Author - Common Good

Silikamva Academic Bootcamp

During the July school holidays, Common Good joined up with XL Education and Silikamva High, to hold an 'academic bootcamp' for Grade 12 learners. They received four days of intensive tuition aimed at preparing them for their Mock exams and, ultimately, their Matric finals. The hard work paid off: pre- and post-assessments showed an average improvement of 22%! Many learners...

Actionable Next Steps

A collection of next-steps to keep this conversation alive Tragically, the violence against women and children of late August and early September 2019 are not once-offs.  Even as the nation mourned the senseless loss of life, as thousands protested, still more women were raped, killed and abused.  Action is needed.  Real action.  With an issue as all-pervasive and deeply rooted as violence against women...

Common (Ground) Voices on Gender Based Violence

A collection of messages from across our congregations on the 8th of September in response to the crisis of Gender Based Violence. Sunday Message - by Julie Williams Sunday Message - by Andre Ntambwe Sunday Message - by Ryan TerMorshuizen Addressing the UCT GSB - by Paul Maughan Paul was invited to lead a final moment of response at the memorial of UCT student,...

Say Something

We’ve all been there - the family dinner table, a friend’s braai; when someone we know and probably like, says something racist or prejudiced that stops us dead in our tracks. What do you do? What do you say? As an NGO that works in spaces and places affected by the legacies of injustice, inequality, race and division we...

Race and Power: Seeing the Invisible Structures

By Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice Penny Sparrow is a name which has become synonymous with racism in South Africa. In 2016 she wrote, referring to black people, that “These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New Year's eve and New Year's day on to public beaches towns etc obviously have no education what so ever so to allow them...

Outstanding leaders, outstanding schools

Outstanding schools emerge when outstanding leadership teams refuse to settle for the status quo. Despite the education crisis facing our nation, they have a vision to provide excellent education and commit to achieving this in some of our toughest communities. In our public schools there is a deep cry for support and leadership development from those who have been promoted...