Zero Dropout in the News

Zero Dropout in the News
  • Posted on 15 Jul 2020
  • LISTEN: “Reading for Meaning” – An initiative to help fix South Africa’s reading crisis

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 12 Jul 2020
  • Helping Kids stay in school

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 26 Jun 2020
  • The value of constructive feedback during Storytime

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 21 Jun 2020
  • OPINION: Before, during and after Covid-19 – An academic catch-up plan for South African learners

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 16 Jun 2020
  • LISTEN: What impact will school closures have on the dropout rate?

  • 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.

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  • Posted on 16 Jun 2020
  • VIDEO: Institutionalising youth engagement to tackle school dropout

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 25 May 2020
  • VIDEO: Zero Dropout Campaign on the issue of schools reopening

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 21 May 2020
  • No school must be left behind in 2020 recovery plan – Zero Dropout Campaign

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 13 May 2020
  • This new digital portal combines stories and play to help children think out of the box

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 21 Apr 2020
  • VIDEO: The importance of psychosocial support during the Covid-19 pandemic

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 6 Apr 2020
  • Coronavirus: What school closures mean for our kids

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 3 Mar 2020
  • OPINION: In tough times, the government should spend more on reducing school dropout rates

  • 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.

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  • Posted on 19 Feb 2020
  • LISTEN: Tackling youth unemployment and reducing the school dropout rate

  • 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.

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  • Posted on 14 Feb 2020
  • Responding to the crisis of youth unemployment starts with reducing the school dropout rate

  • 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.

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  • Posted on 10 Feb 2020
  • VIDEO: Crumbling school infrastructure and lack of resources are fuelling South Africa’s dropout crisis

  • 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.

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  • Posted on 23 Jan 2020
  • OPINION: The high dropout rate, not the matric pass rate, should be a national obsession

  • 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 […]

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  • Posted on 28 Mar 2019
  • OPINION: Reform needed to tackle school dropout rate

  • 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 […]

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