On 12 July 2013 the Master of the Gauteng North High Court registered the National Education Collaboration Trust ‘with the sole or principle objective… to support, develop and improve education in the Republic of South Africa by carrying on and/or, conducting and/or financially supporting and/or funding in the Republic of South Africa one or more of the [education] “public benefit activities”…’ (Section C of the NECT Trust Deed, 2013). Subsequently, the former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe launched the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) on 16 July, where representatives of over 100 stakeholder organisations committed to collaborating in implementing the education chapter of the National Development Plan (NDP).
Through five years of existence and four and half years of programme implementation the following public benefits have been achieved:
• Education collaboration has reached two-thirds (61.5%) of the South African schooling system
• Over R1 billion ringfenced for education improvement.
• More than 5 500 South Africans mobilised to carry out activities geared towards promoting the National Development Plan (NDP) goals for improved teaching and learning
• Over 54 organisations involved in the delivery or resourcing of these activities
• More than 4 000 South Africans across government, the private sector, labour and civil society participated in 27 NDP-related dialogues – decolonisation, school uniform pricing, school safety and education policies.
• More than 671 Subject Advisors, 5 290 School Management Teams and 76 034 teachers trained and supported to improve teaching in the classroom.
• Our work reached and impacted the learning of 2 965 326 learners nationwide.
Central to the success of the NECT is the founding partner’s commitment to the education improvement agenda. Demonstrated through government’s unwavering political will, private sector companies that cofounded the NECT programmes alongside government and teacher unions that got involved in the governance and the delivery of the NECT programmes.
Six years ago, the NDP set very firm improvement targets for all sectors including education. The NDP proposed that 450 000 learners should achieve university entry level passes that enable them to pursue mathematics and science-based careers by 2030. The country is still far off from achieving the 2030 target. Through 5 years of collaboration, the evidence collected by the NECT corroborates the observations that the improvement of education outcomes envisioned in the NDP would require systemic interventions.
On 19 November 2018, the NECT trustees seek to secure a renewed mandate from the founding and funding partners for the next five years: Government represented by Minister Angie Motshekga (MP), private sector represented by BLSA, labour represented by SADTU and Combined Teacher Unions and civil society. The meeting is expected to adopt an Aide Memoire the records the achievements, gaps and future plans.
Media is invited to participate in the session and engage with stakeholders in a press briefing taking place immediately after the meeting.
Venue: BLSA, 61 Katherine Street, Sandhurst, Sandton
Date: 19 November 2018
Time: 08:00 – 11:15