The annual 2018 CSTL regional sharing meeting was held in Johannesburg from 11- 13 December. Hosted by the SADC Secretariat, in partnership with MIET AFRICA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), this was the final SDC-supported sharing meeting. Delegates included education ministry officials from 13 of the 16 SADC Member States, UN partners, and NGOs involved in the area of care and support.
A key theme running through the meeting was the importance of youth empowerment, critical for Member States to deliver on their development imperatives and commitments. In addition to a dedicated session on youth empowerment, youth representatives participated in several of the meeting’s sessions and an opportunity was provided for two youth to make opening comments.
Opening remarks were also made by the three initiating CSTL partners. The representative from the SADC Secretariat, Ms Lomthie Mavimbela, acknowledged the contributions made to CSTL by the various groups represented.
The Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Programme is a powerful example of how an NGO-initiated pilot project developed into a region-wide government commitment providing effective methodology for systems strengthening. Through a collaboration between the SADC Secretariat, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, MIET AFRICA, Member States and partners, a local idea because a shared regional commitment.
This publication tells the story of the CSTL Programme, and reflects the voices of its many stakeholders.
Hosted by RIATT-ESA, the 2nd Regional Learning and Linking Forum for Accelerating Delivery of Comprehensive Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth in Eastern and Southern Africa took place recently in Johannesburg, South Africa. M&E Officer for the CSTL Programme, Jennifer Norins presented at the Forum which provided an opportunity for Member States in SADC and the East Africa Community to come together to talk about best practices and strategies to promote psychosocial support and to use the Minimum Package of Services to achieve the HIV targets for children and youth. The presentation covers in brief MIET AFRICA as an organization, and describes the CSTL programme and its connection with the Minimum Package of Services.
CSTL is excited to contribute to an ambitious campaign to collect at least 100 000 postcards from children and adolescents from around the world asking the world’s leaders and decision-makers to act now against global warming. MIET AFRICA – a key partner in this initiative – is facilitating the participation of children and youth from the SADC region….
Even without the imposition of climate change, caring for the environment is a pre-requisite for survival. While many environmental issues may lie in the domain of government control, communities that are better informed about such matters are more able to adapt to catastrophic environmental events.
The education system – and specifically the SADC Care and Support for Teaching and Learning framework – offers an effective vehicle to drive a response to the very real threat of climate change and related anthropogenic impacts on the natural environment.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in partnership with MIET AFRICA and UNICEF, hosted the inaugural national Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Conference on 12-13 June 2018 in Irene, Pretoria.
More than 230 delegates ranging from CSTL policy implementers, policy makers, policy influencers, learners, and educators attended the Conference which was opened by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga. “On our journey of a thousand miles, we are not alone…we are grateful for the support and guidance of organisations like UNICEF and MIET AFRICA, “said Motshekga.
Under the theme Consolidating our collective efforts, the purpose of the conference was to share the DBE’s framework for care and support, and provide an opportunity for partners to discuss the initiatives currently being implemented in schools within CSTL’s 10 priority areas and in the areas of partnership, multisectoral collaboration and system strengthening in support of policy implementation.
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Inaugural Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Conference
Consolidating our collective efforts
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CSTL makes an impact at Blackfordby Primary School
The story of Blackfordby, a primary school in Zimbabwe, provides just one example of how the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) programme has impacted on a school and its community. Through CSTL, much has changed for the better at the school.
With the help of community members, the school has constructed six additional classrooms and an ECD block is nearing completion. The School Development Committee (SDC) has built Blair toilets for both boy and girl learners.
Promoting good nutrition and health
CSTL has assisted the school to establish a nutrition garden and a greenhouse. This has allowed the school to implement a feeding scheme for the ECD and Grades 1 and 2 learners, and other vulnerable learners. Fruit and vegetables produced are sold to the community and local shops,
Psychosocial support at Escola Primaria Magoanine A
Through its adoption of the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning Programme (CSTL), the Mozambique Ministry of Education (MoE) has become aware of the importance of establishing service delivery partnerships with other governmental ministries, as well as non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Through these multisectoral partnerships, the MoE has facilitated the delivery of essential services and support for learners at the school level. One of the many schools that has benefited from this action is EPC Magoanine Primary School.
EPC Magoanine A is a large primary school with an enrolment of nearly 4 800 (over 2 200 girls and 2 500 boys). Before the introduction of CSTL, many of the learners were underperforming. This was largely due to the lack of psychosocial and other support services required to help these vulnerable children deal with the many learning barriers confronting them.