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Skills training programme development, outcomes based educational learning programme development, learning programme development

Pondering Panda Youth Report 2014 – South Africa

Pondering Panda have released a youth report surveying young people in South Africa, on various dimensions. Of particular interest to me are the views on education, employment and entrepreneurship. Police confidence is also another eye-opening dimension.

Methodology:

“Between June 2013 and January 2014 – 199589 interviews were carried out on mobile phones among younger South Africans between the ages of 13 and 34 (except for the ‘Marriage and Children’ study, for which 15 to 34 year olds were interviewed), using one of Pondering Panda’s respondent bases, the social network Mxit.”

72% of younger South Africans feel that unemployment is a big problem. 53% have been looking for jobs for more than 6 months. 33% feel there are not enough jobs. Of those who are employed 30% feel depressed, sad or bored. 18% of young people feel they do not have the right education, with 12% feeling they do not have the right experience.

Young people feel the biggest problems in education are the following:

1. Don’t have proper facilities

2. Alcohol and drugs

3. Overcrowded classrooms

4. Bullying and peer pressure.

Regarding entrepreneurship, 76% of young people felt, they would rather work for themselves. 66% felt that the government was not doing enough to help entrepreneurs.

With respect to police confidence, 73% felt the South African police force was mostly dishonest and corrupt. Only 45% of young people felt mostly safe at school, classes or work. Only 50% of young people sometimes but not always, felt safe where they live.

You can contact Pondering Panda for a copy of this report.

 

 

 

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Mindfulness Training Fundraising on Indiegogo – Open the Drawers of your Mind

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I have set up a detailed fundraising campaign on Indiegogo for independent small business fund raisers – I have 47 days to raise the funds I need for Phase 1 ~ to start Mindfulness Training with young people in South Africa – Please help if you can, kindly spread the word on your networks: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mindfulness-training/x/6456396

Image from Creative Market AWSM, part of the Epilogue presentation template here: https://creativemarket.com/AWSM/18246-Epilogue-PowerPoint-Presentation

 

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First Stress Reduction Workshop Scheduled for: Saturday 28 September at 7p.m. Here is the Audience Login URL: https://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference-beta/default.aspx?ip_ek=CarolKnox1 and the Registration Form URL here: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E959DF8780493D

 

Stress Reduction Workshop

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Please visit my Introduction to Stress Reduction Workshop on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS5LiD5Gj40

To be launched at the end of September or early October, 2013. Watch this space.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

My Purple Cow is a Red Rabbit

 

 

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Prior Learning

By Dean Dad from Inside Higher Education – very interesting piece about Prior Learning:

“If you haven’t seen Paul Fain’s piece in IHE about credit for prior learning, check it out. It’s a great introduction to a topic that it ready to break big over the next couple of years.
The piece points out, correctly, that two major national organizations — ACE and CAEL — have established increasingly popular protocols for measuring prior learning and awarding appropriate academic credit.  Campuses have generally been circumspect about mentioning that, for reasons both valid and, well, not as much.
A few thoughts on prior learning from a community college perspective:
1. We need to be absolutely clear on the difference between “prior learning” and “life experience.”  They are not remotely the same thing…
2. Faculty resistance and conflicts of interest.  The folks on the non-credit/corporate training side of the college have been pushing “credit for non-credit learning” for years.  I’ve been reluctant to move too quickly on that for fear of setting off thermonuclear war with the faculty, who would likely respond to any hint of alternate routes for academic credit as an existential threat. It’s a sticky area… “

 

To read more go here at Inside Higher Edhttp://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/prior-learning#ixzz1uLitF28V