Hands-on Learning Issue 14

Through our Hands-on Learning publication, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learned so that others are able to draw from and build on their experiences. In this issue:

Dynamic networks are amplifier strategies that enable social innovators to achieve two vital objectives: scale and impact. DGMT supports a number of initiatives that use strategies to mobilise large, ever-growing networks of people. Five of these initiatives share what they’ve learnt from social networking.

Violence against children has long-term effects that impact not just the development of our children, but the development of our nation. PATCH Helderberg Child Abuse Centre and Clowns Without Borders South Africa share their experience – and lessons learnt – implementing a community-level programme to address the drivers of violence against children in the Helderberg Basin in the Western Cape.

The majority of learners who start Grade 1 will not complete their schooling. The South African education system is failing our children. To help stem the tide of school dropout, DGMT’s Zero Dropout Schools Initiative aims to mobilise society to halve the rate of dropout by 2030. The collaborating partners forming the initiative share key risk factors for school dropout, as well as five simple yet powerful strategies to keep our children in school.

Page through the entire publication below – choose full-screen mode [   ] for a better reading experience – or click on the links provided below to read and download individual briefs.

Links for individual briefs:

  • Networks as amplifiers of social impact (read here).
  • Building communities free of violence: Lessons learnt about engaging parents to prevent violence against children (read here).
  • Keeping our children in school: Steps to address South Africa’s dropout crisis (read here).