World Teachers'Day 2017: Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers
WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY- 5 OCTOBER 2017 TEACHING IN FREEDOM, EMPOWERING TEACHERS
World Teachers’ Day (WTD), held annually on 5 October, is an important event for the entire educational community. It is a day that commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1996 UNESCO/ILO recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The 1996 recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights. This year, on World Teachers’ Day in 2017, the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel, is also commemorated.
The theme for this year’s World Teachers’ Day is: “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”. This year’s theme echoes the theme of the 2015 WTD -“Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies” and slogans such as “If you can read this, thank a teacher”, “Every child is shaped by the mind of the teachers” and “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela. In 2015 World leaders at the UN convention reaffirmed the importance of teachers’ empowerment as a top priority in all education and development strategies.
NAPTOSA 's position on the COSATU strike : 27 September 2017
COSATU has called a national strike of its members on 27 September 2017 in protest against corruption and state capture. NAPTOSA is equally perturbed by, and opposed to these phenomena that have crippled our country. Just recently NAPTOSA, as part of the Independent Labour Caucus in the PSCBC, wrote an open letter to the Board members of the GEPF to warn them that tampering with members’ pension money will not be tolerated and that investment/utilisation of pension money by the Public Investment Corporation will be closely scrutinised and legal action taken, if required.
NAPTOSA, however, is not an affiliate of COSATU, nor have we been approached by COSATU to join in the strike action. As a union we will therefore not be taking part in tomorrow’s action. Members must report for duty and ensure that they sign attendance/stike registers at their places of work.
To prevent situations where employers implement blanket ”no work, no pay” deductions on all educators and support staff in education, letters have been written to the Department of Basic Education and the various Provincial Education Departments to inform them that NAPTOSA members will not be participating in the strike action and no deductions may therefore be made from their salaries in this regard.
Independent Labour Caucus :Open Letter to the Government Employees'Pension Fund
INDEPENDENT LABOUR CAUCUS OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES’ PENSION FUND Dear: Members of the GEPF Board of Trustees Chairperson of the GEPF Board of Trustees –Dr Renosi Mokate GEPF Principal Executive Officer – Mr Abele Sithole Minister of Finance- M Gigaba Deputy Minister of Finance – S Buthelezi
The Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) that comprises 12 unions and represents more than 420,000 members in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), has noted with apprehension, reports that the GEPF, through its investment entity, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), may make an investment in the South African Airways (SAA). Such an investment would undoubtedly not comply with the strict principles that should underpin an independent and bona fide investment. The repeated statements by the GEPF that members of the Fund need not panic “because the Fund has not received any proposal to help fund the SAA” does little to allay the fears of members. The GEPF should, unequivocally, pronounce that should it receive such a request, it would be turned down, based on the fact that it is common knowledge that the SAA has an extremely poor business record that has reflected a downward spiral over the last few years, having had to be thrown a lifeline, repeatedly, by the State as majority shareholder.
Good assessment practices are an important process towards achieving effective learning. Assessing learners enables teachers to gauge learners’ level of understanding of curriculum content and serve as a guide on which steps for the teacher to follow next; to move on to the next topic or take remedial actions. Over the past years, assessment had been reduced to an activity that largely fulfils policy with emphasis exerted on recording and reporting in comparison with assessment that promotes and supports learning. The DBE and National Education Collaboration Trust in collaboration with NAPTOSA have embarked on a project to change assessment practices in schools. The training module is rightfully titled: Demystifying Assessment. The assessment project is operating in Bohlabela. It had a great kick-start with the training of the trainers comprising; Foundation Phase Subject Advisers, Intermediate and Senior Phase EFAL Subject Advisers and all Bohlabela Curriculum Coaches on 12-14 September. The training of the teachers will focus on EFAL in the Intermediate Phase, that is, grades 4-6 in three circuits: Casteel, Cottondale and Maviljan. 122 teachers are expected to be trained on the 21st and 22nd of September from these circuits.
Celebrating the richness of our diversity - Heritage Month
CELEBRATING THE RICHNESS OF OUR DIVERSITY
September is a month of celebration in South Africa. South Africa has often been referred to as the Rainbow nation. Over the years the term ‘rainbow’ has also been used to promote social cohesion, tolerance and to celebrate South Africa’s rich diverse cultural heritage.
On Sunday, 24 September 2017, South Africa celebrates National Heritage Day. It is a day in which all South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their cultural traditions in the wider context of the great diversity of cultures, beliefs, and traditions that make up the nation of South Africa. On this day many South Africans celebrate their heritage by wearing traditional attires, performances from various cultures are held throughout the country and eating of traditional foods is encouraged.
NAPTOSA is a leading teacher organisation that prides itself in the diversity of its membership-a true reflection of the demographics of the country. Throughout the year NAPTOSA celebrates the richness of South Africa’s diversity. Many teachers across the country find themselves in the fortunate position of engaging with learners and fellow educators from diverse cultural background. This provides an opportunity to enhance teaching and learning in our schools.
NAPTOSA INsight Volume 11 Issue 2, September 2017 is now available for viewing : Go there
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