Joint Learner Birth and ID Registration Campaign Held in the Winterveldt

posted by / Friday, 14 November 2014 / Published in Life Skills: Articles of interest, News
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By: Department of Basic Education

Learners in Tshwane West have been encouraged to register with Home   Affairs to ensure that they have the necessary documents (ID or Birth   Certificates) whilst they are still in the schooling system. The   Departments of Basic Education (DBE) and Home Affairs (DHA), supported by the   Council of Ministers, hosted a Joint Learner Registration Campaign in   response to the results of the data exchange process. The Campaign,   which involved the school community of the Winterveldt, was held on 11   November 2014, to communicate basic information regarding civil registration   to communities to raise awareness on consequences of late registration.  The long term aim of the   Campaign is for it to become second nature within communities for all births to be registered within 30 days, and for the youth to   apply for IDs or smart cards in the year they turn 16.

The Intergovernmental Protocol Agreement between DBE and DHA, which is   managed by Ayesha Suleman from the EMIS Directorate, was signed on 01 March   2010. The main focus of implementation thus far had been around the sharing   and exchange of data between the Learner Unit Record Information and Tracking   System (LURITS) and the National Population Register (NPR), with a specific   focus on the verification of learner ID numbers – comparing the LURITS data   with the NPR to ensure that learners who are in the education sector are   truly enrolled and are not ghost learners.

It is also through this exchange of data that priority areas /   districts with high numbers of undocumented learners (without ID or Birth   Certificates) can be identified to ensure that Government targets these areas   to provide civil registration services to all learners. This initiative from   the DHA provides learners with an easy access point for service delivery as the   department deploys DHA mobile service units to schools to enable parents to   apply for these documents.

In her address, DDG, Ms Vivienne Carelse, said that the onus of   learners being in possession of an identity document / birth certificate is on the parent or guardian as well   as on the school principal and community leaders. “As a   principal, you are responsible for ensuring that your learners provide their   enabling documents upon admission (according to the Admission Policy) and   capture this information for administration purposes. “Having a birth   certificate / ID is not just for education processes or to comply with policy, but   it also concerns the overall wellbeing of every learner and every child.   We would like our children to have access to government services, take   advantage of opportunities to study further, take advantage of bursaries and   scholarships available from public and private organisations, such as Funza   Lushaka, take advantage of the available job opportunities and be able to do   business in this country,” Ms Carelse concluded.

Mr Bheki Mpanza, Chief Director at the DBE, also highlighted the   importance for principals to ensure that the ID numbers of learners are   captured on the school administration system, SA-SAMS, as this is the source   system for the DBE to retrieve this information, which is   provided free of charge to schools. He also added that schools without at   least one administration computer or SA-SAMS should get in touch with the   EMIS unit of the Provincial Education Department to ensure this happens.

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