The project trains and supports teachers and parents in poor, marginalised junior schools in greater Cape Town to expand educational, recreational, personalised support, and service opportunities for 2 800 children in four key environments: at home, in class and extra-murals, and in the community.
South Africa's public schooling system struggles to meet the real interests and needs of the growing child, society, and the world of work, most especially for marginalised, under-resourced communities and their children. At the same time, most of our public schools serving marginalised communities are empty (or under-used) for 2/3 of the year.
By empowering teachers and parents to collaborate at school, home, and in the community, we achieve: engaged and supportive teaching and parenting; learning-rich and supportive homes; more actively participatory and creative practices in class and extra-murals; children's improved interest, attitude, and performance; healthier and more mindful lifestyles; upskilling, employability, and good citizenship; and, underlying, optimal use of existing grassroots assets through holistic development.
Provides solid basis for scaling up innovatively practical and flexible practices that optimise existing school community agency and assets for: improving the local school and its organisational and community base; establishing learning-rich homes; facilitating meaningful parent and community involvement, development, and support, as well as participation in and accountability for governance.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).