MAINSTREAMING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

All children have the ability to learn and have the right to quality education to enable them to reach their full potential. In South Africa, despite the substantial gains made in education since 1994, many children continue to be marginalised due to a range of barriers making them vulnerable to education exclusion. Children often face more than one obstacle and have to contend with a web of inter-related barriers at intrinsic, pedagogic, systemic and societal levels. Some are denied access whilst many pass through the school system, or drop out, with learning difficulties and other barriers undetected and unsupported.

As noted in Education White Paper 6, by adopting inclusive teaching methodologies to meet diverse learner needs, teachers can play a pivotal role in the transformation of South Africa’s education system into an inclusive education system. In working towards this goal, Teaching for All aims to contribute towards the translation of South Africa’s constitutional obligations and inclusive education policies from strategic intent to operational practice. 

WHAT IS ‘TEACHING FOR ALL’?

Teaching for All is an ambitious material and teacher development project that aims to provide teachers in South Africa with the skills to teach inclusively in diverse classrooms in diverse communities.

HOW WILL THIS BE ACHIEVED?

Working with partners and key stakeholders, teacher training courses will be collaboratively developed, in both online and lecture-based formats for Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) and Post graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes. The implementation will be achieved in partnership with universities by integrating the courses into the universities’ curricula and by providing grants of up to €10,000 to facilitate the process. In parallel with the pre-service teacher training programme, SACE-endorsed inclusive education in-service programmes will be developed for delivery by Provincial Education Departments.

PARTNERS

The success of Teaching for All relies on multi-sector partnerships committed to providing quality education for all learners. The Teaching for All programme in South Africa partners with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training, the European Union, UNISA and MIET Africa.  

CONTACT 

For further information on Teaching for All, please contact: joanne.newton@britishcouncil.org.za