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That little guy (or girl - must be PC) gurgling and playing around is brighter than you even think.

New research methods reveal that babies and young children learn by rationally testing hypotheses, analysing statistics and doing experiments much as scientists do. Very young children's learning and thinking is strikingly similar to much learning and thinking in science, according to Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Gopnik's findings are described in the 28 September issue of the journal Science.   Read More...




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Image: Completion of Executive Leadership process

Mamelani’s director and operations manager recently completed an Executive Leadership Training that has been facilitated by Educo where selected manager and directors from NGOs were able to build their leadership capacity through engagements with leading trainers and leadership experts.   Read More...




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Cape Town-based initiative, Soil for Life, has been selected as one of this year’s Impumelelo Social Innovations Award Winners. The decision was made after Pat Featherstone presented their Home Garden Project to the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre’s National Selection Committee in Cape Town on 12 July 2012.   Read More...




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Image: Youth perform as part of the Out the Box Festival

Mamelani recently partnered with Project Phakama in training participants as facilitators to work with other young people from different Children’s Homes to develop a drama performance around the theme of “______Journeying To______”.   Read More...




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Bench Marks Foundation provides consolidated website.

For the past three years, mining communities have been building a bank of blogs and Facebook sites, which have chronicled their experiences in the communities in which they live. These communities are ones that have felt amongst others, the negative effects of mining for coal, platinum, gold and steel production. 
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Learning about, and from, Indigenous communities for the common good.

TORONTO, CANADA: CES, a leading provider for Indigenous Tourism Development, today announced its partnership with Open Africa. CES and Open Africa are pursuing opportunities to coordinate Best Practices Missions focused on Indigenous Tourism Development in Southern Africa with the option for a reciprocal exchange in Canada.   Read More...




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Merger of organisations aims to boost SA NPOs.

GreaterGood South Africa will merge its online community - Myggsa.co.za - with GivenGain.com in a bid to consolidate the sector and boost giving to non-profit organisations in South Africa. The aim is to make it much easier for people to activate for real, sustainable change in their communities.   Read More...




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Newly designed kit to help kids with special needs, disabilities.

Uhambo, the Shonaquip Foundation, has recently launched the Ndinogona "I can" stimulation kit for children with special needs and disabilities. The Ndinogona kit is designed to assist caregivers to interact and stimulate children with disabilities, allowing them to play and participate more in daily activities.   Read More...




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Using videos to teach people how to manage their finances.

Social media has become an increasingly popular form of interaction and information sharing amongst people across the world. In realising this opportunity, FNB has launched an educational series on YouTube with a series of videos teaching viewers about fundamental financial principles and their importance.   Read More...




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Anglo American and Rhodes Business School announce unique partnership.

Rhodes Business School and Anglo American are pleased to announce their partnership in the Global Responsible Leadership Initiative (“GRLI”). GRLI is a worldwide network of companies and learning institutions uniquely focused on developing the next generation of globally responsible leaders.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Skills Development
Puma helps Pienaar give something back to his community.

PUMA joined forces with Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar to support his social responsibility cause, the Steven Pienaar Community Tournament, which took place in his old neighbourhood of Westbury over the weekend of June 16 and June 17.   Read More...




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Unique UCLA program teaches social skills and proves effective over long term.

Teenagers with autism spectrum disorder are in a bind. The disorder is characterised by impairments in communication and social interaction, but it is a continuum, so some teens diagnosed with ASD are considered high functioning and healthy enough to be "mainstreamed" in school, writes Mark Wheeler.   Read More...




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High-quality paper from poor communities boosts pride, boosts skills - buy it!

In poverty-stricken rural areas across South Africa, local unskilled people have learned how to craft high-quality paper by hand using the agricultural plants that grow in their provinces. They use the fibres of bananas, pineapples, mielies, river reeds, hemp, sisal, ficus, cotton and grass, along with agricultural and other waste, to make their uniquely South African paper.   Read More...




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Image: Students get the picture - thanks to RamsayMedia Disadvantaged learners eyeing a career in photography

The Learn to Earn graphic design students were treated to a workshop on ‘Taking the perfect picture’ by Getaway editor and travel photographer Cameron Ewart-Smith as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts.   Read More...




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South African unemployed mothers could go into small-scale farming to feed their families.

They could also create jobs and provide food security for their communities under normal circumstances. Women from rural areas make excuses from the demands of family life, claiming these make it impossible for them to focus on their personal and entrepreneurial development. However, Mosele Qhusheka, 46, has dispelled this belief, writes Olwetu Mafutha* in this article republished courtesy of SANGONeT - http://www.ngopulse.org/.   Read More...




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Call for entries ahead of Africa’s first IPN Conference.

Rising youth unemployment, gender stereotyping and low up-take of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects are just some of the global challenges facing countries across the world.  With both Europe and America facing increasing economic dilemmas, problems such as unemployment and job creation are no longer confined to the developing world.   Read More...




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… But in a very good way.

A successful South African educational programme that equips teenagers with maritime skills while they are still at school, has been shortlisted for an international award. The Simon's Town-based Lawhill Maritime Studies programme, which was pioneered in the mid-90s, has consistently improved the employment prospects of hundreds of young South Africans leaving school each year.   Read More...




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'The real driver of the 21st century will be women,' says the company.

The Coca-Cola Company recently announced a US$2m, multiyear award to Catalyst Inc to help women worldwide grow and thrive in business. The donation was announced in conjunction with Catalyst's 50th anniversary celebration held this week in New York City.   Read More...




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It makes good sense to retain staff, rather than lose them only to have to hire anew.

The cost of running a business or an NGO in South Africa today is skyrocketing, and it’s the small businesses that are really feeling the pinch. One of the primary reasons for this setback is that small businesses suffer personnel losses more heavily, writes Amy-Jane Louw*.   Read More...




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Ensuring you have better skilled employees make good business sense.

The South African Institute of Race Relations has said that companies invested in South Africa could overcome some of the skills constraints they face by doing more to identify and fund tertiary study opportunities for potential graduate professionals.   Read More...



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