The right to basic education from birth is a foundational building block of a rights-based developmental child-care and protection system. The failure to realise this right is at the heart of the dual education system in South Africa that sustains the patterns of inter-generational poverty and inequality that impede inclusive and equitable child and national development.
Inclusive basic education from birth until the completion of formal basic education is a non-negotiable for ensuring the rights of children to survive, develop to their full potential, be protected, and participate. As such it is a foundational building block of a rights-based developmental child-care and protection system – and a foundational building block of the coalition’s vision and goal.
The failure to realise the rights of all children to inclusive basic education sustains the patterns of inter-generational poverty and inequality that impede inclusive and equitable child and national development. Children living in poverty, in under-serviced rural and peri-urban areas, the youngest children aged 0-2, children with developmental delays and disabilities, ill children, children involved in child labour, teen parents and other vulnerable groups experience chronic educational exclusion.
The goal of this thematic area is therefore to eliminate educational exclusions and inequalities that drive intergenerational poverty and inequality by strengthening the enabling policy and legislative framework.
Our education objectives and goal will be pursued through the following strategic activities: