On the 29th of May, more than 2000 Equal Education members and supporters from around the Eastern Cape marched to the Provincial Department of Education in Zwelitsha. The march consisted of learners, parents and teachers from schools built from inappropriate structures, or without proper sanitation, water or electricity, as well as community members from King William's Town, Bhisho, Kieskammahoek, Ginsberg, Zwelitsha, Mdantsane, Butterworth and Grahamstown. Numerous community organisations and individuals supported the march, including Zwelinzima Vavi, the former General Secretary of COSATU, and Ayanda Kota, the Chairperson of the Unemployed People's Movement
Congress ended in high spirits with a renewed commitment by everyone to fight for equality and quality in education.
Equal Education will be holding its National Congress from 4 - 8 July at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville. The congress will be convening under the theme "Building our democratic movement for education justice and equality". The National Congress is held every 3 years and it is tasked with discussing EE's policy positions, passing resolutions, and electing a National Council to lead the organisation for the next 3 years.
Taking Equal Education into the Classroom' is a collection of research papers and presentations. They focus on, and tackle, many of the systemic issues that undermine the reception of quality teaching by all learners in South Africa's public education system. While the vast majority of EE's campaigns have been directed at school infrastructure, this collection shows that EE has had its sights on the pedagogic relationship - that of the learner and teacher in the presence of content - since 2010. While EE takes an empathetic view of teachers - very often trying school and external conditions stack the odds against educators performing adequately - it holds the view that much improvement is needed. This book marks the beginning of a sustained focus on the sphere of teaching and learning
In honour of Youth Day, Equal Education has released a short film about our Gauteng Schools Social Audit, "Fighting for Sanitation in South Africa's Schools: Social Audit for Social Justice."
EE and EELC welcome the Department of Basic Education's (DBE's) attempt to address the prevention of HIV, STIs and TB amongst learners. We have been repeatedly vocal in our stance that it is unlawful to deny teenagers access to HIV preventative measures and we have always wanted condoms to be distributed, in an easy, discreet and accessible manner, in schools. This should be coupled with comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education.
EE MARCH SUPPORTED BY ZWELINZIMA VAVI, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SCHOOL GOVERNING BODIES, THE RIGHT TO KNOW CAMPAIGN AND THE UNEMPLOYED PEOPLES' MOVEMENT
On Friday 29 May EE will be marching to the Eastern Cape Department of Education in Zwelitsha. EE demands the release of the 9 provincial plans for implementation of Norms and Standards; and full and timeous implementation of Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure.