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Jazz in the classroom not only teaches children to play instruments; they may also learn a range of essential life skills. Reuters/Carlos Jasso

From the club to the classroom: all that jazz is good for the kids

Many middle-class parents buy classical CDs because it is supposed to make their kids clever. But a jazz-loving academic has started using her favourite genre in early childhood learning.
Members of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, rally for the youth wage subsidy. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How two crucial trends are affecting unemployment in South Africa

South Africa's labour market suffers from high unemployment. Reform of the education system may provide the only long-term sustainable solution to the problem.
Many claim the Safe Schools program is essential for reducing homophobia and transphobia in school. from www.shutterstock.com

Safe Schools review findings: experts respond

After a three-week debacle, the findings of the review into the Safe Schools Coalition program are out. Here's what academic experts make of the review.
Students in a school run by refugees in Indonesia learn maths, English, art and science.

Refugee-run school in Indonesia a model for governments to emulate

A school set up by asylum seekers and refugees in the West Java town Cisarua, Indonesia, is a community-led initiative that Australian and Indonesian governments should model and support.
Moralising commentaries about the Safe Schools Coalition are dangerously out of touch. Jason Devaun

We must celebrate gender and sexual diversity in our schools

Moralising commentaries about the Safe Schools Coalition are out of touch with social research about gender and the realities of the ways that young people understand their own sexual and gender identities.
South Africa’s Jacob Zuma is president of the country as well as the African National Congress. He is under pressure on all fronts. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Does President Zuma have the courage to do the right thing?

It is unlikely President Zuma will announce a structural changes in his State of the Nation Address. This, despite education being in dire need of fundamental restructuring and an economy in decline.
Much is expected of South African President Jacob Zuma when he delivers his 2016 State of the Nation Address. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

State of the Nation address: what Zuma needs to tell South Africa

The general loss of faith in the economy is the most important issue President Zuma must address. More radical social and economic transformation, with emphasis on land reform will be most critical.

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