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Activating human nature, for good

This week DGMT CEO, Dr. David Harrison, presented the keynote address at the Africa Regional Symposium on Character Building in Nairobi (24-25 October 2018) organised by the Aga Khan University and the Templeton World Charity Foundation.  In this rather wide-ranging philosophical and personal address, he reflects on how we can activate human nature, for good. […]

Posted on 26 October 2018 under Alerts, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Why we need big business to make bold moves and get behind this simple super food

Shoprite recently won public kudos by ‘zero-rating’ Ultrex sanitary pads – essentially selling the brand at cost price. This bold move is exactly what we should expect from private companies facing up to this country’s social and economic inequalities. Although South Africans may not experience the extreme poverty of people in low-income countries, the indignity […]

Posted on 21 September 2018 under Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Love, Germs and Skill: Reframing early childhood care and education

In this talk DGMT CEO, Dr David Harrison, shakes up our thinking about early childhood care and education by asking probing questions such as “what is love?” and “how can we harness the power of love to enable children to thrive?” He draws on biology, genetics, chemistry and history to bring us closer to answering […]

Posted on 6 August 2018 under DGMT, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Partnerships point the way to better public education

Despite their dubious role in the financial crisis of 2008, some US banks were deemed by policy-makers to be ‘too big to fail’ because their failure would have led to a global economic meltdown. Rightly or wrongly, that conclusion triggered an unprecedented international effort to rehabilitate them and restore global financial prosperity. As South Africa […]

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Posted on 1 April 2018 under Alerts, Opportunity 8: Implementation Experience, Strategy 2017.

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Homeopathic doses of early learning just won’t work

Once the dust settles, it will dawn on us that much of the extra R57 billion allocated to higher education will be wasted as half the beneficiaries drop out. Why? Because their educational foundations are too shaky to cope with the demands of university or college. Over the next three years, more than a trillion […]

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Posted on 26 February 2018 under Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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The public school partnership pilot – is it worth it? Let parents decide

Here is a frightening prediction: over the next decade, the number of children in private schools will increase from one-sixteenth to one sixth of all learners in South Africa. That proportion will then level off because other parents who prefer private education won’t be able to pay for it. As the State will not have […]

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Posted on 3 November 2017 under Opportunity 8: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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A compelling business proposition: Create value at no extra cost

Just over a decade ago, a senior official at national Treasury told me that Government was “awash with money”. Not anymore. Cost-cutting is the order of the day. Things are only going to get tighter after the medium-term budget policy statement on 25th October. We will all feel sick to the pit of our stomachs […]

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Posted on 11 October 2017 under Opportunity 3: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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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 under Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 8: Reflection and Analysis.

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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 under Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 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 under Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 8: Reflection and Analysis.

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