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30 Jun

The GMSAF Annual Review 2016

Added by : Marinda Oosthuizen
The GMSAF Annual Review 2016

Condensing a year’s work into a 40-page document will always be a challenge. But the size of that challenge increases significantly when an organisation generates as many stories of collaboration, progress, hope and celebration as the GM South Africa Foundation does.

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27 Jun

Building Blocks for Safer Schools

Added by : Carol Scheepers
Building Blocks for Safer Schools

We need to make creating a safer learning and teaching environment for our teachers and their learners a priority in education. Children cannot learn if they feel scared and insecure.

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02 Jun

A Tale of Two Foundations

Added by : Roger Matlock
A Tale of Two Foundations

What follows is very personal because I am currently going through a major déjà vu experience. This is the second time in my life when I’ve been in the unfortunate position of having to accept that a highly successful non-profit foundation run by me will be closing its doors for reasons which have nothing to do with its proven effectiveness.

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10 Mar

The Induction Process and new School Principals

Added by : Dr Peter Manser
The Induction Process and new School Principals

There is widespread agreement that the quality of teaching and learning in any school depends on the skills of those in leadership and management, particularly principals. In other words, there is a recognition that schools need principals with very good leadership and management abilities to achieve the best possible learning outcomes.

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27 Jan

Determining a New Framework for the GM South Africa Foundation in 2017

Added by : Roger Matlock
Determining a New Framework for  the GM South Africa Foundation in 2017

As has been the process for the past 20 years, strategic planning for 2017 began in earnest in July 2016 with the GMSAF’s project management team analysing all possible future operating scenarios and how best to position the GMSAF relative to whichever may materialise.

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15 Dec

Colloquium – Coming to grips with the binding constraints in Education.

Added by : Andre Forbes
Colloquium – Coming to grips with the binding constraints in Education.

A few weeks ago the GM South Africa Foundation staged a colloquium for education leaders and nongovernmental organisations on the binding constraints in education. Acolloquiumis a specific type of conference where important high-level discussions take place.

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09 Dec

Narelle’s Goodbye to GMSAF

Added by : Narelle Everson
Narelle’s Goodbye to GMSAF

Narelle Everson is the financial manager of GM South Africa Foundation. She will be leaving Port Elizabeth at the end of March 2017. Below is the farewell speech she made at our end of year function in November.

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02 Dec

Building the Perfect Hamburger

Added by : Dave Stephens
Building the Perfect Hamburger

As a big fan of gastronomical delights and someone who loves to experiment with new and creative ways of mixing my ingredients to build mouthwatering dishes, I have learnt some very important lessons over the years.

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25 Nov

Sponsor a Teacher at the Campus for Living and Learning

Added by : Linda van der Mey
Sponsor a Teacher at the Campus for Living and Learning

In September 2016, GM South Africa Foundation submitted a proposal to GHTO to part-fund its new Campus for Living & Learning pilot project.

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18 Nov

The Operating Environment of the GM South Africa Foundation

Added by : Roger Matlock
The Operating Environment of the GM South Africa Foundation

The Foundation’s ‘strategic advantage’ over many non-profit agencies is that it has developed a wide ranging team of experts to conceptualise innovative new ways to deal with the major binding constraints in education and housing.

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24 Oct

Celebrating with Parents at the Education Table

Added by : Roxanne Wrethman and Kathy Balshaw
Celebrating with Parents at the Education Table

There is always a sense of great anticipation and excitement when a certificate ceremony takes place, irrespective of the age of the recipients. One is never too old to appreciate being acknowledged.

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02 Sep

Framing the Gm South Africa Foundation’s 2017 Operating Plan and Budget

Added by : Roger Matlock
Framing the Gm South Africa Foundation’s 2017 Operating Plan and Budget

Ever since the GM South Africa Foundation (GMSAF) commenced operations way back in February 1995, during the third quarter of each year the project management team and I have prepared an overall operating plan and budget for the following financial year.

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12 Aug

Barriers to Learning

Added by : Debbie Soper

One of the most common concerns among teachers today is how to deal with learners with Barriers to Learning, called learners with special needs (LSEN).

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05 Aug

Using Tablets in our Schools

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Research has indicated that, used correctly, technology can add value to lessons. Township schools have limited access to technology and its applications in the classroom.

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22 Jul

Corporate Social Action over 22 Years

Added by : Roger Matlock
Corporate Social Action over 22 Years

Way back in late 1994 I was interviewed for the position of General Manager of the Delta Foundation, the name of which was later changed to the GM South Africa Foundation.

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17 Jun

New Era in Education Support for the Eastern Cape

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For 14 long years, the GM South Africa Foundation has been playing a major role in encouraging the restructuring of the Provincial Education Department here in the Eastern Cape. The GMSAF and the Provincial Education Department jointly developed the Decentralised District office model of which the key feature was the concept of effective circuit teams. This Circuit Team model was accepted by the Eastern Cape Education Department in 2001 but was never implemented, largely because there was clearly no political will back then to do so.

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29 Apr

For whom the bell tolls!

Added by : Dave Stephens

As a parent of four very beautiful and very different children, I am often prone to the occasional panic attack about their whereabouts, their distance from my attention, their safety and security. As they grow and head towards their eighteenth birthdays, they would have been alive for around 158000 hours.

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12 Feb

43 Teachers Successfully Complete Subject Heads Programme

Added by : Elisabeth Rhodes
43 Teachers Successfully Complete Subject Heads Programme

This programme aims to enhance the human and social capital of schools by providing individuals with an opportunity to acquire essential skills that will benefit themselves, their school and their community.

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04 Dec

How Safe is Your School?

Added by : Adele Bradfield
How Safe is Your School?

Media reports suggest that South African school communities are increasingly the targets of various forms of violence.

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23 Oct

Hope – The Antidote to Despair

Added by : David Taylor

All too often the daily reality in many of our schools is of despair. The struggle to achieve quality teaching and learning is waged against overwhelming odds, causing despondency that leads to paralysis, helplessness and disbelief that the individual can make a difference.

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