Hands-on Learning Briefs


Volunteer-driven literacy programmes in schools: why parents and teachers join, and why they stay

The degree to which children acquire language skills is a strong predictor of future academic success, educational attainment, employment and income.  In fact, reading is a powerful tool to tackle poverty and inequality: when children read for pleasure, it has a greater effect on their educational achievement than their family’s socio-economic status. There is thus […]

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Posted on 30 September 2016

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Kindling for the Sparks

In this guest blog, Merran Roy, the founder of Intlantsi Creative Development Project in Peddie, Eastern Cape, reflects on her role as a project founder in a disadvantaged community, and what it’s taught her about sustainability, “rescuing” and resourcefulness. The Intlantsi Creative Development Project was born in 2012.  Intlantsi – “spark” in isiXhosa – recruits […]

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Posted on 8 September 2016

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Four key elements of an effective learning environment and practical strategies to achieve it in a rural environment

Axium Education is an NPO based in Zithulele, in the rural Eastern Cape. For the past two years, DGMT has supported three of its educational programmes: the Community Reading Programme (in-school early literacy support for Grade R-3), the MasaKHANe programme (after-school Maths and English support for Grade 6-9) and the Ekukhuleni programme (after-school/weekend Maths, Science […]

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Posted on 15 August 2016

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Understanding Quality Assurance in a social franchising context

In the nonprofit sector where critical knowledge is often tacit, the process of ensuring consistent delivery of a quality service can be challenging.  This learning brief considers how Quality Assurance might be understood in a social franchising context.  It introduces processes and tools that one might expect to see included in a quality assurance system and […]

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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aeioTu: an example of an Early Childhood Development social franchise in South America

aeioTu has designed a high-quality and comprehensive Early Childhood Development (ECD) package for 0-5 year old children in Colombia, with the specific aim of increasing ECD service provision to low income families.  In this learning brief they offer useful ideas on programme design and the development process.  Read the article here.

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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NGO volunteering as a first rung strategy for tackling youth unemployment

As South Africa continues to experience chronically high unemployment rates, it is clear that a multi-pronged effort, involving both the public and private sectors, is required to support young people as they transition into the world of work. Here, the key elements of NGO youth volunteer programmes are explored and some consideration is given to […]

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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Growing young readers and writers: underpinnings of the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign

The Nal’ibali Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign aims to revive and deepen our appreciation of stories and narrative as being not only essential as the primary way we as human beings remember and organise our thoughts and conceptual worlds, but also the basis for critical thinking and meaningful education for all children. In this learning brief, the work of Nal’ibali […]

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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A new model for community-based infant hearing screening … lessons from recent research

Recent national surveys in the private and public health care sectors of South Africa reveal that roughly 90% of newborns have no prospect of having their hearing screened. Undetected hearing impairment can lead to persistent language, speech and cognitive delays with serious social and economic consequences for the individual.  Here, a new model for community-based […]

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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Yes, we can: the ‘how to’ of creating school libraries that support self-directed approaches to learning.

The Bookery facilitates the development of support structures in under-resourced schools to create an optimal environment to deliver sustained literacy programmes. Their goal is to see school libraries as spaces that engender creativity, learning, critical thinking, literacy development and a desire to explore knowledge. To date, they have supported the establishment of forty school libraries. […]

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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The same but different … mediating meaningful employment for persons with disabilities

This learning brief considers how the uptake of persons with disabilities as sought-after employees might be facilitated. Recommendations are also provided for the role that industry could play in facilitating best-fit employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Read the article here

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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