Sector-Strengthening Programme

The Programme’s scope includes strengthening educational NGOs that are involved in school interventions in the fields of Mathematics, Science and Language, building education Monitoring & Evaluation capacity at universities and in the sector, and strengthening pre-service capacity in Mathematics, Science and Language by investing in alternative pre-service models so as to increase the pool of qualified teachers and contribute to improved curriculum delivery.

In addition, the programme aims to improve knowledge sharing and collaboration in the sector, and strengthen the legislative enabling environment for Mathematics, Science and Language teaching through the development of Professional Standards for Teachers.

The following is a list of current and recent projects allocated to the Sector-Strengthening Programme:

This project is aimed at increasing the number high-quality Mathematics, Science and Language teachers by innovating models of selection, placement and training of pre-service teachers. The project places graduates to serve as teachers in public schools.

This project aims to develop the capacity of black education experts through post-doctoral scholarships in education.

This project will support the development of professional standards for teachers with the SACE. SACE is the statutory body responsible for registering teachers and overseeing their on-going professional development.

This project supports six academic associations to run their annual conferences.

This project is aimed at supporting emerging Monitoring & Evaluation specialists by offering a scholarship for a relevant postgraduate Masters qualification.

This project supports networking and sharing across the education community and builds communities of practice in Mathematics, Science and Language.

This project supported the development of a common curriculum for the Advanced Diploma in Education so that all school principals and aspiring principals could be mandated to undertake this course. Zenex supported the development of the curriculum, which was facilitated by the South African Institute for Distance Education.

This project is aimed at innovating models of selection, placement and training of pre-service teachers in MSL. This project places candidates as interns in independent schools. This model worked well and is now being implemented and tested in public schools.