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False Bay College and the College of Cape Town, in collaboration with Haugaland Skole in Norway, will be hosting the second North South VCET ICT Conference at Spier Estate in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, from 9-11 October 2013.

The conference will bring together top international and local speakers to engage with the critical theme of Enhancing Classroom Performance Through Learning Technologies: E-learning trends, Strategies and Applications.

As the largest convergence of lecturers, academic managers, e-learning practitioners and specialists within the Vocational Continuing Education and Training (VCET) FET sector of its kind in Southern Africa, the conference will offer a unique platform for delegates to network and cultivate knowledge connections.

Guest speakers will include the Deputy Minister of Higher Education & Training, Mduduzi Manana (DHET) and Trudi van Wyk, Director of Career Development and Open Learning (DHET) together with other leading specialists in their field, such as Arthur Goldstuck from World Wide Worx, Duncan Greaves, CEO of TENET, and Mark Neville from the City of Cape Town’s Broadband Initiative.

An international team of specialist speakers will present best practices from Blackburn College (UK), Kendall College (UK), Koning Willem College (Netherlands) and Haugaland College (Norway).

Exhibition and demonstration zones will accompany the programme of events, affording leading ICT and E-learning Practiotioners the chance to showcase their products and services.

The event’s main sponsor, Pieter Bruwer, CEO of Future Managers, expressed his desire to contribute to the development of the FET sector by “giving back” to the system that supported his business over the years. He is an ardent proponent of the eBook and its role in learning in a digital era, and he envisages future collaboration with FET colleges in this regard.

The conference is endorsed by the Department of Higher Education & Training.

Speaking on their behalf is Chief Director of Programmes and Curriculum, Gerda Magnus, saying, “We are delighted to realise that the initiative affords delegates from the public FET sector a unique opportunity to learn from and network with their colleagues and peers, and that a potential exists for it to create knowledge communities for continued exchange of ideas.”

The North South Initiative germinated from the partnership between False Bay College, the College of Cape Town and Haugaland Skole (Norway) after an agreement to collaborate on the development of E-learning and other educational technologies.

The 2012 inaugural conference was the launch pad for the partnership agreement signed on Tuesday 25 September 2012 between the college principals.

The success of the foundational event, that brought together participants from 28 FET colleges, was a benchmark for future collaborations. These initiatives are vital to assimilating a paradigm of E-learning to progressive classrooms within a digitally oriented world.

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The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme 2014

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of the bursary will be required to teach at a school or provincial education department for the same number of years that they receive the bursary. Qualified recipients of the bursary can apply for appropriate public school positions with the provincial education department (PED) of their choice. The PED concerned will determine whether there is a suitable post available. If there is not, the applicant will be offered employment in a PED that does have suitable vacancies.

Admission criteria:
The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens. Applications will not be considered unless the applicant has a valid South African ID number. Applicants for the bursary must already have been accepted into an appropriate study programme at a recognized higher education institution. Applicants also need to meet certain admission criteria of the institution and they must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.

Selection criteria include the following:
The applicant’s academic ability;
Eligibility for an approved degree or PGCE in one of the priority areas;
Commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges and personal integrity;
Commitment to teach in any school to which a student may be appointed by a PED.
Everything else being equal, selection should favour candidates from rural areas, candidates who wish to teach in rural areas and candidates whose financial position would otherwise exclude them from enrolment for a teaching qualification. The bursary will only be awarded if one of the priority area specialization subjects is included as a teaching subject in your qualification.

Please note that those who already have other teaching qualifications do not qualify for this programme.

Programmes to be funded
Three types of qualifications can be funded. These are shown in the table below. The qualification must include subjects which will allow the student to specialise as a teacher in at least one priority area (see next section below).

