Four Levels of Active Listening

Two words in the English language appear to be ambiguous and have over-lapping meaning:  Hearing and  Listening. Are they the same or do they mean different things? Let’s examine and understand. Hearing is the act of perceiving sound and receiving sound waves or...

What it Might Look Like to Safely Reopen Schools

As most educational institutions around the world remain shut due to the ongoing pandemic, speculations continue over when and how they can be reopened. Whenever they do, special precautions will need to be taken and measures will need to be put in place for the...

We Shall Overcome

This is one song we’ve all heard and whole-heartedly sung at some time of our lives. Strangely, when we sang this in school it was not quite clear what it was that we were going to overcome. Or that, what was that Utopian existence that we were fearlessly striving for...

Looking after our Mental Health

As most of the world is in self-isolation the situation is fraught with certain challenges. One of these being the effect on our mental health. In view of  this WHO has issued the following suggestions. As countries introduce measures to restrict movement as part of...

Isolation vs. Solitude

The dictionary meaning of the word isolate is to cause (a person or place) to be or remain alone or apart from others. And so isolation is the process or fact of isolating or being isolated. The literal meaning of another word – solitude – too is the state...

Sustainable Human Capital Development with YUVA UNSTOPPABLE

This case study examines an intervention by Yuva Unstoppable (YU), an NGO in India. YU has worked in Indian schools since 2006, previously focusing on programmes that enhanced hygiene and sanitation (WASH), as well as mentoring of students, and recently implemented a...