The G.I.R.L. Project in Bana Balang
The general portrayal of children, young people and women in disasters is one where they exist only as helpless victims. However, adolescent girls as a distinct sub-group have been able to take on a leading role as agents of change within the context of disaster risk reduction (DRR).
The G.I.R.R.L. Project has been profiled in the February/March 2011 issue of Bana Balang magazine (pg 4). This magazine is circulated across North-West Province to more than 300,000 English/Setwana learners in more than 300 schools targeting grades 1-12.
MAGAZINE SEEKS TO OVERCOME LACK OF SETSWANA READING MATERIAL
Potchefstroom, South Africa - Few would deny that education in South Africa is in crisis. Matric pass rates are falling, and an alarming number of learners drop out of school before Grade 12. Worst affected are schools in the rural areas, where drop out rates are high and literacy levels are low.
One of the problems facing schools in the rural areas is that learners are being taught in English - often by teachers with a limited grasp of the language. The Human Sciences Research Council has found that successful education is being affected by the trend to move away from mother tongue education.