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Ethics for educators in a time of disaster

On 23 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools would close for a second time this year. The reasons given is that children are...

Will we still need school uniforms after COVID-19?

Sometimes we do things in a particular way because that is how we have always done them. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to...

Sexuality education – where to now for Catholic schools?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to make their curricula available online. Mark Potterton, who worked with the Southern African Bishops' Conference to draft sexuality...

Teaching children to recognise disinformation

Discerning truth from falsehood and deliberate misinformation is becoming increasingly difficult as various interest groups compete to dominate the media space. Mark Potterton says...

Education: Rethinking the pressure of exams

Schools spend too much time preparing students for exams, says Mark Potterton, who has served as the Chief Operating Officer for Umalusi, the South...

Easing the suffering of winter and COVID-19 in Snake Park Township

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on already poor communities. Many have lost their jobs and are desperate....

Cape Town’s youth: From victims to victors

As South Africa continues to celebrate youth month, Salesian Life Choices, a Cape Town-based NGO runs its "30 Stories in 30 Days" campaign, now...

The challenges and opportunities of authentic Catholic online education

When schools closed in March, teachers and principals had little time to come up with alternatives to ensure that learning could continue for the...

Youth play their part to fight COVID-19

As we celebrate the hope new life during Easter, Salesian Life Choices shows how the youth of the Western Cape, South Africa are also...

South African youth are pioneers of change

The recent announcement of the 2019 Matric results showed an increase in the pass rate for learners across South Africa, but many pundits feared that access...

Taizé pilgrimage of trust — a space for silence and prayer

Br. Luc Bourgoin, from the Taizé Community in France, has been working in Cape Town for the past 18 months to prepare a Pilgrimage of Trust,...

Stories of hope — Part 2

This is the second of a three-part series, containing stories of hope by the participants at the recent Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust held in...

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