Hands-on Issue 7 (Jan-Apr 2013)


The Institutional and Policy Landscape for ECD Practitioner Training and Development for those working with 0-4 Year-olds’

In order to successfully scale up early childhood development (ECD) services, ECD practitioners need urgently to be provided with accredited training and skills development. In addition, large numbers of new ECD workers need to be recruited, provided with training and given access to sustainable jobs and viable career options within the ECD sector. There is […]

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Towards a more inclusive Special Needs Group Housing Programme in South Africa: Addressing a Situation of Crisis

Despite South Africa’s progressive constitution which enshrines the right to adequate shelter for all, those who are most vulnerable and in special need are seldom able to access state housing assistance.  An urgent and concerted response is therefore required in order to address this situation and to enable improved access to housing for those in […]

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How Rural Youth Access Information on Tertiary Education Opportunities

This learning brief reports on a research study aimed at improving the understanding of how high school learners learn about, and access information on, tertiary education.  Specifically, the study investigated the type, accessibility, and sources of information on higher education available to rural learners in KwaZulu-Natal. Read the main findings of this study here.

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Learning from experience – Building a Monitoring and Evaluation system for FunDza

The FunDza Literacy Trust aims to improve reading for pleasure and access to interesting books for “book poor” teens and young adults from poor communities.  In early 2013, FunDza commissioned a literature review to investigate the current practice of measurement and evaluation in the fields of literacy and mobile learning to inform aspects of their […]

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Giving second chances: Midlands Community College’s Maths, Science, Technology ` Recovery’ Project

One of the flagship programmes of the Midlands Community College focus on the development of Maths, Science and Technology with the aim of enabling learners to access tertiary studies in these fields.  Through this second-chances programme Midlands provides recent matriculants with the opportunity to improve their results in Mathematics and Physical Science in order to […]

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Scaling upwards and outwards – “Franchising” early childhood development projects

HIPPY SA needed to devise a scalability strategy that could achieve growth without compromising quality. They then stumbled across the term ‘Social Franchising’ which in their words “means that by systematically codifying the core elements of the programme, and then producing reliable outcomes, it is possible to ‘franchise’ the programme to other organisations and communities […]

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How can teachers be assisted to use learner results to inform effective teaching?

Significant improvements in learning can take place when teachers and learners are able to obtain and use information to help them establish where learners are in their learning.  JET carried out a pilot project to determine whether teachers could analyse and use common task assessment data, leading them to adapt their teaching strategies to improve […]

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