Summary: Basic Concepts is a teacher professional development program to build pedagogical skills for student foundations in language development, numeracy, and literacy. --- Basic Concepts Unlimited is an organization that focuses on developing high-quality teaching and learning in the foundational phase. Studies in South Africa have shown that many young children are not acquiring the basic foundational skills for language development, numeracy and literacy. The lack of early stimulation has meant that children start school without the foundational knowledge and associated thinking dispositions required for learning. Children who start school with cognitive and language gaps are at risk of not learning to read, write, or calculate an...
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Description of Scale and Reach
The Basic Concepts program started as part of Dr. Louis Benjamin's PhD thesis. The program was implemented in the Western Cape, Mpumalanga, and the Northern Cape. Projects are funded by the Department of Education or can be funded by donors for specific schools. The program has rolled out about 20 projects.