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Stigma and Fear about COVID-19

Novel diseases such as COVID-19, are met fear which drives stigma about the disease. By virtue of being unknown, coupled with worldwide hysteria and panic, COVID-19 has instilled fear and misunderstanding among communities.

How to identify when someone needs help – psychosocial support

The role of education, in addition to its core mandate to ensure a South Africa in which all our child will have access to lifelong learning, education and training opportunities, is already expanded to include the delivery of non-core services, such as nutrition, safety and protection, socialization and psychosocial support.

Care and Support assist alleviate Covid-19 learner Distress

COVID-19 casts a light on the burden of untreated trauma and socio-economic distress that South Africa has carried for many generations. The pandemic has exacerbated an already fragile psychosocial, health and economic situation, impacting the fabric of life and disrupting the daily routines that underpin the relations between families, friends and the wider community.

Supporting learning – at home, or at school, support for teachers

During the unprecedented highs and lows of the 2020 academic year due to COVID-19, the normality for children to attend school to home based learning has changed our basic academic landscape. Suddenly the parents and caregivers had to help wherever possible the keep the children on their academic track.

Keeping children safe online

Facing a global health crisis like COVID-19 has brought many academic and social challenges as well as frustrations for both parents and children. As online schoolworklessons and socialising with friends and family became the new norm. Children became at greater risk of harm online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Radio 2000 Lunch with Teachers

As part of the response the NECT is working with the DBE and the key partners to keep the over 440 000 teachers engaged with the current aspects of the disaster and to take advantage of the time to reflect on the teaching career.

Partners Launch a National Reading Coalition

Now is the opportune time to gather the best efforts to improve reading, this was the clarion call from National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) CEO Godwin Khosa during the official launch of the National Reading Coalition (NRC).

What is the National Reading Coalition?

In an effort to provide a national response to the reading challenges faced in South Africa, the NECT together with the Department of Education’s Read to Lead campaign has established the National Reading Coalition (NRC) - a self-sustaining, agile ecosystem of reading initiatives across the country.

Vuwani Funding Update

Since the last update issued on 16 July on the status of funding for Vuwani, pledges of assistance for the restoration of learning and teaching in the area have increased from R10 000 000 to R10 829 928.

Rapid appraisals of NECT’s work underway in 8 districts

The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) has dispatched eight teams comprising its Monitoring and Quality Assurance team, an NECT district team representative, a district official, an NECT trustee and a funding partner representative to conduct rapid appraisals in all eight districts supported by the NECT.

Crowd resourcing to get Vuwani back on track: Show Solidarity with Schools in Vuwani and Restore the Right to Learn!

The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), in collaboration with SECTION 27, Basic Education For All (BEFA), the Helen Suzman Foundation and Kagiso Trust, calls on South Africans to support endeavours to get schooling in Vuwani back on track. Within a few hours of making the call, the partners have been able to secure financial and in-kind contributions worth R1,4 million.

NECT programmes improving learning outcomes in Bohlabela

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) are working together to improve learning outcomes in the Bohlabela district of the Mpumalanga province through focused school monitoring visits, teaching tools and ongoing support for teachers. The aim is to improve learning outcomes by ensuring a full curriculum coverage in the 2016 academic year.

NECT upskills youth in Limpopo

Throughout 2015 and into 2016, the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and other education stakeholders continued its work in the Vhembe and Waterberg districts schools, for improved education outcomes.

Mt. Frere’s Kayaletu Makha proves learners can excel with good support

In partnership with Department of Basic Education (DBE), the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) is implementing a number of intervention programmes in the Libode and Mt Frere districts of the Eastern Cape province, the programmes are specifically designed to address challenges faced by poor performing schools, including curriculum coverage and learner welfare.

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