What we’ve learned


Public-school partnerships: Healthy scepticism, yes. Paralysing caution, no.

Is every non-State institution a private company driven by profit and neoliberal tendencies? This is the question that critics of public school partnerships need to answer. Almost all criticism of the Collaboration Schools model being tested in South Africa fails to make the distinction between civil society organisations and for-profit companies in public education. These […]

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Posted on 19 May 2017

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How to make sense of mother-tongue instruction debates

Many parents find the debates about mother-tongue instruction very confusing.  All they want to know is “what is best for my child”? Is it better to introduce English sooner or later?  Will my child get mixed up if she learns more than one language at the same time?  Is it best to send her to […]

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Posted on 2 May 2017

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What a difference the Child Support Grant makes!

The South African Child Gauge 2016 by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town has recently been released and – focusing the theme of Children and Social Assistance – it offers an interesting spotlight on the Child Support Grant (CSG).  Here follows some very encouraging facts shared in the publication relating to the benefits of the CSG […]

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Posted on 7 March 2017

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Youth will shape the South Africa of tomorrow – let’s get behind them today

Every January we as South Africans focus our full attention on the successes, and failures, of the education system as marked by the Matric results. We celebrate the individual shining examples of extraordinarily bright students, of inspiring principals that produce amazing results against all the odds, and take a step back to assess how we […]

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Posted on 17 February 2017

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Create Change: Step Up for Young People

South Africa has a resource with the potential to transform our economic and social reality. Unfortunately, we are missing this opportunity: It should go without saying that investment in children and young people is the source of future human capital. They should be at the forefront of strategies for economic growth and development in SA. […]

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Posted on 3 February 2017

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Collaboration Schools – concentrating energy and expertise in the poorest public schools

By David Harrison This article was first published in the Daily Maverick on 20 October 2016.  Equal Education has joined trade unions in calling for the draft Western Cape Provincial School Amendment Act to be abandoned because, among other things, it makes provision for a new category of public schools. These schools, called Collaboration Schools, […]

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Posted on 21 October 2016

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Volunteer-driven literacy programmes in schools: why parents and teachers join, and why they stay

The degree to which children acquire language skills is a strong predictor of future academic success, educational attainment, employment and income.  In fact, reading is a powerful tool to tackle poverty and inequality: when children read for pleasure, it has a greater effect on their educational achievement than their family’s socio-economic status. There is thus […]

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Posted on 30 September 2016

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Early learning gets a boost – ELOM and SmartStart

Research indicates that while children from better-off homes make good progress following Grade R, children from poor households do not, and the gap between these two groups widens with age.

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Posted on 19 September 2016

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Kindling for the Sparks

In this guest blog, Merran Roy, the founder of Intlantsi Creative Development Project in Peddie, Eastern Cape, reflects on her role as a project founder in a disadvantaged community, and what it’s taught her about sustainability, “rescuing” and resourcefulness. The Intlantsi Creative Development Project was born in 2012.  Intlantsi – “spark” in isiXhosa – recruits […]

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Posted on 8 September 2016

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The enormous concentration of economic power in young children: Time to tap it

The JC Coetzee Memorial Lecture delivered by DGMT CEO, Dr. David Harrison,  at the 19th Annual Family Practitioners’s Conference on 13 August 2016  Introduction It really is an honour to be invited to give the JC Coetzee Memorial Lecture today. I trust the organisers of the conference have not strayed too far from his wishes […]

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Posted on 23 August 2016

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