Educational opportunities for children in Khayelitsha and townships like it are vanishingly slim. According to official figures, only about 40 percent of young South Africans nationwide obtain any qualification beyond grade nine.
Why would a superintendent consider student-based funding? It facilitates the goal of districtwide improvement: Funds follow students, thus creating incentives for schools to attract students, keep full enrollment, and demonstrate excellent student performance.
Mumbai is India’s most populous city and the fourth most populous city in the world. Improving the school system and reliably measuring and increasing student achievement will be – to put it mildly — no small tasks.
Almost a million Californians live in food deserts – neighborhoods that lack supermarkets or large grocery stores where fresh produce is easily accessible. The Northern California city of Oakland, which sits just across the Bay from San Francisco, is one such city.
It might be hard to imagine how something as fundamental as a toilet is not on the top of someone’s priority list. Or to understand why a patient stops taking his tuberculosis medication even though it’s free. But the reasons are simple: People living in extreme poverty face numerous challenges and conflicting priorities at every turn.
Are we seeing a third wave in data-driven education? I believe we are. As it momentum, those of us helping to shape it— educators, entrepreneurs, foundations, technologists, and others — should all work to ensure commitment to a process that gives teachers’ voices equal billing.
Helping my kids fuel for performance and train for life means teaching them that the right combination of healthy food and regular physical activity can help them perform their best and live longer, healthier lives.
What keeps me awake at night is excitement—the knowledge that I’m part of a dream that’s bigger than my own: To design new South African education models and build a vibrant network of high-impact schools that serve the nations’ most vulnerable as a matter of course.