U.S. ambassador and deputy minister of basic education launch $7.5 million program to improve education in South Africa
Nov 08, 2012
J.P. Morgan, USAID and the ELMA Foundation provide funding for innovative education partnership
Pretoria – U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Donald H. Gips and South African Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty today launched a unique $7.5 million public-private partnership designed to improve primary grade reading outcomes by building teacher effectiveness and strengthening classroom and school management.
A partnership between USAID, the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the ELMA Foundation, and J.P. Morgan, the School Capacity & Innovation Program (SCIP) has been designed to identify and support outstanding South African educational innovations, rather than presenting predetermined solutions to the literacy challenge in South Africa.
By focusing on South African solutions to South Africa’s challenges, SCIP will provide the resources to education partners who have already demonstrated innovation, impact and a vision for growth. This will allow each implementer to carefully refine, rigorously test and thoughtfully expand their solutions to ensure effective change.