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REMINDER of Youth Day seminar today at 12h30.

In the context of Youth Month this seminar asks how youth activism has changed over the past 39 years since the student uprising that began in Soweto in 1976 – over (ostensibly) the issue of the medium of instruction in schools for black youth. Today we ask youth activists from three universities in South Africa to reflect on their experiences on education and transformation. The call to transform South Africa’s academic institutions is on the rise country wide in the wake of the Rhodes Must Fall movement. The transformation agenda is engendering a new form of youth educational activism that is focusing on issues, inter alia, curriculum reform; demographic diversity within the academy; institutional culture and institutional naming. The seminar seeks to engage the voices of students on these and other pertinent issues related to education and transformation in post-apartheid South Africa.

South African integrated programme of action for early childhood development: Moving ahead (2013-2014-2016/17) was approved by the South African cabinet on 18 September 2013 with the recommendation that costing be concluded with National Treasury. Reference document for all working in ECD in the country.

This report is the second from Statistics SA which examines in detail various aspects of the situation faced by youth aged 15–34 years in the South African labour market. It is intended to enhance policy formulation and implementation as the country reflects on the role played by youth in the transition to democracy. The analysis is based on the first quarter results of the QLFS each year over the period 2008 to 2015.


First State of the World's Fathers Report which aims to provide a global view of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving. Download videos, the executive summary and full report. 

Over the last decade, there has been increasing debate around how to most effectively use research evidence to inform policy processes. A two-year study led by Young Lives set out to identify challenges and opportunities for translating research into policy and practice in the area of child poverty and child protection. On the basis of two case studies – one focusing on orphanhood and vulnerability in Ethiopia and the other on children’s work in Andhra Pradesh, India – the team developed a consultative approach involving a mixed group of stakeholders in each country. The groups identified several barriers to using research to improve policy and practice for children. These included lack of interaction between stakeholder groups, problems with who sets research agendas, lack of resources for supporting research uptake, and researchers’ lack of awareness of policy contexts. Part of strengthening the links between research, policy and practice is supporting the inclusion of children’s perspectives and participation in this process.

 Useful factsheet with definitions of what constitutes cyber bullying and sexting, and what the possible legal consequences are. 

This first Global Report on Nutrition is timely as it comes at a time when developing countries, particularly in Africa, are grappling with communicable and non-communicable diseases. The cost of failing to solve such challenges is high: premature death, pressure on health systems and severe drag on economic progress. The Global Nutrition Report convenes existing processes, highlights progress in combating malnutrition and identifies gaps and proposes ways to fill them. Through this, the Report helps to guide action, build accountability and spark increased commitment for further progress towards reducing malnutrition much faster.

Discussion document for public comment on the National Liquor Policy. Note issues around minimum age for purchasing alcohol, distance from schools and the need for education around liquor consumption as issues affecting the wellbeing of children.

The National Learner Transport Policy has been presented to parliament. Transportation of learners to their respective schools has always been a key challenge confronting government in South Africa. The department has through various studies, such as the National Household Travel Survey of 2013, and the interactions with affected stakeholders, noted that most learners have difficulty in accessing schools in both urban and rural settings. The development of this learner transport policy aims to address the challenges of accessibility and safety of learners. The National Learner Transport Policy was developed in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education and other stakeholders.

The Children's Amendment Bill [B13-2015] & Children's Second Amendment Bill [B14-2015] have been formally introduced in Parliament. Parliament will shortly start the review process and will make a call for comments. It is worth studying these bills in anticipation of the call for submissions.