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The LEAP Movement

The LEAP movement promotes equal access to quality education in South Africa by enabling the sharing of lessons, good practices, and advocacy among education stakeholders.

The LEAP Movement

According to Dr Mamphela Ramphele, the LEAP approach of prioritizing access, personal development, and academic excellence is a model that should be replicated throughout the education system.

The LEAP Network of Schools, which includes LEAP schools, their partner schools, the South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition, and international school partners such as KIPP, High Tech High, Hinsdale, and Millfield, is an essential part of the LEAP Movement. 

The movement works with a variety of partners to effect broader systemic change in education, such as the Global Teacher’s Institute, which is coordinated by Teach with Africa.

LEAP is positioning itself as a leader in teacher training through the Institute’s professional development programs that integrate instructional practice with personal transformation and social change training.

Collaborative Research

LEAP also collaborates with community and education projects and partners to implement elements of the LEAP model, providing teacher training and development in public schools. In addition, LEAP participates in research with organizations such as the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Pretoria and the University of Stellenbosch to advance understanding of the challenges and solutions in education delivery in South Africa.

Educational Advocacy

Advocacy is a critical component of the LEAP Movement, which aims to work with the government and other stakeholders to influence policy so that more students from low-income communities can access high-quality education. LEAP partners with Bridge, the South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition, and various funding partners to develop and communicate advocacy messages appropriately.

Public-Private Collaboration

Recently, LEAP participated in research for the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) report on the suitability of contract schools as an additional model of public schooling in South Africa. Contract schools, which have full government funding but are privately managed, exist in more than 20 developing and developed countries, including
the USA (Charter Schools), the UK (Academies), Pakistan, Venezuela, and Colombia (Concession Schools). The CDE report can be downloaded from their website.

Educational Access

Recently published articles about contract schools, such as “Schools with enforceable contracts offer hope to poor” in Business Day Live and “SA needs publicly funded and privately managed schools” in the Mail & Guardian, highlight the potential benefits of contract schools for improving access to quality education for students from low-income communities.

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