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What affects me at school

What affects me at school

By Yolanda Mbotshane (Grade 8 at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School)

When I go to school, I feel happy but when I see my friends they make me feel sad because they like to be mean to other learners sometimes they will want your thing and they even take it without your permission. My teacher also affects me because she likes to shout when you are doing wrong things even when you have done a mistake she will shout at you and it affects me badly because I can’t concentrate in the class,I sometimes think I will be shouted when I want to answer a question but. Sometimes I think of sitting down and talk to her about her shouting  when talking to me and it will influence. I decided to choose good friends which I still have.  I have four friends. They treat me good sometimes if one of us does not have something to eat we give each other something to eat even money so that she can buy what she likes to buy.

Now I and my friends we have a united FRIENDSHIP we usually do things together. We study together, we go to school together, we also eat together and I am happy with that. Now I want to sort things with my teacher.  The best way of fixing things with my teacher is to sit down and talk to her but I will try because the people say, your first step of succeeding is to do a mistake, but a mistake happen on one time. If things can go the way I like to be with my teacher I can live a peaceful life at school because when we are going to the next period of my teacher I get bored of her shouting.

What things affect me at school?

What things affect me at school?

Tweet By: SIYAVUYA   DOLO (IQHAYIYA SECONDARY SCHOOL, GRADE 8) The thing that affects me at school is some child who takes my lunch box.  When I go to the teacher to report she says that she is busy and that there is no time for me and then I end up feeling sad. The otherContinue Reading

MY EXPERIENCES SCHOOL MASIYILE SECONDARY SCHOOL – WHAT AFFECTS ME?

MY EXPERIENCES SCHOOL MASIYILE SECONDARY SCHOOL – WHAT AFFECTS ME?

Tweet By NOMPIKELELO HLAKAZA, GRADE 8 The things that actually affects me at school is when maybe we are writing something, for example, a test the leaners make noise and I cant even concentrate because of the noise and I even write on paper what they are talking about and that disturb me a lotContinue Reading

A Women’s (and Girls’) Rights View to the practice of teaching and learning within township schools

A Women’s (and Girls’) Rights View to the practice of teaching and learning within township schools

Tweet By: Rethabile Mashale* Basic education enjoys recognition as both a fundamental human right and a development priority in terms of international, regional and national legal instruments, and development frameworks. In South Africa, several legislative pieces enshrine the right to, and make provision for, the delivery of basic education. There is also growing recognition andContinue Reading

‘In pursuit of academic progression and personal freedom, I defy society’:  My feminist perspective

‘In pursuit of academic progression and personal freedom, I defy society’: My feminist perspective

Tweet By: Dorcas Anima Donkoh* Growing in up in an institutionalised patriarchal culture in West Africa, precisely Ghana, it was a common sight to encounter women conforming to societal prescriptions. A ‘proper woman’ in our society connotes satisfying and adhering to historically evolved norms, or what I label the social commandments of subjugation and annihilation.Continue Reading

South African reflections on #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Unpacking the silence of (Black) South African men on the war on queer bodies

South African reflections on #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Unpacking the silence of (Black) South African men on the war on queer bodies

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* and Thoko Sipungu**   … evil has a blockbuster audience, goodness lurks backstage. Evil has vivid speech, goodness bites its tongue” –  Toni Morrison. Writing for The Guardian, Mikki Kendall, writes that she started #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen out of a frustration in noting multiple ways in which the voices of women of colorContinue Reading

Political Sexual Conspiracy in the African Context

Political Sexual Conspiracy in the African Context

Tweet By: Moises M. Antunes, “Wima the Poet”* African contemporary politics have been marred with a lack of intellectualism due to a common trend of political conspiracies. This emerged in the second wave of democratic transitions in the late 90s when in many African countries, ruling parties had to share their political space with oppositionContinue Reading

All struggles are connected: The intersections of the political

All struggles are connected: The intersections of the political

Tweet By: Camalita Naicker* During the Rape Crisis Teach-in held by the Rhodes University Politics Department in Grahamstown this July, South African historian and researcher Dr Catherine Burns, brought up a little known event that happened in Soweto in February 1990. Mary Mabaso had organised an anti-rape march to draw attention to the increase inContinue Reading

Sexism and men’s oppression: a set up for violence

Sexism and men’s oppression: a set up for violence

Tweet By: Merrian Brooks* A friend of mine was physically and emotionally abused by her husband for years. He bruised and broke her and she remained in a relationship with him for 11 years. Despite emergency room visits, times of complete terror, and multiple apologies, and promises to change she stayed. Hold your judgment. WhatContinue Reading

Queering African Studies?  A reflection on gender, sexuality, and religion

Queering African Studies? A reflection on gender, sexuality, and religion

Tweet By: Eden Almasude* Issues of queer politics frequently simmered under the surface during my time as a graduate student in African Studies: but the issues rarely became explicit and were never openly and critically discussed.  I quickly grew tired of implicitly negative and prejudiced comments about ‘homosexuals,’ who were inevitably assumed to be maleContinue Reading