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The first comprehensive review of early childhood in South Africa

Two thirds of children under 6 in South Africa are still not receiving the crucial services they need during the most important period of their development. This is according to the South African Early Childhood Review – a first of its kind in South Africa annual publication providing data, analysis and commentary on over 40 […]

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Posted on 25 May 2016

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DGMT: Dynamic evolution, but we could still be smarter

By David Orton, Chairperson of DGMT’s Board This year marks ten years since DGMT shifted from being a purely grant-making foundation to one aimed at making a systemic difference within certain chosen focus areas. What began as an evolutionary change rapidly changed pace with the arrival of new genes in the form of our new […]

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Posted on 19 May 2016

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The “ordinary magic” that can change a child’s future

This article was first published in the Star on 9 May 2016 Since 27 April 2015, ‘Mandela’s children’ have been turning twenty-one. They are the first of the ‘born-free generation’ to become adults. Are they better off than young adults were in the early nineties? It’s a difficult question to ask at the best of […]

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Posted on 11 May 2016

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What will bring the next real change in South Africa?

There has been much public discourse this year about how we, as South Africans, relate to each other.  Our sense, at DGMT and from our interaction in civil society, is that more and more people see the urgency of finding ways of relating and want to start doing things to bring about greater equality and […]

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Posted on 4 May 2016

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Casting some light on the new 3 Stream Schooling System 2017

Over the last few months there has been talk of a new schooling system planned for South Africa. In January, a few online articles appeared but the detail has been lacking and equivocal. Through a discussion hosted by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in February, we managed to unearth a little more. The […]

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Posted on 11 Apr 2016

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How collaboration can bring better prospects to children

This article was first published in The Star on 14 March 2016. Can new forms of partnership bring better prospects to children in public schools in poor communities?  This is the intention of the Collaboration Schools project to test a new model of public school partnership in the Western Cape. It will bring in non-profit […]

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Posted on 14 Mar 2016

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Clever hacks, sound advice and nifty tools to excite NGOs in 2016

There is some disagreement about what the word “hack” refers to outside of programming contexts.  We see it as a way of doing something that may not provide the most straightforward or expected solution, and yet it presents a clever way to satisfactorily solve a meaningful problem.  Here are a few good examples that can […]

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Posted on 1 Feb 2016

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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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ECD resource: Ilifa Labantwana’s Insights Magazine

Ilifa Labantwana released the third issue of their Ilifa Insights magazine this week.  In this issue the relationship between the parent – or the primary caregiver – and the child is explored. Neuroscientist Barak Morgan explains the effects of an adverse external environment on the architecture of the brain, and the impact of interventions on caregivers’ brains, and […]

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Posted on 9 Dec 2015

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Why big business must get behind reading

This article was first published by Business Day Live on 25 November 2015. There is a business product with a proven rate of return in excess of one thousand percent in emerging markets. In South Africa, demand for it outstrips supply by at least two to one. Estimates are that the national GDP would be at […]

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Posted on 3 Dec 2015

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