Behind the scenes of school infrastructure victory

Doron Isaacs of Equal Education describes the organisation's campaign that got the Minister of Basic Education to settle their court case last week.

Doron Isaacs

Opinion | 21 November 2012

Turning our backs on girl learners

Last week, it was reported with a sense of accomplishment that 38 teachers have been struck off the roll since 2010 for sexual abuse of their learners. I am a lawyer currently working on six cases of sexual violence in schools in three provinces.

Nikki Stein

Opinion | 14 November 2012

Khayelitsha chess stars selected to play for province

The future is looking bright for a group of Khayelitsha chess stars. They have been selected to play for the Western Province schools chess team.

Nokubonga Yawa

News | 14 November 2012

Activists march wearing masks of Education Minister

On 17 October 2012 Equal Education (EE) and its members marched for a better education system in South Africa. The march started at 15h30 from Hector Pieterson Secondary School and ended at Wallacedene community hall.

Nokubonga Yawa

News | 24 October 2012

Grandmother tells about the tragedy of drug use for her grandson

Bulelwa Mbomela is in her 60s. She is the grandmother of Phumlani Mbomela who is 19 years old. Phumlani dropped out of school when he was in grade seven and he never went back.

Nokubonga Yawa

Brief | 24 October 2012

Khayelitsha’s homeless children

Baphumelele Children's Home is a home for children who are orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected. It is located in Khayelitsha's Site B, Z section.

Nokubonga Yawa

News | 17 October 2012

Why is the Public Investment Corporation bankrolling private education for the rich?

Next month young activists will attempt to make Bhisho the centre of the world. Members of Equal Education (EE) will be present throughout the duration of a court case aimed at securing infrastructure standards for every school in South Africa.

Doron Isaacs

Opinion | 17 October 2012

Western Cape Education Department finalises school closures

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has announced a customised draft plan for each school recommended for closure.

GroundUp staff

Brief | 17 October 2012

Protesters demand that schools stay open

Approximately a thousand people marched to the Provincial Legislature building on Friday 5 October, which was also International Teachers Day, in protest against the closure of 27 schools in the Western Cape by MEC for Education, Donald Grant.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

News | 10 October 2012

Working for food at age 14

Sbu Jakavula is 14 years old. He lives in Du Noon township. He does not go to school. Instead he sells furniture from an informal stand.

Nokubonga Yawa

News | 3 October 2012

Education organisation uses technology to urge Motshekga to fix schools

In a little over a month Equal Education (EE) head to the Bhisho High Court, to continue their fight for minimum norms and standards, and they are pulling out all the stops.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

News | 3 October 2012

Why the school closures are wrong

This is an edited version of a speech that was delivered on 15 September at a march in Cape Town against the proposed closure of 27 schools.

Ntshadi Mofokeng

Opinion | 19 September 2012

Another disappointing delivery failure by the education department

In 2011, a new Backlogs Grant was introduced. The National Treasury allocated R700 million to it. The grant's main purpose was to eradicate inappropriate structures and mud schools as well as the provision of basic services to schools such as water, electricity and toilets.

Yoliswa Dwane

Opinion | 18 September 2012

Tag rugby encouraged in township schools

South Africa's tag rugby team recently visited a township school, Masiphumelele primary school, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. This was a very exciting visit for the learners of Masiphumelele, who only get to see the Bokke on television.

Nokubonga Yawa

Brief | 17 September 2012

Parents lead clean-up of toilets in Khayelitsha school

About 10 parents and Equal Education (EE) members donned their aprons and yellow gloves at Sakumlandela Primary School and started cleaning the toilets as part of a new project to keep schools in Khayelitsha clean.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

News | 12 September 2012

Equal Education launches exhibition in lead-up to court case

Equal Education (EE), officially launched their Fix Our Schools exhibition at the Central Methodist Mission Church on Thursday.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

News | 5 September 2012