A Bright Start for smart kids

first_imgBright Start facilitates the placing and continued education of the children in a number of schools with high educational standardsA Cape Town based non-profit organisation is offering children from poor communities, such as Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg, in Hout Bay, a brighter future by placing them in quality schools with excellent educational standards.Schools in townships across South Africa lack resources and competent staff, and offer low-quality education.The Bright Start Education Support Programme identifies children most in need of stronger educational support, and has placed 34 children, ranging from ages three to 12, in private schools in and around Hout Bay.Carolynne Stelling, executive director at Bright Start says, “Our intention is that through this programme, by ensuring quality, holistic education to these children, they will develop into active, concerned and able citizens who will go back into their communities and impact positively on those around them.”The programme’s success hinges on a three-way partnership between the schools, parents and Bright Start, holding all parties responsible for the children’s performance and using sponsorship funds appropriately.She says the organisation wants to “break the poverty cycle; one child at a time, one family at a time”.COMMUNITY OUTREACHBright Start also holds an outreach programme for residents in the communities in which it works.The workshops focus on nutrition, basic child healthcare, substance abuse amongst the youth, and basic budgeting, among others. The workshops also encourage parents to become more involved in their children’s education, like helping with homework.PLAY YOUR PART: BECOME A SPONSORWith the help of the public the organisation’s holistic approach to early child development and education, Bright Start can make a difference in the education of more and more children When the organisation was started in 2008, it had seven children on its programme; with sponsorship for promising students, the number has grown and while helping students improve on their academics, also exposes them to extra-mural activities not available at township schools.Now Stelling says, “We have eight new children on the programme, three of whom are entirely unfunded. The programme cost is R35 000 per year and we ask sponsors to commit to a minimum of two years but preferably more.“Funding shortages are always a challenge, and will continue to be so, even as funding grows. The children are the heart of what we do and knowing that they now have the opportunity of a bright future gives us the greatest pleasure.”To volunteer or offer a sponsorship, contact Bright Start via email, call it on +27 (0)21 790 0458, or visit the organisation’s website to learn more about getting involved.last_img read more

