A study conducted in 2017 showed that almost 78% of Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning in any language. As a result, these learners spend most of their time in school just trying to catch up, which in the end, is unachievable for many. To improve this situation, the Zero Dropout Campaign launched a […]
The Zero Dropout Campaign seeks to raise awareness and solve the problems which lead to pupils dropping out of school, and plans to halve the dropout rate by 2030, writes Msindisi Fengu. Simphiwe John* was skipping classes and frequently absent from school because he found it difficult to adjust to English. John (14) had moved […]
Imagine a classroom filled with curious little minds. Even though they are in the same grade, the class is not homogeneous. The reality is that children have different learning needs depending on their personal circumstances. In the South African context where 78% of Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning in any language, we need […]
Let’s use the COVID-19 pandemic as the catalyst for a much-needed way of catching up learners – now and long after our masks come off, write Kristal Duncan-William and Merle Mansfield. With schools having resumed in a phased approach from 8 June 2020, learners are not just dealing with lags in learning brought about by […]
What impact, will covid-19 have on the percentage of school dropouts in the country? Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to Michelle Constant on SAfm Sunrise about this issue and more.
Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to eNCA anchor Jane Dutton about the need to improve school culture. Mansfield says that we need to create safe, nurturing, engaging, and enjoyable spaces where young people can focus on learning and personal development without fear of abuse or corporal punishment. “Learners can do their part […]
Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to eNCA anchor Xoli Mngambi about schools reopening after the Covid-19 closures. “The public debate should not be about whether schools should re-open. Instead we should be talking about how civil society, educators, parents, and government can collaborate to ensure classes resume as safely as possible over […]
The Zero Dropout Campaign has called on education officials to ensure that school recovery plans are implemented safely and consistently, particularly in lower quintile schools that do not have access to running water and sanitation. “We support the decision to complete the 2020 academic year, provided all reasonable measures are taken to protect learners, support […]
The “Reading for Meaning” learning portal is designed to stimulate creative thinking by combining Storytime with play. The digital portal offers storybooks and activities specially designed to help children who need a little extra support with their reading. The games and activities will help your child to think out of the box, as well as […]
Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to eNCA anchor Uveka Rangappa about how protracted school closures can lead to an increase in learner dropout. Mansfield says that a lack of psychosocial support mechanisms, coupled with a convergence of push and pull factors in a child’s home and school environment over time, may cause […]
With the first school term coming to an early end, on 18 March as opposed to 20 March, and extended until after the Easter weekend (10-13 April) many parents might be wondering what this means for our kids. Based on past school closures in other countries, we can expect some negative fallout, and parents should […]
In tough economic times, public funds should be spent where it will make the most difference in the short and long-term. Reducing the school dropout rate would help to maximise the value of young people in building the prospects of our nation, writes Merle Mansfield.
Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to Cape Talk host Refilwe Moloto about the relationship between school dropout and the country’s youth unemployment crisis.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to tackle youth unemployment lacked critical focus because it fails to speak to the high rate at which pupils drop out of school, the Zero Dropout Campaign said on Friday.
Zero Dropout Campaign Programme Director Merle Mansfield speaks to eNCA anchor Jane Dutton about recent news reports highlighting persistent school infrastructure problems in the Eastern Cape.
When I started high school on the Cape Flats, I was one of about 300 learners in that school, divided into eight Grade 8 classes. By the time we wrote matric five years later, there were only 56 learners left in a single class. Nearly all of us passed that year and celebrated – we […]
Cape Town – For many learners, school can feel like a losing battle. We see this in the country’s low matric throughput rates – with only 40% of learners who start school going on to pass matric 12 years later. At the start of each year, images of young learners dominate the front pages of […]