South Africa

Program Spotlight

Learning Cape Initiative

The Learning Cape Initiative's (LCI) key objective is to unlock economic growth through promoting lifelong learning. South Africa has a high unemployment rate, particularly among youth. Many students leaving school, particularly in disadvantaged areas, have very limited access to tertiary education and struggle to find employment. LCI formed a public-private partnership with the Western Cape Government in order to address this issue. Together they identified three main focus areas: research, career guidance, and work experience.

Background on South Africa

South Africa has one of the largest economies in Africa, but its education challenges are immense. Educational inequality persists as a legacy of the differentiated government administration and school systems characteristic of the Apartheid era.

Now, South Africa is committed to building a new era, and CEI has identified over 120 programs focused on improving the access, quality, and equality of the country’s education ecosystem.

Most programs operate in peri-urban and rural areas targeting children otherwise at risk of not attending school or students with high drop-out rates. In addition, there are several promising models in the areas of teacher training and evaluation, curriculum reforms, education technology, early childhood development.
 

Database At-A-Glance

Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from six common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:

1) Student Support
2) School Support
3) Teacher Training and Evaluation
4) Education Technology
5) Skills for Work
6) Early Childhood Education and Development


South Africa's education system is growing more robust by the day. We have found a strong concentration of programs working in school and student support.

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