The African Book Trust: Getting South African books into libraries

first_imgThe African Book Trust’s aim is to have more South African books in libraries across the country, making local writing available to more people. Founder Griffin Shea tells us more about the project.Griffin Shea, founder of the African Book Trust, wants more South African books available in libraries. His passion for books is also shown in his store, Bridge Books in Joburg’s city centre. (Image supplied)Priya PitamberThe African Book Trust aims to expand the footprint of South African books. The idea is easy, yet effective. “We have a really simple mission: to give South African books to libraries across the country,” says Griffin Shea, founder of the trust.“That could mean a community library, a school library – any library where the books are available to be read and shared.”Right now, the trust is raising money for the first round of donations. If people want to get involved, there’ll be more information shared on the website, and social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.People want South African booksShea, who also owns the bookstore Bridge Books in Johannesburg’s city centre, is frequently contacted by people wanting to donate books, either to readers, book clubs or libraries.“The African Book Trust sets up a system so that we provide a curated list of books to libraries that want them.”The trust, he hopes, will create a virtuous cycle. “Buying more local books means we’re supporting local writers and publishers, so they can write and print more amazing books.“And we’re expanding the number of readers, by making books as widely available as possible.”More South African books in libraries means there’ll be more opportunities for South African writers to have books published, says Griffin Shea, founder of the African Book Trust. Here’s Veronica Nyathi (background) who manages the Bridge Books website, with numerous South African titles. (Image supplied)Nurturing a culture and love of readingShea describes getting a library card when he was a child as a huge moment: “One of the first milestones in life toward a degree of independence. How incredible is it to have a card that lets you borrow any book you want?”Growing up in a small town in the US, it was through books that he found out about the rest of the world. He says it also developed his love for writing and travel, which eventually became his career: journalism.From chatting to people who pass through his store, Shea has found that South Africans generally love to read, particularly adults in their 20s and 30s.He says it is “unglamorous, logistical issues” that get in the way of promoting a culture of reading. “How do we physically get more books to readers? How do we find out what people want to read? How to we tell people about the great books that are out there? How do we set up a microcredit system so small booksellers can take chances on different kinds of books?”Ongoing and future plansThe African Book Trust, says Shea, has been generously received. “I’m so fortunate to have a stellar board of trustees.”There are already plans to launch a campaign, #5books, to help decide which books to donate next.“We’ll be asking book lovers to choose the five South African books that everyone should be able to read,” he explains. “We’ll have a team go through the suggestions and whittle them down to the five best South African books.”The next step is to raise enough money to be able to get all five books into libraries that want them.“Eventually we’d like to build an endowment, so that we have more predictable finances and can guarantee a certain level of book buying from year to year. But baby steps!”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Crackdown in Tunisia: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#TWiOT#web Tunisian Protests Result in Massive Online Crackdown. On December 17th, a young unemployed university graduate, Mohamed Bouazizi, burned himself to death in Sidi Bouzid to protest the economic situation for young people. His death inspired large protests and resulted in the government killing of three protesters so far. With a non-existent media, Tunisians took to the internet to share information on the protests. This resulted in a savage censoring backlash by the Tunisian government. Anonymous, the 4chan-allied, Wikipedia-defending hacker group, subsequently targeted the government’s official site and that of the prime minister, shutting both down. Tunisians are being supported by bloggers around the world, especially in the Arab world. It has been absent, however, in the western media. This should, alas, be no great shock. On the plus side, as DemocracyWorks notes, are the development of the anti-censorship protest song in Tunisia, and protest hip-hop. Saudi Arabia to increase official online repression. Two months after banning Facebook for “religious reasons,” the kingdom, already one of the most repressive places on the planet, is introducing new rules. They include mandatory licensing for all blogs and websites, as well as government-approved editors. Anyone wishing to start an online publication will need “documents testifying to their good behaviour.” It’s almost funny. Almost. Taiwan restricts free expression. One of the trends we predicted, that of democracies aping restrictive countries like China, is in full flower. The latest to join the Shutup Club is Taiwan. In a unique combination of direct government pressure on the media and government-funded advertising, Taiwan’s media is becoming more docile. Freedom House has downgraded the country’s free speech rating. Whether this will inspire a flowering of alternative online expression or muzzle it as well remains to be seen. The GoldenState is Tin. California’s “mellow vibe” has never seemed quite real to anyone who’s spent any time there, and the latest legal moves in the state should dispel the notion of a live-and-let-live state for good. If you are arrested now in California, the police may, pursuant to a California Supreme Court verdict, seize and root through your cell phone without a warrant. Not satisfied with that, the CA legislature has also passed Senate Bill 1411, a law making “epersonation,” masquerading as someone else online, a crime that can send you to jail for a year. Bolivia makes racism-based censorship more palatable. Bolvia’s “anti-racism” law, a cheap screen for censorship against troublesome journalists, has been criticized widely. Disappointingly, Reporters Without Borders has praised the change in language of the new law. Yes, it’s more specific. But the real issue is that speech is being punished, it’s aimed at media organs and it still provides a handy tool for prosecution of uncooperative newspapers, websites and broadcast stations. Racism should be argued down with words and with actions – if a publication is a racist rag, withdraw your patronage, your advertising, your cooperation. But send a government (you know – the guys with the guns?) against it and you’d best start practice throwing your hands up over your head and remaining perfectly still – you’ll find that yourself racist the minute you disagree with the reigning regime. China arrests blogger for being a dirty bird. Given that China arrested a bride on her wedding day for a seven-word retweet, no one should be surprised that the country’s government is as humorless as it is repressive. But as if to make 100% certain that no one is, China has arrested Lin Chenglong, a Guandong resident who wrote a blog called “Eating, Drinking, Whoring and Gambling.” Please note: Lin was not arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Neither prostitutes, pimps nor madams were arrested. You can make a very good case that prostitution is deleterious for all participants (if you want). But that’s not why Lin was arrested. He was arrested for “spreading obscene material on the internet.” He was arrested, in other words, because China’s leadership are a bunch of repressive grannies. last_img read more

Man City could sue Wigan fan over Aguero fracas

first_imgManchester City Man City could take legal action against Wigan fan over ‘suck my d***’ Aguero taunt Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 23:31 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Sergio Agüero Guardiola The Premier League club have been consulting their lawyers as part of an FA investigation and they believe they would have a case against the fan Manchester City and Sergio Aguero are considering legal action against the Wigan fan they allege attacked and insulted the striker following Monday night’s ill-tempered FA Cup clash.It is claimed that a supporter hit the Argentine from behind, spat at him and said “suck my d***” during a pitch invasion.AdChoices广告Hundreds of Wigan supporters flooded the pitch at the DW Stadium following the Latics’ dramatic 1-0 victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A small number, however, jostled with Aguero, forcing a reaction from the Argentine. The incident is one of several which is currently being investigated by the Football Association. Charges could be brought on Wednesday.English football’s governing body have asked both City and Wigan for their observations on a number of issues, from security arrangements and policing to the behaviour of their players and coaches.City have been in contact with their lawyers as part of the process and Goal has learned that the club could make a formal complaint to the police about the fan they believe provoked Aguero.City are also planning to speak to Wigan about their handling of the match, as they are unhappy that so many fans were able to get onto the field of play.Wigan vowed on Tuesday to carry out a full investigation. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more