Web4Schools Online Template

Welcome Educators and Business owners. At this stage you will have your Website (Frontend) and your Template (Backend) which you will use to upload your information.In this template you will find out how to load images (pictures) and content (text), how to operate the Calendar and how to set your colours and Navigation Bar.
But first, you need to know about Web Terminology and where to find it on your template.

The Navigational Bar: This is the line of Headings, shown above, which are your primary indicators of what to find in a group or subject class. For example, About Us which is about your school or business. Under each Heading you can have Drop-Down menus which are made up of sub-headings relating to the About Us. Here you can add the History of the School, Principals Message, Governing Body etc. Each of the Drop-Downs represent a page of your website.

The Header Image: This is the picture above that will be visible on each page of your website. You can set your own picture or badge for your own website.

Events Calendar: On the right you will see the calendar. Here you can add in important dates, with a description, so that parents/clients can see what is happening on any given day.

Contact: This is a quick reference on the Homepage for visitors to see exactly how to reach or contact you, quickly.

Download and Links: Here we will insert your Facebook link, Twitter Link or any other link that you wish to have so that visitors can click on it to move directly to your “other” web page. You must send us the Hyperlink and we will insert it for you.

Quick Links: This is an internally set link that you can set when loading a page to show visitors that they need to see it and visit that page. These links are exactly the same as the page found in the Drop-Down menu, the only difference is that you are creating awareness of it. You should not have too many pages in this box as it will detract from your menu.

You are now ready to view and learn how to load your template.

Enjoy browsing…and learning how to manage your own website.

The Web4Schools Team

VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE

For this template to operate you must have at least Internet Explorer 8 or the latest version of Firefox.

These are FREE downloads and will not compromise any files or programs on your computer. In fact, they will improve your computers performance…

Education and access to Schooling is a Luxury in Africa

To this day, we still have people who don’t have money to feed their loved ones. They don’t have clothes on their backs and enough food to put on the table. They don’t have money to go to school. Education is the only breakthrough they have and yet even that is a challenge for them to achieve. Tanzania, famous for its luxurious Zanzibar hotels is no exception to this sad state of affairs.
It is sad that there are people who are not satisfied with the little that they get. They went to a good school, work a good job and live in a good house. Yet, no matter how much they have, they are still not happy with the leisure’s of life they get. There are people who would be so happy with the life that you live and yet you feel it is not good enough.
Life is not all roses and pearls. Although some days are better than others, being grateful is the highest point of humility. When you have the ability to choose the clothes you wear, the car you drive and the house you want to live in, you are living a life that is far better than the rest. There are people who would wish to live a life of being able to choose what they want but they are not granted such pleasures. At Web4schools we believe that the future of education in Africa lies in the utilization of more high tech methods, including online web based learning opportunities.

However, the sun doesn’t shine on everybody as others are not given the right of choosing but rather life chooses a path for them. When you are born into a poor background, poverty was not a choice you made for yourself. When you try to break the barriers of your disadvantaged background that is a choice you are making for yourself. So do you see the golden difference? Tanzanians along with other African peoples are suffering from the lack of access to basic education whilst wealthy tourists only think of using the country as a holiday destination, snapping up one the many Zanzibar packages on offer, ignorant to the plight of the poor and poverty stricken.
Being born in a dark and fractured room is not your fault. It might also not be the fault of your parents. Circumstances might have shaped the life that your parents lived and you had to be a result of that dark and fractured place. You are not a result of your past; you are a result of your future.
Everyone has the right to decide their fate. Although the opportunities that we are granted aren’t the same, you can always be the best that you want to be and achieve the impossible. Success is not defined by academic and institutionalized education. Wealth is not subject to having a degree. Riches are not defined by being accepted by society.
The level of success starts with realizing that poverty may be where you come from but it is not where you going. It starts with having full belief that you will reach the highest mountains of your dreams and nothing or no one is going to stop you. Once you have that in check, the world will be your playground.
Poverty is not a luxury to others, it is their daily lives. It might not be how they wanted their lives to turn out but that is the unfortunate state of life- we can’t always get what we want. We need to work for what we want and we need to put in as much effort if we want to reach the stars.
Appreciate that job, appreciate that house and appreciate that car. Appreciate the fact that unlike most people, you are one of the few people who was given the chance to shape their future in a way that was pleasing for you. I am not saying worship materialistic things but I am saying that you are better than the person that has to wake up each and every day and go beg at the side of the road.

