Why our kids can’t understand what they read

2017-12-10 05:53

Lunga Siquku* finds it difficult to answer questions written in his home language, isiXhosa. He is among 78% of South Africa’s Grade 4 pupils who cannot understand what they read.

What turns some children into criminals? A look into the effects of emotional trauma

2017-11-27 08:05

Why do children act violently? Why are many children at risk of becoming criminals? Understanding this is critical to understanding crime and violence in South Africa.

'Bully free' Vosloorus school empowers pupils to manage conflict

2017-10-15 06:00

To end a vicious spate of bullying on a WhatsApp group by Vosloorus pupils, 12 of them were put through a leadership course. They helped change their school’s culture and end the abuse.

#WithoutWalls – starting the debate about Africa’s youth

2017-10-08 05:43

Until the lion learns to read and write, the Nigerian thinker and novelist Chinua Achebe warned us, the story of the hunt shall always be told from the perspective of the hunter, writes Fred Khumalo.

Unclear how many teachers physically, sexually abuse pupils

2017-09-24 06:05

South Africa’s regulatory body for teachers will meet the heads of all provincial education departments next week to beg them to report those who beat or have sex with their pupils.

Friends and Friction: Our children must learn the power of their hands

2017-09-17 06:00

The greatness of a nation does not lie in its celebrated statesmen or its glorious rivers.

It takes the whole village to raise a child

2017-09-17 00:00

One of my high school memories is of my principal ordering me to shave my dreadlocks off. I found his orders peculiar, as I saw nothing wrong with my hairstyle, writes Madimetja Mogotlane.

For theirs is the kingdom

2017-09-03 06:00

The Lambano Sanctuary offers an invaluable service to indigent and marginalised families who have no way to care for their dying children, writes Khadija Magardie.

A perspective on youth unemployment

2017-08-20 06:17

Almost 6 million young South Africans were unemployed at the end of 2016, but 7.5 million were not in employment, education or training. Youngsters like these are doing nothing and going nowhere, writes Ann Bernstein.

Poor growth hits the young

2017-07-30 05:56

The unemployment rate of 53% among South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 shows that young people are the worst hit by poor economic growth, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Kids versus teachers

2017-12-10 05:53

Some see a recent court ruling against corporal punishment as a setback for teachers who suffer abuse at the hands of pupils.

You can’t beat your kids

2017-10-22 06:00

Parents who give their children a hiding will no longer be able to use the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ if they are later accused of assault.

The established gender bias of teens

2017-10-08 05:43

Kristin Mmari, lead researcher of the Global Early Adolescent Study, a 15-country project, tells about the key takeaways from the study so far.

The youth have thrown away their traditions - Esther Mahlangu

“IsiNdebele is my culture and I love it. I speak isiNdebele, I walk isiNdebele and I wear isiNdebele,” Heritage icon Esther Mahlangu says. But, she fears that today's youth is not making a concerted effort to try and preserve their cultures. Watch.

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Damage: Young lives ruined, but the health department won't budge

2017-09-17 07:24

Years on, officials have yet to honour payouts to mums of children born brain-damaged due to medical negligence.

Why the agreements for child victims are necessary

2017-09-17 05:58

Occupational therapist Anneke Greeff is the case manager for 40 settlement agreements for child victims of medical negligence.

It's a tough time to be young in Zimbabwe

2017-09-11 06:00

Zimbabwe is at serious risk of not benefiting from the hottest new investor attraction: a young and energetic population, says Malcom Sharara.

Children must be a priority

2017-08-27 06:00

The despicable state of affairs at many rural schools in the country is a travesty as poverty levels rise and rise, writes Thuli Madonsela.

Speaking to our parents: how is this freedom?

2017-08-17 08:02

To us who have only known democracy the concept of a rainbow nation rings hollow. How is this freedom when the very land we now move freely upon still does not belong to us, writes Ashanti Kunene.

Children’s home not giving up on youth

2017-07-30 05:56

Rosty Langa had heard the tragic story of people leaving their rural homes in search of a better life in Johannesburg and ending up homeless and starving many times. Yet he joined the thousands flocking to the City of Gold.

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