Broadening our horizons on education

11 March 2014 | Phillip Methula | Opinion

On 26 February 2014, Tshikululu Social Investments hosted Godwin Khosa, the CEO of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT).

The purpose of the event was to provide Tshikululu staff with an overview of the scope and focus of the NECT’s work in South Africa. The NECT is an organisation focused on strengthening partnerships among business, civil society, government and labour in order to achieve the education goals of the National Development Plan. It strives to support and influence the agenda for reform of basic education.

The NECT is envisaged in the Education Collaboration Framework, which was developed by a range of stakeholders in response to the National Development Plan, which takes forward government’s commitment to prioritising education.

The NECT is the implementing structure of the Education Collaboration Framework (ECF), launched on 16 July 2013. The Trust aims to increase co-operation among stakeholders involved in education improvement, with a view to achieving better educational outcomes in South Africa.

Eight education districts have been selected for priority intervention. They are located in five provinces, and serve approximately 2-million learners in 4 000 schools.

The information provided by Khosa about the NECT is critical, because it will enable Tshikululu to find practical ways to collaborate with NECT development partners delivering education services in any of the eight NECT education districts where Tshikululu-funded projects already have a presence.

This exercise will help avoid duplication of services while at the same time promoting collaboration, programme alignment and increasing the potential for impact.