South Africa, for the first time, took part in the TIMSS Grade 5 mathematics test and performed second weakest of all participating countries (World Bank, 2018).
More than ¾ of children aged 9 cannot read for meaning (Amnesty International South Africa report, 2020).
Out of 100 learners that start school, 50-60 will make it to matric, 40-50 will pass matric, and only 14 will go to university (Amnesty International South Africa report, 2020).
The teacher to learner ratio in the low income schools stands at 1:70; double the stipulated ratio of 1:35 (Amnesty International South Africa report, 2020).
Fee paying (wealthier) schools and independent schools perform much better than the poorer or no-fee schools that constitute two-thirds of all schools. (World Bank, 2018)
How do we tackle socio-economic and geographic location challenges? The education inequity due to these challenges is extremely complex. Addressing it requires multiple solutions and we endeavour to play our part as a catalyst to build a formidable network of determined youth leaders. Leaders who are trained and skilled to deal with the root causes of inequity, with a commitment of changing it with great compassion and patience.
OUR PART OF THE SOLUTION
To see positive change in our high need schools and communities, we believe in collective leadership. We offer a two-year Personal Development Programme for our Teach the Nation Fellows. Assisted by our global alumni partners, we are building a movement, committed to tackling these challenges and inequities.