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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday, 26 November, '08: Our book Launch

Today Noleen and I enjoyed the fruit of some of this year's labours when Juta, our publisher, graciously hosted the stylish launch of our new book: Organising parent involvement in South Africa schools. The proud authors (Noleen in pink and myself in yellow) are seen here presenting a book to our honoured guest, the representative of the Department of Education.

Noleen and I have worked in the area of parent involvement - research, publishing, teacher training and community work - for the past 15 years. She retires at the end of this year from Unisa and this was a wonderful way to celebrate (not end) years of happy collaboration. The book is like both of us - very practical, enthusiatic and not heavily academic. We wrote it with teachers, school governors and parents in mind and we trust it will make a difference in South African schools. Viva parentpower!


Mary said...

Well congratulations are definitely in order here Eleanor - such a wonderful achievement after many years of hard work for the two of you. Lovely pic of you and your friend - I do hope she enjoys her retirement years.

Quite chilly in these parts now, but no snow yet - into boots, gloves and woolly scarves most days, however tomorrow (Thanksgiving) it will warm up a bit and I plan to get out in the garden and plant pansies!!

Enjoy your week.
Hugs - Mary.

willow said...

So fun to see this lovely smiling photo of you and Noleen! Many congratulations!! Hope your book will have a sizable, practical impact on the schools in South Africa.

Looking forward to seeing more of you around the bloggyhood!

Willow x

MARIA said...


Peace to you my friend and Happy Thanksgiving!

Greyscale Territory said...

Lovely photo! And congratulations on your book! So hope it goes well for you and your friend!

Barbara Martin said...

Eleanor, congratulations on your book launch. Very nice photo of the event.

Jane Marie said...

Good luck with your book publication! I'm sure you'll have great sales and it will make a difference for your country and it's schools.
Thanks for stopping bu my blog.

dee said...

Dear Eleanor,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Congratulations on your books publication. Tht's a lovely picture. I am enjoying your pictures and having a quiet cup of tea before the Thanksgiving day begins. Bird to cook, potatoes to mash pie, to bake.
I hope your day in South Africa is as beautiful and peaceful as this one is here and I wish you success with your book. Parents really need to wake up all over the globe and get involved with their children....don't get me started on that subject!

hope said...

I wandered over here from Hugh McMillan's site. Congratulations on your book! I can empathize with the subject: although I'm Director of a Recreational site for Senior Citizens, in the afternoons I work with an After School program in a poor neighborhood. Sadly, when it comes to education, most of the parents are AWOL. Guess I'm using my education degree in a most unexpected way now...and you're right, parents need to do more than give birth.

By the way, what are those beautiful trees in your header? Have a great weekend!

Mary said...

Congratulations, that is SO wonderful! Best of luck to you both. May your book be widely read and followed, and have a lasting impact on education in South Africa.

Oh, and it is so nice to see your lovely picture!

Rose said...

Wow! Congratulations on your book!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

How very exciting! My name is Tyra and I live far, far away from you in Vaxholm, Sweden. I found your blog through Jane Marie and I like it a lot. Hope to get to know you more. I have been to S.A once some....gosh 10 years ago and loved it very much. Love your avatar the Protea/ Tyra
Good luck with your book publication!
I wonder if I can tempt you with an apple

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Congratulations Eleanor on the launching of your book ! I know you are so excited !

Sreddy Yen said...

Congratulations on your publication~! :o)
I'm sure it will be a bestseller.


KarenHarveyCox said...

Congratulations Eleanor. What a wonderful work, you must be so thrilled. This sounds like a great tool to get parents excited about being involved.


Max-e said...

Hi Eleanor, congratulations on the publication of your book. It must give you a great sense of accomplishment to have it in print, after all the hard work.