ECK: Eden and Central Karoo
UCT’s vision of contributing to social upliftment and development in rural areas has been expanded to include an education component in the broader UCT-in-Eden initiative.
100UP News: March-April
Ferial Parker, project manager of the UCT 100UP project, had the privilege to visit and participate in the “IntoUniversity” program out in London, UK, to observe how their programs are implemented.
Exerimento Update
The Siemens Foundation and SDU have partnered to roll out the Experimento Programme, an international teacher development programme in Cape Town schools throughout 2016.
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The South African Early Childhood Review 2016

We received a copy of the review in May 2016 that was developed by Ilifa Labantwana, the Children’s Institute at UCT and the Department for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation s(DPME) in the Presidency. This review presents a set of indicators to support inter-sectoral planning, delivery and monitoring of an essential package of of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services, from conception to age 6. The essential package consists of services that are a necessary pre-condition for the realisation of young children’s Constitutional rights.

The review includes data and commentary on over 40 carefully selected indicators on the status of children under six, and service delivery progress across 5 domains:

•  maternal and child health,

•  nutritional support,

•  support for primary caregivers,

•  social services and grants, and

•  stimulation for early learning.

The full report is available on the web site and on the SDU ECD web page.


Featured Projects


100UP is a UCT project that aims to address the problem of under-representation by targeting school learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and coaching them towards access to the university. The programme is a holistic initiative that builds intellectual, social and cultural capital. The learners are groomed over three years by staff and students across the university. Read more ...

Fundisa for Change

Fundisa for Change CPD programme is a National state-civil society partnership programme with a focus on Natural Sciences and Geography in the school system. The programme seeks to support the teachers' understanding of, and capacity for teaching environmental knowledge and concerns as found within the national curriculum subjects, and their cognate disciplines. Read more ...

Schools Improvement Initiative(SII)

Fostering partnerships. Harnessing resources. Improving schools.South Africa is facing an education crisis. Nationally, learners are underachieving. And in Cape Town, very few students from disadvantaged areas qualify for entrance to UCT. Read more ...