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REFLECTION AND ANALYSIS

Unsung heroines in the field of development: Jean Motaung

16 August 2017

Jean Motaung shares her journey in the field of development as the second interviewee of our Women’s Month series, which aims to spotlight the lesser-known women in the sector making an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have. […]

Posted in: Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017

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Celebrating women’s month with the unsung heroines in the field of development: Julita Dorman

8 August 2017

Women’s Month stories often focus on renowned women. This series aims to celebrate some of the women we have worked with in development who you may not yet know about, but who have made an impact where they are, with […]

Posted in: Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 2: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017

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Public-school partnerships: Healthy scepticism, yes. Paralysing caution, no.

19 May 2017

Is every non-State institution a private company driven by profit and neoliberal tendencies? This is the question that critics of public school partnerships need to answer. Almost all criticism of the Collaboration Schools model being tested in South Africa fails […]

Posted in: Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 8: Reflection and Analysis

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How to make sense of mother-tongue instruction debates

2 May 2017

Many parents find the debates about mother-tongue instruction very confusing.  All they want to know is “what is best for my child”? Is it better to introduce English sooner or later?  Will my child get mixed up if she learns […]

Posted in: Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017

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What a difference the Child Support Grant makes!

7 March 2017

The South African Child Gauge 2016 by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town has recently been released and – focusing the theme of Children and Social Assistance – it offers an interesting spotlight on the Child Support Grant (CSG).  Here follows […]

Posted in: DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Resourceful Young Children

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REFLECTION AND ANALYSIS

RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Create Change: Step Up for Young People

3 February 2017

South Africa has a resource with the potential to transform our economic and social reality. Unfortunately, we are missing this opportunity: It should go without saying that investment in children and young people is the source of future human capital. […]

Posted in: DGMT Points of Interest, Enterprising School Leavers, Game-Changing Leaders, Opportunity 10: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 9: Resources and Toolboxes

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Early learning gets a boost – ELOM and SmartStart

19 September 2016

Research indicates that while children from better-off homes make good progress following Grade R, children from poor households do not, and the gap between these two groups widens with age.

Posted in: DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes

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Your Mandela Day to-do list: Grow empathy, connect to others, take action – but choose wisely

18 July 2016

The message behind Mandela Day is that we all have the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better.  In theory many people agree with this sentiment, judging from the 2.8K likes that a Nelson Mandela quote like […]

Posted in: From Head & Heart: Creative Learners, From Head & Heart: Resourceful Young Children, From Head and Heart: Enterprising School Leavers, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 7: Resources and Toolboxes

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134 big and small ways to start changing South Africa this Mandela Day

15 July 2016

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”- Nelson Mandela According to the […]

Posted in: Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 6: Resources and Toolboxes, Resourceful Young Children

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The first comprehensive review of early childhood in South Africa

25 May 2016

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 […]

Posted in: DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Resourceful Young Children

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RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

IMPLEMENTATION EXPERIENCE

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

30 September 2016

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 […]

Posted in: Hands-on Learning Briefs, Learning Briefs: Creative Learners, Opportunity 6: Implementation Experience, What we've learned

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

15 August 2016

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 […]

Posted in: Hands-on Learning Briefs, Learning Briefs: Creative Learners, Opportunity 6: Implementation Experience

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Driving change: NERDAfrica’s advice for young people wanting to start social change initiatives

29 March 2016

To grow economically, reduce inequality, and foster social solidarity so that we thrive as a nation, South Africa needs young leaders that will inspire innovation in both the public and private sectors.   Tumelo Motaung is precisely such a young […]

Posted in: From Head & Heart, From Head and Heart: Game-Changing Leaders, Opportunity 9: Implementation Experience

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The Karnataka Learning Partnership: what data can do

23 November 2015

  Imagine: A parent is trying to decide whether to send her child to the preschool at the end of her street, or the one in a nearby neighbourhood. She’s heard the faraway preschool is better, but it also has […]

Posted in: Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 6: Implementation Experience

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From hub-and-spoke to classroom libraries: lessons from Akshara

16 October 2015

India and South Africa could learn a lot from each other, particularly when it comes to education. Both have made great strides with primary school enrolment over the last few decades, but still struggle with the quality of learning outcomes […]

Posted in: From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Creative Learners, Opportunity 6: Implementation Experience

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IMPLEMENTATION EXPERIENCE