South Africa

Program Spotlight


BridgeIT was launched in the Philippines in 2003, developed jointly by Nokia and the Pearson Foundation. The first program in the Philippines was also developed in partnership with the International Youth Foundation and with support from the United Nations Development Programme. The program is now being implemented in ten countries worldwide, funded and supported by Nokia and the Pearson Foundation, in conjunction with varying partner organizations in each country. BridgeIT brings teacher training and educational content to teachers and classrooms through mobile phone technology.

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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