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A snapshot of our reading culture in South Africa – time to spread the love

“It’s been more than 25 years since I met Mr Dube, my English language teacher, and I still remember him vividly.  For his second lesson, Mr Dube distributed newspapers to every student and instructed us to read them.  After fifteen minutes he requested all those who had come across new words to write them on the […]

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Posted on 7 September 2018 under Alerts, Opportunity 6: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Creating a Story-Powered Nation

“Reading opens up new worlds. It gives us power – to learn new things, tell our own stories, and shape our futures”.  [Extract from a Story-Powered Nation] At DGMT we often talk about the importance of reading, of ensuring that children are ready to read when they go to school. We believe it is a key […]

Posted on 7 September 2017 under Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis.

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Unsung heroines in the field of development: Julie Mentor

Julie Mentor shares her journey in the field of development as the fourth and final interviewee of our Women’s Month series, which aims to celebrate the lesser-known women in the sector making an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have. Hi Julie, please tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a very proud […]

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Posted on 30 August 2017 under Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Introducing DGMT’s new five-year strategy

Imagine a South Africa where every person has the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential. This is the South Africa that we at the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) dream of.

Posted on 1 June 2017 under Strategy 2017.

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Your Mandela Day to-do list: Grow empathy, connect to others, take action – but choose wisely

The message behind Mandela Day is that we all have the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better.  In theory many people agree with this sentiment, judging from the 2.8K likes that a Nelson Mandela quote like “our society needs to re-establish a culture of caring” can garner on the Nelson Mandela […]

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Posted on 18 July 2016 under From Head & Heart: Creative Learners, From Head & Heart: Resourceful Young Children, From Head and Heart: Enterprising School Leavers, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 7: Resources and Toolboxes.

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What will bring the next real change in South Africa?

There has been much public discourse this year about how we, as South Africans, relate to each other.  Our sense, at DGMT and from our interaction in civil society, is that more and more people see the urgency of finding ways of relating and want to start doing things to bring about greater equality and […]

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Posted on 4 May 2016 under Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 6: Resources and Toolboxes, Resourceful Young Children.

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Clever hacks, sound advice and nifty tools to excite NGOs in 2016

There is some disagreement about what the word “hack” refers to outside of programming contexts.  We see it as a way of doing something that may not provide the most straightforward or expected solution, and yet it presents a clever way to satisfactorily solve a meaningful problem.  Here are a few good examples that can […]

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Posted on 1 February 2016 under Civil Society, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes.

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We recommend…

A quick note to let you know about some recent online discoveries we’ve found helpful and inspiring:     The Community Tool Box is a public service of the University of Kansas and is developed and managed by the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development together with national and international partners. It is a free, online resource for […]

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Posted on 28 October 2015 under Civil Society, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes.

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Lets change the way we relate to each other with StoryCorps

I recently discovered StoryCorps on the internet. It’s the most exciting discovery I’ve made all year; in fact, it tops my list of internet discoveries for the past few years. Before I spend a lot of time explaining what Storycorps is – and why this discovery might be relevant to you – take a look […]

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Posted on 9 October 2015 under From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Civil Society, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Your best advice: How to start and drive a small, informal social initiative

Dear readers of the DGMT website You might have noticed we have a new information product called Create Change: Experience. Tools. Ideas. Through the Create Change resources we aim to equip individuals, communities and organisations with information and tools that will enable them to bring about the next big changes in South Africa. Have a look at […]

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Posted on 5 October 2015 under Civil Society, DGMT Points of Interest.

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