KZN centre makes a home for future stars

Five-year-old Olwethu and three-year-old Anathi are brother and sister who have come from a broken and abusive home. Their father was never around and their mom, a drug user and alcoholic, never paid attention to them. The children were neglected and lacked the comfort of a safe secure home. Their plight got the attention of

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Another 20 years of real freedom for all

“More than 11 million orphans and vulnerable children benefit from social grants to ensure that poverty in their homes does not disadvantage them and destroy their future,” said President Jacob Zuma at  the Union Buildings in Pretoria as South Africa’s 20 years of freedom was celebrated on 27 April 2014. If we all work together –

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Centre launched to tackle ECD

Current global trends indicate that by 2015 one in four children under the age five will suffer from stunted growth, a clear sign of malnutrition which affects children’s physical and cognitive development and capacity to learn. JAM SA’s Nutritional Feeding programme seeks to provide a highly nutritious porridge to thousands of pre-school children each day,

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Children’s rights should be an election issue

Guiliana Bland, director of the Jim Joel Fund, said children up to the age of five “are the loudest in terms of noise, but silent in terms of having a political voice”. As South Africa’s national elections loom closer (7 May 2014), political parties jostle for priority in voters’ minds. However, children’s rights to education and

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Research centre launched to boost food security

The Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation launched the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The centre, which will be co-hosted by UWC and the University of Pretoria, will conduct research on food creation, distribution, consumption and governance. This is an exciting development and

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Charter on Children’s Literacy Rights launched

Nal’ibali has launched a Charter on Children’s Literacy Rights on World Book Day, 23  April 2014. The charter, which is freely available in all 11 official South African languages as a poster or download, highlights the range of literacy experiences that all children should have to enable them to learn to read and write. If

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