably typing away on their cellphones, on the country's largest social network..

Early Childhood Development – the best start in life
September 2011 - Lindiwe, a 21-year-old mother of two, sings a lullaby to her baby. A lullaby that has been passed down by generations, sung to her by her mother and grandmother, known to children and mothers across South Africa.

Sport for Development scores a goal at Senaoane
August 2011 - A healthy body, a healthy mind. This is one of the philosophies behind the Sports for Development programme, which in now in its fourth year at Senaoane Secondary School in Soweto.

Girls go Techno
14 July 2011 - South Africa has a shortage of skills in science, technology and engineering. So, you may be surprised to learn that generally, the country’s girls have not been encouraged to pursue traditionally male-dominated subjects.

Hope shines at Mountview Secondary School
21 June 2011 - Hanover Park is often in the media for all the wrong reasons – the community has long been crippled by gangsterism and drug abuse – and growing up there is no easy feat.

Child Friendly Schools in the Northern Cape: KimKgolo Primary School
April 2011 - “At our school we take every opportunity that avails itself to us to. We work very hard to improve the school,” says Kelebogile Suipers, Principal of KimKgolo Primary School, Galeshewe township in Kimberley.

ICC international women’s cricket players unite against AIDS
Cape Town, 21 Feb, 2007… The leading women cricketers of the world are no match for nine year- old Sisipho, a student at Mbekweni Primary school located in the bustling Cape township of the same name.

Fields of dreams take shape at Mountview High School
Cape Town, 2 February…It was a cool Saturday morning in Hanover Park, a poor community with a history of drugs and gang-related violence, near Cape Town. By 7 a.m. hundreds of children in crisp school uniforms, representing the 14 schools already arrived

A school with passion
In 2000, Vuyiswa-Mtolo Senior Secondary School in KwaMashu, in Durban, was shut down when it received a 0 per cent pass rate for matric, the school-leaving exam. Today, it is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s best performers with a pass rate of almost 99 per cent.

Impact on children: youth development and HIV prevention
Almost 1 million AIDS orphans are under the age of 15; girls are often forced to stay at home to look after sick family members, and many teachers are themselves becoming victims of HIV and AIDS. Read more...

GEM and Bread
To ensure that the GEM is not a waste of time and to encourage more children and young people to participate in the GEM activities Millet Nkonyane, says that she and her group try to use creative ways in which to attract membership. Read more...





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