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Leading Innovative Partnerships in Extended Education - Overview

Building strong networks of support around the education of children and young people

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This course is co-designed and presented by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Dr Allistair Witten, founding director of the Centre for the Community School at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and UCT GSB Adjunct Faculty, in partnership with the Western Cape Government’s After School Game Changer Initiative.

The Leading Innovative Partnerships in Extended Education course, will run over four consecutive Saturdays in February and March 2018, for committed individuals working in the educational space, with two additional sessions in the course of the year.

The course has been designed for NGOs and social enterprises working with schools across the extended school day (during and after existing school hours), government officials (district and circuit level) and no and low-fee school principals/management team members accompanied by one entry-level teacher from the same school.  The opportunity for the creation of strong networks of support, through innovation and collaboration, will focus on the holistic education of the learner across the extended school day.


A critical mechanism to enable positive change is the building of strong networks of support around the education of children and young people. These networks comprise a range of actors across the public, private and civil society sectors joined in common purpose to enhance the quality and equity of schooling in South Africa
Dr Allistair Witten, Course Convenor

Over the long-term, the knowledge and skills gained by participants in the training course will enable educational practitioners to build a coherent system of support through key change mechanisms, including building collaborative competencies, and enabling school and community innovation that enhances schooling outcomes. In essence, schools will be assisted to effectively understand, embrace and incorporate the vital contribution that organisations make in building networks of support around learners and schools, and therefore in improving the quality of, and equity in, education in South Africa.

The course design is uniquely participant-centered and offers beneficiaries the opportunity to learn and engage with other stakeholders in the educational sector in an innovative and open environment.

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship co-created this course with Dr Allistair Witten, founding director of the Centre for the Community School at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). This  NMMU Centre aims to promote, strengthen and support the work of community schools in the Eastern Cape. Dr Witten subscribes to the principles of “Asset-Based Community Development” and focuses his work around the contexts of schools and the communities they serve. Further partners include the Western Cape Government’s After School Game Changer Initiative. The initiative aims to increase Western Cape learners’ regular and sustained participation in after-school activities which contributes towards positive youth development and improves school outcomes.

Is this course for me?

If you are committed to developing innovative ways to create meaningful and sustainable change in the lives of learners, and value the power of collaboration and partnerships based on mutual accountability then this is the course for you. If you are already involved in partnerships, you’ll be equipped with the tools to manage those partnerships in mutually beneficial and sustainable ways.

For more information, please contact the course team via email on educationinnovation@gsb.uct.ac.za

 

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