NECT hosts a National Summit on School Safety this December

The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will host a school safety summit in Johannesburg on 9 December, 2015.

The summit will bring together stakeholders in the education sector to deliberate on the challenges, discuss ideas, and explore joint actions for addressing the challenges on learner safety and security in schools. This follows work that was done as part of the learner welfare programme, where the NECT recently engaged with learners about their role in promoting improvements in education. During engagements with learners the NECT established that there are a range of learner welfare issues that are of concern to the learner fraternity.

An issue at the heart of learner welfare is the safety of learners in schools and indeed in the community and how stakeholders should work together to protect learning spaces, which are often used as bargaining tools for general service delivery protests.

The summit is being arranged in collaboration with the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga and has been organised to include government executives and stakeholder groups such as teachers and their unions, NGOs, academics, parent associations, and business, and more importantly, the learners. It is intended that we apply the power of the collective to start addressing the dysfunctionality of the system with regards to the safety of our young people in our schools. 

It forms part of the NECT’s DialogueSA programme, the intention of which is to create an avenue for open, honest engagement among key stakeholders to promote individual and joint actions that can be taken to address education challenges in South Africa.

The summit will be held at:

Venue:                 Birchwood Hotel, Main Hall

                                14 Viewpoint Road,

                                Boksburg, Johannesburg

 

Date:                     Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Time:                    09h00 – 16h00

The NECT, in collaboration with government, is implementing an education improvement programme that covers key elements of the education system at school, district, provincial and national level.  The work of the NECT is organised around the following thematic areas derived from the National Development Plan: professionalisation of teaching, promotion of courageous and effective leadership, improved capacity of the state, increasing resourcing in schools, promoting parent and community involvement, and promoting learner welfare

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