Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis


Children should feel valued, not threatened

Our daughter came home in tears from her first day of the new school term.  All the teachers had commenced class with a pep talk on knuckling down to work right away. Some chose to motivate their students, but three harped on the unpleasant consequences of poor behaviour. In school, the wages of sin is […]

Posted on 12 Apr 2019

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Connecting with learners to keep them in school

For many learners, school can feel like a losing battle. We see this in the country’s low matric throughput rates – with only 40% of learners who start school going on to pass matric 12 years later[1]. Merle Mansfield of the Zero School Dropout Initiative asks what can be done now to give our learners […]

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Posted on 29 Mar 2019

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Creating jobs and improving education at the same time

There’s a wonderful book by Dr Seuss that all parents should read to their children. It’s called Oh, the Places you’ll Go, written for young people as they set off on life’s exciting journey towards success (“98 and ¾ per cent guaranteed”!). But it’s not all breathlessly gung-ho. The book acknowledges that there are amazing […]

Posted on 8 Feb 2019

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David, Goliath and half a gig of data

With a third of young South Africans marginalised from work, training and employment opportunities – there are over 8 million young people itching for opportunity. As Shakira Maharaj points out, young people are ready to make the most of what they get.  This past weekend was a big one for South Africa – the last […]

Posted on 4 Feb 2019

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What it’s really like to be at school in South Africa

As a country, we have committed to greater access to education for all children. The importance of early childhood education (the first five years of a child’s life) to improve children’s capacity to learn and thrive is now firmly on the national agenda. Even the significance of prenatal care is making inroads in our attempt […]

Posted on 26 Nov 2018

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Introducing: The Human Factor

We are pleased to introduce our new biannual publication called the Human Factor. We believe there are only two ways to improve the world – through technology and through behaviour change. The Human Factor focuses on the latter. What drives people and what dispirits them? What ignites new passion, new ideas, new commitment in people, […]

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Posted on 6 Nov 2018

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Where did the other half go?
What is driving school dropout in South Africa?

Most 17 year olds are attending school and will soon write their matric exam, even if not all of them pass. Right? No! By the time a class of 30 children reaches grade 12, 50% of their peers have already left school without even making it to the grade where their can write matric. This […]

Posted on 15 Mar 2018

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Where did the other half go? What is driving school dropout in South Africa?

Most 17 year olds are attending school and will soon write their matric exam, even if not all of them pass. Right?  No! By the time a class of 30 children reaches grade 12, 50% of their peers have already left school without even making it to the grade where their can write matric. This […]

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Posted on 24 Aug 2017

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Five things to think about beyond matric results

Every January the whole country focusses in on a single number: the matric pass rate. For many this number comes to define the state of young people, and we tend to leave the conversation there. But for school-leavers, the matric results are not just the end of one journey, they are the start of a […]

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Posted on 7 Jan 2016

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The South African Child Gauge 2015: Youth – an opportunity to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty

The 10th issue of the South African Child Gauge, focusing on the theme of youth and the intergenerational transmission of poverty, was released last week on the 10th of November [2015] by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute.  It examines the situation of young people aged 15 – 24 and highlights the need for a range of interventions that continue to […]

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Posted on 16 Nov 2015

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