Tackling South Africa’s education challenges

first_imgRay Maota Bechet High School, in Durban, is oneof the schools that have been part ofthe project with Anthony Golding fromMetso Automation as its PfP. Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEOof Symphonia, was the PfP atKannemeyer Primary School in GrassyPark, Cape Town.(Images: Symphonia of South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• James [email protected] Project Manager+27 21 786 2627/ +27 84 824 6832RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal• Can drive raises R8.5m for education• Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• Teacher laptops to enhance educationIndustry and community leaders have been called on to become partners in the School at the Centre of Community project ([email protected]), which aims to tackle educational challenges in South Africa.The project is an initiative of Symphonia for South Africa, a company focused on developing leadership skills and the capacity of leaders in the [email protected] project manager James Eckley said: “Business and community leaders are not asked to just give money to schools to solve educational challenges, but are asked to be actively involved in seeking solutions.”The project came about when Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, looked at the challenges facing disadvantaged schools in South Africa and realised that education has to be a national priority, not just for government.The cost of participating in the year-long leadership and educational programme is R30 000 (US$4 000) and covers the cost of training sessions, coaching and support for the school.This could be paid for by the participant’s employer or a sponsoring organisation.Participation is not limited to business leaders – ordinary people who feel passionate about a school can also take part if they have the funds.The cost covers leadership courses for the participating individual and the chosen school’s principal, and community engagement programmes and seminars that address ways the school and the community can work together to get the best results out of their pupils.Brian O’Connell, rector and vice-chancellor at the University of the Western Cape, said: “It is clear that we all underestimate just how deeply our history has hurt people and institutions, but if our country is to have any chance of transcending that hurt and if our people are to take full ownership of our future, then our schools must lead the way.”O’Connell is one of the [email protected] project endorsers.Partners for possibilityCommunity and business leaders are urged to use their experiences and connections when they partner with principals of their desired school. It is hoped that this will help identify community projects that benefit both the school and surrounding community.Leaders will take up the role of Partner for Possibility (PfP). This is not a mentorship role, but rather becoming a “thinking partner” of the school’s principal, helping him or her find suitable solutions for the school and community’s challenges.Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, said: “”Being Ridwan’s partner was without any doubt the most powerful leadership development experience that I have ever participated in. It was, for me, more powerful than doing an MBA or a Doctorate.”Van Rhyn was the PfP at Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The school principal is Ridwan Samodien.Van Rhyn added that being the PfP taught her valuable lessons about a community she was detached from. “If all industry leaders were to experience this, it would be the beginning of the strengthening of South Africa’s societal fabric,” she said.Activities for each school and community will be unique to the needs of both parties.“[email protected] appeals to all South Africans to become citizens and to become actively involved in the education of our children. Education is the key to securing a bright future for all our children,” said Samodien.Schools already part of the initiativeThere are already a number of schools and communities that have already benefited from this project.There are nine schools in Cape Town, four in Durban and 10 in Johannesburg.These include John Ramsay in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town; Rippon Road Primary in Sydenham, Durban; and Bovet Primary in Alexandra, Johannesburg.Sanlam, Nedbank Business Banking, Metropolitan Foundation, Aurecon, Hollard, Murray & Roberts and Gijima People Development are some of the companies involved in the project.Benefits of the [email protected] from the organisation sponsoring the PfP, to the PfP, the school, pupils, and principal gain something from the projectThe school will particularly benefit from the exposure to the company sponsoring the PfP.Eckley said: “The PfPs spend a year working with the school and most cannot detach themselves from the school after that. Most of them stay on as the company usually ends up investing in infrastructure development at the school or sponsoring school events.”Due to increased involvement from parents, the community and teachers, pupils usually become more proactive in their studies.A principal’s job of running a school is also made easier as he or she is able to identify what it is the pupils and community need to make the institution more effective.Through greater participation in the school’s activities, the surrounding community gains a sense of belonging and relationships between individuals improve.PfPs and the organisations they represent will learn a lot about themselves and their problem-solving capabilities outside their usual environment.last_img read more

