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 both within the system through the Collaboration Schools project, and in support of targeted literacy interventions at partner schools.
Education is most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
Growing a network of
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.
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.
Our growing network of schools includes Disa Primary and Boundary Primary in Bonteheuwel, and Silikamva High in Imizamo Yethu (Hout Bay).
Our Collaboration Schools
“The skills that I have now, it’s honestly not what I had when I came out of college. It’s all skills that I got while being coached (through) professional development and the techniques we were taught. That for me has been an amazing journey. We have so many teachers that go abroad – I was also considering that myself, but with this experience that I’ve gained, I’d rather stay here and enrich my own country.”
Learners receiving better education
educators receiving professional development and coaching
% improvement in Grade 6 mathematics at Disa Primary
Setting children up for success through targeted
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 to selected foundation phase children.
Help children learn to read so they can read to learn.
Download our reading strategy prompts here for some helpful questions to improve understanding.