Sustainable Development Goals: Looking beyond the Millennium Development Goals

Tweet At the 2000 United Nation’s Millennium Summit, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) were established. The summit concluded that the following goals were to be achieved by 2015; Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Achieve universal primary education Promote gender equality and the empowerment of women Reduce child mortality Improve maternal health Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and… Continue Reading

My wish list for 2015

Tweet My hope for 2014 was that I learn to be my own leader and follower  and I would like to give myself a little pat on the back and say that I did manage to accomplish a little bit of it. During the year, we met regularly with new BLF members to discuss ‘The… Continue Reading

On writing and clinging to my big girl panties

On writing and clinging to my big girl panties

Tweet By: Siphokazi Magadla “What was Shakespeare’s state of mind, for instance, when he wrote Lear and Antony and Cleopatra? It was certainly the state of mind most favourable to poetry that there has ever existed. But Shakespeare himself said nothing about it…Nothing indeed was ever said by the artist himself about his state of… Continue Reading

Teaching Matters: A Reflection

Teaching Matters: A Reflection

Tweet As my third year of teaching comes to an end, I have many ideas and thoughts swimming around in my head. Some of them are just lolling about doing a doggy paddle, others are quite lucid and swimming in an orderly fashion like freestyle, and others are bobbing about waiting for some impetus to… Continue Reading

A reflection on Ferguson

A reflection on Ferguson

Tweet by Merrian Brooks  I have a lot of feelings about the protests symbolized by Ferguson. Watching TV news the day after the Grand Jury decision, I thought I’d had enough. Watching the news and way they sensationalized the riots showing images of black rage over and over again started to sicken me. But I… Continue Reading

Other ways to learn: reflections on the 2014 Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy and transnational solidarities

Other ways to learn: reflections on the 2014 Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy and transnational solidarities

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* Together, we might be able to plan a less painful future. Separate, we can only anticipate further raptures and deeper loneliness – Dr. Maya Angelou. I spent the first week of November with an amazing group of young people from over 100 countries at the third Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy. Reflecting… Continue Reading

Giving bread today for tomorrows promises: reflections on socio-economic rights in South Africa

Giving bread today for tomorrows promises: reflections on socio-economic rights in South Africa

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* On a taxi to Johannesburg, passing through Hillbrow, I recently saw a wall painting that caught me off-guard. The writing read: “If a child is hungry today, there’s no point in promising bread for tomorrow”. In the taxi with me were mainly (what I would assume to be) working class people… Continue Reading