TTUTA on a Tuesday

November 23, 2021

Education action for climate change

IN MARCH 2019, TTUTA on Tuesday would have highlighted action taken by students around the globe to underscore the need to move climate change higher up onto the global agenda in terms of securing a future for all children, interestingly the theme of this year’s commemoration of World Children’s Day – “A future for All Children.”

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November 16, 2021

Role of teachers in building sustainable, resilient societies

At the just concluded COP26 conference on climate change, one of the key messages that emerged is that we all need to do more. While the politicians and policymakers were in the foreground of the discussion, there were other sidebar conversations in which other social actors, including educators, engaged in discussions about their respective responsibilities in achieving the goal of mitigating the risk of climate change for current and future generations.

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July 14, 2020

Labour pains

A PROMINENT feature of any mature democracy is the honest, dispassionate, and informed appraisal of an incumbent government. As the countdown to the general election unfolds, many segments of the labour movement are expressing their disenchantment and disappointment with the Government over its treatment of issues affecting labour.

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June 23, 2020

Leadership in Times of Crisis

ASTUTE, decisive, and strong leadership is critical in times of crisis. This maxim also holds true for the education sector. Unfortunately, some of the key decisions made affecting education during the covid19 pandemic have been characterized by inconsistency and flip-flopping.

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May 5, 2020

Education and the family

THE ASSUMPTION that the social problems of our country can be resolved solely through the education system is erroneous. A basic philosophy of life involves three institutions which are directly related to the individual – the family which produces the individual, the community which protects him, and the church which preserves him (Green, 2011).

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February 18, 2020

Technology in education: Balancing Benefits, Challenges

THE NEW millennium brought new hopes for technology in education with the advent of the new-sector schools that were all designed to support teaching and learning in the 21st century. Twenty years later, one can surmise that even as tools, technologies and context change rapidly, child development remains constant and it’s not simply the technology but what the educators do with it that matters.

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February 11, 2020

Holistic approach to school violence and indiscipline

CONSIDERING THE continued spate of violence in our school as well as in the wider society, TTUTA on Tuesday reproduces this article which first appeared here in 2017.

This unabated run of violence is wreaking havoc with our schools, in our homes and the wider society. There is need for a national conversation around this issue since it’s one that affects all of us directly or indirectly. Acting like the proverbial ostrich with our heads buried in the sands can only result in more grief and distress as the net of victims widens.

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January 21, 2020

School health, safety everybody’s business

PRINCIPALS AND teachers are to a large extent under the
microscope of public scrutiny. This is exacerbated especially when something negative happens involving the nation’s schoolchildren.

When children attain excellence, whether such excellence be academic or otherwise, they and even their parents receive all the plaudits for the sacrifice they made to achieve. Nary a mention is made of the principal and teachers. It is as though the children succeeded in a vacuum with little or no input from the school.

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