FEATURES OF THE EDUCATION COLLABORATION FRAMEWORK (ECF) AND NATIONAL EDUCATION COLLABORATION TRUST (NECT)
On the initiative of a group of concerned individuals involved in education, working with Minister Motshekga, a Leadership Dialogue on education was convened. Its purpose was to reflect on the state of education and consider how key stakeholders could work together to help government achieve national goals for education as outlined in the National Development Plan and the Education Sector Plan.
This process led to the formulation of the Education Collaboration Framework (ECF), which proposed the creation of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) and National Education Council. NAPTOSA President, Mr. Basil Manuel, is one of the founding Trustees of the Trust. The Executive Director of NAPTOSA, Mr. Henry Hendricks is a member of the National Education Council (NEC).
The NECT is a partnership initiative by civil society aimed at strengthening cooperation among stakeholders- business, labour and other civil society formations – in order to improve education outcomes.
Patrons of the Trust: Cyril Ramaphosa ( Deputy President of South Africa); Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka ( Umlambo Foundation and Former Deputy President of South Africa); Bobby Godsell ( President , Business leadership South Africa) and James Motlatsi ( former President of the National Union of Mine Workers).
OBJECTIVES OF THE NATIONAL EDUCATION COLLABORATION TRUST (NECT):
- Improve the quality of schooling and systems for monitoring and supporting schools.
- Providing a governance platform from joint civil society, business, teacher associations and Government initiatives to improve education.
- Oversee implementation of national education collaboration programmes and ensure programmes are suited to their context.
- Improve coordination of private sector-funded school improvement activities and encourage alignment with the national school reform agenda.
- Undertake activities necessary to promote good returns on investment for private and public spending on education.
- Consolidate knowledge generated by private and public sector organisations about school improvement in order to benefit the national reform agenda.
- Set guiding principles for national programmes and local education projects.
STRUCTURES OF THE NATIONAL EDUCATION COLLABORATION TRUST (NECT)
In addition to creating the NECT, the ECF provides for the creation of a National Education Council. This is a consultative forum of stakeholders that reviews NECT’s progress and advises on changes to the programme of the Trust in the light of new developments. It also promotes continuous stakeholder dialogue in a structured and systematic way.
FOCAL THEMES OF THE EDUCATION COLLABORATION FRAMEWORK (ECF)
- Professionalisation of the teaching service
- A call for courageous leadership
- Improving government capacity to deliver
- Improving resourcing: teachers, books and infrastructure
- Community and parent involvement
- Learner support and well-being.
The first on-the-ground, NECT - guided projects are set to unfold in the following Provinces and Districts:
- Eastern Cape: Libode, Mt Frere, Maluti, Port Elizabeth, Cofimvaba, Graaf Reinet, Uitenhage.
- KwaZulu Natal: Uthungulu, Pinetown.
- Limpopo: Vhembe 1, Waterberg, Vhembe 2, Sekhukhune, Mokgalakwena, Mopani.
- Mpumalanga: Bohlabela, Gert Sibande.
- North West: Bojanala, Dr Ruth Mompati
- Northern Cape: John Toalo Gaetsewe
FUND-RAISING AND FUNDING MODALITY
Obtaining funding for these projects is one of the chief responsibilities of the CEO of the NECT, Mr. Godwin Khoza. The NECT envisages creating a co- financing modality for Government and Private Sector overseen by an accountable Board of Trustees.
To read more on the National Education Collaboration Framework