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Higher Education sets up mental health helpline for students

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Staff and Student’s mental health has been challenged, with schools closing and adapting to the new normal to keep up with the 2020 academic year, enough support had to be made available.

The Department of Higher Education has stepped in to help students by offering a mental health helpline which will be operational 24/7. The helpline is facilitated by higher Health, an agency of the Department of Higher Education.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has welcomed this initiative by Higher Health, ” South Africa must take note of statements by the United Nations, World Health Organisation and local experts, that the mental and the wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and are an urgent priority”.

Higher health has made support available through a three-tier programme. It looks at how students and staff have been impacted by the pandemic and what support could be offered.

This includes issues related to substance abuse and gender based violence.

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HELM puts women leadership at the forefront

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Women within higher education institutions have been taking up more leadership and management roles. This is in a bid to encourage and promote equality within higher education institutions.

The Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) launched an initiative aimed at empowering women for change in higher education. An initiative which will include 26 women from 17 public universities in a six-month-long Women in Leadership (WiL) programme.

The programme is a collaboration between HELM with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), British Council, Advance HE and the United Kingdom’s University of Bath.

“WiL recognises that gender equity and women’s access to executive and management positions in universities is a major challenge in South Africa and on the African continent. It is therefore intended to promote the rights of women and afford them opportunities to reach their full potential.”

The programme was launched on the 1st of September and its focus will be on a variety of disciplines at different levels of leadership at their institutions. Included among them are executive deans, heads of schools and academic programmes, senior lecturers, directors: research and deputy vice-chancellor.

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DBE calls on young unemployed teachers to apply

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“We are looking for #YoungTeachers please apply so that we can defeat youth unemployment together”, Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi

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EDHE Lekgotla 2020: “African entrepreneurship through technology”

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With businesses and daily operations moving online, this has become the new normal. This change has been seen with university tours, graduations and conferences.

Since technology has taken over, new innovations have been put at the forefront. The National Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla is putting the spotlight on Africa’s innovations, opening greater platforms for Africa’s young entrepreneurs to showcase their technology innovations.

“As a country and continent, we have the opportunity to lead the way in developing new technologies and start-ups to meet the specific needs and challenges of the era we are in”, EDHE.

The Department of Higher Education and Training together with Universities South Africa (USAF), will be hosting a free virtual EDHE Lekgotla 2020.

With this years theme, “#AfroTech-frican Entrepreneurship through Technology, EDHE will take a look into innovative technology.

The lekgotla will take place through the innovative use of event technology. The event will include the third annual one-day Studentpreneurs Indaba, brought to you by the EDHE Studentpreneurs Community of Practice (CoP), aimed at supporting entrepreneurial students who do business while also studying. Visit www.edhe.co.za to register.

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