The narrative around sexuality education is one of disease, danger and risk.
The messages that adolescents receive from sexuality education classes are frequently negative. It's time for the curriculum to become more empowering for learners and teachers.
There are very few spaces in which girls can discuss menstruation or ask questions about it.
Menstruation is a fact of life – but in many parts of Africa, it's something that young women dread. A South African research group is working to change this.
Most South Africans need serious financial support to make it through university.
Student funding processes must be opened up to public scrutiny and participation if they're to succeed.
A deep-seated and sustained anger against sexual violence is emerging in South Africa.
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Anti-rape protests at a South African university have far bigger implications for the country's ongoing fight against rape culture and patriarchal gender norms.
Prince performing during his ‘Diamonds and Pearls Tour’ in London in 1992.
Superstar Prince’s impact went far beyond the realm of music. His relevance stretched beyond the concert hall into many lecture rooms.
An altercation between protesters broke out at Wits University with men attacking women.
Candice Wagener McGuire / Wits Vuvuzela
A violent attack on a female student at one of South Africa's prominent universities was not an isolated incident. It told a universal tale of how patriarchy still rules.
Tunisia has the highest score on the Good African Society Index.
The Good African Society Index provides a comparative measure of the quality of society in African states. Governments could use its findings to make targeted policy interventions.
Universities expose students to difference, providing them with a unique opportunity to learn from others.
Universities have an important role to play in developing students’ ability to engage successfully across different cultures and experiences.
The Imin'esisdenge crew performing at Vukani in Grahamstown.
Hip-hop artists do it differently in a town in one of South Africa's poorest provinces. Eschewing the archetypal hip-hop lifestyle, Grahamstown's rappers propose a surprising alternative.
Sisters Mirusha Yogarajah (left) and Yanusha Yogarajah, who started the #unfairandlovely campaign with Pax Jones.
Colourism - or discrimination based on the skin tone - manifests in different ways across the world. In the main it means that light skin is seen as desirable and dark skin as undesirable.
Nearly 20 million South Africans live in rural areas. Why are the country’s universities so dismissive of rurality?
South Africa's educational policies and curricula tend to be biased against rural lifestyles - even though nearly 20 million people live in the country's rural areas.
Supplication to authority – through pleading or vehement protest – is hardly the only way to bring about change in a democracy.
There are two concepts in education theory – the social construction of knowledge and the notion of self-efficacy for development –- that could help build a true democracy.
Research in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, shows that many young, black and poor people do not recognise themselves or their communities in the stories they see, hear or read in mainstream media.
Cecil John Rhodes: master of all he surveys - but not of a secret society.
The book contains major flaws, the chief of which is the lack of solid, supporting evidence. Brown claims that ‘Rhodes documented everything’ – which was not actually the case in this regard.
A student faces off with a policeman in riot gear. Private security forces on campuses are a show of dominance and control.
The way in which one group of South African student protesters has acted and engaged with university managers shows how valuable a feminist approach to protest can be.
Artworks by deceased South African artist Helen Martins. The cultural and creative industries are key for social and economic development.
South Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on the potential role cultural and creative industries can play in job creation and economic growth.
Rhodes was an ardent white supremacist who believed Africans to be inferior. He intended his scholarships to be for white males only. This has since fallen away.
Supporters of South Africa’s governing ANC at the party’s 104 anniversary celebration in Rustenburg.
For more than 100 years South Africa's ruling ANC and its leaders have often been able to speak to and for the nation with resonance and moral authority, their words matching actions. Not any more.
William Kentridge art exhibition in Beijing. Kentridge is one South African artist who has made commercial success worldwide.
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South Africa's art market has seen substantial growth in the past few years. But investing in art remains risky and produces limited returns.
The skylines of Alexandra township and Sandton City. Decolonising education involves helping students understand how different experiences shape our world.
Decolonising education should be about ensuring that students learn more about other fellow South Africans who might be different to them.