Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work

A research project initiated by the Mastercard Foundation to examine progress in secondary education on the African continent and to propose forward-looking recommendations.

Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work
JETStreaming

JETStreaming takes its inspiration from both the virtual world and the real world. Jet streams in the atmosphere have the power to influence entire weather patterns, and streaming in the digital space can be said to do the same through social media thus influencing decision making processes around the world.

JETStreaming
Evaluating the effectiveness of the Nal’ibali Reading for Enjoyment Campaign Supplements

Nal’ibali was established in 2012 as a reading for enjoyment campaign which aims to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading and build a culture of reading for enjoyment in South Africa.

Evaluating the effectiveness of the Nal’ibali Reading for Enjoyment Campaign Supplements
Accountability in Education

JET, working with our lead partner, the Institute of Education in London, was awarded a DFID grant that will look at how accountability relationships and processes within South Africa’s education system enable or inhibit the raising of learning outcomes. “…[a] novel approach to looking at accountability, if successful, could impact the way in which the field thinks of accountability.”

Accountability in Education
Implementation Evaluation of the National School Nutrition Programme

The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) aims to improve the health and nutritional status of the poorest learners in South Africa. Its main objective is to enhance learning by providing a nutritious meal on time daily. The programme is of great strategic importance: it involves a large financial commitment from government (R5.3 billion), and reaches over 9 million learners. Given this, an implementation evaluation was commissioned by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and was conducted by JET Education Services.

Implementation Evaluation of the National School Nutrition Programme
Implementation Evaluation of the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme (FLBP)

The FLBP was established in 2007 with the goal of attracting greater numbers of students into initial teacher education (ITE) programmes in South African universities. High-achieving students are given generous full-cost bursaries to undertake ITE programmes in priority education phases and subject areas to address both supply and quality issues in the education system. In return, recipients of the bursary are expected to teach in public schools for a period equal to the number of years they have received funding.

Implementation Evaluation of the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme (FLBP)
The National School Effectiveness Study

The project was undertaken by a consortium made up of the Human Sciences Research Council (the lead organisation), the Education Policy Consortium, JET Education Services, and the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, with the support of the Department of Education. The NSES study, conducted under the theme of improving school effectiveness, was designed to enable the gain scores of a learner over any one-year period to be related to the practices followed by the teacher for the same year. The study followed a group of children for three years, starting with Grade 3 in 2007 and ending in Grade 5 in 2009. Around 16 000 children participated in each year of data gathering, during which a cohort of 8 383 was tracked over all three years. The NSES culminated in the publication of the book Creating Effective Schools, edited by Nick Taylor, Servaas ven der Berg and Thabo Mabogoane

The National School Effectiveness Study
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