There is widespread underperformance in our public education system because of deep-seated reasons, made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic. The consequence of this underperformance is that many young people are progressing through the basic education system without learning rudimentary numeracy and literacy skills. Even when they do complete their schooling, far too many young people are not gaining the necessary competencies that the labour market demands, so they struggle for years to find work opportunities.
We need to tackle dynamics that are failing learners.
We can accelerate learning gains by changing some of the dynamics that are failing learners, for example, school governance and management, teacher motivation, parental involvement and innovative approaches to learner academic support. We are particularly interested in investments that strengthen the interface between government and civil society to improve education.
Our goal is to demonstrate how accelerated learning through public, civil society and private collaboration can reduce school dropout and improve learner results.
What we are working on…
- Opening a new channel for quality education in public schools in South Africa.
- Exploring accelerated learning as a means to support learners failed by the education system.
- Elevating parents as powerful actors in their children’s education journey.
- Harnessing the energy and creativity of young teachers to disrupt the status quo in education.
Flagship projects addressing this opportunity
Civil society projects addressing this opportunity
These projects are by no means a comprehensive list of the work of civil society. This list represents a small selection of organisations that will be updated from time to time
Making maths make sense
OLICO accelerates learners' progress by providing high-quality math materials and support through online platforms and tutor access. This assistance aims to maximize support, allowing learners to improve academic results and access opportunities in various industries during their academic and professional journey.
Create opportunities and growth in rural communities
Community Action Partnerships (CAP) employs a holistic approach to support learners through a whole child ecosystem. Focusing on school leadership, teacher motivation, and parental involvement, CAP strengthens school and community support teams to create an environment conducive to enhanced learning and thriving for young people.
Great Poroza collaborates with schools to accelerate learning by providing robotics programmes that enhance the learning experience. The organisation develops skills to elevate the overall educational experience, supporting teachers in adopting alternative teaching methodologies involving technology in an effort to increase learner results.