Education

South Africa still has massive inequities in learning opportunities amongst children.  The realisation of many other rights depends on access to quality education as it has a multiplier effect bringing lasting benefits to all.
 
Education is linked to all development goals, such as supporting gender empowerment, improving child and maternal health, reducing hunger, fighting the spread of diseases and poverty, encouraging economic growth and creating peace.  
 
What is Save the Children South Africa doing? 
 
All children should have access to equal education opportunities 
  • We are fighting for an inclusive education system where all children, especially those with disabilities, have equal opportunities. 
  • We are innovators, transforming our existing Crèche Centers into Centers of Excellence so that children under the age of 5 experience a safe, stimulating and quality early living and learning environment. Learn how here.
  • We are working with school governing bodies to provide guidance for school policies that promote all children’s rights. 
  • We are mobilising communities to engage with school management structures, provide better support to leadership and teachers, and hold schools accountable. 
  • We are advocating a national funding model to address inequalities in the education system. 
 
 
We need improved literacy and numeracy for learners by the end of Grade 3 
  • We are championing access to quality literacy and numeracy education within the Foundation Phase. 
  • We are developing effective interventions to enhance Foundation Phase reading and numeracy. 
  • We are mobilising communities to support development of these basic skills and to hold schools accountable. 
  • We are working with parents, caregivers and communities to provide opportunities for reading, learning and studying. 
 
 
Our ideal picture for South African education:
  • Increased parental involvement in education. 
  • Improved community resources for developing reading and numeracy skills. 
  • Increased numbers of learners ready for Grade R. 
  • Increased numbers of Grade 3 learners competent in basic literacy and numeracy. 
 
Every child in South Africa should receive quality basic education. Help us make this a reality by setting up your donation TODAY!
 

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Our core focus

Child Protection

Child Protection

South Africa is marked by high levels of violence and exploitation of children in places where they should be safe. All children should thrive in a safe environment.

Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition

No child under the age of 5 should die from preventable disease and all our children deserve long-term good health.

Children's Rights

Children's Rights

Insufficient resources prevent children from achieving their rights as enshrined in the South African Constitution. We are campaigning for a strengthened child-rights system.

Education

Education

The quality of education in the foundation years has a lasting impact and we are working hard to ensure that every child receives quality basic education.

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