Entertainment Weekly Mag Has A Smartphone Bound In — If You Can Find It

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Mobile Ads#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img adam popescu What makes this month’s issue of Entertainment Weekly so special? Not smoking-hot soccer mom Tina Fey vamping on the cover. The reason is inside: A 2.3-inch LCD screen insert that runs live video and tweets for the CW Network’s (not so) fresh lineup of shows. Wait, that’s not an ad. That’s a smartphone!That’s right, a bona-fide 3G android device. For the cover price of $3.95, you’re getting a cellphone along with your Hollywood news. Whoa. The dirt cheap smartphone is a modified ABO 810 budget smartphone made to display tweets and trailer previews for the CW network. It comes complete with a wireless connection, a T-Mobile 3G SIM card, camera, speaker, USB port and QWERTY keyboard. All under a thick layer of card-stock paper. Retail value: $40 to $90. Sentimental or collector’s item value: Through the roof. Apparently, the device was made in Foxconn’s factory in China, according to its handset motherboard. That factory is busy. In my awe at this superslick advertising move, I went out to buy the magazine, take the ad apart and see if I could hack the phone and use it to make a call. Hey, if the guys at Mashable could do it, so could I. Was I overly ambitious or downright arrogant, given that I have little to no phone hacking or jailbreaking experience? No way. With the beauty that is Google, I found a couple quick guides, scrounged up a screwdriver and scissors, and went down to the corner store ready to make the buy and get cranking. Right away, I found a copy of the issue. But something seemed wrong. I flipped through the pages, and found . . . nothing. Just a usual pesky subscription insert. Where was the ad? Had Mashable perpetrated some kind of cruel joke? I knew I couldn’t trust those guys . . . and yet . . .I checked the date, asked the guy behind the counter: Everything checked out. But the smartphone wasn’t in the issue.I went down the street to St. Regis Liquor. They had Paris Match and Variety, but no Entertainment Weekly. Confused, I trudged home, dragging my steps, and hopped online. After a few clicks, I learned that EW only printed 1,000 copies with the phone insert. It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Pacific time. The likelihood of finding a copy was dwindling. Frantic, I called King’s Newsstand in West Hollywood. Nothing. Then I called World Book and News on Fairfax. No answer. I dialed Al’s Newsstand in Beverly Hills. They had it! But did they have one with the phone in it?“I have customers here, I can’t open the magazine,” the irritated merchant told me.I asked him to save one for me and raced over. Twenty five minutes later, I was flipping through the issue, palms sweaty, brow furrowed. No dice.I went home a beaten man. Entertainment Weekly’s coup wasn’t the first print-magazine video ad, but it certainly was the most clever. Here’s a look at what I (and probably you) missed: The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

CWG: How showpiece turned shocker

first_imgThe tsunami unleashed by the Commonwealth Games earthquake seems to have reached distant New York as well. Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh and external affairs minister S. M. Krishna, who are attending the UN General Assembly session, have been forced on the back foot by the reports of the poor state of preparedness.”It is pretty depressing to read such things in the international media. India’s image has taken a beating,” Ramesh told Headlines Today. “I hope we come out of this soon. We are among the fastest growing economies. We could have done without this embarrassment,” he added.Krishna, on the other hand, said he would do all he could to reassure leaders of the Commonwealth nations about the CWG. “If there are any misgivings, we will certainly try to set them right,” Krishna said. According to the ministry of external affairs officials, the media storm unleashed by the reports of poor hygiene, collapsed bridges and other shortcomings have indeed dented India’s image around the world, ” incredible India” has been reduced to ” incredulous India”. The Games had been billed as India’s coming out parade, a mini version of China’s spectacular entry parade in the form of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Union government poured in a vast amount of money into the effort, a steroid boost that would have added muscle to the Capital city in a short time. Unfortunately, the reverse seems to have happened.India’s image has taken a severe beating and the failure to execute the Games projects in time and with “world-class” quality, despite a great deal of boasting, has now boomeranged.advertisementThe pictures of dirty toilets at the Games Village and the collapsed bridge have dented the already fragile self- esteem of this rising nation. ” The commentary in our newspapers is certainly not flattering,” acknowledged a South- east Asian diplomat posted in New Delhi, somewhat diplomatically refusing to say more.A Scandinavian ambassador said the Commonwealth issue had affected India’s image adversely, coming as it does with the developments in Kashmir.”The only thing going for India is that the news from other places is often gloomier,” the envoy said.What has struck many diplomats stationed in New Delhi is the casual approach that has been taken till the last minute by the Union government.”Surely if the country’s prestige was at stake, there should have been much better higher management,” a European ambassador said.An Arab ambassador, however, pointed out that it was not the dirty toilets and collapsed bridge that mattered so much as the security scare arising from the incident in which two Taiwanese visitors were shot at in the Jama Masjid area last Sunday.”The western countries are making a big fuss about the preparations because they do not want to anger India by pointing to the issue of security,” he maintained.For some time now the government has been grumbling about the massive cost overruns and the people had taken the construction mess in their stride.But as the countdown to the Games began about a month or so ago, it became clear that the country had been shortchanged, and how. The ignominy of having Indian hygiene habits discussed in the world media, and having our vaunted economic might being juxtaposed against the collapsed footbridge has been humiliating to all Indians, whether they live in the country or abroad.Given the fact that the Games would have showcased India to the Commonwealth, if not the world, it is surprising that the Union government did not play a more hands- on role in managing the Games. In the case of the 1982 Asian Games, for example, no less a person than Rajiv Gandhi, the then general secretary of the Congress, was asked to supervise the preparations.Given his clout he was able to cut through many of the problems that dogged the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee this time round.The government only got involved at the last minute when it appeared that the Games were headed for a train- wreck.Considering it was the main financier of the Games, the government should have also been its main supervisor. As of now, the Games are teetering on the edge. Hopefully, there will be no more major glitches in the run up to the event. But a lot of equipment and systems there would not have had enough time to be tested. Any major setback is bound to only add to the collective pain of the country.As for the image, it will take some time to undo the damage caused by the poor management and execution of a mega project, something that a rising India should have taken in its stride.advertisementlast_img read more

