Not just a number, but a life that needs protecting.
Not just an anxious public, but people who must know they have a part to play in shaping the future.
In 2020 we undertook a series of emergency response approaches to COVID-19. Specifically, we aim to provide support to those who are excluded from mainstream efforts to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and to mitigate its impacts. Below our most pertinent response work is summarised.
As the number of new COVID infections start to decline, it is tempting to believe that everything can simply return to normal, but much have changed because of the pandemic and associated lockdowns. Most significantly, we know that already fragile communities are now even more vulnerable than they were before.
We focus on 10 opportunities to change South Africa and you can read details on what these opportunities entail and the strategies we believe will help achieve them here, however, as we prepare for a post-COVID society, we have identified strategic priorities for each of the 10 opportunities that will require much of our initial focus and energy. These are:
Strengthen civil society’s adaptive capacity
Seize the policy windows brought about by COVID-19 to reduce binge drinking
and increase access to digital resources
Assert civil society’s place in national bodies representing various sectors of society
Shift focus away from compliance and focus on improving the quality of
Early Childhood Development (ECD) programming
Support strategies to curb household food insecurity and malnutrition among children under two years of age
Unlock opportunities to make reading materials available in every household
Support caregiver relationships with children in the context of increasing stress/fragility
Build stronger connections between homes and schools to improve learning
Make opportunity seeking less discouraging
Protect learners and students against dropout