Zero Dropout in the News

Zero Dropout in the News
  • Posted on 27 Nov 2020
  • LISTEN: Four out of ten learners who start school will drop out before reaching matric

  • Dropout is rarely about a single event. It follows a long process of disengagement caused by disruptions to learning, which is why anything that hampers teaching and learning, such as the lack of access to resources and infrastructure problems, can elevate the risk of school dropout. Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks with […]

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  • Posted on 11 Nov 2020
  • ‘Forty per cent of SA kids don’t reach Grade 12’: It’s time to raise the alarm on school dropout

  • With so much attention on annual matric pass rates, this major failure of our education system is often hidden. And although we may not recognise it, school dropout affects us all. The word “dropout” often calls up images of lazy, irresponsible teens, who aren’t in school because of their own poor choices. But this is […]

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  • Posted on 29 Oct 2020
  • Reducing SA’s school dropout rate is a big ask. Merle Mansfield is committed to halving it by 2030. Here’s how.

  • The dropout rate in South Africa’s schools has long been a cause for concern. The Covid-19 lockdown has just made it an even greater worry but it’s not an insurmountable problem, as Merle Mansfield and the Zero Dropout Campaign show. The statistics are daunting: Around 40% of South Africa’s Grade 1 learners will leave school before […]

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  • Posted on 12 Oct 2020
  • LISTEN: Spotlight on dropout and the national school nutrition programme

  • Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to SAfm Sunrise host Stephen Grootes about the the need for learner-level data to better understand the extent of dropout in the country and to find ways to catch children before they fall through the cracks in the education system.

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  • Posted on 8 Oct 2020
  • LISTEN: How should the Department of Basic Education deal with dropout?

  • Zero Dropout Communications Lead Rahima Essop speaks to POWER Breakfast hosts Faith Mangope Iman Rappetti about the campaign’s aims and strategies to reduce the rate of dropout.

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  • Posted on 8 Oct 2020
  • Advocacy group tells Parliament how South Africa can halve the school dropout rate

  • Around 40% of learners who start school in Grade 1 will exit the schooling system before completing Grade 12, according to the Zero Dropout campaign – an advocacy group aiming to halve SA’s dropout rate by 2030.  School dropout rates are recorded in every country, but South Africa’s are at abnormally high levels. “South Africa’s […]

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  • Posted on 8 Oct 2020
  • LISTEN: The reasons young people leave school are multi-layered and complex

  • Zero Dropout Campaign Communications Lead Rahima Essop speaks to the hosts of The Kings Suite on Metro FM about the campaign to help learners stay in and succeed at school.

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  • Posted on 7 Oct 2020
  • Call for school dropouts to factor into policy, tracked with reduction targets

  • The Zero Dropout Campaign has called for the school dropout rate to be factored into policy frameworks and set reduction targets. The campaign was presenting its research on the school dropout crisis to the portfolio committee on basic education yesterday, following the release of what they said were worrying pupil dropout projections by the Department […]

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  • Posted on 7 Oct 2020
  • Campaign hits out at Dept of Basic Education for not tackling high dropout rate

  • The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has been challenged to set annual targets to reduce the school dropout rate. While there was a dropout crisis in the country’s schools, the department has no reduction target plan, the Zero Dropout Campaign has said. The campaign, a fairly new social project of the DG Murray Trust, made […]

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  • Posted on 7 Oct 2020
  • LISTEN: Using data to respond to the risk of dropout

  • Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to SAfm Sunrise host Stephen Grootes about using data to reduce dropout. We can make our schooling system more resilient by collecting the right type of information about our learners in order to track disengagement and intervene before the child drops out.

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  • Posted on 7 Oct 2020
  • VIDEO: Improved data tracking needed to deal with dropout

  • Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to eNCA host Tumelo Mothotoane about how data can be used in the campaign against dropout. Collecting information (data) about individual learners is an effective way to implement prevention strategies, offer support, and ensure that learners are not falling through the cracks.

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  • Posted on 6 Oct 2020
  • Basic Education Committee Calls for Greater Collaboration in Education Sector

  • The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education today appealed for greater collaboration and communication between the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and non-profit organisations (NPOs) working in the sector. Committee Chairperson Ms Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba made the appeal after the NPO Zero Dropout Campaign made a presentation on its attaining a zero % drop-out rate in schools […]

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  • Posted on 16 Sep 2020
  • LISTEN: The link between low literacy and dropout

  • Zero Dropout Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to Cape Talk anchor Kieno Kammies about the relationship between dropout and not being able to read with comprehension. 78% of Grade 4 learners in South Africa cannot read for meaning in any language. These children are likely to lag behind academically if they don’t get the support […]

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  • Posted on 14 Sep 2020
  • LISTEN: Learners are not dropping out because they’re lazy

  • Despite what people might think, youth who leave school have often been very committed to their education but end up disappearing from the school system because of a range of push and pull factors in their home, school or community. Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to Cape Talk host Sara-Jayne King about […]

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  • Posted on 9 Sep 2020
  • LISTEN: Making dropout a national priority

  • Zero Dropout Campaign Communications Lead Rahima Essop speaks to Talk Radio 702 host Aubrey Masango about why we need to make dropout a national priority, and the relationship between foundational literacy and dropout. Research shows that dropout comes at the end of a long journey of disengagement in which a learner is pushed or pulled […]

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  • Posted on 8 Sep 2020
  • LISTEN: Promoting literacy with Reading for Meaning

  • Parents and caregivers can play a supportive role in their child’s learning journey, irrespective of their background and formal education. However, they don’t always know how best to support their child so it’s important to ensure they have access to the right information and tools. Our Reading for Meaning digital programme was designed with these […]

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  • Posted on 3 Sep 2020
  • LISTEN: Helping learners find their way

  • Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to Talk Radio 702 host John Perlman about dropout prevention strategies. The conversation comes in the wake of worrying dropout projections by the Department of Basic Education in Parliament. The DBE projects that in Kwa-Zulu Natal alone, more than 38 000 learners in Grade 7 and nearly […]

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  • Posted on 18 Aug 2020
  • ‘Girls vulnerable to dropout’: Education advocate highlights the gendered impact of school closures

  • Education initiative, the Zero Dropout Campaign, is highlighting research from past crises to raise awareness around the impact Covid-19 school closures may have on South Africa’s girls. “Protracted school closures exacerbate gender inequalities,” Merle Mansfield, the campaign’s programme director tells Parent24, adding that due to increased domestic responsibilities, teen pregnancy and exposure to sexual exploitation, “girls […]

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  • Posted on 10 Aug 2020
  • LISTEN: School reintegration plans must be responsive to gender-specific vulnerabilities

  • Re-enrolment campaigns and the implementation of targeted support programmes could help to minimise dropout in communities hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and school closures. Countries affected by the Ebola crisis were encouraged to prioritise community awareness campaigns to increase re-enrolment once schools reopened, and this could best be achieved with input from teachers and […]

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  • Posted on 8 Aug 2020
  • VIDEO: The Covid-19 school closures expose girls to exploitation

  • School closures carry a high risk for marginalised girls because of exposure to sexual exploitation and teenage pregnancy while outside the classroom. Zero Dropout Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to eNCA anchor Marcelle Gordon about how protracted school closures exacerbate gender inequalities.

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