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 web of interrelated barriers making them vulnerable to educational, social and economic exclusion. Some are denied access whilst many pass through the school system, or drop out, without receiving a quality education.

Teaching for All is an ambitious material and teacher development project that sees teachers as key change agents. Teaching for All aims to provide teachers with the skills, attitudes and knowledge to teach inclusively in diverse classrooms in diverse communities; thus contributing to a reduction of children being excluded from education.

Working with partners and key stakeholders, the Teaching for All project has developed teacher training modules and materials Bachelor of Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education programmes. 10 South African universities are currently delivering the training, with the implementation being monitored and evaluated by the Centre for International Education at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. SACE-endorsed inclusive education in-service programmes are under development for delivery to Provincial Education Departments.

The success of Teaching for All relies on multi-sector partnerships committed to providing quality education for all learners:  British Council, the Department of Basic Education, Department of Higher Education and Training, the University of South Africa and MIET AFRICA. The project is funded by the European Union.  

CONTACT 

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