SA companies urged to ‘Adopt-a-School’

first_imgCongress of South African Trade Unions secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi roused the crowd with a passionate speech on the ills of the current education system. reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. The accord further states that businesses must adopt schools that are performing poorly and subsequently implement whole school development programmes. Brand South Africa’s director of stakeholder relations, Iggy Sathakge, said the launch came ahead of a national roll-out of the Adopt-a-School campaign, with the aim of delivering quality education to all underdeveloped schools. On 13 July, an accord was signed by businesses, labour and the government as a pledge to ensure that every South African child was in a classroom and every teacher was teaching. Vavi emphasised the lack of progress made in provinces like the Eastern Cape and said the crisis manifested profoundly in this province because the Department of Education was dysfunctional. He added that a website would launch within the next month that would monitor the role businesses were playing in their chosen schools. He added that it was not just up to teachers to ensure children were educated but that all members of communities, including churches, families and police, should be accountable as well. “If a business adopts a school, they may conduct an analysis of what a school requires and then provide what is needed,” said Sathakge. Initial focus on three provinces According to the recently signed accord, organised labour, business and community organisations must aim to adopt between 100 and 200 schools by the end of 2011. Depending on this year’s success, the programme will be expanded to target between 500 and 1 000 schools in 2012. “This campaign will demand accountability. Those who have mismanaged the education system must be dismissed,” he said to a cheering crowd. Key points of the accord The accord also states that the parties involved in the Adopt-a-School campaign will agree to work together to change the mindset of teachers, pupils and parents to rebuild the part of the education system that is dysfunctional. As a means to monitor progress, Sathakge said that partners would report regularly on the roles each business had played. 3 October 2011 The launch took place in Butterworth as the town was recognised as a hotspot for dysfunctional schools. Sathakge said the campaign’s initial roll-out would take place in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Sathakge said the majority of citizens lacked a strong educational foundation, which was supposed to have been acquired at primary school level. As a result, when they got to university, they tended to drop out. More than four hundred community members braved the rainy weather to gather at the Caley Sports Ground in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape for the national launch of the Accord on Basic Education and Partnerships with Schools campaign on Sunday. A number of companies have already committed themselves to the campaign, including banking group Absa, the Industrial Development Corporation and food manufacturer Nestle, which is providing bursaries to pupils. It concludes by saying that the campaign aims to produce fully functional schools with the so-called Triple T foundations of a good institute. These include effective leadership and management; teachers arriving in class on time and teaching for the full period; and making teaching materials available. He said that communities must adopt a zero tolerance approach towards lazy teachers and those who used female pupils as sexual objects. “The challenge is greater in these three provinces, and special attention will be given to schools in these areas,” he said, noting that the matric pass rate had been dropping in these regions in recent years. He added that there would be no specific timeline for the campaign and that it would operate for as long as necessary to reach the objective of providing quality education. Demanding accountability Run by the Department of Basic Education, the National Economic Development and Labour Council, and Brand South Africa, the campaign encourages businesses to “adopt” schools and donate educational facilities to them. He also said that, countrywide, most children from poor backgrounds were stuck in dysfunctional schools, adding that: “60% of those schools do not have laboratories and 60% of pupils are pushed out of the education system before they reach grade 12.” “The premise of the campaign is to build requisite skills at primary level education,” said Sathakge, after acknowledging that the nation’s skills level was low and at risk of staying that way.last_img read more

Collaboration Is Hot: Why Now?

first_imgRelated Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Collaboration may be the hottest trend to hit the enterprise this year. But what makes it so hot? Why now?According to “Benchmarking Your Collaboration Strategy,”a new report from Forrester Research, two key trends make collaboration important to the enterprise right now:The amount of content that people produce is morphing, especially as the advent of social computing becomes more commonplace. Second, inefficiencies are swamping the enterprise with the need to create collaborative strategies that provide a more structured approach to how information is managed.Four Key FactorsInnovation: The poor economy is playing an important factor in how companies view the ways they develop products. Management is looking for more efficient and creative ways to innovate. And they are looking to Web 2.0 technologies for answers. According to Forrester, discussion forums and idea management tools are the top two Web 2.0 technologies being considered and piloted by IT decision-makers this year. Efficiency: Information workers are high-paid, valuable members of the enterprise. But they have a hard time finding information to get their job done, with 83% saying they waste time searching for information vital to their work projects. There is growing importance for tools that provide the ability to better find information and connect more easily with co-workers who can provide expertise to solve problems and drive efficiencies.Email Woes: A huge need is emerging for better ways to reuse information that normally would be lost in email communication. Email is used to share information but it only goes so far as the people in the email chain. Once in the chain, it’s locked away. Changing email behavior is no easy task but collaboration technologies hold promise for more information to be shared throughout the enterprise.Governance: Managing business information is becoming a legal necessity. Communication is becoming so widespread that it is becoming difficult to track. According to Forrester, only 20% of businesses report that they’re very confident that if challenged, they could demonstrate that their digital information is accurate, trustworthy and accessible.Benchmarking For SuccessForrester’s report is designed to provide a framework for building a collaborative practice in the enterprise. Senior level executives came to understand in 2009 the need for better collaboration. In 2010, we expect structured formats like what Forrester proposes will be increasingly important for successful implementation of collabortion technologies in the enterprise. alex williamscenter_img Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Had Enough Already? Quit Facebook Day is May 31

