Igniting and nurturing potential so that learners

Imagine if our most vulnerable, non-fee paying schools became beacons of hope in their communities:

… places where children can access excellent education, in a safe and supportive environment;

… where potential is nurtured and young lives are encouraged to create, innovate, learn and dream.

Common Good is determined that all children should have access to excellent education. We work from both within the system through the Collaboration Schools project, and in support of targeted literacy and numeracy interventions at partner schools.

Nelson Mandela

Growing a network of

Collaboration schools

Common Good has partnered with the Western Cape Education Department in the Collaboration Schools Project – an innovative new model that aims to bring additional support and capacities to non-fee paying schools.

In 2017, we signed on to partner with Oranjekloof Primary in Hout Bay, and we have since added Silikamva High (also in Hout Bay) and most recently Disa Primary in Bonteheuwel, to our growing network of schools.

About the Project

The Collaboration Schools initiative aims to improve educational outcomes in our non-fee paying government schools through providing increased educational and operational support and strengthening governance, leadership and management. To spark innovation and enable solutions for complex problems the initiative also provides these schools with increased  flexibility to change elements of the educational model to drive improved teaching and learning.

As a school operating partner Common Good is involved in systemic transformation of a school – working in partnership with the SGB, SMT, teaching staff, non-teaching staff and learners to drive progress and improvement. School challenges are tackled systemically as oppose to in isolation.

Jonathan Jansen

Setting children up for success through targeted

Literacy & Numeracy Interventions

In South Africa, a staggering 78% of Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning. Academic progress is severely hampered, which adversely affects self-esteem and motivation to learn – fuelling a destructive cycle of poor performance and wasted potential.

While our Collaboration Schools project works from within the school systems to affect change, we also recognise the need to leverage social capital to implement targeted interventions in these and other schools.

Through our supplementary support partners we work in schools to provide weekly volunteer-driven programmes that provide individual attention and support for literacy and numeracy to selected foundation phase children.

Helping children learn to read so they can read to learn.

improvement in literacy

at Kewtown Primary


learners receiving one-on-one reading support

at Kleinberg Primary


improvement in Grade 6 mathematics

at Mokone Primary