Happening now: You’ve probably heard of initiatives like One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the PlayPump and, more recently, the open-source software of Ushahidi and FrontlineSMS. You may have even heard about high-tech toilets that will be powered by solar energy or monitored by mobile phones. Technology has made development work buzz-worthy. But how much is it actually doing to improve lives?
Bahle (right) plays with her twin sister (left) and classmate Lusanda. Bahle lives in a small, metal shack on the outskirts of Cape Town. Their home is often filled with laughter and friends.
At the beginning of her senior year in a South African high school, Bahle had big dreams. In Anders Kelto’s final story from our year-long School Year series, he recounts Bahle’s struggles over the school year and how she was forced to reconsider her future.
In June, OPB News listener Ashley Jordan heard the story of South African high school student named Sive and raised $1,000 to help him.
In the latest in our #SchoolYear series, reporter Anders Kelto examines what $1,000 means for a South African teenager, struggling after the death of both parents.
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I was very encouraged and surprised to see the number of countries that are now performing in the top tier that also have significant levels of child poverty. They are the not the Nordic utopia of Finland that you hear about.
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Last Friday, students at the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT), the public high school near Cape Town that reporter Anders Kelto is following this year, held a special ceremony to honor seniors.
Tandie Nsoki is a senior at the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in the South African township of Khayelitsha.
Tandie shares a bedroom with her mother, while her two younger brothers sleep in the kitchen. Tandie has a small homework table set up by her bed, and spends many afternoons and evenings studying there.