Over the last three years, the the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship has worked to cultivate relationships among practitioners working every day to improve the future for South Africa’s children. This work has culminated in South Africa's first Education Innovator’s Review, published in partnership with the Results for Development Institute’s Center for Education Innovations. Through this review we want to celebrate a selection of the outstanding innovations we have uncovered. These innovations have proven impact, and have scaled to increase the reach of this impact. We spent time with the implementers to move beyond a clinical analysis, to extract and understand their practical learnings gathered through implementation, and to identify what works and why.
The education ecosystem is reflected in the chapters of this Review, with the learner at the center, surrounded by the vital stakeholders needed for successful systems change: teachers, parents and caregivers, school leadership, Government and the private sector. Along with the in-depth look at specific programs, each chapter features a local expert’s opinion, outlining the current state of – and challenges in – the particular field, and highlighting the need for innovation and the likely components of a viable solution. We have also highlighted some innovations to watch, which are meeting a need in this ecosystem through sustainable and thoughtful implementation.
This Review shines a spotlight on the sometimes under-recognized role that frontline actors can play in systemic change in education, and the hope that lies in the all-too-often untold narrative of their positive work.
We hope that you are inspired to embark on your own journey to support education in our country.
Louise Albertyn is the Education Innovation Coordinator for the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, where her work focuses on engaging and building collaboration with innovative and impactful education models and sustainable solutions, to address the challenge of access to quality education.
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