Parent Power aims to elevate parents as powerful actors in their children’s education journey by supporting schools, departments of education and non-profit organisations (NPOs) to engage with parents in a meaningful way. This brings a level of partnership and co-ownership to the provision of quality education for South African children.
Parent power is guided by three learning questions:
What would it look like if South African parents understood what quality education is, and their role in ensuring their children have access to this?
How do we build partnerships between schools and parents in South Africa to ensure parents are able to champion their children’s education?
What change occurs for learners, parents and schools when parents become active actors in their children’s education journey?
The Zero Dropout Campaign aims to halve the rate of school dropout by 2030. Specifically, the initiative aims to increase national awareness of the problem of school dropout and spur action towards addressing it; identify and demonstrate what it takes to help children make it through school; and mobilise a network of schools that are committed to achieving the goal of zero dropout.
The aim of the programme is to provide young people (aged 15 to 24) who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) with support to increase their life chances, by proactively offering them a well-targeted, holistic package that:
helps them understand available pathways (back) into education, training and work;
empowers them through referrals to existing support services that connect them to employment, education and training opportunities; and
keeps them connected to an opportunity over time through re-engagement when necessary.
Bumb’INGOMSO – isiXhosa for ‘mould the future’ – is a multi-faceted HIV-prevention project that combines behavioural, biomedical, social and economic interventions to inspire, support and motivate girls and young women to reduce high-risk behaviour and make healthy life choices. Its design reflects international evidence that multi-faceted prevention measures, sustained at sufficient scale and intensity, can significantly reduce the incidence of HIV[
JobStarter is an online platform supporting young people to stay motivated as they transition to the world of work and study. The platform is unique because it provides information and guidance to young people with respect to self-discovery, educational and work opportunities; has modular online courses on job preparation; enables young people to build an online profile which could be downloaded as their CV; and seeks to equip and support young people to access further learning or earning opportunities.
Youth Capital, launched in 2018, is a campaign that strives to transform the employment trajectory of a generation of young South Africans. Achieving this long-term goal will rely on the insights and actions of young people, as well as the buy-in of policy-makers, the private sector and civil society to create a conducive environment for young people to thrive. Youth Capital does this by building a body of knowledge that supports a national focus on key priorities for young people, and by engaging networks of young people through building partnerships with youth development organisations.
This is a teacher-led network working towards realising the potential of all children in South Africa through a fellowship programme.
Public School Partnerships (PSP) is a collaborative approach to public school innovation that brings together government, funders, no-fee schools and non-profit education support organisations. PSP aims to bring additional expertise, resources, flexibility and greater accountability in school management into no-fee schools serving poorer communities in a bid to achieve greater equity in the provision of quality education in South Africa.
All participants of the PSP programme are driven by a belief that every child has the right to high-quality education, regardless of their socio-economic status and that every parent and educator should be empowered to provide it.