First CSTL Conference a Success

First CSTL Conference a Success

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.

CSTL South Africa

CSTL South Africa

CSTL is a response by Ministries of Education in South Africa and the SADC region to the many issues threatening the provision of quality education for children. CSTL, or Care and Support for Teaching and Learning aims to transform schools into inclusive centres of learning, care and support where children stay in school and thrive. Watch this short overview on how CSTL South Africa ensures that every child has access to quality education, and the bright future they deserve.

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Stories from Zimbabwe

Stories from Zimbabwe

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.

Improving infrastructure

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,

Stories from Mozambique

Stories from Mozambique

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.

Stories from Malawi

Stories from Malawi

Chingoli Primary School puts CSTL into practice

After being included in the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Programme at the start of 2016, Chingoli Primary School has put CSTL principles into practice to support vulnerable learners.

Material support to vulnerable learners

Firstly, Chingoli has introduced a programme to provide material support to needy students for example, by providing them with school uniforms.
After they attended the CSTL training, teachers contacted partners and the business community to raise funds to buy materials to make uniform for learners. The school has also set aside one day a month when teachers and students alike make a voluntary contribution to the fund for this.

Formation of partnerships

The CSTL Programme has encouraged schools to form partnerships, and Chingoli School approached various organizations to join hands in caring and supporting vulnerable children.

Highlights of Mozambique Visit (12–15 June 2017)

Highlights of Mozambique Visit (12–15 June 2017)

During June, the Mozambique Ministry of Education (MoE) hosted CSTL partners. The visitors included representatives from the following funding and implementing partners: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (CSTL funding partner), represented by Mr Christian Engler and Lawrence Lewis; and MIET AFRICA (CSTL implementing partner), represented by Lucas Chachine (Board member), Lynn van der Elst (CEO), Pontsi Buthelezi (CSTL team leader) and Sindi Zulu (CSTL Regional Coordinator).

The visit commenced with a meeting at the MoE headquarters in Maputo, where the MoE’s Director of Health and Nutrition, Dr Arlinda Chaquisse, gave a presentation on the progress of CSTL in the country. She highlighted the strong collaboration between government and non-government partners in the strengthening of the education system, using CSTL as an overarching framework to guide the MoE’s response to addressing learning barriers faced by children and youth. Dr Chaquisse shared how CSTL has been contextualized to address priorities in Mozambique,

CSTL Moçambique Canção

The Mozambique CSTL song:

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Group: Activists CSTL in SADC- the Africa child


Criança bem cuidada é a razão de um país próspero em toda África austral.

Não custa nada, temos que ensinar com cuidado e paciência porque é de nós que ela ergue boas intenções.

Cuidados e apoio traz esperança para crianças africanas, ao ensino e aprendizagem.

CSTL traz mudanças em todas as áreas de vulnerabilidade.

O quadro geral, o guarda-chuva, a escola é a porta e o centro para os cuidados de integração e apoio.


Care and support brings hope to the child in Africa to teaching and learning.

CSTL brings change in all the areas of vulnerability.

The overarching framework,