J.P. Morgan helps improve education standards in South Africa
Sep 21, 2012
J.P. Morgan is helping to improve standards of education in South Africa through a new philanthropic program that focuses on building teacher effectiveness and strengthening classroom and school management.
The School Capacity & Innovation Program (SCIP), a $7.5 million public private partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the ELMA Foundation, a private foundation, and J.P. Morgan, will be formally launched in the coming weeks. In the first three years of its five-year implementation phase, the program aims to reach approximately 2 million students (nearly 20% of the country’s entire student population) and nearly 70,000 teachers (approximately one third of the teaching corps) across South Africa.
The South African government has identified improving the quality of education as a national priority through its national reform strategy, Delivery Agreement and the Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025, which outlines specific actions to build teacher effectiveness and strengthen classroom and school management. Working alongside national government, the SCIP has been developed in partnership with the South African Department of Basic Education.
The program will initially work with three South African organizations including the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa’s national social science council, and two local non-profit organizations: siyaJabula siyaKhula and the Mindset Network. The organizations will help develop a computerized assessment system to track student performance, create digital content for teacher development and help with hands-on literacy training for small groups of students.