We – the interns of SANGOCO – would like to introduce our work and ourselves to the readers of this blog.

Thanks to the generous donation of the Eskom Foundation the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) was able to employ six young interns for the year 2006.

The six interns came form different skills and academic/working backgrounds:

Jacobeth Makhubele is doing her honours in Media Studies at the University of Witwatersrand.

Muelelwa Khosa has accomplished her Bachelor Studies in International Relations and Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2005.

Simon Schaefer has accomplished his Bachelor Studies in African Development in Geography and Economics at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2005.

Mohammed Ziyaad is doing his Bachelor Studies in International Relations and Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Theenegran Chetty is currently completing his degree in Computer Studies through UNISA. Previously, he worked as a network/IT technician for Sun-International (Carousel Casino).

Marius Kotze was a fulltime worker in Layout and Design before he joined SANGOCO.

For further information view our profiles on the blog, which will be uploaded soon.

Collectively, we are assigned to track down the historical and institutional mandate of the coalition by doing research, collect and distribute relevant information on SANGOCO’s core activities and campaigns.

Further, we assist our Manager Hassen Lorgat and SANGOCO’s Executive Director Zanele Twala.

Thanks to the Eskom Foundation that made it possible for us (interns) to be part of the Coalition, at the same time being trained in the NGO sector fighting against poverty and inequality to make South Africa a better place.


Education for all - in our lifetime??

for them - it must!

Framework for action 2006
Education for all- in our lifetime

Year planner for Education campaign using but not ending with the Global Action Week

the following activities are proposed by t GCE_SA head of secretarariat Hassen Lorgat, with appreciation to the wits university volunteers and interns at sangoco


Human Rights Week
March 22 ? Meeting of all union and sectoral presidents which will be followed up by a media Conference. The purpose is to brief all participants and the media on the Global Action Week.
Guest speaker – Jodie Kollapan and teacher union presidents like willy Madisha.

Note 26- march ADEA meeting in Gabon on quality education. Vip, focussing on literacy and quality education, focussing on national budget and literacy.

Texbooks: access to learning materials
We must begin to do research on the pilot in Nancefield on access

High level meeting of worldbank and Imf
21-23 april – week-end before global action week...
press conference on public sector workers...gordan brown..to host..

Global Action Week (24 – 30 april)

24-30 April 2006 “Every Child Needs a Teacher”

= release on Unesco study on teachers
= our own studies
= WHO report on health workers

1 May

1 May Workers Day

17 May – peoples hearing on the educational rights
chair – arthur chaskalson, outgoing chairperson of the Constitutional Court.

june 16 / 30 th anniversary of unprising
day of the african child

EU heads of state
education ministers and G8 summit

July 15-17 G8
agenda: energy security, hiv aids, educational systems to increase investments etc, weapons etc
13-14 international ngo forum moscow
g8 meetings
GCE will release School Report, on the performance of donor support for quality education and quality teaching...; plus lobby latters

world literacy day – 8 september
adult learning week
GCE to support with Action Aid-GCE Bench Marks towards meeting the goals..

20 September IMF / World Bank summer meetings

5 october – Worl Teachers Day (WTD) (working conditions of teachers)
17 October – international day for the eradication of poverty

November 25
16 days of activism against violence against woman and children


1 December – world aids day
World aids week

10 December -Human Rights Day
end of 16 days of violence

Detailed programme

2. Global Action Week
24-30 April 2006
Every Child Needs a Teacher

1.all celebrities and some of us mere mortals will set up a programme to get our leaders to go back to their schools; half day in primary and half day in high schools. Some of the stars like Johnny Clegg, Pressly etc will have to go to schools where they studied and also to go to one area where they would give solidarity
2. ECD sector and Adult education will do research on the failure to provide education for all
looking at the budget since 1994 at provincial levels; compared to the needs

They will adapt the theme to read, every person needs a teacher / mentor..
in addition, they will support the Peoples Constitutional Hearing on Education Rights , using the above as briefing notes. The former chairperson of the Constitutional Court has tentatively agreed to hear the case but wants to know what form it will take and that we must keep the arguments down to at least 20 pages of so..or at least 5 hours.

As part of their contribution to the Campaign- CATE – will try to get Ahmed Kathrada to speak at a mass educational seminar on the theme; Robben Island our universtiy – lessons for adult educations
over 2000 people are expected to attend, this learning session which will last 4 hours.

3.Rebuilding Soweto's role in the educational struggle. We must include Orange Farm. Here we must organisational capacity is needed: calls for meetings of school reps in all schools – for april and 76 campaign
4.Nobel laureates endorse Education for Liberation: the idea is to get all our Nobel Laureates Nelson Mandela; Willem de Klerk; Bishop Tutu, JM Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer to support a basic text that affirms that ecucation must be lifelong, free and universal – with no fees.
5.The Peoples Constitutional Hearing on Education Rights: the basic idea here is to have former chief judge of the Constitutional Court – Arthur Chaskalson to preside over a hearing on the right to education, with some lawyers presenting the case for the govt / education dept and those of us – briefing a lawyer like Dumisa Nsebenza to present the peoples case.
6. Asking each of the component members to do reseach on their respect areas such as the school governance, girl child and women teachers, etc.
7.work on our own newletter – called Education Watch – which must come out on the Education week. It will come out at least two times per annum
8.Other campaign materials include the 40th anniversary of the “status of teachers” ILO-UNESCO, starting in GAW, culminating on WTD, in October.