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The Northern Cape Project (2018 - 2023): Reaching All Grade R Learners

Supported by

  • Northern Cape Department of Education
  • Rural Namaqualand Education Trust
  • DGMT
  • SYLFF FOUNDATION
  • Chief Rabbi CK Harris Memorial Foundation

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The training was very interesting and empowering and broadens our thinking.

Basic Concepts is helping us and our children very much… we have learned so much to the (point) where every child can speak for him/herself.

Dr Louis Benjamin you are brilliant and always clear. Thank you for your patience and for the support.

Ek waardeer alles wat Dr Louis ons geleer het. Daar is soveel dinge wat ek nie geweet het nie, bv. hoe om ons kinders te help leer. You are a star, thank you for your time. 

The workshop helped me to understand how to work with the children in the classroom. I also learnt how to ask open-ended questions that will encourage my learners to think and to ask more questions.

Die Basiese Konsepte Program het my self vertroue weer op gebou. My taal gebruik en my manier van dinge doen het ook verander. Ek is baie bly en gelukking om deel uit te maak van die Basiese Konsepte Program.

Basic concept is about improving teaching methods, language and the learning processes of our learners.

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Project Details
Start Date: 
2018 to 2023
Status: 
Current
No. of Learners: 
6600
No. of Teachers: 
352
No. of Sites: 
190
Grade Level(s): 
Grade R
Area of Intervention: 
Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Description

The project aims to bring the Basic Concepts Programme to Grade R classes in all 5 districts of the Northern Cape.

The BCP is to become an integral aspect of the Grade R curriculum as well as pedagogy in the Northern Cape.

The roll-out of the programme in the province is a partnership between the Northern Cape Department of Education (NCDOE), Basic Concepts Unlimited (BCU) and the Rural Namaqualand Education Trust (RNET).

The project will progressively increase the number of teacher-mediators of the programme in the province.  Approximately 100 new teachers will be trained every two years over the next 6 years.

The NCDOE will be responsible for the monitoring and support of the programme as well as the maintenance and continuation of the approach in schools in the province.

Evaluation

The project aims to improve the school preparedness of the project learners by 20% - 30%, thereby improving the overall LITNUM competencies of learners in the Foundation Phase.

The project will be evaluated and data collected during the entire process (2018-2023).

A representative (10%, n=720) sample of learners will be selected from each of the districts that participate in the project.

Pre-intervention and post-intervention data will be gathered from the project learners at the start of the project and at the end.

The intention is to produce a peer reviewed academic paper at the end of the project.

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  • St John's Primary School, Pixley Kaseme
  • Alpha Primary School, Pixley Kaseme
  • Colesberg Primary School, Pixley Kaseme
  • Colesberg Primary School, Pixley Kaseme
  • Van Rensberg Primary, Pixley Kaseme
  • SS Madikane Primary, Pixley Kaseme
  • Segonyana Primary School, JTG
  • Hotazel Combined School, JTG
  • Grade R class of Hotazel...at another site
  • Ipetlontle ECD Centre
  • Ipetlontle ECD Centre
  • Wrenchville Primary School, JTG
  • Deben Primary School, JTG
  • Tswelelopele ECD, JTG
  • Wrenchville Primary School, JTG
  • Moraladi Primary School, JTG
  • Deben Primary School, JTG
  • Rabonyane Primary School, JTG
  • Rabonyane Primary School, JTG
  • Maruping Pirmary School, JTG
  • Segonyana Primary School, JTG
  • Wrenchville
  • Wrenchville
  • Debin, Community Site
  • Debin Primary
  • Debin Primary
  • Rabonyane Primary
  • Rabonyane Primary
  • Provincial & District Officials (Dips, Ruth and Olga)
  • District officials and Volunteers
  • Training: Session 1+2
  • Training: Session 1+2
  • Training: Session 1+2
  • Training: Session 1+2
  • Maralodi Primary
  • Training: Session 1
  • Training: Session 1+2
  • Debin, Community Site