South Africa

Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the country has made great progress. The share of expenditure on education (as a percentage of the total budget) was 20 percent in 2012. For children between the age of seven and 15, elementary school is obligatory. At many elementary schools the school fees are abolished. About 27 percent of all public schools have no running water and only about 20 percent have a library.

What we have achieved so far

  • The Safe and Caring Child-Friendly Schools program improved infrastructure for 800 disadvantaged schools.
  • Sports activities in school life were upgraded.
  • In 2014, a virtual learning platform for teachers and students was launched from which 4,500 teachers and more than 35,000 students have benefited since its launch.
  • More than 30,000 girls and boys were able to use new sports fields in 27 schools in townships.
  • More than 75 percent of five-year-old children today now the opportunity to successfully prepare for starting their primary school with one year of preschool.
  • Thanks to the “Techno Girls” program, more than 15,000 girls have made a career since 2005, above all in the fields of technology and engineering.

What is planned for the future

  • Development of new and cost-effective learning and teaching materials.
  • Strengthening parent responsibility for their school-age children.
  • Training of 60,000 teachers, 73 percent of them female, to improve their pedagogical skills for basic computing.
  • Training of 60,000 teachers, of which 60 percent are female, on violence prevention and conflict management.