Recent blog posts by Taryn
Jun 16, 2013
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.
Feb 05, 2013
When it comes to the state of South African education, Jonathan Jansen accepts no excuses. Jansen is right to be frustrated. For too long we’ve accepted this status quo. For too long, we’ve lowered expectations for our children. It's time to band together for change.
Dec 14, 2012
An emerging movement of high impact low cost schools holds promise for South African education. But scale will only be possible if the National Department of Education throws its weight behind the movement.
Aug 30, 2012
Where does hope come from? That may sound like a naïve question, but given the state of dysfunction that’s prevalent throughout the South African education system, it’s one that those of us fighting for systemic improvements have to come back to again and again.
Jun 25, 2012
Heroic efforts will never be enough to eradicate the disparities that plague South African education. We need a more comprehensive approach that will transform today’s slim educational odds into a distant memory.
May 15, 2012
For the majority of South African children, receiving a quality education is a rare opportunity based on luck. The nascent South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition is committed to tackling the systemic problems that plague education in South Africa.