New trust established to boost education collaboration in SA

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe with Former Deputy President Phumzile-Mlambo Nqcuka, Nthabiseng Lesesa from Thembisa High School, and Basic Minister Angie Motshekga
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe with Former Deputy President Phumzile-Mlambo Nqcuka, Nthabiseng Lesesa from Thembisa High School, and Basic Minister Angie Motshekga

 

The National Education Collaboration Framework Trust (NECT) has been unveiled in co-operation between government, business, labour and civil society to further improve the caliber of education in South Africa.

The main target of the trust is predominantly a civil society partnership which intends to enhance the relationship between business, labour and civil society organization in an effort to boost the education goals and outcomes for the country.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe explained that this initiative would essentially have the ability to improve and enhance those options available for collaboration within South African society as well as empower all stakeholders involved with education together with government to bring about improvements in a organized and co-ordinated manner.

“Like you, we believe that both the government and the non-governmental groupings have a common goal of improving the quality of education, but do not as yet share a common understanding of the roles that they expect of each other or have to play towards achieving this common goal,” Motlanthe stated at the launch of the new trust.

Aside from that, Motlanthe pointed the reality that interventions by the private sector had in previous years clearly revealed that all learners particularly those studying at poorly resourced schools have the opportunity to be successful and obtain excellent results if they are furnished with the adequate and required support.

The recently formed trust will not remove and replace any civil society and business projects presently involved with education. Instead it will inspire current commitments of civil society and government

The key objectives and goals of the trust are:

  • improve quality of schooling
  • overseeing the implementation of national education collaboration programmes
  • making certain that programs are suited to their context

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga commended and praised all the members of the trust for their commitment and endeavors in forming the trust.

The founding trustees of the newly formed NECT trust include FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana; Business Leadership SA’s Mark Lamberti; Deloitte executive chair Futhi Mtoba; Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga; Basic Education Director-General Bobby Soobrayan; National Professional Teachers’ Association of SA president Basil Manuel; SA Democratic Teachers Union deputy secretary-general Nkosana Dolopi; and Brian Figaji, former vice-chancellor of Peninsula Technikon.

The NECT’s patrons include businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Business Leadership SA president Bobby Godsell, and James Motlatsi, former president of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Source: SAnews.gov.z, GCIS (image)

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