first_imgIf you’re jumping on the quitting-Facebook bandwagon, then have we got a website for you: site asks that, “if you agree that Facebook doesn’t respect you, your personal data or the future of the Web” then you may want to join in quitting Facebook on May 31, the date it has declared as the official “Quit Facebook Day”.The site is the creation of systems designer Matthew Milan and technologist Joseph Dee, who say that for them, “it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions”. Milan writes that they “just can’t see Facebook’s current direction being aligned with any positive future for the web, so we’re leaving.”Facebook has been facing yet another backlash after announcing further changes to its privacy policy during its f8 developer conference last month. Many users take issue with the social network’s now-default opt-out inclusion of its users in new features and services, and “How do I delete my Facebook account” has become a top search suggestion on Google.But while Milan and Dee quote a number of sources (including us) on what alternatives there might be to Facebook, the reality is that few exist. We’ve all heard of Diaspora now, but do we really believe that the future of social networking lies in an alternative that requires users to have their own server and install code? Milan has an amusing take on what he’ll do instead of continuing on with Facebook:At this point I’d rather use 4chan to connect with my family and friends than Facebook. It might be full of pictures of prolapsed anuses and Japanese cartoon porn, but at least it has tripcodes and a healthy dialog (based in action, not words) around the evolving nature of online identity and privacy.Milan also remains, well, realistic about Facebook’s more than 400 million users, saying that he doubts that his act will compel many others to leave, but that it will show that he cared about his data. He also writes that “when there’s a market need, it’s not long before better options appear” and “the best thing to do is to contribute to that need – and that’s what Quit Facebook Day is about.” We asked Milan if he had anything to add about why he was quitting Facebook and he said, “I want to reiterate is that privacy is not why I’m quitting FB – Privacy is a symptom of a set of larger issues, but for most, it’s the easiest to understand.”The site has only been up for a couple of days, but as of right now, it has nine people signed up to quit.If you’re ready to make the jump, simply go to and enter your Twitter handle, if you have one. Otherwise, you can enter your email address and, if quitting Facebook is something you’ll need a reminder about, then will send you one.Will you make the commitment? Will you contribute to that need?While I do not agree with many of Facebook’s actions, there’s one simple reality that I look to – all of my friends are on Facebook and until that changes, that’s likely where I’ll stay. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melanson Related Posts last_img read more

Energy-Efficient Show Home is an 8,500-Square-Foot Monster

first_imgLAS VEGAS, NV — Every year, a new show house — dubbed the New American Home — is built for the annual International Builders’ Show. Designed for energy efficiency, this year’s New American Home is an 8,500-square-foot Las Vegas mansion with 25 heating and cooling zones, four water heaters, and a swimming pool.The details of the show home were described in a sparsely attended workshop on the second floor of the Las Vegas convention center by Brad Oberg, chief technology officer at IBACOS, an energy consulting firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Oberg was instrumental in refining the design of the home’s energy-efficiency features.Although the home is equipped with a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic array — that is, about $90,000 of PV modules — it nevertheless requires an additional 4,239 kWh of grid-supplied electricity and $2,000 of natural gas per year. “The buyer of this New American House is in the position to buy a large house,” explained Oberg. “He bought a large house that uses much less energy than if he had bought a large house from another builder.”Describing the house for Popular Mechanics, reporter Harry Sawyers noted, “In its defense, the house cools itself using 39 percent as much fuel as a comparably sized structure, but using a rough Las Vegas average of $7 per million BTU in natural gas (the national average is $4.90), we estimate that this house consumes close to 300 million BTU in gas per year. At 293 kWh per million BTU, that’s getting up past 85,000 kWh per year — three times the average American home’s 27,022 annual kWh. Put simply, this house is bloated.”last_img read more

Nira Radia claims threat from an advocate

first_imgCorporate lobbyist Nira Radia met CBI director A.P. Singh on Wednesday to complain about a “blackmail” threat she had received from a lawyer. Sources said Radia complained that a lawyer was threatening to “expose” her.Radia is a CBI witness in the 2G scam and has had a run-in with former MP and lawyer R.K. Anand, the sale of whose controversial book on her was banned by the high court recently. But a CBI official said the lawyer she complained about was not Anand.The lawyer allegedly told her that he would provide documents to the CBI which could nail her. She met Singh at his North Block office, though it was a bit out of line for somebody to directly meet the director on a matter like this.Radia is listed as witness number 44 among over 125 witnesses, including former bureaucrats of the telecom department, honchos of private companies and attorney general G. Vahanvati.The CBI refused to make any official statement on her meeting apart from confirming it.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

NBA rescinds technical fouls on Kevin Durant, JaMychal Green

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, and Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green jaw at each other during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 132-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NEW YORK— The NBA has rescinded technical fouls called on Golden State’s Kevin Durant and JaMychal Green of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.The players were called for double technicals early in the third quarter Thursday night at Staples Center as they jawed at each other. The Warriors won 132-105 and lead the series 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Both players protested the call, and the league rescinded it Friday.Durant had been ejected from Game 1 with a double technical and he had accumulated three of the seven fouls allotted before the NBA would issue a one-game suspension until the latest tech was withdrawn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDurant said after the game Thursday that he hoped the foul would be rescinded because he doesn’t want to jeopardize the two-time defending champions going forward. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Nadal surprised as ‘super solid’ Djokovic exits Monte Carlo DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more