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78% of South African children in Grade 4 are illiterate. Nomakholwa Gxowa is the selfless educator mending our literacy crisis.

Every day, the state of our country’s education seems to get worse. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study recently showed that as many as 78% of South African children in Grade 4 are illiterate. The inability to read has knock-on effects for a child’s chances of progressing in other subjects, and while the onus is on parents as well as teachers to provide support, there are instances when this is not possible. With almost three decades of experience working with children, Nomakholwa Gxowa understands the challenges and is working to combat them.

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The High Cost of Not Educating Girls

Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 31 July 2018 9:45 AM CAT
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Globally 89% of girls complete primary education, but only 77% complete lower secondary education, which in most of the countries is 9 years of schooling. In low-income countries, the numbers drop to below 2/3 for primary education, and only 1/3 for lower secondary school. 

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The Monitoring and Evaluation process is turning into a lively new creature with Technology. With Increasing emphasis on real-time feedback, a more rigorous data collection method and quantifiable results, the spread and use of Infomation and Communication Technologies (ICT) in monitoring and evaluation have sparked massive interest, particularly in the Global South. 

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julie lythcott-haims

Julia Lythcott-Haims is a former dean is a former dean at Stanford University from the year 2002 to the year 2012. She is also the author of how to raise an adult. She has built a career on encouraging parents to take a more hands-off approach, favoring tough love instead of protecting kids from the big, scary world. Here are some of the broad strategies she's outlined for how to get there.


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Sizwe Nxasana, the Founder and CEO of Future Nation Schools and Chairman of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) recently delivered a keynote on “The Future of Education” at the 3rd edition of the Education Innovation Summit.

Nxasana highlighted the importance of education, especially at an early age and furthermore spoke about the importance of technology in the educational sector.

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Have you ever wondered if technology improves learning?
 Educational technology supporters and researchers tout the amazing benefits of incorporating technology in the classroom. Those who are on the fence about how useful technology is in the modern classroom provide several counterarguments that warrant further discussion about how to find a happy medium between using technology and traditional teaching strategies.

This blog was published here 

Jen Miller of Jen's Reviews reached out to the team at A Better Africa to engage and offer content. Now that's collaboration!

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Employee Retention in Higher Education

Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 28 May 2018 11:20 AM CAT
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The necessity to attract and retain high-performing employees is both a concern and a challenge for organisations in general. Given the effort and expense that go into recruitment and retention, does this not imply that affected organisations – and certainly higher education institutions (HEIs) as discussed in this article – should be paying more attention to determining why their employees leave? 

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