Structural and social constraints in the teaching of Life Skills for HIV/AIDS prevention in Malawi primary schools

Authors: Grames Chirwa and Devika Naidoo  Malawi is a country plagued by social and health problems, such as drug and substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancies and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. These social and health challenges demand that young people be empowered with appropriate information and skills to enable them to effectively deal with these situations. In 1999 the Malawian Ministry … Read More

Learner Discipline in Crisis: Can South African schools overcome the problem?

Author: Pierre du Plessis Discipline problems do exist in South African schools, and in other countries, and the situation is getting worse. The author argues that everyone who cares about children should cares about poor discipline and school violence. He adds that it is time to break the silence that too often characterises even the most well-meaning school communities. School … Read More

Bridging the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children: Why should we be concerned with executive functions in the South African context?

Author: Caroline Fitzpatrick Research shows that child characteristics in kindergarten play an important role in determining their academic success and educational achievements. The effects of these characteristics can have a profound influence even into early adulthood. These characteristics include mathematics and reading skills. However, executive function skills are also important predictors of later success, and may even be one of … Read More

How to Create a Website for your School- Blog

Author: Louïne van der Vyver ________________________________________________________________________________ It is imperative – your school needs a website. The internet has become the modern mom’s compass. To have an online presence is indispensible: firstly it alerts prospective parents of your school’s existence, and secondly it can be used sucessfully as a marketing platform to attract new learners.  It is easy to create a … Read More

Should I be concerned about my Child’s use of Media?

Author: Dr Caroline Fitzpatrick Psycho- educational Researcher ________________________________________________________________________________ Children born into the new millennium have an unprecedented access to screens in the form of televisions, computers, video games, smart phones, and tablets. This changing childhood landscape has led many parents, educators, and researchers to ask questions about the possible benefits and negative effects of this increased digitization of children’s lives. … Read More

Planning Lessons for Effective Classroom Discipline

Author: Dr. Sarita Ramsaroop and Professor Nadine Petersen Department of Childhood Education Faculty of Education University of Johannesburg ________________________________________________________________________________ Lesson planning lies at the heart of effective teaching and managing one’s classroom. Walking into a classroom without a plan of what will be taught (subject matter knowledge or content) and how it will be taught (pedagogical content knowledge or teaching … Read More