Following crisis reports of learners not having access to schools in the area, and urgent interventions by EE and EELC, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) undertook to open a temporary school in Du Noon to accommodate the learners. As explained in our previous press release, the school was meant to start operating on Monday. However, a standoff between the WCED and certain members of the community, consisting predominately of volunteer educators and parents, have prevented learners from accessing the school. These volunteer educators and parents have not given vacant occupation of the temporary school to the WCED and as such the WCED set up a make-shift combined classroom at Sopakhama Primary School Hall.
EE and the EELC welcome the WCED's undertaking to open a new satellite school today (24 August 2015) in Du Noon, following interventions on behalf of unplaced learners in the community. We will be monitoring the implementation of the undertaking and call on MEC Debbie Schafer to resolve ongoing issues of insufficient school capacity in the Western Cape.
3 years since the incident at Marikana where 34 workers were gunned down & killed by police, & workers & families have yet to find answers and closure
On the 29th of May, more than 2000 Equal Education members and supporters from around the Eastern Cape marched to the Provincial Department of Education in Zwelitsha. The march consisted of learners, parents and teachers from schools built from inappropriate structures, or without proper sanitation, water or electricity, as well as community members from King William's Town, Bhisho, Kieskammahoek, Ginsberg, Zwelitsha, Mdantsane, Butterworth and Grahamstown. Numerous community organisations and individuals supported the march, including Zwelinzima Vavi, the former General Secretary of COSATU, and Ayanda Kota, the Chairperson of the Unemployed People's Movement
Congress ended in high spirits with a renewed commitment by everyone to fight for equality and quality in education.
Equal Education will be holding its National Congress from 4 - 8 July at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville. The congress will be convening under the theme "Building our democratic movement for education justice and equality". The National Congress is held every 3 years and it is tasked with discussing EE's policy positions, passing resolutions, and electing a National Council to lead the organisation for the next 3 years.
Taking Equal Education into the Classroom' is a collection of research papers and presentations. They focus on, and tackle, many of the systemic issues that undermine the reception of quality teaching by all learners in South Africa's public education system. While the vast majority of EE's campaigns have been directed at school infrastructure, this collection shows that EE has had its sights on the pedagogic relationship - that of the learner and teacher in the presence of content - since 2010. While EE takes an empathetic view of teachers - very often trying school and external conditions stack the odds against educators performing adequately - it holds the view that much improvement is needed. This book marks the beginning of a sustained focus on the sphere of teaching and learning