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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

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  • Sikhula Sonke in Khayelitsha provides quality early childhood development in the form of an open-air outreach playgroup called the Emthonjeni Outreach Programme. FNB fund manager Pearl Mphuthi, says, “Evidence has shown that where very young children have access to early learning stimulation in the preschool years their ability to benefit from schooling is significantly enhanced. Unfortunately, one of the barriers to preschool attendance in South Africa is cost, and non-centre based ECD initiatives such as playgroups are an excellent way to expose young children to a stimulating learning environment.”
  • Ever since the 2008 National Study on School Violence was released by the Center for Justice and Crime Prevention there has been a great deal of attention focused on the problem. However, the follow-up study, conducted in 2012 reveals that very little has changed.
  • A Factsheet from Africa Check on how to travel with children into and out of South Africa
  • The Learner Transport Policy is to be finalised within the current financial year.
  • DBE budget vote 2015/2016 with the theme,Repositioning basic education sector for accelerated quality, equity and efficiency
  • President Jacob Zuma today, 22 April 2015, convened a meeting of stakeholders in South Africa in the wake of attacks against foreign nationals, to discuss migration at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.
  • The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) strongly condemns the disturbing spate of violent attacks against those perceived to be ‘foreigners’ or illegal immigrants in South Africa.
  • “If the voices of our children cannot stop this violence, then I don’t know what can.”
  • Save the Children SA has conducted ongoing research into the effects of xenophobic violence on foreign children. With a specific focus on rural areas in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, Save the Children spoke to children in six towns about their experiences.
  • “Isaac, we can no longer go to the movie today. We have a curfew,” my late dad told me. “I understand, dad” I responded – and I genuinely did.

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