Pressure on Scholars to Perform

Scholars these days are so driven to get a stamp of approval from the whole audience of the universe that we think we mount to nothing if we are not credited by them. I have realized that some people, especially school students (pressurized to perform well technologically with computers) take it upon themselves to make somebody like them; it’s almost as if it is a life or death situation. It is actually sad that one only appreciates themselves after somebody else’ nod.
The world we live in right now is not the nicest, people are filled with jealousy and envy that there’s only a few remaining souls that are pure and will give you credit when it is due. The technological advances of the past few decades which include the use of the internet and computers and school has not helped. If you don’t get the thumbs up you are constantly determined to get, what then? You will probably just dig up a big underground hole and stay in it right? Please don’t do that.
Our generation is filled with deceit; you could get cast down by your fellow mates just because you are trying to become a mogul for yourself. It is not a pleasant feeling to be hated because you want to be better so you need to love yourself, favour yourself and be content that each and every day; you are striving and living toward being a bigger and better you.
When the sunshine is shining so bright on your side, not everybody will be happy about your splendor. It might even be the last thing someone might wish for you so instead of being so caught up in wanting to fit in with the crowd, stand out. The best thing you can ever do for your heart is to accept that not everybody may not have the soft and generous heart that you have, some have very dark and twisted ones and it is no use trying to be Mother Theresa to everyone, some people won’t like your friendly gestures.
It is always good to stay in your lane and focus on being better than the day before and being greater than the next. It can’t always be easy being thrown with stones when you give out fresh strawberries but you can at least build a house from the stones you are being thrown with right?
The most important weapon one can acquire is the knowledge of their inner being. So what if your school doesn’t provide the right software or provide you with a computer to access the web and internet. If you If you are confident with yourself and with your traits, no Tom or Henry can come and tell you otherwise. We are living with vultures, preys that find joy in breaking spirits, so what can they break in you once you have realized you are unbreakable? Nothing.
Nobody runs your life, you do. You call the shots. You are the CEO, not the MD or the secretary, you are the boss. The boss doesn’t hesitate or stutters when making a decision, he makes things happen. He doesn’t wait for anybody’s two cents of advice, he shoots to score.
Be the boss of your own life. Don’t let anybody tell you, you are not good enough. If you were not worthy, you would not be where you are today and where you are today is definitely a step ahead from yesterday right? Correct. Stop waiting for somebody else to come give you a pat on the back, they may never come. Praise yourself only because the fact that you woke up today and are enduring another day is worth being applauded.
Embrace your inner victory; you are still in line to making a better life out of yourself unlike the rest of the runner ups that have already given up. What others do to you and against you should not be your problem, just keep on keeping on.
Your shine is enough and should not be sidelined by anybody’s rain, SHINE!

Cape School Substance Abuse Problems

Substance abuse is a plague affecting our school children. It has destroyed lives and stopped our youth from prospering. The problem in the Western Cape schools is twice above the world norm. This can be attributed to the drug and gang culture in the poorer communities.

The most alarming fact is that drug users are getting young and younger. With some starting before they are even teenagers, the problem becomes even more worrying. Children’s minds require a healthy active lifestyle and the use of drugs, especially at that age, have an adverse effect on the development of a child’s mind. This negatively affects the child’s ability to perform at school and, more often than not, results in the child dropping out. Fortunately there are some excellent rehabilitation centres in cape town.

Drug abuse and drug gangs used to be a Cape Flats phenomenon, however, the problem has spread and today we see young people of all colours, creeds and class levels involved in some form of substance abuse. Each demographic in Cape Town is facing a different drug scourge. There is a drug for every wealth bracket, from the relatively cheap Nyaope (which is a mixture of different over-the-counter and prescription medication) and cannabis to the expensive Cocaine. Students, whether from the rich suburbs or the poorest township schools, can get a high.

