This week, EI joined global partners to launch the World’s Largest Lesson Plan, a project which began at the request of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is eager to popularise the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, to be launched in September.
The initiative is spearheaded by the UK-based Project Everyone, and led by well-known UK movie producer Richard Curtis, UNICEF, together with the Times Educational Supplement (TES Global) and EI.
This multilingual project has great potential to help our teachers educate future generations on the world’s most pressing issues, which is why I am asking you to join us in promoting the World’s Largest Lesson through your communication outreach channels. The project website, which includes a wonderful video featuring footage from EI’s “A Day in the Life” documentary, can be easily shared on social media.
As a global project, educators and schools all over the world are invited to develop lesson plan concepts based on one or more of the new Post- 2105 Sustainable Development Goals. Once uploaded, all lesson plans can be viewed, shared and rated by peers on the TES lesson plan platform, used by millions of educators around the world. The top rated plan from each of the five global regions will be crowned a winner. The winning classroom, teacher, or school will be celebrated at the 7th World Congress in Ottawa.
Learn more about the World’s Largest Lesson Plan here.
For EI, this project shines a light on both the importance of educators, our extensive Post-2015 advocacy work, and also improves our chances of having the UN Secretary General attend Congress if the project sees a wonderful response.
Lesson plan submissions can be uploaded until the 17 April, so don’t hesitate to start spreading the word.
Join us in promoting the World’s Largest Lesson.
Celebrating a right to live, a right to be heard and a right to learn!
Human Rights Day is a national day that is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.This national day is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s unique Constitution, which gives equal rights to all.
The celebration provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights. South Africa is regarded as a beacon of hope on the continent, and internationally, in the promotion and protection of human rights. South Africans are called upon to celebrate living in a country that guarantees that humanity and dignity will never again be taken away from any South African, irrespective of their race, gender, creed or sexual orientation.
The National Teaching Awards is one of the ways in which the Department of Basic Education publicly acknowledges and encourages dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop South African learners to become effective and functioning citizens.
The National Teaching Awards was launched by Professor Kadar Asmal, former Minister of Basic Education in 2000. This year, marks the 15th year that the Department of Basic Education have been honouring excellence in teaching. The 15th National Teaching Awards ceremony was held in Johannesburg on 7 March 2015. This prestigious event honours the efforts of dedicated teachers and focuses public attention on the positive aspects of education, thereby raising the public image of the teaching profession.
NAPTOSA is a professional teachers’ union for teachers who are passionate about teaching and place the education of the child first. NAPTOSA members support life-long learning and participate in Professional Development throughout their careers.
Education International‘s (EI) 8th Africa Regional Conference
Mr. Basil Manuel, President of NAPTOSA, led the NAPTOSA delegation to the Education International‘s (EI) 8th Africa Regional Conference which was held from the 3 – 6 February 2015.
Under the theme of ‘Achieving Quality Education in Africa: Prospects and Challenges Beyond 2015,’ Education International’s (EI) 8th Africa Regional Conference officially kicked-off from the 4 February 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya.
In his opening remarks, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, said that his country must “ensure that the quality of education meets the basic requirements for human capital development”. Acknowledging the importance of quality education, from Early Childhood Education to tertiary studies and research, the president added that governments and educators must maintain a solid partnership to drive quality education agenda.
Mr Basil Manuel, President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), commenting on the results of the 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) commended the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for accomplishing a “successful” first CAPS-NSC examination. NAPTOSA welcomes the timeous release of the results. The decrease in the overall pass rate from 78.2% to 75.8% in 2014, whilst disconcerting, does demonstrate the integrity of the system in responding to the changing demands of the CAPS curriculum, said Mr Basil Manuel, President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa
The real focus should be on the quality of passes. NAPTOSA is therefore especially concerned by the sharp decline in the overall quality of passes, particularly the decline in Bachelors passes to 28.3 % in 2014 from 30.6%. This suggests a decrease in the number of learners who qualify for entry into Higher Education Institutions, said Mr Manuel.