Weak learning outcomes and high drop-out rates in South Africa are a result of low quality education. Patterns of inequality are set by Grade 4 in primary education, emphasising the urgency to change leadership and teaching practices in the early years of education.
A culture of pedagogy of inclusivity is needed to allow vulnerable children to learn. School leaders and teachers in primary schools therefore need targeted professional development in promoting inclusive education and addressing learner diversity.
Our current programmes build on the work we did from 2014-2016 to strengthen school leadership and teacher development for primary Mathematics. By assisting DBE and the provinces with establishing Professional Learning Communities for teachers and school leaders, we strengthened their professionalism in teaching and leadership skills in general and for Mathematics in particular.
From these strong partnerships and lessons learned, we have expanded our reach to new provinces with more resources.