How are politicians thinking about school dropout prevention strategies?

A quarter of our children are nutritionally stunted, damaging their educational prospects. While there are many reasons why children are pushed or pulled out of school, poor academic results and grade repetition due to poor marks are the best predictors of dropout. In South Africa about one in ten children (1.2 million) fail their grade […]

Tintswalo: A cynical allegory of delivery

When South African presidents speak, their audiences listen with weary hearts, exhausted by disappointment and deferred promises. So, when President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) this month, he would have been acutely aware of how weary South Africans have become. A February poll suggested that his party, the ANC, would likely get a […]

Hands-on Learning Issue 25

Through the newly rebranded edition of our Hands-on Learning publication developed in June 2023, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learnt so that others are able to draw from and build on their experiences. Blended learning: When […]

Learning Brief – Blended learning: When partnerships spark innovation

This learning brief explores how partnerships between government, civil society and communities led to innovations aimed at tackling a number of challenges impacting quintile 1–3 schools in South Africa, serving some of the country’s poorest children. To read this learning brief, download a PDF here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here.       […]

Schools must allow parents’ voices to be heard to ensure quality education

In Ganyesa, a small village outside of Vryburg in the North West, Mme Mashego*, an enthusiastic mother to a grade 6 learner, takes pride in going to her son’s school a week before assessments start to encourage learners to study and try their best at school. While Mme Mashego did not finish school, she wants […]

SmileFM Interview: Western Cape High Court ruling upholding Collaboration Schools

David Harrison, CEO of the DG Murray Trust, together with Anthony Hall, Project Lead of Public School Partnerships spoke to SmileFM – elaborating on the implications of the recent Western Cape High Court ruling on the introduction of collaboration schools model to no-fee schools across the Western Cape. Read more here, and listen to the […]

DGMT welcomes Western Cape High Court ruling to uphold Collaboration Schools

DGMT welcomes the High Court’s decision to uphold the introduction of Collaboration Schools in the Western Cape as a means of improving learner outcomes at no-fee schools. The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) and Equal Education (EE) took the Western Cape government to court in 2019 to challenge a new provincial law that made […]

Learning Brief: Proactive Interventions to Build Stronger Learning Foundations

One of South Africa’s biggest developmental challenges is the large proportion of children who cannot read for meaning in early grades. Reading with comprehension is a fundamental skill upon which others are built. Children who do not have strong learning foundations are not equipped to read for meaning and, without adequate support, they struggle to […]