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Supporting Equity in Primary Schools
South Africa
July - October 2000

Africa MapThe National Department of Education in South Africa has made great efforts to support improved educational equity and put in place a number of education policies to help achieve an inclusive, gender-equitable, and anti-discriminatory basic education program. To support these efforts, USAID’s Office of Women in Development provided technical assistance and training to South Africa through the Equity in the Classroom Project. BEPS was engaged to enhance the impact of the Equity in the Classroom activities through organizing a national equity in the classroom training workshop.

The BEPS team designed and conducted training to prepare trainers to teach teachers to create more equitable, child-centered classrooms. To develop the training, the BEPS team, together with South African staff, held briefings with key National Department of Education Directorates, as well as provincial and district officials in the Gauteng and Free State Provinces. They also visited nine schools, and observed and filmed seven primary classrooms. Insights gained from observations and interviews were utilized in designing the training-of-trainers workshop, which preceded the national workshop.

The team also produced Equity in Education – A Window into the Classroom Experiences of Young Learners, a one-hour videotape of teacher-student interactions in classrooms with an accompanying user’s guide. These activities resulted in preparing a core group of South African trainers to train teachers in equitable, child-centered, participatory practices.


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