A registered Section 18 A Non-Profit Organisation, dedicated to the management and implementation of school development and transformation programmes. Established in April 2008 by the programme managers of the former Education Quality Improvement Partnerships (EQUIP) programme run by the National Business Initiative (NBI) since 1997.
Developed its own School Transformation and Empowerment Partnerships (STEP) programme based on reviews of, and the lessons learnt from EQUIP.Read more
• To develop challenged rural and township schools into fully functional and effective institutions delivering ongoing improvement of learner performance, for the eventual increase of employment levels in the target communities;
• to institutionalize best practices in leadership, management and administration at project schools;
• to raise literacy and numeracy levels among intermediate school leavers in the target areas by at least 25%;
• to improve the quantity and quality of Grade 12 (high school leaving) passes in ‘gateway subjects’ Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting and English by at least 20%;
• to improve the involvement level of the parent/caregiver community in schools through focused support and training of School Governing Bodies (SGBs);
• to improve teacher efficiency and morale by training and guidance on the implementation of national curriculum statements and learner assessment requirements;
• to provide affordable and accessible educational IT equipment and concomitant effective teacher training to STEP schools, and
• to improve and institutionalise regular internal monitoring of teacher and learner performance in the target schools.
In addition to the above, we have developed and consistently strengthened our partnership with the Brainwave organisation, offering subject choice and career guidance to learners in Grades 9, and further study and career guidance to learners in Grades 11 and/or 12.
Since its inception, STEP has been implemented in well over 100 schools across five provinces, in partnerships with our funders and the relevant provincial education department officials.
At Funda Afrika, we constantly re-evaluate our project designs and the service providers we employ. We conduct feasibility and baseline studies as well as evaluations both for the projects we manage and as stand-alone services for projects contemplated or managed by others.
Among our partners, Funda Afrika is well known for our regular, comprehensive, accessible and honest reporting.Read more
Such partnerships are given content through consultative bodies such as stakeholder forums, steering committees, provincial education development trusts or boards which oversee the implementation of STEP projects. These structures include provincial officials, funders, project schools’ representatives, service providers and representatives from Funda Afrika itself.
Funda Afrika ensures that all its partners are kept abreast of progress and challenges in its work, through comprehensive monthly and/or quarterly reporting, regular meetings of the relevant forums and joint site visits to project schools.
In all the projects which Funda Afrika manages, the improvement of learner performance features as the paramount outcome of our and our service providers’ work. In this, we include preparation of able learners for the challenges – and the intellectual excitement – of tertiary study, and we offer career guidance through associations with established experts.
We have also embarked on coordination and mutual learning processes of organisations involved in developing able and committed young school leavers or graduates into effective, committed and reflective practitioners in the teaching profession, by way of apprentice/internships. This involves academic support for part-time degree studies as well as intensive exposure to, and practice in sound and intellectually stimulating teaching practices.
We see our role as facilitating the joint efforts of education departments, funders, service providers and schools into collective interventions appropriate to the actual needs and conditions that prevail in the various areas of South Africa in which we are privileged to work.
We do so with empathy and understanding, but manage our projects with an uncompromising commitment to quality. It is our conviction that the children of South Africa deserve nothing less than the best that we and our partners can give them.