South Africa

Program Spotlight

The Sozo Educentre

The Sozo Educentre is situated in the low-income community of Vrygrond, a peri-urban settlement 30 kilometers south of the city of Cape Town. The center was established to address a gap in education initiatives offered in the area that had been identified by a local youth group: a secure, structured and consistent space for high school learners tend to their school work outside of school hours. The Educentre provides high school learners, who are registered with their program, with a facilitated work space that is open five days per week.

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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