The suggestion seems almost insensitive, but the fastest way to reduce gender-based violence in South Africa is not in changing men’s attitudes, but in limiting their access to alcohol. Buried in the President’s recent address to Parliament on GBV was one fairly bland sentence, that ‘drug and alcohol abuse fuels the gender-based violence pandemic’. Imagine […]
This an excerpt from the first issue of a publication called Improvise by the Fellowship for Organisational Innovation. The below article is based on a talk Dr David Harrison, DGMT CEO, gave to Fellows during Immersion 1 filling them with hope and inspiration as they continued with the rest of the Fellowship activities. As actors […]
Tags: Civil Society, Drive public innovation by reigniting civil society, Fellowship, Fellowship for Organisational Innovation, Innovation, Opportunity 1
Posted on 1 May 2019 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Opportunity 1: How to engage, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.
The commentary below was delivered by DGMT CEO, Dr David Harisson, on the proposed migration of ECD functions from DSD to DBE at the NECT 2nd Education Dialogue on ECD on 12 April 2019 Time of opportunity The President’s SONA announcement of a transfer of responsibility for ECD centres from DSD to DBE and the […]
Tags: DBE, Department of Basic Education, Early Childhood Development, ECD, NECT, Opportunity 4
Posted on 17 Apr 2019 under Alerts, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.
Our daughter came home in tears from her first day of the new school term. All the teachers had commenced class with a pep talk on knuckling down to work right away. Some chose to motivate their students, but three harped on the unpleasant consequences of poor behaviour. In school, the wages of sin is […]
An article from DGMT’s Annual Report, 2018 You may have seen the 2017 movie, Loving Vincent. Each of the 65 000 frames in the 100-minute long film is an individual oil painting on canvas. It mimics Van Gogh’s stippled style of art, exemplified by his famous painting, The Starry Night. He uses thousands of tiny […]
This year’s State of the Nation Address may have radically changed South Africa’s prospects for education and economic growth. For the first time, there is a clear commitment to early childhood development (ECD), which is globally recognized as the most powerful investment in human capital that a country can make., At last there is real […]
Tags: DBE, Department of Basic Education, Department of Social Development, DSD, Early Childhood Development, ECD, ECD Scale-up, Opportunity 4
Posted on 11 Feb 2019 under Alerts, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.
There’s a wonderful book by Dr Seuss that all parents should read to their children. It’s called Oh, the Places you’ll Go, written for young people as they set off on life’s exciting journey towards success (“98 and ¾ per cent guaranteed”!). But it’s not all breathlessly gung-ho. The book acknowledges that there are amazing […]
Tags: Axium, Community Work Programme, COUNT, creating employment, creating jobs, CWP, DCOG, Department of Cooperative Governance, Early Childhood Development, Early learning, ECD, ECD centres, employment, job creation, jobs, Nal'ibali, Opportunity 10, Opportunity 9, Smart Start, Smartstart, Zoe Reading Project
Posted on 8 Feb 2019 under Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017, Young People.
Teachers who sew together the fabric of our society sow the seeds of a more prosperous nation at the same time. However, the picture of education in South Africa as it is unfolding on school grounds and classrooms across the country, is complex, messy and often not easy to witness. What should give us hope […]
Tags: Education System, Educators, Human Factor, teacher, Teachers, The Human Factor, The Human Factor Publication
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 under Alerts, Opportunity 8: Reflection and Analysis, Public Schools Partnerships, Strategy 2017.
This week DGMT CEO, Dr. David Harrison, presented the keynote address at the Africa Regional Symposium on Character Building in Nairobi (24-25 October 2018) organised by the Aga Khan University and the Templeton World Charity Foundation. In this rather wide-ranging philosophical and personal address, he reflects on how we can activate human nature, for good. […]
Shoprite recently won public kudos by ‘zero-rating’ Ultrex sanitary pads – essentially selling the brand at cost price. This bold move is exactly what we should expect from private companies facing up to this country’s social and economic inequalities. Although South Africans may not experience the extreme poverty of people in low-income countries, the indignity […]