A flying nation makes great use of its resources and infrastructure, but at its heart, are people who know how to fly high. They have both the technical know-how and the mindset to do this. They also know how to relate to one another, because disaster strikes when we fly blind to the needs and aspirations of others. A deeply unequal nation has little prospect of long-term success.
That is why the core of DGMT’s work is human development. We come from a past where the potential of the majority has been ignored. The effects of that past continue to exclude people and choke innovation. We also have not made the most of the opportunities that democracy has brought with it. Our nation won’t get off the ground if most people are left behind. We must now harness our entire talent pool for a more innovative and inclusive society.
The birth of democracy in 1994 gave South Africa a huge boost. But in the past few years, progress seems to be stalling. We have the money and the infrastructure for our country to reach great heights, but too often we seem stuck on the ‘tarmac’. The good news is that there are untapped opportunities that can open up possibility to everyone – and give us our next big push to ‘lift-off’.
The runway to South Africa’s success is going to be an innovative and inclusive society, but too many people are still excluded from fully participating.
Children and young people are our future society. They hold the power to change our country. They are the source of human capital, which drives economic growth and development. But the flight gates are still closed to half of them; they are excluded from opportunities that allow them to fully participate. They must be open to all. We can predict which children will flourish and get to fly. It’s those that have passed through two gateways;
Gate One – if they are on track by grade 4 they tend to stay on track and complete schooling
Gate Two – and if they get a first decent job soon after completing school they are likely to remain employed for life.
Read and/or download our strategy brochures below:
DGMT Strategic Plan 2017-2021 (abbreviated)
DGMT Strategic Plan 2017-2021 (detailed)
The South African version of the UP documentary series takes us back to 1992 when South Africa was in the death throes of apartheid, to interview 20 seven-year-olds from diverse backgrounds about their lives in South Africa. The same children are interviewed in 7-year intervals at 14, 21 and 28-years-old. It is important to watch, as it puts the work DGMT does in context, and shows that there is much more to be done.