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 both within the system through the Collaboration Schools project.

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.

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

Boundary Primary


Disa Primary


Silikamva High

Imizamo Yethu

Miss SitukuteziDisa Primary, Bonteheuwel


Learners receiving better education (2019-2023)


educators receiving professional development and coaching (2019-2023)


% improvement in matric pass rate at Silikamva High School since 2019

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Literacy Resource

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.

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

Download our reading strategy prompts here for some helpful questions to improve understanding.