Alcohol is the widely available to teenagers, despite the age restrictions. Surveys have found 66% of high school learners have used alcohol while roughly half of these learners partake in unsafe binge drinking sessions. Binge drinking has been closely associated with poor academic performance, brain damage, teen pregnancy and drunk driving road accidents.

The most worrying drug is the highly addictive stimulant, methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is the drug of choice in the Cape Flats, where it is referred to simply as Tik. Tik is the 2nd most commonly used illegal drug, with the most common being cannabis. Tik is done, by heating a crystal in a light bulb and smoking the fumes. The smoking of Tik gives the user increased energy, insomnia, tremors and increased sex drive. The later has directly lead to an increase in rape, crime, STDs and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Over time, methamphetamine use leads to weight loss, skin, hair and nail deterioration, seizures and violent mood swings. Ixande treatment centre has the reputation of being one the finest rehab Cape Town can offer.

While preventing drug use altogether should be the primary objective, if a loved one is found to have a substance problem, professional rehabilitation should be seriously considered. With great rehabilitation facilities around the Cape, such as [insert Co. name], you’re loved one is getting the help and emotional support he needs from people who understand his dilemma better than anyone else. Patients who finish the entire rehabilitation program have high success rates and are unlikely to relapse.

More and more youth are turning to drug running and sales to make money. With the unique ability to infiltrate schools undetected and peer pressure fellow students into trying drugs, children are often used by drug gangs to sell drugs in schools. Once students are given a taste of the drugs, they develop an addiction and end up spending all their money chasing the high. When they have depleted their allowance, the children either start committing petty crimes for easy cash or they turn to pushing drugs themselves. Psychologists have found the use of drugs and alcohol by students is a result of stress, parental ignorance, a lack of guidance and emotional vulnerability which can be attributed to a lack of family support.

The rapid growth of drug and alcohol abuse by Cape Town youth is a great threat to the future of our great nation. Ensuring we prevent our youth from trying drugs and getting those with a substance abuse problem is imperative.

Web4Schools Terminology

TERMINOLOGY :

PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THESE ASPECTS OF YOUR WEBSITE TEMPLATE.

1. The Navigational Bar (Nav Bar): This is the line of Headings, shown below, which are your primary indicators of what your website has to offer. For example, About Us which is about your school or business. Careful planning of the Nav Bar is important as a website should not have more than 6 or 7 headings. It will become too crammed on the line. The Headings should also be “single” words, if possible.

2. Drop-Down Pages: Under each Heading on the Nav Bar you can have Drop-Down pages which are topics assocoated to the Heading i.e. About Us. Here you can add the History of the School, Principals Message, Governing Body etc. Each of the Drop-Downs represent a page of your website.

3. The Header Image: This is the picture above that will be visible on each page of your website. You can design your own Header Image or badge for your own website.

• Width: The width is 980 pixels across (left to right), which is fixed. YOU CANNOT INCREASE THIS WIDTH. You may decrease it, if necessary.

• Depth: The depth (top to bottom) can vary to suit your needs, however, we recommend that you do not go smaller than 100 pixels or larger than 250 pixels. You do not want your Header Image to take up half your page. NOTE: Everything goes up or down depending on the depth of your header i.e. the Nav Bar

4. Events Calendar: On the right of your Homepage you will see the calendar. Here you can add in important dates, with a description, so that parents/clients can see what is happening on any given day. In the samples below the image on the left shows that the 27th is highlighted. If you click on the highlighted block the message appears as shown in block 2.

5. Contact: This is a quick reference on the Homepage for visitors to find your Contact Details. These Contact Details are inserted by Web4Schools. You do not have access to change this. To make adjustments, email the details to us and we will insert them for you. NOTE: You cannot change these details on your Template. Web4Schools technical team does it for you.

6. Download and Links: Here we will insert your Facebook link, Twitter Link or any other link that you wish to have so that visitors can click on it to move directly to your “other” web page. You must send us the Hyperlink and we will insert it for you.

Quick Links: This is an internally set hyperlink from the Homepage. Each page in your website has this option, but you only use it for important messages. These links are exactly the same as the page found in the Drop-Down menu, the only difference is that you are creating awareness of it. You should not have too many pages in this box as it will detract from your menu.