Watch: Implementing a career-based curriculum

South Africa | Jakes Gerwel Technical High 

In partnership with Jakes Gerwel Fellowship

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  • Monday 5

    12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

    South Africa | Jakes Gerwel Technical High 
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– Theme: Building programmes to enhance employability, entrepreneurship and life skills

– Format: Panel

– Primary language: English and Afrikaans

We’ll venture into teaching high school students high-demand skills that are directly aligned with the needs of local employers, which can substantially increase access to dignified employment in the local economy for low-income students with significant learning deficits, measured by improvements in pass and placement rates.

Researchers have identified that students in developing countries have large learning deficits, a result of weaker students falling further and further behind the curriculum until no learning takes place.

In South Africa, a key finding that has emerged is that by Grade 3, low-income students are already three years’ worth of learning behind their high-income peers and that this gap grows as they progress through school to the extent that by Grade 9 they are four years’ worth of learning behind. More than 60% of children in South Africa never finish high school.


– Secondary

– Public-charter school

– Rural

– Low-resource setting

– Low-income background

– Mixed-sex

– Afrikaans and English Language

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