The Think Equal team went to South Africa to train a new crop of Think Equal teachers for 2020 in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.
The Think Equal team of trainers went to both rural and urban locations, and overall 165 teachers and Heads of schools were trained in the key target locations of Buffalo City Metro Area, Diepsloot and Johannesburg, including the flagship school Roedean School in Parktown. The East London pilot is being conducted in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Education and our partners Zinjiva, and Early Years settings in Diepsloot are receiving the programme.
The training was carried out by Leslee Udwin, Lula Dahir, Emma Nkondo and Nosipho Gumede. Overall, the training went extremely well and was positively welcomed by all stakeholders. Teachers & principals participated in the various activities and were excited to see the synergy between their work and Think Equal, and the vision for change within their communities and country.
Think Equal’s South Africa training in Diepsloot featured on South African TV Channel DSP.
Furthermore, with rising gender violence, crime rates, low educational performance (on average 30% pass rate) and a high level of school children dropping out across early years & high school, Think Equal’s work comes at a much-needed time in South Africa. Consequently, the South African government has recognised the need for better education and has made a commitment to improving education across the country. The Department of Basic Education has also recognised the correlation between early years interventions and a reduction in violence, and has made Early Years education compulsory across the country.
Think Equal has partnered with Zinijiva and a local NGO in the Eastern Cape to support Think Equal’s work in the region. Furthermore, eager to start creating positive change in their community, the Roedean School in Parktown, Johannesburg has already started teaching Think Equal!
Gallery from Think Equal South Africa Training