Undergraduate studies
Undergraduate studies
Graduate studies
4-year Bachelor of Education degree (B Ed), specialising in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10-12). 3/4 -year Bachelors degree e.g. Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Technology in fields suitable for admission to the one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Application for funding for a Bachelors degree implies that the applicant commits to enrol for the PGCE upon completion of the undergraduate degree. One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees include majors in priority areas.

In addition to specialising in a priority area, you will also need to specialise in a phase for the B.Ed and PGCE teaching qualifications. If you prefer teaching younger children, you could specialise in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3) or Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6).On the other hand, if you prefer teaching older children you could specialise in Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) or FET Phase (Grade 10 –12). Some universities offer qualifications which combine specialisation in the Foundation Phase and Intermediate Phase, or the Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase, or the Senior Phase and FET Phase. These combined qualifications are also acceptable.

Priority areas
The priority areas that are currently funded are indicated in the table below. These areas could be reconsidered from year to year.

Foundation Phase
(Grade R- 3)
• Foundation phase specialisation

Intermediate Phase
(Grade 4 – 6)
• African Languages
• English Language
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Technology

Senior Phase
(Grade 7 – 9)
• African Languages
• English Language
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Technology

FET Phase
(Grade 10 –12)
• African Languages
• English Language
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Technology • Accounting
• African Languages
• Agricultural Sciences
• Agricultural Technology
• Civil Technology
• Computer Applications Technology
• Economics
• Electrical Technology
• Engineering Graphics and Design
• English Language
• Geography
• Information Technology
• Life Sciences
• Mathematics
• Mathematical Literacy
• Mechanical Technology
• Physical Sciences

How to apply
You need to apply for admission to a teaching qualification (B Ed or PGCE) or a Bachelors degree (e.g. BSc, B Tech, BA) with at least one major course in a priority area at a university of your choice. Once you have gained admission at a university, you are required to apply for the bursary via this Internet website.

The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time and, on proof of academic success, the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. The bursary holder will be required to re-apply by the end of October for the following year. Recipients of bursaries will be required to teach one year for every year for which they receive a bursary.

What the bursary covers
Funza Lushaka bursaries cover all the recipient’s essential expenses. Expenses covered include tuition, full accommodation including meals, books and learning materials, and a small allowance for monthly living expenses. Universities have different cost structures, so the total value of a bursary differs from institution to institution.

Conditions for repeating a year
The bursary period may be extended to cover one additional year in a degree programme, or the time required for completion of one additional course in the PGCE programme. Only one such extension will be granted. Any additional time required will be at the recipient’s own cost. The bursary is renewable for one academic year at a time. On proof of academic success the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher.

Conditions for repayment of the bursary
The bursary must be repaid only if the recipient fails to qualify, fails to apply for a teaching post with a PED at a public school, fails to take up a teaching post with a PED at a public school, leaves a teaching post with a PED before the end of the contracted service period, or otherwise fails to meet a requirement of the bursary agreement.

Namport Namibian Bursary 2014

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) primary Training and Development objective is to develop the Namibian people.

Namport focuses on recruiting, professional, competent staff members into its organizational structure. Namport has initiated various training and development programmes a Bursary Scheme, Apprenticeship and the Seafarer Training programs. These scheme/programme lays the foundation for prospective Human Resources and ensure that Namibia has a skilled work force for the future.

1. Namport BURSARY SCHEME – Full Time Study
The renowned Namport Bursary scheme was first introduce in 1997. The scheme gives selected Namibian students the opportunity to receive education to enable them to fill positions within Namport where higher education is a pre-requisite. In time the scheme will also provide tertiary-trained personnel for the broader Namibian economy. Namport Bursary scheme covers full academic fees (including tuition, accommodation, meals, traveling and incidental expenses).

