The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year and runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), also encompassing other key dates, namely:
International Women Human Rights Defenders Day (November 29)
This event is widely known as the 16 Days Campaign which calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. Violence against women and children takes many forms, for example:
Physical violence in the form of domestic violence, terrible violent crime such as murder, robbery, rape and assault.
NAPTOSA has been campaigning against School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) using all of its platforms. On the 22 November, NAPTOSA will adopt its advocacy framework that will guide all NAPTOSA structures in eliminating SRGBV and creating safer schools for teaching and learning.
NAPTOSA recognises that one of the major challenges hindering efforts to prevent and end SRGBV is financial assistance. NAPTOSA urges every school and community to raise funds, engage NGOs and local businesses to join this campaign to create safer South African schools.
South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December which is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is: “Persons with disabilities – Equal participants in shaping a sustainable future.”
In terms of the Constitution (Act no 108 of 1996) access to basic education is a fundamental right without limitations (Section 27) and no child of compulsory school-going age should be discriminated against on the basis of disability (Section 9), to date the majority of these children have not had access to public funded education and support, leaving them vulnerable and outside . NAPTOSA has been calling on the DBE to pay closer attention the education of children with severe to profound intellectual disabilities (SPID).
The Department of Basic Education’s call for comment on the draft policy for the provision of quality education and support for children with severe to profound intellectual disability (SPID) coincides with the National Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM). All relevant stakeholder bodies and members of the public are invited to submit comments to both draft policy documents by 9 December 2016.
Draft policy for the provision of quality education and support for children with severe to profound intellectual disability (SPID)
Draft Policy for (SPID)
Draft learning programme for children with severe to profound intellectual disability
Draft Learning Programme
GEMS this week announced in the PSCBC that its Board has approved increases, ranging between 13% and 16,8%, in the contributions of members for 2017. On average the increase will be 14,98%. The approved increases, per option, as announced by GEMS are the following:
• Sapphire – 13%
• Beryl – 13%
• Ruby – 14,76%
• Emerald – 14,98%
• Onyx – 16,8%
Included in the tariff increase is a portion of approximately 5, 5% to build the reserves of GEMS (an issue raised in the media earlier this year).
GEMS members are reminded that the contribution increase will, to some extent, be offset by the adjustment of the medical subsidy on 1 January 2017 by the Medical Price Index, which according to GEMS, will be in the vicinity of 8,6%.
A new option, called the “Emerald Value Option”, is to be introduced by GEMS in 2017. This option, will allow members who are on the Emerald option to opt for the “Value Option” of which the benefit will be a zero increase in contributions for 2017 in exchange for the following limitations:
• Every family member covered by GEMS to choose a family practitioner, with the allowance of consulting another GP when far from the chosen family practitioner, e.g. holiday
• Referral to a Specialist (excluding emergencies) only through the family practitioner
• Only utilisation of hospitals on a GEMS hospital network (excluding emergencies)
GEMS will, in due course, be corresponding with members on the increases for 2017, as well as changes to benefits.
Firstly, our TEACHING must be excellent. If we follow closely the first four bullets in the Naptosa Charter of Professionalism we will, in fact, be teaching for social cohesion. It is well known that South Africa has a Geni coefficient (a measure used internationally to measure inequality) that is very high, if not the worst in the world. It is also well known that one of the ways to reduce this inequality is better education and higher skills levels. We as teachers can therefore play our part in ensuring that every learner in our classrooms receives the best possible education.
Download the full speech pdf Anthea Speech congress 2016 (149 KB)
Dr Anthea Cereseto, President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), extends well-wishes to the “Class of 2016” on the commencement of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination.
The 2016 NSC examinations began on Wednesday 19 October, when some candidates sat for Computer Applications Technology (CAT). The majority of the Full-Time and Part-Time candidates will officially begin their examinations on Wednesday, 26 October 2016.
Dr Cereseto said that the learners must endeavour to produce good results as the outcome of this examination will determine their life chances. NAPTOSA advises learners who are experiencing difficulty during this examination to seek assistance from the many organisations offering support.
NAPTOSA hopes the focused “intervention programmes” implemented by the Department of Basic Education, aimed at supporting learners, will come to fruition through the learners’ performance, said Dr Cereseto. It is also imperative that the contributions of the teachers over the years, and especially those in the FET Phase, be acknowledged, she added.