June is celebrated as Youth Month in South Africa, paying tribute to the school pupils and ordinary citizens who lost their lives during the Soweto uprisings of 16 June 1976 – 37 years ago. This year's focus is on substance abuse.
• Protect and support each other
Ten short stories, specially commissioned and illustrated, make up the third Sunday Times Nal’ibali Storytime. The collection, like Nal’ibali itself, is designed to ignite a love of reading in primary school children, sparked by great stories in their home language.
• Why we need a literate nation
South African universities have teamed up with their Dutch counterparts to develop a course aimed at improving PhD supervision. Better and more doctoral supervisors, it is believed, will increase the number of PhD students.
• Cross-continental collaboration
The small village famous as the birth place of Nelson Mandela will soon have a school of science and technology. It is envisaged that the school will help improve South Africa’s education standing, and open the doors to more career options for poor rural youth.
• Maths, science teaching gets boost
The Indiafrica Festival 2013, which takes place in Johannesburg between 13 and 24 May, marks the culmination of the second edition of Indiafrica: A shared future, an initiative that targets young entrepreneurs and artists from both countries.
• India and SA growing together
Technology is coming to the assistance of under-resourced rural schools in the form of Obami. On a road trip through the country, its creators "experienced hope. There's an undeniable sense ... that as a nation, we can pull together and conquer".
• Safe social portal for scholars