NAPTOSA celebrates its 10th year as a Union in 2016. The union has been serving South African Education since 1904 through its legacy organisations, which merged to form the professional union National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA).
On 18-19 August 2016, NAPTOSA: KwaZulu-Natal held its elective conference and celebrated ten years as an amalgamated union.
This august occasion saw Dr Anthea Cereseto, the President of NAPTOSA and Bishop Mike Vorster of the Methodist Church (keynote speaker) addressed the theme of the conference, “NAPTOSA ponders: Is the system ailing?” . In addressing the four hundred and fifty delegates, Dr Cereseto asked of the house to ponder the following as educators, that “who was the system and why was it failing?, and noted that educators were also part of the ailing system and hence the “pressure on educators to do something if the system is ailing”. Dr Ceresto reminded the NAPTOSA educators that they as a collective were a powerful force in the education sector and are agents of transformation. The Rev. Vorster discussed the “ailing system” in the context of South African society.
CELEBRATE WOMEN’S DAY - 9 AUGUST 2016- CREATE SAFER SCHOOLS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
On Tuesday, 9 August, South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day, in remembrance of women’s contribution to the fight for democracy in South Africa. The Department of Basic Education has more female employees who are drivers of access to quality education. Despite this, many women and girls experience School-Related Gender Based-Violence (SRGBV). NAPTOSA wishes to raise awareness about SRGBV and call on all teachers to create safer schools for teaching and learning.
South Africa will fall short of reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for Gender Equality if schools are not safe for women and girls. It is through a whole-school approach that SRGBV, particularly, against girls and women can be prevented.
NAPTOSA urges School Governing Bodies, school management and LRCs together with teachers to create safer schools by creating or strengthening school safety committees.
Mandela Day originated after Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 where he said “it is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now”.
Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights, which he did with great personal sacrifice. The United Nations declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009.
The Mandela Day campaign calls on individuals, groups and corporates to pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July and as often as possible to give back to society. This can be done by supporting a charity or serving the community no matter how small the action. The aim is to change the world for the better, just as Mandela did.
NAPTOSA PROUD EXHIBITOR AT EDUWEEK (29-30 JUNE 2016)
Education is the foundation for a country’s sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental context. It is also a founding element of the right to a decent life and to individual development and a key factor for reducing poverty and inequalities.
The theme for EduWeek for 2016 is ‘Sustainable Development in Education’. This theme has been chosen to reflect EduWeek’s support of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), which focuses heavily on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. NAPTOSA along with other contributors at EduWeek, intends to play a key role in promoting this change.
In response to the recent service delivery protests and the burning of schools in Vuwani, NAPTOSA, with other stakeholders, were invited by the SAHRC to make a verbal and written submission on the impact of protest actions on the right to basic education. Mr David Millar (Deputy President) and Mr Basil Manuel (Executive Director) appeared before the “Hearing Panel of the Commission” on 13 June 2016 to present NAPTOSA’s response to the SAHRC brief.
Here are some of the salient inputs made by NAPTOSA :
•The right to education cannot be viewed in isolation – there are other competing Constitutional rights like the right to protest (sec 17) and the right to strike (sec 23).
•The manner in which the rights are exercised is crucial – if exercised with responsibility, and as intended, they should not affect the others negatively.
•The distortion of constitutional rights in the South African society must be addressed. People are quick to quote their constitutional rights without adhering to what the right actually determines.