Education

Seeing is believing – YouTube video stories for young learners!

Reading Matters, a leading distributor and supplier of educational books and resources in South Africa, is pleased to announce the addition of a wonderful collection of YouTube video stories for young learners, on their website! Established in 1997, Reading Matters has worked tirelessly at promoting language and literacy in South Africa alongside READ Educational Trust, […]

Education

Promoting literacy

When the President announced the COVID-19 lockdown at the end of March, I got worried about how best I could reach out to children around the world and motivate them. As a Literacy Activist I came up with a plan to read my books to children. But that was not enough, so I decided to […]

Education

Counting what counts

Assessing South Africa’s education quality depends on more than the matric pass rate The release of the matric (National Senior Certificate) results this week saw Minister Angie Motshekga and the Department of Basic Education celebrating an all-time high matric pass rate of 81.3%. While we should celebrate and feel justifiably proud of not only an […]

Education

Upskilling starts at home

It is always nice to see young black daughters and sons of the South African soil graduating. Congratulations to you all, most especially those who hail from my beloved village. Keep developing yourselves! Keep acquiring skills! To borrow from the humble former US first lady, Mrs Michelle Obama, ‘may we, when we’ve worked hard and […]

Education

Slow Teaching

I want to start a movement called ‘Slow teaching’ in the same spirit as the Slow Food Movement. The reason is, we’re starving our children, serving them superficial and contrarily highly complicated information instead of soul-building, sustaining basics. I speak as someone who has just moved from a very small, very unique school where ‘slow […]

Education

Letter: Celebrate or worry

Dear Sir/Madam The 2018 matric results were released last week. There is some progress to celebrate and also a great deal to applaud about the Department of Basic Education Minister’s emphasis, at the release of the results, on the importance of Early Childhood Development and also on her recognition that learners must be computer literate […]

Education

A new pass mark – nothing!

As someone who has never seen any reason for passing or failing kids, especially in junior grades, and also who doesn’t see the motive behind judging little ones, I am encouraged by what the Singaporean government is doing. The Swiss-based World Economic Forum (WEF) says that the small Asian nation ‘will no longer compare students’ […]