25 November – 10 December - Act Now to Prevent and Eradicate Gender-based Violence in Schools
The 16 Days of Activism is a global Campaign that advocates for action against gender-based violence. This Campaign has been running for 23 years. Since 1991, the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership has been the global coordinator of the 16 Days Campaign. The International theme for 2014 is “From peace in the home to peace in the world: let’s challenge Militarism and end Gender-Based Violence”.
The three main priorities of the Campaign this year are:
- Violence perpetrated by organs of state. ( e.g. aggressive action by police)
- Proliferation of small arms. (often used in home based violence by intimate partners)
- Sexual violence during and after conflict. ( e.g. kidnapping of the Nigerian school girls)
The NAPTOSA Charter of Professionalism states that we, the teachers of NAPTOSA will serve and educate all learners with equal dedication, irrespective of gender, race, culture, religion, political affiliation, intellectual capacity and sexual orientation, delivering the curriculum so as to enable all learners to develop their skills, knowledge, values and attitudes in a changing environment. Therefore, we urge all NAPTOSA members to dedicate the last (16) days of the school year to some form of activism against School-related Gender-based Violence (SRGBV).
The 4th Biennial NAPTOSA Congress was held from 30 October to 1 November 2014 in Benoni. The theme of the Congress was, “Racing to the Top: The Challenges of Quality and Equity in Education.”
Mr Basil Manuel (President), Mrs Anthea Cereseto (Deputy President) and Mr Nkosiphendule Ntantala (Vice-President) were all re-elected to their positions for another term of office.
The 4th Biennial National Congress of National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA)
The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) will be holding its 4th National Congress from 30 October to 1 November 2014 at Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni.
The theme for congress this year is “Racing to the Top: The challenges of Quality and Equity in Education. More than 270 delegates from all nine provinces and guests from government, business and international education union expected to attend the Congress. The NAPTOSA national congress is the highest decision-making body of the Union and meets biennially. Congress is comprised of National office bearers, Provincial office bearers, Provincial Chairpersons and delegates from all nine provinces representing NAPTOSA members.
The Congress will deliberate on constitutional changes, provincial motions and adopt policies by means of resolutions to further the objectives of the Union. The Congress will assess its progress in implementing resolutions taken at Congress 2012.
“Invest in FUTURE, Invest in the TEACHERS”
The 5th of October 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the World Teachers’ Day, an annual event initiated by UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and celebrated with its partners UNICEF and Educational International (EI) to honour and celebrate teachers.
Quality education for all is the foundation for sustainable economic prosperity and a just and equitable society. Quality education helps every person to achieve his or her full potential. All children deserve a teacher who is qualified, well-trained and paid according to their skills, qualifications and experience.
Students deserve these entitlements as a minimum standard to ensure quality education.
Make this World Teachers' Day to remember!
On 5 October 2014, World Teachers’ Day, Education International (EI), the international organisation supporting teacher trade unions throughout the globe, launched a new phase in its campaign to Unite for Quality Education.
The campaign aims to:
- Secure Quality Education For All;
- Ensure the achievement of the 2015 Millennium Development Goal for education; and
- Secure quality education for all as part of global action by governments worldwide beyond 2015.
To make this the most special World Teachers’ Day ever! Celebrate teaching and learning with your 30 million colleagues all over the world who deliver quality education to children, young people and adults!
Join your colleagues around the world on World Teachers’ Day and send a message to world leaders that you “support education for all, a post 2015 development goal on education, and the global campaign to get all children into school.”
NAPTOSA President Mr. Basil Manuel addressed the delegates at the Unite for Quality Education March- Saturday 20 September 2014
The African 's event. Watch the video below
The streets of Pretoria were bustling with hundreds of teachers, learners and education workers on Saturday ,20 September to celebrate the culminating event for the Unite for Quality Education Campaign. The march, led by a busload of school children, made its way from Prince's Park opposite the NAPTOSA Head Office to Ditsong National Museum for Cultural History. Amongst the speakers, Minister of Basic Education Mrs. Angie Motshekga, applauded the campaign's importance and the her department identified strongly with the Campaign's three pillars of Quality Teachers, Quality Tools and Quality Environments.