Designed in collaboration with the DBE, the $7.5 million (85 million ZAR) School Capacity and Innovation Program’s (SCIP)objective is to improve academic achievement in primary students by developing more effective teachers and enhancing school management. SCIP supports a variety of programs that focus on essential classroom building blocks, such as lesson plan development, reading programs, and student-centered learning strategies. Beyond the classroom, SCIP has also helped to develop computer-based assessment tools, teacher recruitment programs, and connects young learners with volunteer tutors.
This partnership between the DBE and the U.S. government’s Agency for International Development (USAID), together with the ELMA Foundation and the JP Morgan Foundation, is helping South Africa expand local best practices in teacher training development.
In 2014, SCIP supported training for more than 63,000 South African teachers and teaching assistants in more than 600 schools.
DBE Deputy Director-General, Vivienne Carelse, has applauded the SCIP partnership and expressed her confidence that the South African schooling system would improve for the better. Director for the Teacher Development Unit, Haroon Mahomed, said “SCIP will play a significant role in improving quality teaching and learning in the country.”
USAID Southern Africa Mission Director Cheryl L. Anderson said, “Teachers are the single most important factor that influences the quality of education in both of our countries. We are proud to work together with the DBE to ensure that current and future teachers receive the training needed to prepare them to deliver a high-quality education to the next generation of South Africa’s learners.”
For more information on SCIP go to our fact sheet.