Developing the Shine Centre Model as a social franchise – key considerations

The Shine Centre delivers a literacy model aimed at Grade 2 and 3 second language children who are learning to read and write in English. In this brief, they reflect on the challenges of sharing their model with other organisations, while at the same time protecting the integrity of the Shine ‘brand’. Read the article here.

The Hard Work of Soft Skills: Securing Job Placements for Technical and Vocational Education and Training College Graduates

The Further Education and Training Institute (FETI) recently undertook a study to investigate the links between skills gaps identified by employers and the curriculum offered at some Western Cape Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges, and to design and pilot a programme to strengthen the development of a pathway for college graduates into three identified industries. In this learning […]

Preparing for an Ageing Population – Policy Implications for South Africa

South Africa’s fertility rate is declining and it is projected that this trend will continue. When persistent low fertility leads to a decline in the size of successive birth cohorts, it means that the population will start ageing. In this learning brief, HelpAge International considers what this means for the demands that will inevitably be placed on […]

Nal’ibali Reading for Enjoyment Campaign

The Nal’ibali Reading for Enjoyment Campaign is a campaign with a difference. It starts from the premise that stories – oral and written – are as important for literacy development as the more technical aspects of learning to sound or spell out words, write neatly and do grammar. In this learning brief, campaign co-ordinator PRAESA, takes a critical […]

The Language of Access

How we harness technological innovation in rural South African communities in order to close the education gap between urban and rural learners is as exciting as it is challenging. In this learning brief, Good Work Foundation describes what they are doing – and some of their challenges – at their Hazyview Digital Learning Centre, located in Shabalala village […]

Facilitating the registration of Child and Youth Care Centres in South Africa

The new Children’s Act 38 of 2005 requires that all existing Child and Youth Care Centres in South Africa re-register with the Department of Social Development by April 2015.  For many of these Centres, the registration process is proving to be difficult and costly to navigate, thereby potentially preventing them from continuing to offer a vital service […]