A culture and pedagogy of inclusivity is needed to allow vulnerable children to learn. Through capacity development trajectories, VVOB South Africa gives local partners maximal expertise and ownership in the execution and management of their own change processes. They are supported with technical assistance by our South Africa team, which includes both local and international educational and change management experts.
Our current programmes are Keep it cool (KIC), Leading and teaching for diversity (LT4Div) and Gender-responsive pedagogy (GRP) for early childhood education (ECE).
Keep it cool (KIC) supports teachers and school leaders of secondary schools to enhance climate change education (CCE) through curriculum-aligned change projects. The programme aims to create a coherent policy environment in which the education sector is fully utilised as a strategic resource in South Africa’s transition towards a more climate resilient society.
Patterns of inequity are already set by Grade 4 in South African primary schools. This emphasises the urgency for an inclusive pedagogy in the early years of education. Leading and teaching for diversity (LT4Diversity) builds the competences of primary school leaders and teachers to respond to learner diversity and promote inclusive education.
In action research (AR) trajectories, provincial and district education officials try out different ways of working to address an immediate challenge in their context. In professional learning communities (PLCs), teachers strengthen each other in the application of inclusive pedagogy, engaging and exchanging good practices.
Gender-responsive pedagogy (GRP) for early childhood education (ECE) can be key for young children to develop their unique and valuable talents and interests to their full potential, irrespective of their sex. GRP4ECE supports ECE teachers to create and promote gender-responsive pedagogy in play-based teaching and learning environments.
The programme aims to develop and test a South African approach to gender-responsive early childhood education, based on the international GRP4ECE toolkit, developed by VVOB and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and endorsed by the African Union and the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA).