Member States, Ministries of Education, schools and educators in the SADC region are invited to register as members of the newly launched CSTL Pulse site. This evolving online platform will continue to grow into a useful and robust space for all those working in the CSTL environment. Now more than ever, people are recognising the benefits of a collaborative, online space to connect, exchange ideas, promote their work and share information. Join us and sign up. We look forward to welcoming you to CSTL Pulse! Connect here
In February 2021, the CSTL Technical Committee and FutureLife-Now! Sharing Meetings were held virtually. Member States and partners shared country reports, provided expert inputs and discussed challenges experienced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click hereto view and download the presentations.
MIET AFRICA requires a service provider to design, curate, evolve and support the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) online ecosystem.
CSTL is an innovative approach that responds to the millions of children and youth in the region whose right to education is compromised by a host of barriers to quality teaching and learning.
The SADC CSTL Policy Framework provides ministries of education with guidance in strengthening their systems so that schools are able to serve as sites of integrated support where quality education is secured and child and youth-friendly services are provided in support of health, gender, migration, food security and other challenges. The ecosystem will focus on stakeholder engagement and learning as well as knowledge management and sharing, in ways that accelerate the impact of the CSTL mandate.
The design of the online ecosystem will be developed following a strategy session where the initial blueprint of the ecosystem is determined,
The SADC Secretariat, UNESCO, UNICEF, MIET AFRICA and key partners held a successful webinar on 3 September which provided a platform for exchange between education leaders and stakeholders on good practices and challenges related to the re-opening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar highlighted the close relationship between health and education and the negative impact COVID-19 has had in this regard. Lockdowns highlighted pre-existing challenges facing schools, for example infrastructure and governance, and other roles that schools play aside from education, for example in nutrition. A key takeaway message is that at the systemic level, it is necessary to build resilient and robust systems, and it was acknowledged that the following elements were critical: infrastructure, capacity building, (e.g. equip teachers with ICT skills), financing, psycho-social well-being of educators, and the building of partnerships.
Click here to read the report and see below to download presentations.
As part of establishing an e-platform at 10 FutureLife-Now! schools in Malawi, MIET AFRICA wishes to procure specific products to mitigate the disruption of schooling during due to school closures, lockdowns and physical distancing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
MIET AFRICA, through its regional school-based programme, FutureLife-Now! will establish an effective e-platform that will allow for online communication, meetings, workshops, and dialogue exchanges. Quotations must be submitted by email to by 12 noon on 9 September 2020. Prospective bidders must in the submission a minimum of a one-year warranty on all hardware and software, delivery to school and set-up costs of laptops, projectors, and screens. It should also include evidence of ability to deliver the described scope of work and value for money. Click here to read the full ToR and for submission details.
The SADC Secretariat, UNESCO, UNICEF and MIET AFRICA invite you to participate in and exchange between education leaders and stakeholders on good practices and challenges related to the re-opening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. See Invitation for more information and how to register your attendance.
MIET AFRICA seeks to employ In-Country Coordinators to take responsibility for the effective implementation of the FutureLife-Now! COVID 19 Emergency Response. FutureLife-Now! is a regional school-based programme aimed at reducing new HIV infections and increasing ART adherence amongst young people in the SADC region. The programme will provide assistance to that country’s COVID 19 response through the provision of emergency COVID 19 equipment and the dissemination of factually accurate COVID 19 information. Each post is a seven month contract position, commencing 1 June 2020 and ending 31 December 2020. Closing date for applications is 27 May 2020. Click here for more information and to apply.
The report includes a road map for planning to build and maintain a CSTL school. A CSTL school is a rights-based, inclusive school that ensures that every child—especially the most marginalized—receives a quality education that unlocks their full potential as an agent of sustainable development. The goal is that every school in the SADC region becomes a CSTL school that provides transformational, quality, inclusive education to all, especially the most marginalized, and builds the human capital needed for sustainable, inclusive development. Click here to download the report.
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action has developed a technical note for the protection of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The technical brief aims to support child protection practitioners to better respond to the child protection risks during this pandemic. Read the technical brief here.