Catch us up
Youth Capital advocates for a strong catch-up strategy to allow young people to re-engage with the education & training system, or help them to stay on track.
The current education system is woefully inequal; as a result, not everyone receives the same learning foundations. This means that many young people get left behind and sometimes drop out without completing their education journey. Providing young people with the right academic support can enable them to stay in learning and training opportunities.
The facts are
I am Lindelani Mkhize doing grade 10. I was a bit challenged with peer pressure and I dropped out in Feb 2023 because I was feeling overwhelmed by school work. I came back to school because the child and youth care worker has supported me by checking on me and motivating me and encouraging to come back to school. So in April 2023 I came I was re-integrated to school. So far I am doing my best well attending study groups and other afternoon program to boost my academic performance.
The 2030 panel’s goal is to review whether or not South Africa is on track to reach the goal of all children learning to read for meaning by 2030, and what needs to change to ensure learners are supported to get there. That includes reviewing government plans and spending priorities to determine whether there is sufficient attention and political will dedicated to this critical issue.
This background report gives new estimates of learning losses from the pandemic, which worsened the pre-pandemic situation. If learning loss estimates are correct and the country manages to get back onto the pre-pandemic trajectory, it will still take 86 years from 2023 until all Grade 4 children can read for meaning in SA. The report also highlights some small scale programmes
What could this catch us up plan look like?
Young people, who have knowledge gaps, get the individual attention and academic support they need to catch up, whether at school, college or university.
Paths back into education are simplified and the necessary information made available to young people who have dropped out.
Bridging courses for core subjects like Maths and Science are more readily available at post-school learning institutions.
We’ve got a plan!
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