The annual intake of bursars in the field of Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical), Information Technology & Finance and Human Resources are directly linked to Namport’s Human Resources plan. Prospective students are invited through the media during October each year and are selected on the following criteria: –
1. Must be Namibian Citizens
2. Must have a proven record of scholastic achievement
3. Must have relevant Grade 12 subjects on higher grade
4. Must be preferably in the AA target group
5. Must be a second year student at any tertiary institution (University/Technikon)
2.1 Bursary Scheme
Namport will award a minimum of 6 bursaries per annum to promising apprentices who have completed their first 6 months of theoretical training. Allocation of these bursaries will be determined by the Human Resources Plan of Namport in conjunction with the relevant training institution.

Advertisement of the bursary scheme will be done in conjunction with the relevant training institutions on an annual basis. Such bursaries will provide for the following:
1.1.1 A monthly allowance (pocket money), to be determined by Namport from time to time (excluding unwarranted periods of absence).
1.1.2 Tuition fees subjected to the amount as stipulated by the training centre for the duration of the apprenticeship.
1.1.3 Textbooks and related expenses as determined by the training centre.
1.1.4 Daily transport to and from Walvis Bay and NIMT.
1.1.5 Monthly transport costs to and from Lüderitz and the training centre.
1.1.6 Accommodation costs at the WVTC hostel in the case of apprentices domiciled in the Lüderitz area.
1.1.7 Social Security contribution.
1.1.8 Safety clothing as determined by the training centre.
1.1.9 The administration of the above which is the responsibility of the relevant
training institute. Such training institute shall invoice Namport on a Monthly basis.

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The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme
The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they receive the bursary.

  • Students who do not have access to the Internet must contact the Financial Aid Office at the institution where they have been accepted for teacher education studies for the necessary application forms and assistance.
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Social Work
Bursaries for those interested in studying Social Work are provided by the Department of Social Development. (The student applies for the bursary at the Provincial Department’s offices.) These bursaries have a work back condition – i.e. the student works for the Department of Social Development for the number of years for which he received the bursary (or longer).

National Skills Fund
Bursaries from the National Skills Fund are available for students with a study focus in a scarce skills area. Universities determine which students qualify for these moneys. There are no conditions attached to these bursaries.

Funding is made available through a mandate of the Skills Development Act of 1998, and provides bursary funding to undergraduate students in these specific scarce skills areas:

    • Accounting
    • Financial management
    • Actuarial studies
    • Auditing
    • Business management
    • Economics
    • Physics
    • Computer science
    • Chemistry
    • Geology
    • Information systems
    • Mathematical sciences
    • Agriculture
    • Statistics
    • Financial Accounting
    • Bio-technology
    • Engineering

FET College Bursaries
Bursaries for the National Certificate (Vocational) and for certain NATED courses at FET Colleges are available for qualifying students. There is no employment condition attached to these bursaries. Students must apply for funding through the FET College’s Student Support Services.

R2bn in FET bursaries from Department of Higher Education and Training

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has set aside almost R2-billion in bursaries for further education and training (FET) college students for this year, Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said on Monday.

Nedbank bursary opportunities for 2014

Speaking at an event to declare 2013 the Year of the Artisan, Nzimande reiterated the need for South Africa to increase the number of qualified and competent artisans to enable the country to successfully deliver on its strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs).

“Government views the production of artisans and other mid-level skills as a priority, and that is why we are investing all these billions into the development of our FET colleges to turn them into institutions of choice, so that we will not have to import skills from other countries to deliver on our SIPs,” the Minister commented.

The R2-billion in funding is a significant increase on the R310-million in funding made available in 2009.

Nzimande further stressed the need to improve the status and profile of artisan trades.

“The idea that trades and other vocational programmes are only for those who can’t get into university, is deeply ingrained in our society and has a detrimental effect on our ability to develop the skills required by our labour market, not to mention the status of those who make a very important contribution to our economy and society,” he stated.

As part of the Year of the Artisan initiative, the DHET would work towards changing that perception and ensuring that FET colleges and the training programmes they offer, become the “options of choice” among South Africa’s youth.

Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana would lead an initiative to promote artisanry as a career option for the youth across all provinces.

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