TIMCA’s Sipho Mpisane attended the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) Education Collab on the 3rd September, and sent us this report-back on a very meaningful session
A Brief Background
A brief background on who they are: The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) is an organisation dedicated to strengthening partnerships within civil society and between civil society and government in order to achieve South Africa’s national goals for basic education. It strives both to support and to influence the agenda for reform of education (https://nect.org.za/about/about).
The Collab began with a very informative presentation from Ms Selaelo Lekoloane, Programmes Director at the NECT. Ms Lekoloane shared some of the collaborative work of the NECT in response to the COVID pandemic, as well as some of their thoughts on the future of education. Her presentation re-emphasised the importance of continued collaboration between government, civil society, business and communities to realise the dream of education reform in South Africa. She ended on a challenging point, expressing the NECT’s commitment to ensuring a South Africa where 90% of learners pass mathematics, science and languages with at least 50% by 2030.
Shortly after the insightful presentation, we were all invited to take part in a breakaway session. In this session we had the opportunity to take the conversation forward. This focused on core areas in which we can hold hands, as we narrow our collaborative focus through a reverse brainstorming process. This was a particularly interesting time of collaboration that focused on solutionist thinking, taking into account ideas and inputs from people that represented diverse areas within education.
The NECT is doing incredibly important work. Even more important is their approach to finding and implementing solutions. This is highly collaborative, and pulls strengths from different sectors and stakeholders to create meaningful and sustainable solutions.
Thanks from TIMCA
TIMCA is grateful to be a part of this collaborative approach. On behalf of TIMCA, I look forward to continuing to build this relationship into the future.