Protect a child, wear a green ribbon!
National Child Protection week (CPW) is commemorated in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children. South African children are protected by the Children’s Act of 2005. Child labour is defined as work by a child which is exploitative, hazardous or otherwise inappropriate for a person younger than 15 years, and places at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health, or spiritual, moral, emotional or social development. Despite the best efforts of the country’s progressive child protection laws, policies and programmes preventing and addressing violence against children, many children still remain vulnerable.
The green ribbon symbolises life and growth.
-By wearing the Green Ribbon it shows that you care and support Child Protection Week
-The Green Ribbon indicates that we are united in support of children.
-It emphasises the importance of partnerships to tackle child abuse, neglect and exploitation.
NAPTOSA recognises that teachers are uniquely positioned to educate and protect children from abuse. Teenage parenthood adds another dimension to this problem, and could place children born to these young teenage parents at risk of abuse and neglect. Education on children’s rights becomes critical in schools to educate and protect the rights of the generation born to these young parents. SGBs are uniquely positioned to educate their respective communities on how to support and protect children from abuse and on social grants and other benefits for children.
The wage agreement for the period 2015/16 to 2017/18 was signed in the PSCBC on 19 May 2015. NAPTOSA is a signatory to the agreement. This means that members will receive the following:
COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT
2015/16 = 7% increase with effect from 1 April 2015 (based on projected CPI of 4,8% + 2,2%)
2016/17 = Projected CPI + 1%
2017/18 = Projected CPI + 1%
(A safety net clause has been built into the agreement that will allow for the difference between the projected CPI and the actual CPI for the corresponding period either to be added to, or subtracted from, the adjustment for the following year depending on whether the actual CPI was higher or lower than the projected CPI)
28, 5% adjustment in the medical subsidy for in-service members belonging to GEMS limited to –
A maximum cap of R 925 p.m. per principal member and first dependent and R 565 p.m. per each additional dependent.
An overall maximum cap of R 3545 p.m.
The status quo remains in respect of members of open medical schemes - e.g. a maximum cap of R 1 014 p. m.)
The President of NAPTOSA, Mr Basil Manuel, reacting to reports of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, which also impacted on schools, said in Pretoria today that NAPTOSA and all its members were shocked by these callous attacks. NAPTOSA condemned these attacks in the strongest possible terms as an affront on the dignity of all South Africans.
Mr Manuel stated that NAPTOSA, as a union of education professionals, is particularly concerned about the impact of these attacks on, teachers and learners. Schools, he said, have been left without the services of critical teachers who have been too afraid to report for duty. Learners have also been unsettled by the violence and some foreign nationals learners have been intimidated by their peers and have as a result missed out on schooling.
NAPTOSA calls on all teachers of worth to stand up against these dastardly acts. Mr Manuel further called on schools to protect foreign national teachers who provide a sterling service to the Country. NAPTOSA appeals to all teachers to use the power of education to fulfil their role as nation-builders and inculcate a culture of tolerance, acceptance and respect for all people irrespective of nationality, race, colour, culture or religious faith.
Mr Manuel also deplored the actions of criminals exploiting the current situation by looting property and businesses as well as the assault of foreign nationals and called for decisive law enforcement.
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.