The Politics and Governance of Basic Education Book Launch

Date: 13 November 2018

Time: 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: Boardroom 1, UCT GSB, 8 Portswood Road, Waterfront



Join us on the 13th of November at the UCT Graduate School of Business as the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance launch and discuss the findings of the book "The Politics and Governance of Basic Education: A Tale of Two South African Provinces" (Oxford University Press, 2018) and the role of school governance in improving educational outcomes in SA.

The book includes some in-depth school-level case studies of how governance and performance interact over time. The research also explores some of the deeper reasons why South African policymakers at national and provincial levels (including in the Western Cape) have focused very heavily on top-down approaches to the education system and provided very limited support for strengthening SGBs and, more broadly, for other ways in which parents and communities can actively be involved in schools.

Come and join us to discuss these findings, and how we can build momentum for approaches to policy and implementation in the sector which empower developmental actors at the school-level. Let's work towards a vision, one might say, not only of 'education for all', but of 'all for education'.


  • Presentation by Brian Levy: Co-editor and Academic Director at The Nelson Mandel School of Public Governance and Lawule Shumane: Yale University and University of Cape Town Alum.
  • The Politics and Governance of Basic Education: A Tale of Two South African Provinces
    Panel Discussion and Q&A facilitated by Luvuyo Maseko, Education Innovations Initiative Analyst at Bertha Centre. 
  • Networking


Brian Levy | The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance

Brian is the Academic Director of the Mandela School at the University of Cape Town. He also teaches at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. He worked at the World Bank from 1989-2012, where he was part of a leadership team that worked to integrate governance into development strategies. He also has authored, co-authored and co-edited numerous books and articles on the interactions between public institutions, the private sector and development.

Lawule Shumane | University of Cape Town student

Lawule is a 2017 graduate of Yale University's Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, where she focused on African economic development. She is currently finalising her Master's dissertation at the University of Cape Town's School of Economics which focuses on improving the quality of basic education in South Africa through the role of education governance.



Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran

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