When reporter Anders Kelto embedded himself in a South African high school for a year, he expected to learn a lot from the experience. But there were several lessons he didn't anticipate.
Boys at COSAT often spend a lot of time on their hair. But what happens when teachers decide their hairstyles are a threat to student safety?
Two girls sing a cute duet, the choir performs an African song (with dancing), and a trio of boys does some a capella.
When South Africa ended apartheid and held free elections nearly 20 years ago, it needed a song that would heal the rift created by segregation. Its choice, the country's new national anthem, is part-hymn, part-march, and all mashup. Instead of rejecting the past, it embraced both parts of it.
Reporter Anders Kelto travels to the mall with some COSAT students during school hours, and is surprised by what he sees.
Anders Kelto talks to a South African high school student about her Facebook chat with World listeners.
I was told that proms are a big deal in South Africa -- particularly in low-income, black townships. But nothing could have prepared me for the fashion show I witnessed.
Tandie Nkosi is a senior at the Centre of Science and Technology in the South African township of Khayelitsha. Tandie just went to the prom and is anxiously awaiting the results of her college applications. Her junior classmate, Sivenathi Juqu recently traveled to the US as part of a prestigious leadership program. His mother passed away in June and he now lives with his older brother, while managing most of the family's responsibilities.
Across Africa, many HIV-positive women would like to have children, but they face a dilemma: How can they become pregnant without putting their partners at risk? Dr. Okeoma Mmeje, an ob-gyn at the University of Michigan, offers an inexpensive solution.
Thursday was the 95th birthday of South Africa's former president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Across the country, many chose to do 67 minutes of volunteering, to honor the man's 67 years in prison or politics. Students at the Centre of Science and Technology joined in.