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UNICEF and the Department of Basic Education: Strengthening quality education in South Africa

UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
UNICEF South Africa Representative Herve de Lys addresses the launch of the SACMEQ Report in Pretoria.

Pretoria, 18 August 2017 - Children today face unique challenges compared to their peers a few decades ago. They grow up in a dynamic, fast-paced world that requires an evolving skills set.

These skills were in a focus at a Roundtable hosted by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and UNICEF that launched the SACMEQ IV Study as well the Skills for a Changing World Report.

Though two different resources, both publications highlighted the need to work towards strengthening literacy and numeracy, while also preparing children for meaningful participation in work and life in a rapidly changing global and local context.

UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
South Africa’s Minister of Basic Education Ms. Angie Motshekga addresses the launch of the SACMEQ Report in Pretoria.

The SACMEQ IV Report noted the steady improvements in the education system in terms of literacy and numeracy scores amongst Grade 6 learners and highlighted the critical importance of having credible assessments and ongoing monitoring of quality education programmes.

Prepared by the Brookings Institution with support from the Lego Foundation, the Skills for a Changing World Report analyses the 21st century skills and attitudes that learners require to participate effectively in a rapidly changing world.

In his address, UNICEF South Africa Representative, Herve de Lys noted that “quality education is the key that unlocks doors and will ensure that our children today are able to contribute to the world that we want.”

 

 
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