Stephen Curry Returns to Score 28, Warriors Beat Pelicans

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Long before tipoff, Stephen Curry swished his routine tunnel shot on the second try. Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous energy and anticipation.Then — mouthpiece dangling, of course — Curry finally entered at the 4:20 mark of the first quarter to a roaring ovation from the Oracle Arena crowd and immediately got to work. He knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing 11 seconds later and was off and running in Golden State’s 121-116 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.“It was an eternity it felt like, for sure,” Curry said. “When the lights come back on after the starting lineups you’re usually in the go kind of mind frame. I had to kind of pace myself and be patient with it. It seemed like it took forever but it was a good feeling to get back out on the floor and just let loose and have fun.”Curry came off the bench to score 28 points in a triumphant return from a knee injury and nearly six weeks off, and the Warriors held off Anthony Davis and the pesky Pelicans to go ahead 2-0 in the Western Conference semifinals.All is right with the Warriors again now that No. 30 is back on the floor — even as a backup.New Orleans Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic, left, shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) in the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)“It brought a lot of life to the building, a lot of life to our team’s spirit. Pretty fitting for sure,” Draymond Green said of Curry’s immediate 3.Kevin Durant scored 29 points with a huge 3-pointer with 3:10 to play, to go with seven assists and six rebounds in Golden State’s franchise-record 14th consecutive postseason victory at Oracle Arena. Green contributed 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds while battling Davis on both ends all night.Davis finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday had 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Pelicans, who also got 22 points and 12 assists from Rajon Rondo.“It was tough,” Davis said. “We were in it the whole game.”Andre Iguodala converted a snazzy three-point play with 6:41 left when he flipped the ball up and it came back down and through the net as he was fouled by Rondo, then Golden State pulled away.The best-of-seven series resumes with Game 3 on Friday at New Orleans.Curry shot 8 for 15 with five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes. He let it fly for a 30-foot 3 in the closing minute of the third.“He’s going to score,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.The Warriors were focused on keeping their edge after a blowout Game 1 win.Just the energy Curry brings helped that cause.Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, looks to pass away from New Orleans Pelicans’ E’Twaun Moore (55) in the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The whole place came alive when he made his first appearance on the floor.“That was a special moment when Steph checked into the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Curry had been sidelined since spraining his left knee March 23, the same day he came back from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury.He already had a history of brilliant returns from injuries.In late December against Memphis, Curry came back after being sidelined 11 games with a sprained right ankle to score 38 points with 10 3-pointers.Curry returned for Game 4 of the Warriors’ five-game Western Conference semifinals against Portland two years ago and made 16 of 32 shots with five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in overtime on the way to 40 in a 132-125 victory. He grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists.The game had its testy moments.Curry made a bounce pass in transition to Iguodala late in the third and Solomon Hill was hit with a flagrant 1 for grabbing Iguodala’s neck area as he shot. That came 14 seconds after a double-technical against Davis and Green after they got tangled and rolled around and over each other.“I live for playoff basketball. It’s the most fun time of the year for me,” Green said.Klay Thompson never found his groove and went 4 for 20, 2 of 11 on 3s, and scored 10 points. Iguodala scored 15.Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, shoots against New Orleans Pelicans’ Rajon Rondo (9) in the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Green drove coast to coast for a three-point play 2:08 before halftime, then Thompson banked in a 3 at the halftime buzzer for a 58-55 Warriors edge at intermission.Even a balanced Pelicans attack — they took 105 shots — with all five starters scoring in double figures wasn’t enough to stop the explosive defending champions.TIP-INSPelicans: Nikola Mirotic fouled out with 2:43 left after scoring 18 points. … The Pelicans scored 38 points in the paint the first two quarters. … New Orleans went 13 for 37 from deep, 4 of 20 in the first half.Warriors: Curry came off the bench for just the second time in 76 career playoff games. … Nick Young started a second straight game. … Golden State has won 26 of the last 28 meetings overall vs. the Pelicans. … Home run king Barry Bonds sat courtside and congratulated Curry afterward.REBOUNDING GREENGreen had games of 19, 18 and 15 rebounds the previous three games and a triple-double in Game 1 — then was one board shy of another.“He’s been saving himself for the playoffs,” Kerr said.QUOTEABLE“It was a lot more fun when I was over there,” Gentry joked of preparing for the Warriors, referring to his time as Golden State’s top assistant during the franchise’s 2014-15 championship season.—By JANIE McCAULEY , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more